Jan. 10, 2018
Northeast Georgia Presbytery Newsletter
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Brothers and Sisters in Northeast Georgia Presbytery,
I pray God's blessings, peace and mercy be yours in abundance in this New Year! Also let's celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Northeast Georgia Presbytery: in the summer of 1987 three Presbyteries (Athens, part of Augusta-Macon, and the Georgia Presbytery) merged and the first meeting of the new Northeast Georgia Presbytery occurred on January 23, 1988.
Your Coordinating Team will meet exactly 30 years later, on January 23, 2018 to participate in another of God's new beginnings. I am full of hope and positive expectations for the year ahead. By the time of this CT meeting there will have been meetings of Committee on Ministry, Committee on Preparation for Ministry, Budget Finance Initiative Team, Presbytery Meeting Arrangements Team, and Staff Meetings with our new Stated Clerk, Stu Ritter.
Also there will be a gathering of the Congregational Connections Ministry Team with anyone interested scheduled for Saturday, February 3. Then on the following Saturday, February 10, the members of the CT and all other chairs of Committees, Teams and Commissions will gather with Stu Ritter for leadership conversation and goal-setting. Finally, don't forget that everyone is invited to attend the World Mission Conference at First Presbyterian in Gainesville on January 26-27. The keynoter is a good friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Jose Luis Casal, who is the Director of World Mission in our denomination.
Speaking of world mission, our own Young Adult Volunteer in Peru, Mielan Barnes, from Sardis Presbyterian Church, is doing great in her assignment. I received the following post card from her at Christmas, addressed to the Presbytery: "Greetings from Lima, Peru! I would like to thank you all for all of the support and prayers you have sent my way thus far. I am doing very well and learning new things about the world and myself every single day. I am so blessed and thankful for this experience. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Mielan"


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First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville will host their 19th annual World Mission Conference on January 26-28, 2018.  Events will include personal stories from missionaries serving around the world, information on opportunities to support the work of missionaries and their agencies, and keynote presentations from Rev. Jose Luis Casal, Director of the Presbyterian World Mission Agency. Everyone is invited and welcome! For more information, please contact the church at 770-532-0136 or click here.
The Congregational Connections Ministry Team will present "Discussions in the Round" on February 3, 2018 at the Presbyterian Student Center at UGA. The cost will be $10 which will include lunch.  Chad Pittman, who leads the PCUSA YAV group in Atlanta, will share his thoughts on why churches are called to connect and serve together. Bring your ideas and question, so we can learn from each other how to go about ministry in our churches! Be watching for more information on how to register for this event. 
Welcome Home!  This familiar greeting can be the message you send to visitors to your church services. Hospitality is a biblical principle we should be learning and using in our lives and churches. Come to the Association of Smaller Congregations seminar March 16-18, 2018 at St. Simons Island, Ga. at Epworth by the Sea to learn how to send out the message of hospitality in your neighborhood and the world. You can also learn about asset mapping, teaching Christian Education with the WOW factor, or sharing hospitality beyond the congregation into the world.
Registration information can be found at www.presbyasc.org and is now available through Feb. 22, 2018. Costs start at $ 175 per person. You may also contact our registrar, Maurine Resch at 706-373-9480.  
Northeast Georgia Presbytery has scholarship funds available to help offset costs, contact Anita Green for information.
Also, Synod of South Atlantic has some scholarship assistance for continuing education for those who apply.  Please contact the Synod Office for more information at: http://synodofsouthatlantic.org 
Come to the Island and reach the World!  
Please click here to see Flint River Presbytery's  2018 Celebration of Faith brochure. The event will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Lodge at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia.
business_group_women.jpg The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen 2018 Triennial will be held April 23-26, 2018 at the Montreat Conference Center. Click here to register.
The Youth Group of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, TX, is looking for a summer mission trip in Georgia.  They are looking for a new experience where the youth group could be divided into construction projects and a VBS group - they specialize in an all-day VBS.  Available weeks are July 15 - 21 or July 22- 28, 2018.  A resume of the past 12 mission trips can be provided. They bring money to the construction projects; fund VBS, transportation, food, gas, etc. If your session is interested in partnering with St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, please email  Beth Fultz, Director of Christian Education, or call her at 817-927-8411.
From Union Presbyterian Seminary, please click here to see a number of interesting and helpful workshops coming up in the next several months.
Register now for the Winter Pastors' School at the Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center in Fremont, Nebraska. For more information please click here.
Click here for information on eight online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders from Dubuque Theological Seminary, scheduled for the spring term, January 29 to May 12, 2018.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations   
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Ms. Karla Thomas passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer on January 6, 2018. Karla was the daughter of Ruling Elder Al Thomas and wife Roberta of Belle Terrace Church. Her service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13th. Please pray for Al and Roberta, and their family.
John Worley, father of Rev. Ted Worley, Honorably Retired minister member of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, died on January 5th. Prayers go to Ted and his mother Carol as they make preparations at this difficult time.
Kenyon Gavin Meeks, Sr., father of Rev. Ken Meeks, Jr., former General Presbyter of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, passed away before Christmas on December 20th. His service was held on January 4th. Please pray for and remember Ken's family and his mother Lorraine at their time of loss.
Please remember Ruling Elder Norm Gullick from the Lavonia Church, who is in the hospital in Anderson, S.C. and dealing with several health issues at this time. 
Please continue to remember Ruling Elder Robert Meadows from Mount Hermon Church on the death of his wife before Christmas, and Ruling Elder Glenn Thompson from Winder First on the death of his dad.
We want to hear from you!!  Please share your prayer concerns and celebrations by calling the presbytery office at 706-353-2533 or email Linda Turner


Committee on Ministry Team meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., January 11

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, presbytery office closed, January 15

Committee on Preparation for Ministry Team meeting, Jefferson Church, 9:00 a.m.,  January 16

Presbytery Meeting Action Team meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 11:00 a.m., January 23

Coordinating Team meeting,  Covenant Church, Athens, 1:00 p.m.,  January 23

Examinations Action Team meeting, presbytery office, 10:00 a.m.,  January 25

Congregational Connections Ministry Team's "Discussions in the Round", Presbyterian Student Center, UGA, 8:30 a.m. registration, February 3

Committee on Ministry Team meeting, Covenant Church, Athens, 10:00 a.m., February 8
Orientation for Ministry Team and Commission Chairs, location tba, 9:30 a.m., February 10
Stated Meeting of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, First Church, Milledgeville, Registration 8:30 a.m.; Call to Order 9:00 a.m., February 24

Staff Development Day, presbytery office closed, February 26

We believe Almighty God is calling Northeast Georgia Presbytery to become a Christ centered, inclusive community of faithful and healthy congregations.
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