Thursday, December 9, 2010

Recapture the Wonder at Peachtree City First Presbyterian

This year, rediscover the special wonder of Christmas.......

December 12
11:15 am- Festival of Lessons and Carols
5:30 pm- Soup-N-Santa Family Fun Night
6:30pm- Middle & High School Fun Night

December 15
5:15pm- Christmas Fellowship Dinner
6:30 pm- Children's Musical - "Star of Wonder"

December 24
6:00 pm- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:00 pm- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 26
11:15 am- Worship Service

First Presbyterian Church
206 Willow Bend Rd
Peachtree City
770-487-7757

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Friday, November 19, 2010

All Saints’ Shannon Bryan Leads Christmas Recital

All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City is inviting the public to a free Christmas music recital in its sanctuary on December 4th at 7 p.m. The theme for the event is “Home For The Holidays.”

The presentation will be organized and led by All Saints music director Shannon Bryan. Bryan will play the piano and accompany guest soprano Chelsea Buyalos. LeeLee Hunter will also perform solo classical guitar.

A small sampling of the music includes, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “Ave Maria,” and “Oh Holy Night.” The artists will comment on the pieces and the composers during the program which is expected to last an hour and one half and be available for questions and discussion.

Bryan, a resident of Fayette County, has been music director at All Saints for several years. She has extensive experience as music director, pianist, piano instructor, violinist, music operations manager and educator at various churches and organizations. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Music from Georgia Southern and her Masters Degree in Music from the University of Miami.

Soprano Chelsea Buyalos, currently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, has a distinguished background in classical music having made her operatic debut in Rome in operas by Mozart, Pergolesi and Villa-Lobos. She also has performed in musicals to include “Annie,” “The King and I,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Oklahoma.” Recently, she worked with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on its spring and summer concert series.

Guitarist LeeLee Hunter is also enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory and is now in her third year of classical guitar study. She has played the guitar since childhood, but also studied voice and clarinet growing up. She has played solo with the Cincinnati Guitar Workshop and in a number of other classical music venues.

For further information, contact the All Saints office at 770-486-5374. The church is located at 225 South Peachtree Parkway.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Billy Graham to Celebrate 92nd Birthday Nov. 7

/PRNewswire/ -- As evangelist Billy Graham approaches his 92nd birthday on Sunday, Nov. 7, he reflects on ministry events of the past year, as he continues to look for ways he can further serve the Lord in his remaining years.

"I am amazed every time I think of how many years the Lord has given me on this earth," Mr. Graham said. "I am grateful for His blessing on our ministry for more than six decades, but wonder if there is something more He has for me to accomplish."

In addition to work on a book project on the ageing process that he has been writing over the last few years, Mr. Graham continues to attend Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) Board meetings as he is able. This year marked a milestone anniversary for the organization he founded in Minneapolis sixty years ago. "The Hour of Decision" with Billy Graham – one of Christian radio's longest running programs – also turned 60 this week, and continues to broadcast in five languages in 55 countries on six continents.

"I always enjoy hearing the reports from ongoing BGEA evangelistic events, including festivals held by my son, Franklin, and celebrations conducted by my grandson, Will," Mr. Graham said. "Under Franklin's leadership, the ministry has reached new audiences in new ways I would never have dreamed, incorporating many modern technologies and creative strategies to share the same message of God's love around the world."

Mr. Graham has had a busy year since his last birthday, in which he has hosted various friends, family and ministry colleagues in his log cabin home in western North Carolina, and has received personal visits from several national political leaders. These include former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin late last November, and President Barack Obama, who became the first sitting U.S. President to call on Mr. Graham at home when he stopped by for coffee while vacationing in nearby Asheville, NC, this past April. Mr. Graham also attended the re-opening of the Billy Graham Library earlier this year, following a three-month renovation to update the exhibits.

"I have been honored by so many visitors, and grateful for the opportunity to pray with them as we discussed what is going on in the world today," Mr. Graham said. "Recently, I have been praying for renewal in the Church in America and international revival. This includes specific prayers for the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelization held down in Cape Town, South Africa, last month. We first began holding these global leadership gatherings in 1961, and I believe they are so important as we work together with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world in spreading the good news of the Gospel message.

