Glenn Memorial UMC
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Loving God, Loving Neighbor


Reconciling Ministries Conversation and Survey

In 2011 a group of retired United Methodist bishops wrote a letter supporting the removal of language from the Discipline that discriminates against homosexuals. Glenn Memorial responded with the formation of the Common Table, a group of Glenn members and staff that met weekly to discuss whether to publicly support the letter. After almost a year of meetings, Glenn Memorial drafted a statement of support (see below) and established the Glenn Rainbow Advocacy group to discern Glenn’s continuing role regarding the issue of homosexuality in the church. Recently three listening and learning sessions were held to discuss the possibility of becoming a partner of the Reconciling Ministries Network. As a follow-up to those meetings, we invited all Glenn Members to take a Congregational Assessment Survey. Results were presented to the Church Council on March 23rd. 

If you have further questions or comments you may direct them to Rev. Josh Amerson.


Letter to the Congregation Regarding the Common Table and the Bishops' Letter



New Glenn School for Young Children Director

Click here to read about the selection of Cherry in a letter from Sharon Hough, the Glenn School Board President.


Baptisms & Membership

Interested in baptism for yourself or children and "officially" joining our church family at Glenn? We welcome you! Membership and baptisms are as simple as prayerful consideration, conversations of intention, an easy form to fill out, coordinating calendars, and WELCOMING you and your family into the church. Feel free to contact any of our ministers, including Senior Pastor Alice Rogers, or simply contact Sara LaDew in the church office at 404-634-3936.


Snack in a Backpack: Be a Thursday Packing leader!

We are currently scheduling groups to be Thursday night packing leaders for Snack in a Backpack this winter and spring. All Glenn, Emory, and community groups are welcome to volunteer! It's easy and fun -- just arrive on a designated Thursday at 7pm, and you will be done by 7:45 pm. For more information on Snack in a Backpack, click here. Contact Deborah Marlowe if you'd like to get involved or if you have any questions (; 404.856.5508). 


Proposed Capital Campaign Plan Options - Report from Coxe-Curry

As Glenn UMC grows and looks to the future, all are invited to view and share feedback on the feasibility of the proposed campaign plan – click here to review the proposed plans. The final report summarizing the results of Coxe-Curry's feasibility study is now available for review. 


UPDATE: The Church Council and the Board of Trustees will shortly name a Steering Committee to finalize in the next several months a recommendation to Glenn about a capital campaign. The recommendation from the committee will involve choosing from the possible projects which were suggested during the Coxe Curry study, obtaining more detailed plans and better estimates for the capital projects chosen, setting the monetary goals for a campaign and deciding on the timing of a campaign. Members of the Steering Committee will include representatives from many Glenn committees, such as the Altar Guild, Environmental, Missions and others, so that as many interests of Glenn members can be considered as is possible. As soon as the members of the Steering Committee have been decided, a list will be made available to the congregation. 


Volunteer at Glenn

We invite volunteers of all ages to “get plugged in” through mission and ministry with hands-on projects, leadership opportunities, and other ways of sharing your gifts of time and service.  The Body of Christ – the church – is made of many people with many gifts, so THANK YOU for sharing yours! Click here to fill out the volunteer interest form or to sign up for a specific Glenn sponsored service project.

Another Fitness Opportunity! Operation Boot Camp

Located in Emory/Druid Hills at Druid Hills High School. Use code: GLENNUMC at check out to receive $25 off your registration and a matching $25 will be sent to Glenn UMC in your name! For more information, contact Bridget Seng ( Visit to register. 


Visit the Church Library

The recently updated Edward G. Mackay Library is open and waiting for you!  The library is open M-F, 8am-4pm, and during Wednesday and Sunday ministry hours. Books, DVDs, commentaries, & more available for check-out. The computer is available for research & feel free to search the computer database by subject, title, or author. For assistance, contact our librarian, Chris Pollette


Intown Collaborative Ministries (ICM) Food Pantry Needs You

In addition to financial support and food donations, Glenn had been asked to help support the ICM Food Pantry by signing up volunteers to work at the pantry on Saturday mornings. You are welcome to sign up as individuals on any given Saturday, but Glenn will send a large group of volunteers 4 Saturdays in 2014. The dates that Glenn is responsible for are January 18th, March 22nd, May 3rd, and September 6th (which is Good Neighbor Day). We need 12 volunteers to help each of these Saturdays from 10:15 to 12:30ish. The food pantry is located at Druid Hills UMC, at the corner of Ponce and Briarcliff.

You may also help ICM by volunteering to pack special packages of groceries each Friday afternoon. 2-3 people are needed to come to Druid Hills United Methodist Church after 2:30 pm but before 4:00 pm. The team will package approx. 20 bags of groceries which will be distributed on Saturday morning. The exercise will take about 1 hour. If you are interested, send your name and email address to the Pantry Leader, Laura Cushing at You don't have to be available every Friday to participate. This is an ideal opportunity for a team of friends who might like to volunteer together once a month or more often. Youth are welcome with an adult. Families are always welcome, too. Perfect for those who can't come on Saturday!

**Year end numbers are in: Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry served 3,880 households and a total of 4,678 people in 2013, giving out 57,375 lbs of food. Congratulations on a job well done and a THANK YOU to all Glenn volunteers and donors who helped make it happen!


Church Bulletin Discounts @ Local Emory Village and Emory Point Restaurants!  Yogli-Mogli, Zoës Kitchen, BurgerFi, and Ink and Elm

Ink and Elm in Emory Village offers a free cup of coffee with their Sunday brunch when you present your worship bulletin.

Yogli-Mogli offers a 15% discount on Sunday's on your frozen yogurt purchases when you show your Glenn Memorial UMC worship bulletin from any of our three services.

Zoës Kitchen offers a complimentary piece of Ya-Ya Chocolate Cake (offer valid with purchase)! Must be presented on the same Sunday.

BurgerFi offers a 10% discount of your purchase ANY DAY you show the current week's church bulletin!

Special thanks to our friendly neighbors at Yogli Mogli, Zoës Kitchen, BurgerFi, and now Ink and Elm!   


Sanctuary Flowers Signup

Sanctuary Flowers can be donated in honor or memory of a loved one or in celebration of a special occasion. Click here to sign up to provide flowers for an upcoming week. 

Volunteer with the Altar Guild

The Glenn Altar Guild would like to invite you to join them in service to the church. Altar Guild members coordinate acolytes, polish brass, order and design flower arrangements, coordinate weddings and communion elements, assist with funerals, maintain worship spaces and coordinate activities for special seasonal activities such as Advent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints, Thanksgiving and other special occasions. Many activities require limited commitments.

Activities can be scheduled for 8:30, 11:00 or 5:05 (The Gathering) services. For additional information, contact Susan Hogshead at 404-347-7627 or Susan Peterson at (404) 377-8001. Email contact: or

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