Tuesday, July 29, 2008

GodStuf Family Worship Holding Auditions

GodStuf, a drama-based worship program for families with elementary school-age children, is returning to Peachtree City United Methodist Church this September. We are currently seeking high school and adult actors and dancers from the community to audition for roles in this year’s cast. Drama auditions are scheduled for Monday, August 18, at 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Dance auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Both auditions will be held at the PTCUMC Worship Center at 225 Robinson Road in Peachtree City. GodStuf revolves around a monthly virtue word, combining music, dance, drama, video and bible lessons to create an entertaining learning experience for the entire family. The program takes place every Wednesday at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, 225 Robinson Road, from September through April, 6:15 – 7:00 PM, except for special holiday schedules and school break weeks. For further information, contact Cathy Fralish, Director of Children’s Ministries, at 770-487-6499 ext. 249.

Old Fashioned Southern Gospel Singing in Grantville

There will be an "Old Fashioned Southern Gospel Singing" at the old train depot in downtown Grantville on Aug. 23 beginning at 7 o'clock. The singing will feature Second Coming of Griffin and New Horizons of Thomaston. It is all free and everyone is invited. Refreshments will be available. The organizer says, "Jesus will be there in the spirit to meet every need. Bring the family and friends and have a great evening praising the Lord." For more info please call Uncle Dan Burdett 770-583-2260 or Roy Smith 770-251-5621 or e-mail depotsinging@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Peachtree City UMC Announces New Session of DivorceCare

The Peachtree City UMC announces the start of a new session of DivorceCare beginning on August 20th and running through November 12th on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Robinson Road campus. DivorceCare is a thirteen week course designed to help those who find themselves in any stage of a situation involving divorce. It is a place where attendees will find others who are there to give support by listening and providing a safe place to come and begin the healing process. A workbook and videos are provided and refreshments are served. To register, go to ptcumc.org or visit the church Monday through Friday 8:30am -5pm. 770-487-6499.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Face of Defense: Former Stunt Man Makes Leap to Ministry

Army Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Light gives a weekly sermon and is available for counseling whenever a soldier might need it. But he is not your ordinary chaplain.

"When I was in college, money was kind of hard to come by, so I became a stunt guy to pay for college," said Light, who serves with the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

In the late 1980s, Hollywood was experiencing a writers' strike. Feeling the pinch from a lack of work there, some of the companies in show business took their shows on the road.

"A guy who was a stuntman moved into town and would put on a Wild West show while trying to obtain the contracts for movies when they came through," said Light, a native of Kingspen, Tenn., and a graduate of East Tennessee State University. "We happened to go to the same church, and he took me under his wing, teaching me the ropes."

Light began working at the Wild West show, which led to performing a few stunts for television shows such as "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Rescue 911." The work on those shows paid most of his way through college.

Following college graduation in 1993, Light quit the stunt man life and began what he said he believed to be his true calling, ministry. He started working with college students in a counselor-like role at the University of Michigan, then at the University of California State in Fullerton.

After the university's program diminished due to a lack of funding, Light found himself without a job. He struggled to find employment for a few years, eventually distributing a resume with the hope someone would contact him for work.

He finally got a call, but from an unexpected place: the Army.

"I got a call from a retired Army chaplain asking if I'd be interested in being a chaplain in the military. I told him, 'No,' because I wanted to work with college-age kids from 18 to 25 years old." Light said.

"He kind of laughed at me after that statement, because soldiers of that age make up a lot of the Army. After that, the light bulb came on, and I knew this was what God was calling me to do."

Over the next 15 months, he lost 50 pounds to meet the Army's weight standards and headed off to basic chaplains training. After graduation, he was assigned to the 1-187th Infantry Regiment, where he received word that he would be deploying to Iraq.

"Getting deployed was never a problem for me," Light said. "All of the active-duty people in my class were getting deployed, so I knew it was a matter of time. What good would I be if I could not deploy with the soldiers I am here for?"

Light said he constantly is learning and trying to improve himself as a better chaplain during his first deployment. Recently, he had an experience that served as a confidence booster.

"I was sitting outside reading when the company commander came walking by and told me I was a good chaplain," he recalled. "For someone outside of the Chaplain Corps to randomly come up to me and notice what I was doing, that really proved to me that being here was the right thing and that I was doing a good job."

While he isn't outside the wire all the time, Light said, he knows his job is equally as important. He must be there not only for the soldiers who are deployed, but also for their families back at home.

"Never in our nation's history have families had to give up so much," he said. "While I'm not out there on the front line fighting, it's my job to be there for [soldiers] when they come back. If I can help prepare these soldiers to go back to their families, I'm doing my part."

By Army Spc. Justin Snyder
Special to American Forces Press Service

Army Spc. Justin Snyder serves in the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team public Affairs Office.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

All Saints Anglican Completes Music Camp

Photo: Children completing the first All Saints Anglican Music Camp were: (Front Row, L-R) Gray Barbee, Katie Barry, Caden Bassett, Michaela Bassett, Emma Bryan, Gavin Bryan, Patrick Coffee, Rebecca Coffee, (Second row, L-R) Mary Daniel, Alexa Echevarria, Madelyn Echevarria, Andrew Fry, William Fry, Lilly Hammond, Madeline Hammond, Hannah Jones, (Third Row, L-R) Luke Jones, Cora Kendall, Ava Belle LeCroy, Tesss LeCroy, Zachery Leon, Madison Snider, Sydney Soto, Emma Toner, Rachel Towe.

All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City wrapped up its first Summer Music Camp 18 July as 25 children received certificates of completion from the Rector, Father Michael Fry after parents and staff enjoyed an end-of-camp concert.