"While I don't know what the future holds for me, I still look for ways to serve the Lord," Mr. Graham continued. "Most of all, I look forward to serving Him in Heaven one day, alongside my dear wife Ruth, who I miss more every year."

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hallelujah Night Set for October 31 in the Heart of PTC

Join PTC First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church for a fun alternative to trick-or treating on October 31 from 6-8 pm.  Fun activities for the children include face painting, rock wall climbing, G Force, High Striker, Ring Toss and more.  There will be plenty of popcorn, hot dogs and candy. 

This great event is free and will be held at the two churches on Willowbend Rd.

For more information, call 770-487-7757.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Annual Women's Revival at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Fayetteville

Wednesday, Octiber 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM with Guest Speaker Pastor Belinda McCastle of New Hope UMC;
            
Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM with Guest Speaker Co-Pastor Kammie Staley of Chosen Generations;
            
Friday, October 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM - Musical Concert and Praise Dancing; and
            
Sunday, October 10, 2010 is Women's Day Celebration with Guest Speaker Shontell Stanford of Edgefield Baptist Church at the 11:00 AM Service.
 
Mt. Olive Baptist Church is located at 1565 - Highway 92 North, Fayetteville, GA.  30214. Call 770-892-7508 for information and directions  All are invited. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fayette: P.U.R.E. Special Needs Training

Currently, in the United States , people with disabilities are virtually invisible in the interfaith community, even though people with disabilities constitute statistically 15% - 20% of our U.S. population. Families with children with special needs are especially hard hit in finding places to worship that offer acceptance and empathy for their situation. In our communities, 2 in 5 families have a child with a disability or special medical need. Divorce rate in marriages with a disabled child exceeds 4 out 5 marriages.

The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project is a nationwide effort to assist Christians in including, ministering to, and caring for disabled people and their families within the framework of their local church. A training seminar in P.U.R.E. respite outreach will be offered starting at 9AM Saturday, September 24, 2010 at Heritage Christian Church at 2130 Redwine Road in Fayetteville.

More information and registration for this event is available by calling P.U.R.E Ministries at 678-318-1929 or online at www.zachariahsway.com. Cost is $10.

Andy Andrews Speaks at Women of Faith Conference in Duluth

NY Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is the guest speaker at the Women of Faith conference
When: September 24-25, 2010
Where: Arena at the Gwinnett Center

The Women of Faith Conference is: Friday 10:00am-3:30pm & 7:00pm-10:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Andy Andrews is scheduled to speak Friday only at 10:50 AM for 40 minutes, does a live Q & A at 2:20 PM for 30 minutes and then speaks again at 2:50 PM for 40 minutes.

Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He is author of The Traveler’s Gift, The Noticer, Return to Sawyerton Springs, The Butterfly Effect and The Heart Mender and many other creative works. His newest book is The Boy Who Changed the World, a children's book that teaches that everything you do matters.

Andy lived a relatively normal life until the age of nineteen, when both his parents died—and he found himself literally homeless, sleeping under a pier or in someone's garage. Then he asked the question that would ultimately affect millions of people. "Is life just a lottery ticket, or are there choices one can make to direct his future?"

Andy has spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents and works with people from all walks of life, including the military. He lives in Alabama, with his wife, Polly, and their two sons.

Other speakers at the two-day Women of Faith Conference include: Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Lisa Welchel, Anita Renfroe, and Nicole Johnson. Musical performers include Sandi Patty, Mandisa, and Nicole C. Mullen.

For information about the Women of Faith Conference visit www.womenoffaith.com/duluth .

WHO IS ANDY ANDREWS?

Andy Andrews, hailed by a New York Times writer as someone who has quietly become "one of the most influential people in America,” is a best-selling novelist and in-demand corporate speaker for the world’s largest organizations. The Traveler’s Gift, a featured book selection of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been translated into nearly twenty languages and was on the New York Times bestseller list for seventeen weeks. His latest book, The Noticer was also on the NY Times bestsellers list.

Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and toured military bases around the world, being called upon by the Department of Defense to speak to the troops. He is one of the most popular and in demand speakers in corporate America. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue—both on paper and on stage.

He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife, Polly, and their two sons.

