Friday, August 23, 2013


Here's a reminder that bigger isn't always better.  Sometimes it's just bigger.

What if we want complex, flavorful, colorful, or historic?

Check out the story if you want to know what it takes to revive something almost lost.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Church & Community Ministry Summit

We have a very exciting mission event scheduled Saturday, February 1, from 9AM-2PM, at Trinity on the Hill UMC in Augusta, Georgia!

What are the realities– the challenges & opportunities- in a community?

How might your church develop ministries that meet the needs in your community?

What does the Kingdom of God look like in your community? And how are you & your church part of that Way of Christ?

Featuring community experts sharing the reality & opportunity including:

Mrs. Sarah McDonald, Director of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta/ Family Promise.

Mr. Travis McNeal, Executive Director of Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Dr. Jason Moore, Principal, Cross Creek High School.

Mr. Thurman Norville, Director of United Methodist Children’s Home of Augusta.

Mrs. Natalie Paine, Assistant District Attorney, & others from law enforcement.

Mrs. Lauren Spivey, Elder Rights Program Manager with the CSRA Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging & Mrs. Kathy Tuckey, Program Director, Augusta Region, Alzheimer's Association of Georgia.

Mrs. Angela Feeser, LPC, Clinical Director, Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, plus Shannon Stephens, Ann Watts, Brian James will discuss Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Addictions, & Life Skills.

Featuring ministry experts sharing principles, best practices, & models:

Rev. Terry Fleming, District Superintendent, Augusta District of The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Rev. Stacey Harwell, Minister of Community Building at Centenary UMC/Macon, ABCD & Community Development.

Mrs. Marsha Jones, Director of Outreach/Music, St. Luke UMC, Mrs. Gloria Norwood & friends, Harrisburg ministries.

Rev. Shannon Karafanda, Associate Pastor at Cornerstone UMC, Family Ministry as community outreach.

Mr. Gary Locklear, Church & Community Worker, & North Carolina UM Conference Lay Leader.

Mr. Art Mellor, SPSARV Executive Director, & Mrs. Juliana Mecera, Executive Secretary for SPSARV on Addiction/substance abuse ministry.

Mrs. Julia Nielsen, Executive Director at Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone and Minister at New Horizons United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH, Shalom Zone & cooperative ministry.

Rev. Carolyn Poling, Associate Pastor, youth ministry & multi ethnic ministry, Impact Church, Atlanta GA.

Rev. Jeffrey Salley, Director, of the Bennettsville-Cheraw Area Cooperative Ministry, & Shirley Townsend Jones, Church & Community Worker.

Rev. Allen Stewart, Senior Pastor, Hartwell FUMC, life style & community outreach/ Wesleyan evangelism in word and deed.

Rev. Virginia Tinsley & friends, Executive Director of the North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council, housing/homeless & prison ministry.

The Church & Community Summit is part of the Trinity Outreach Celebration, our annual mission emphasis, yet has intentional focus on sharing the best mission practices which will apply in any church or community. This allows us to offer great teachers & preachers to inspire and inform laity and clergy from GA & SC in mission which makes a transformational difference. Most churches benefit from having a team of people who may attend a number of the sessions for the greatest impact in your own setting. Please register for the sessions & for lunch later this fall. This event is free with the only participant cost being for lunch & snacks.

Registration Available at November 4– January 27. For more information contact Rev. Scott Parrish at Trinity on the Hill UMC at