Music Director Shannon Bryan organized and led the week-long program, with the assistance of over a dozen parish volunteers. The camp, which was conducted at 303 Kelly Drive, included children of ages 6-11.

During the program the children learned a variety of hymns and praise songs and were introduced to several types of musical instruments. Different parish members provided demonstrations of instruments to include the piano, harp, bagpipes, guitar and various percussion instruments.

All Saints first Family Camp will be held in the North Carolina mountains 25-28 July.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mt. Olive Baptist Holds Ushers' Anniversary July 20th

Mt. Olive Baptist Church will hold its Ushers' Anniversary at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 20, 2008. Rev. Melvin Ware, Senior Pastor, and his congregation are members of the Fellowship of Christian Churches and Friends (FCCF), and an organization open to all churches in this area who seek to build unity in the local body of Christ.

Minister Joshua Pike of Little Vine Baptist Church in Tyrone will be the Guest Minister for this occasion.

Mt Olive Baptist Church is located at 1565 Hwy 94 N. in Fairburn, right across the Fayette County Line.

Mt. Olive invites you to join them as they celebrate and to help them build Biblical bridges of brotherhood!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Atlanta Motor Speedway Hosts "Faster Pastor" July 17

Thursday Thunder features affordable, family oriented, fun activities along with the intense weekly racing action in Legends Car, Bandolero Car and Thunder Roadster competition. This week is no different with the exception that area church leaders will pull on helmets and strap into the speedway’s ‘cruiser bruiser’ race cars for a nine lap race. Area churches have been preparing for their pastors competition the past several weeks. Many of the churches youth groups will put the final touches on their pastor’s vehicle this Wednesday night as they apply the final paint schemes and graphics to the race cars. The race is set for this Thursday, July 17th.

Car Pastor Name Church Name/City
00 David Sternberg McDonough Christian Church (McDonough, GA)
02 John Dewberry Community Bible Fellowship (Hampton, GA)
03 Stan Berrong Glen Haven Baptist Church (McDonough, GA)
07 Barry Kirkwood Stockbridge Community Bible Church (Stockbridge, GA)
10 Andre Landers New Birth South Metro Church (Hampton, GA)
23 Kenyatta Bush Shiloh Baptist Church (Jonesboro, GA)
43 Keith Strickland Solid Stone Ministries (McDonough, GA)
Don Yarborough Second Baptist of Griffin (Griffin, GA)

Gates Open at 6pm. Autograph session at 7:15pm. Openeing ceremonies at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $5 for adults; $1 for ages 6-12 (free tickets available from the participating churches); five and under are free.

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Christian Mortgage Brokers Association Launches Nationwide!

BUSINESS WIRE --When most people think of mortgage brokers the last thing they think about is Christianity. Yet a group of brokers have banded together with a simple goal: To evangelize the mortgage industry with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

President Brian Peart explains the origin of the Christian Mortgage Brokers Association (CMBA) and their vision: Over the years I have met thousands of mortgage people at my conferences and trade shows and I have always been surprised at the number of Christians. The challenge is that few have the knowledge, methods, and tools to share their Faith in the workplace where it is desperately needed. And our industry really does need this ministry. There are a lot of people hurting out there right now, who need the love, grace and hope that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our members believe its up to us to reach out. We can not be content to sit in church on Sunday and let the Pastor do all the evangelizing; we need to take the Gospel message into the workplace.

Peart has personally inspired hundreds of his clients to follow Jesus Christ through his mortgage business and conferences. Now hes hoping to expand that reach to others in his industry. And the results have been impressive so far. In the first several weeks the CMBA has experienced a flood of new members and held the first nationwide Bible study in mortgage history.

Where it goes from here is anybodys guess. Already, comments are being made about mixing religion and business. But Peart is quick to point out, Our ministry is free. People can go to the website at www.christianmortgagebrokers.org and post prayer requests, get links to helpful sites, and read encouraging messages and even listen to bi-monthly Bible Studies. I believe the industry is ready and I think that the Lord is up to BIG things in the mortgage and real estate industries. We are just excited to be a part of it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

PTC United Methodist Church Welcomes New Pastor

On June 29th, the Peachtree City UMC welcomed their new Pastor, Rev. Herzen Andone to the staff as their new Senior Pastor. Rev. Chuck Hodges, who had served as the Senior Pastor for the last twelve years, has been appointed to Athens First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA.

Rev. Andone is married to Rev. Jennifer Andone, who has just been appointed to serve as the Pastor at Inman United Methodist Church. They met while they were both students at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Jennie Andone was born in Ohio but grew up in Roswell. She is a graduate of Roswell High School and Stetson University. Herzen Andone grew up in a Navy family and moved as his father’s career took him from place to place. Toward the end of his father’s service, he settled in Florida. He graduated from Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida and, after a few years of working in the business world, returned to college and graduated from the University of Florida.

In the midst of pastoring churches in North Georgia they became parents to two boys. Dakin is 14 and Dylan is 11. Rev. Andone brings years of experience with him from his previous appointments and not only is an accomplished preacher, but an outstanding musician as well, as the congregation experienced on his first Sunday. The Peachtree City UMC welcomes the Andone family to the staff and invites our community to come and meet our newest pastor.

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Revival Planned at First Assembly of God Church in Hogansville

First Assembly of God Church in Hogansville invites everyone to the revival starting Sunday, July 20th at 10 am. Evening service will begin at 6 pm.

Other worship services will be held Monday- Wednesday at 7 pm.

Revival services will be conducted by Bill & Lynda Willis from Florida.

Everyone is welcome. Bring the sick for prayer. All sick brought for these services will be prayed for. Bring your family members or friends. God loves you and is able to help you.

430 Corinth Rd