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The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
By Andy Andrews

ISBN 978-0-7852-3103-5
Thomas Nelson 244 PP
Official Publication Date May 4, 2010

“The Heart Mender is a sweeping adventure filled with many emotions. The compelling narrative unites the past and the present in a fantastic must read! - Bonnie Tiegel, Senior Supervising Producer, Entertainment Tonight & The Insider

“The principle woven into this incredible story has changed my life.” - Tim Brando, CBS Sports Host and Commentator

“With the skill of a virtuoso, Andy Andrews continues his string of successful writing performances in this, his latest entertaining masterpiece. The plot, characters, and storyline combine to summon the reader into an unforgettable experience.” - Robert Silvers, Executive Publisher, The Saturday Evening Post
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Last Chance to Take Advantage of Universal Orlando Resort's Best Ticket Offer for Rock the Universe 2010

“Rock Your Weekend” Ticket Provides Guests with an Entire Weekend of Fun, Fellowship and Rock and Roll

Universal Orlando Resort’s Rock The Universe 2010 is one of the most exciting celebrations of Christian music in the nation, and the “Rock Your Weekend” ticket allows guests to experience three full days of soul-stirring rock and roll, amazing entertainment and the world-class thrills of both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Individual tickets are only available until Sept. 3 and will not be sold at the gate. Group tickets are only available until Sept. 8 and will not be sold at the gate.

The “Rock Your Weekend” ticket is priced at $99.95 for individual tickets and $89.95 for group tickets and includes:

· Access to all Rock The Universe concerts on Sept. 10 and 11
· Three full days of admission to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
· Access to the candle-lighting ceremony and Sunday morning worship services

This year’s Rock The Universe lineup features 14 of the hottest Christian music bands in the industry, including five-time Grammy award-winning group Jars of Clay; hit band Relient K – featuring popular songs like “Forgiven” and “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been;” Skillet – whose unique symphonic rock sound inspires fans everywhere; and Needtobreathe – whose music has been featured in hit movies and television shows like “The Hills,” “Employee of the Month” and “P.S. I Love You.”


ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2010 LINEUP
Friday, September 10
Saturday, September 11
Skillet
Relient K
Newsboys
tobyMac
Jars of Clay
Jeremy Camp
Hawk Nelson
Grits
Decyfer Down
Needtobreathe
Kutless
Fireflight
Chuck Tocco
Jeff Chandler

                                                                        ** Names in bold indicate headlining acts.

Two-night admission to Rock The Universe is priced at $84.95 for individual tickets and includes admission after 4 p.m. to Universal Studios Florida and all Rock The Universe concerts. A one-night individual ticket is priced at $49.95 for advance purchase and $57.95 for day-of purchase.

More Information: Visit www.RockTheUniverse.com or call 1-866-RTU-INFO (1-866-788-4636).
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Stars of Hit Movie FIREPROOF – Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield – Appearing LIVE in MARIETTA


Feed Your Faith’s LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR tour featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield LIVE will be in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Roswell Street Baptist Church.

The LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR tour features actor, writer and evangelist Kirk Cameron and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield (“Love Is Not A Fight” from the FIREPROOF movie starring Kirk Cameron). The event has two sessions – an afternoon matinee session from 1 - 4:30 p.m. and an evening session beginning at 7 - 10:30 p.m.

In 2009, this event was attended by nearly 9,000 people in Knoxville, Tenn. and tickets sold out almost six months early. Don’t wait if you wish to participate in this amazing, life-changing conference.
The LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR conference is all about relationships, and it applies to teenagers, single adults, newly married couples and longtime spouses. The conference also focuses on the all-important relationship each of us has with God.

Cameron starred in the runaway hit movie FIREPROOF last year. Following the success of his 1980s hit television show, Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron married actress Chelsea Noble and started a family. Today the father of six is an outspoken believer and has starred in the Left Behind movies, written books, and continues to work in television. His next movie, “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure,” is currently in production.

North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Warren Barfield is on a mission to make the truly important things important again in his life. Things like faith, love, marriage, children, truth, and with his songs, he challenges us all to do the same. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Warren has found those things in his faith, his wife, and his belief in love. "These are the things I would die for; things I will wake up every morning and spend my day fighting for," Barfield said.

For the past four years, Feed Your Faith has sponsored the best and brightest Christian speakers, authors and performing artists to “feed” the faithful while raising tens of thousands of dollars to feed those who are in need.

A few years ago, Mike Williams – a Blount County resident with a heart for people who are struggling – started Feed Your Faith. The Feed Your Faith concept was simple; bring in Christian speakers, authors, singers and music groups to help Christians grow in their faith and, at the same time, raise money for those who are less fortunate. Unlike some nonprofit and charity groups, Feed Your Faith has virtually no overhead expenses – so once the cost of bringing the event to town is covered, proceeds go directly to local charities.

To date, Feed Your Faith has worked with nationally known writers and music groups including Lee Strobel (former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and author of The Case for Christ), author Mark Middleberg, DecembeRadio, Decyfer Down and Sanctus Real (Dove Award winning Christian Rock and Alternative band), needtobreath and Sarah Reeves.

For more information about LOVE WORTH FIGHTING TOUR featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield LIVE at Roswell Street Baptist Church at 774 Roswell Street in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, August 28, 2010, or to order your tickets, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org. Tickets range from $17.50 to $35 each and are available as reserved seats or general admission for singles, couples, and groups of 10 or more.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Edgefield Baptist, Fayetteville, to Dedicate Sanctuary June 27

Edgefield Baptist Church in Fayetteville will dedicate their recently renovated sanctuary on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM. The Guest Speaker will be Reverend Belinda McCastle from New Hope United Methodist Church.

The Senior Pastor at Edgefield is Eddie Thomas. Edgefield is located at 140 Church Street in Fayetteville, 30214-1612. For more information, please call the church at 770-461-7388.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

All Saints Anglican Sets Free Music Camp

All Saints Anglican Church in Peachtree City will conduct its annual free children’s Music Camp July 12-16. The theme is “A Week of Praise” with a focus on a variety of music especially traditional hymns and praise songs.

Curriculum for the camp includes singing, dancing, an introduction to various instruments, composition, and art. It also features contests, games and snacks. No previous experience is required.

Guest musicians will begin and close each day leading worship music. This year's new additions to the program are a string lab, a percussion lab, and a keyboard lab. Children will have the chance to experiment with guitars, violins, dulcimers and harps.

Rev. Michael Fry and guest guitarist and vocalist Jeff Shepard will teach children about the elements of music composition such as melody, rhythm and texture. Music director Shannon Bryan and a number of adult volunteers will spearhead the program and provide supervision for the children.

Parents and friends will be invited to the “grand finale” and graduating presentation at noon on the 16th when the children get a chance to demonstrate what they have learned. Exanples of songs planned include such classics as “Praise to the Lord,the Almighty,” “For All the Saints,” “All Creatures of Our God and King” and “The Heart of Worship.”

The camp is scheduled for 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. daily It is open to the public and ages 4-12. It will be held at the church at 225 South Peachtree Parkway. Those interested may sign up by calling the church at 770-486-5374 or by visiting the church website at ptcanglican.org/registration.php.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

South Atlanta Tea Party Hosts Pastor's Breakfast / Christian Leadership Event

May 12, 2010 - 9:00 am - 11:00am
Tyrone Depot - 847 Senoia Road - Tyrone, GA 30290

Dear Pastors:

The South Atlanta Tea Party would like to invite you and any of your Christian leadership staff to an educational and informative Pastor's breakfast. Our guest speakers are from the Alliance Defense Fund and American Vision. The information presented will greatly benefit you and your church as you serve Christ in these critical days.

Welcome / Introduction: Cindy Fallon, President of SATP
Prayer: Marty Harbin, Harbin Insurance Agency, Fayetteville, Georgia
Music: Heather Harbin, Violinist
Speaker: Ken Fletcher, Alliance Defense Fund
Gary DeMar, American Vision
Topics: ADF, Threats to religious freedom and persecution of the church AV,
Restoring the Church to its Biblical Foundation, Does America have a
Christian heritage? (Truth or Fiction)

Hosted by: South Atlanta Tea Party
Sponsor: Ms. Leslie Edwards, who serves our community with Re/Max Around Atlanta
RSVP: E-mail cspringsteen@comcast.net or call Carol at 770-969-8910
Please state your church name and number attending
PLEASE INVITE YOUR PASTOR AND / OR ASSOCIATE PASTOR
($15.00 Donation for Non Pastors)
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

40 Days of Favor for Fayette County, Action of Faith Ministries

A REVIVAL, "40 Days of Favor for Fayette County", is ongoing at Action of Faith Ministries in Tyrone at 7:00 PM, nightly through May 15th.

Action of Faith Ministries, http://aofministries.org, is located at 1550 Senoia Road in Tyrone in a warehouse behind Sonic on GA Hwy 74 (just a little north of the Legacy Theater).

Please come to help us seek the favor of God for Fayette County!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Banished! City forbids Bible studies in homes

The city of Gilbert, Ariz., has ordered a group of seven adults to stop gathering for Bible studies in a private home because such meetings are forbidden by the city's zoning codes.

The issue was brought to a head when city officials wrote a letter to a pastor and his wife informing them they had 10 days to quit having the meetings in their private home.
Find out the latest right now on WND.com.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Clayton State Opera Plans Evening on Women from the Bible, Mar. 26, Mar. 27

In conjunction with Clayton State University’s celebration of Women’s History Month, Clayton State Opera presents: “Eve and Her Daughters: Opera and Women of the Bible,” an evening of opera focusing on women from the Bible, featuring a cast of Clayton State University students directed by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, Clayton State’s director of Opera and vocal Studies, and accompanied by an orchestra under the baton of Clayton State Director of Choral Activities Dr. Shaun Amos.

The program will run in Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall on Friday, Mar. 26 and Saturday, Mar. 27 at 8 p.m., and will open with Eve’s Odds, an award-winning one-act “musical midrash” on the Garden of Eden story by composer Bruce Trinkley and librettist Jason Charnesky. The program will continue with excerpts of Romantic and Baroque era works by Saint-SaĆ«ns (Samson et Dalila) and Handel, and conclude by 9:30 p.m. with one of the oldest surviving musical dramas of the Western world, the Planctus Mariae, the lament of Mary the mother of Jesus at the foot of the Cross.

General admission is $10; and $5 for students and seniors. Admission is free with a LakerCard ID. For more information, contact Zeller at (678) 466-4759.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Follow the Final Footsteps of Jesus at PTCUMC

On Saturday, March 27, Peachtree City United Methodist Church invites all families in the community to take a “Journey to the Tomb,” an event depicting the final days in the life of Jesus.

Set outside in a wooded area behind the church, the journey includes six interactive stations that bring to life the actions of Jesus on Palm Sunday, in the Garden of Gethsemane, during the Last Supper, his Crucifixion and culminating with his Resurrection.

All stations are family-friendly and suitable for children of all ages.

Journeys will begin every 10 minutes from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in the back parking area at our worship campus at 225 Robinson Road. The event will conclude with an exciting Easter celebration in the PTCUMC Scout Lodge.

While waiting for departures to begin, guests can visit the Jerusalem Marketplace, which will immerse participants in Bible-times culture: taste and smell new foods, explore new traditions, and discover the many interesting and exciting aspects of the culture in which Jesus lived.

Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance for a departure time at JourneyRSVP@gmail.com.

There is no charge for this interactive experience. For more information contact the church at 770.487.6499 ext. 249 or go to www.ptcumc.org.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Redhot & Blue Concert at Fairburn UMC

Fairburn United Methodist Church in downtown Fairburn invites you to experience Yale University’s premier a capella group, “Redhot & Blue”, on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:00 pm. This free concert is open to the community. For more information, call the church office at 770-964-3393 or visit us at www.FairburnUMC.org.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PTCUMC Preschool To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Peachtree City United Methodist Church is proud to announce the 25th anniversary of the Church Preschool program. In September, 1984 the school began with three teachers and four classes with a total of 43 three- and four-year-old children. Over the years the program steadily increased in size and scope. In 2003-04 a Kindergarten program was added with 15 children, giving the school a total of 10 classes and 130 students. The PTCUMC Preschool first became recognized as a Program of Excellence by the United Methodist Preschool Association of the North Georgia Conference in 1996. The PTCUMC Preschool has maintained the same high quality of programming in the years that followed, achieving recertification in 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2008.

On Tuesday, March 16 the community is invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Festivities will begin with a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 PM in the PTCUMC multipurpose room. Class photos from all 25 years will be shown during the dinner and current students will sing. From 6:30 – 7:30 PM the school will hold an open house in the classrooms on the first floor. Dinner is $5 per person, $3 for children under 12, with a $20 maximum per family. RSVP by March 5 by calling the church at 770.487.6499 ext. 248. There is no charge for the open house. The celebration will be held in the PTCUMC Children and Youth Center at 400 Windgate Road. For further information, contact PTCUMC at 770-487-6499 or see the church website at www.ptcumc.org.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Coweta-Fayette Rotary brings SHROUD ENCOUNTER to Senoia on March 1st

SHROUD ENCOUNTER will be coming to McGuires in downtown Senoia on Monday March 1st at 6:30 PM. Shroud Encounter is a highly acclaimed multi-media presentation and is sponsored by the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club.

Shroud Encounter is a production of Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. and will be presented by Russ Breault, president and founder. The presentation is a fast moving, big-screen experience covering all aspects of Shroud research. The Rotary event will be 30-minute abbreviated version.

Russ Breault is an international lecturer and researcher who has been featured in seven national documentaries and has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, and Auburn. See www.ShroudEncounter.com for more info.
The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world yet remains a mystery. The 14-foot long linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5'10" bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the Bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The historical trail tracks back through Italy, France, Asia Minor (Turkey) and may have originated in the Middle East according to botanical evidence.

A team of 24 scientists in 1981 concluded it was not the work of an artist. They found no visible trace of paint, pigment, dye or other artistic substances on the cloth. Other discoveries have defied explanation such as why the image shows up as a positive image in a photographic negative. The image also contains 3-D or distance information indicating the cloth must have wrapped a human form at the time the image was created. The blood is AB positive with human DNA. Skeptics have mounted numerous attempts to show how a medieval artist could have produced the image but all have been inadequate to fully explain how the mysterious image was formed. The image is so superficial it only penetrates the top micro-fibers to the depth of a single bacterium. In addition, there is no image under the blood meaning that the blood was on the cloth before the image. No attempt at replicating the image has resolved these two key attributes. If the cloth indeed wrapped a corpse, there are no stains of decomposition.

The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 shows that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge was not part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample appears to have been part of a section that was frayed and repaired sometime during the Middle Ages. Based on this new evidence, many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive and should no longer be considered valid.

Adding strength to the Shroud’s authenticity, scientists from Hebrew University confirmed the presence of pollen from plants that grow only in Israel. The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times."

Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Celebrating Grace Hymnal to Premiere in Two Congregational Concerts

Nine Georgia Choirs will Participate in the Atlanta Concerts

After four years in development, Celebrating Grace Hymnal will be in church pews across the nation, beginning in March. Highlighting the premiere of the highly anticipated hymnal will be two congregational concerts held Sunday and Monday, March 7 and 8, at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2713 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

Each of the evening concerts will feature five choirs, accompanied by organ, piano, hand bells, brass quintet, and timpani, to lead the congregation in singing. Several new works by well-known composers and arrangers will be performed, including four congregational anthems, a commissioned anthem, and the first anthem in the “Celebrating Grace Choral Series.”

Participating in the Sunday concert will be The Georgia Youth Choir Festival, and the choirs of First Baptist Church of Marietta, First Baptist Church of Griffin, First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville and Wieuca Road Baptist Church of Atlanta. Performing at the Monday program will be the Belmont University Chorale of Nashville, Tenn., the Mercer University Children’s Choir of Macon, and the choirs of First Baptist Church of Macon, and Peachtree Baptist Church and Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, both of Atlanta.

The Sunday concert will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the Monday event, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes a commemorative hymnal. Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended, especially for groups. For more information, or to order tickets, go to www.celebrating-grace.com or call (877) 550-7707, ext. 7019.

About the Hymnal
Celebrating Grace Hymnal is a collaborative initiative of more than 50 leaders from the United States and Canada comprised of pastors, church musicians, composers, scholars and laity. The five-member editorial board purposefully took a grassroots approach to developing and designing the hymnal. Editors and committee members traveled across the nation, holding meetings with church leaders and seeking new ideas of how to meet the music needs of churches today.


The result is a comprehensive collection of timeless hymns and songs that have been sung for generations, along with new expressions of Christian faith by many of today’s most distinguished church music composers and arrangers. The format is designed to provide depth as well as flexibility to congregations and worship planners who seek fresh ways to tell the Gospel story.
Two components have been developed to complement the Hymnal: The Worship Matrix™ and Supplemental Music Resources. The Worship Matrix™ is an interactive library of online resources for worship planning. This web-based component provides an easy-to-use planner that enables users to develop a well-balanced cohesive worship service with scripture, readings, music and prayers complementing and building upon each other.


Supplemental Music Resources provides churches with quick online access to a full line of music and worship resources designed to enhance the music ministry. Some of the nation’s finest composers and arrangers in church music are participating in the creation of this exceptional music collection, including C.L. Bass, Cindy Berry, Todd Billingsley, Pepper Choplin, Michael Cox, Lee Dengler, Patti Drennan, Steve Dunn, Mark Edwards, Dan Goeller, Marty Hamby, Gary Lanier, Lloyd Larson, Ralph Manuel, Joseph M. Martin, Mary McDonald, Hart Morris, Anna Laura Page, Mary Kay Parrish, Stan Pethel, David Schwoebel, Robert Sterling, Martha Lynn Thompson, Sandy Wilkinson and Daniel Zamora.

Leadership
J. Thomas McAfee III, Chairman and President of Hallmark Systems, Inc., Macon, and church music proponent, initiated the Hymnal Project in 2006. He serves as Chairman and Editor and has been primarily responsible for the business side of the Hymnal’s development, publishing and distribution.


Mark Edwards, retired longtime Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Nashville, joined Celebrating Grace in 2007. As Vice President of Music and Worship Resources, Edwards has overseen the music side of the Hymnal.

Other members of the editorial board are John Simons, Director of the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies, Mercer University; David Music, Professor of Church Music, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Milburn Price, retired Dean, Samford University School of Performing Arts, Birmingham, Ala., and Stanley Roberts, Associate Dean and Director of Choral Activities, Townsend School of Music, Mercer University.

Celebrating Grace Website
More information on the Celebrating Grace Hymnal is available at
www.celebrating-grace.com. Celebrating Grace is located at 6501 Peake Road, Building 350, Macon, Georgia 31210.
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Gospel Singing at Noah's Ark Holiness Church

Saturday February 20, 2010 7:00PM
At 1404 Barnesville Rd., Griffin, GA 30224-8531
Refreshments served at 5:30PM and at intermission
For additional information contact Brother Michael Pritchett @ 770 227 6644

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fayette: Centering Prayer Workshop Offered at PTCUMC

Peachtree City United Methodist Church invites the community to a Centering Prayer Workshop on Saturday, February 27, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Centering Prayer helps open minds and hearts to the presence of Christ and to deeper relationship with him. Rather than replace other forms of prayer, Centering Prayer casts a new light and depth on the meaning of them. Based in Christian tradition, the practice of Centering Prayer was developed as a way of praying that leads one beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ through silence, solitude and simplicity.

Led by Roberta Oster, coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta, the cost of the workshop is $30. Register online at www.ptcumc.org or by calling the church at 770.487.6499. Reservations made by February 24 will include a box lunch and drink. The church will take registrations at the door on February 27 (lunch not included).

Registration includes an optional six-week Centering Prayer weekly study on Mondays from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, March 1 through April 12. Participation in the workshop is not a requirement for the weekly study. Advance registration is encouraged.

“I am looking forward to the Centering Prayer Workshop because in the midst of my often busy life I need to learn more about stillness. I believe that centering prayer will offer me a way to rest in the presence of God’s love and grace,” said Kim Reindl, Director of Adult Christian Formation at PTCUMC.

Both the workshop and the weekly study group will be held at the PTCUMC Worship Campus, 225 Robinson Rd in Peachtree City. For more information on the practice of Centering Prayer go to www.contemplativeoutreach.org.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

CBF Launches Audio Bible Listening Campaign

/PRNewswire/ -- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), a fellowship of about 1,800 Baptist churches across the country, officially kicks off You've Got The Time this month.

You've Got The Time is a nationwide Bible listening initiative launched by Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry. Almost 14,000 churches have participated and more than four million Audio Bibles have been provided free to churchgoers.

Participating churches listen to the Audio New Testament 28 minutes a day for 40 days. Research shows nearly 70 percent of believers have not read the New Testament and many do not read their Bible regularly.

Daniel Vestal, CBF's executive coordinator, is encouraging all 1,800 churches in the fellowship to participate.

"We place high value on Scripture," said Vestal. "We believe the Bible is central to the life of the individual and the church. But if we're honest about it, all too often we spend little or no time with God's Word in our daily lives... that's why CBF is embarking on this new initiative unlike any we have ever attempted before."

Bo Prosser, CBF's coordinator of congregational formation writes, "The You've Got The Time Bible listening initiative is gaining momentum. We're feeling the excitement and affirmation."

More than 200 CBF churches signed up and half of these finished listening before the close of 2009.

For those listening to the Audio Bible, Prosser said he anticipates personal and congregational spiritual growth as people engage in serious conversations centered around Scripture. He also expects engaging in the Scriptures will encourage support of global missions.

CBF plans to sponsor Audio Bible recordings for people who, due to poverty and illiteracy, don't have access to God's Word. Offerings received are slated for recording the Bible in audio for the most neglected people groups where CBF personnel work.

Half of the world's population is functionally illiterate and lives on less than $2 a day. Faith Comes By Hearing has seen how God's Word in audio breaks through poverty and illiteracy barriers, giving everyone the opportunity to hear God's Word.

"We will be transformed by listening to God's Word, reflecting on it, discussing it, and sharing it with others," said Vestal. "It will create greater desire to study and share Scripture as we open ourselves to the Spirit by hearing the Word of God."

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

FIREPROOF Pastor Reveals Church Secret

/PRNewswire/ -- How does a church in southern Georgia turn out box-office-hit movies? The secret isn't superior production or top actors but a top-down policy to make revival the first, second, third, and fourth priority.

Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Church in Albany, shows the roots of that policy as he opens The Power of Surrender: Breaking Through to Revival," number three in his trilogy on God-dependence, from B&H publishing: hitting stores on March 1. "I am a man who begins with the thought of 'What if?'" Catt writes. "What if we were willing to lay hold of the altar and not let go until the Lord blessed us and changed our lives? What if we stopped our conniving and started a concentrated emphasis on seeking Him?"

Sherwood Church senior pastor since 1989, Catt is executive producer of the surprise movie successes FIREPROOF (2008's top-grossing indie film), FACING THE GIANTS (the breakout Christian film of 2006), and FLYWHEEL (now in a re-mastered DVD). The Power of Surrender maintains that surrender is the key to revival and revival is the key to spreading the gospel--by any means.

"I had a roommate in college who didn't like the word surrender when associated with Christian life," Catt writes. "I find it refreshing. It's the awareness of my desperate need for something or someone to lift me out of the miry clay and set my feet on solid rock . . . It's not overstating to say revival is our key to survival."

Catt sees the disciplines of revival lived out in his congregation firsthand. "People are being saved. Members are inviting their lost friends and un-churched neighbors," he says. "Attendance shot up. Why? Revival produces evangelism."

As part of Sherwood Pictures, Catt has appeared in the New York Times, on the 700 Club, the Dr. Phil Show, Glenn Beck, Washington Post, Baptist Press, Leadership Journal, and FamilyLife Today among many other national media. But he's the first to say that filmmaking is not the hallmark of Sherwood's faith in God. Surrender is.

Michael Catt is the think-outside-the-sanctuary leader making good on his church's goal to "change the world from Albany, Georgia." He's also founder of Sherwood's annual ReFRESH revival conference. In 2008, he headed the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, representing more than 42,000 churches. He is a prolific author, speaker, conference founder and leader, and pastor to pastors.

B&H Publishing Group is a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, the world's largest provider of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, and church supplies. LifeWay serves 150,000 church customers, shipping more than 61 million units of product a year from a 350,000 square-foot distribution center. From its original core of Bibles, textbooks, and reference titles, B&H has developed into a major publisher of Christian living, fiction, youth, history, academic, reference, and electronic products. B&H is home to bestselling authors Beth Moore, Henry Blackaby, Gary Chapman, Oliver North, Chuck Norris, Vicki Courtney, Dan Miller, and Thom S. Rainer.

The Power of Surrender is appropriate for personal, small-group, or church-wide study.

Release Date: March 1, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0-8054-4869-6
Retail Price: $14.99
Web Site: www.MichaelCattBooks.com

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