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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Today’s Special Offering

As you know, during our offering time this morning we all have an opportunity to give a small “above and beyond” offering to support this year’s Annual Conference Bishop’s Special Offering. This year’s offering will go to support World Methodist Evangelism, including the World Methodist Evangelism Institute. Each church in the North Georgia Conference (about 1,000 churches) is asked to give to this offering. Then, on Wednesday of Conference Week (June 13 at 2PM) delegates from each local church will place his or her church’s offering into the collection plate. God bless us all as North Georgia United Methodists join together to help further the name, spirit, and movement of Jesus Christ all over the world. If you’re writing a check, make it out to Redwine UMC and notate it for “Annual Conference Special Offering.”

Relay for Life

We’ve had an exceptional year again supporting Relay for Life! We have all been blessed and inspired by the enthusiastic and effective leadership of this year’s Team Captain, Jacob Frier. Jacob, we’re proud of you and we thank you for stepping into this important role and leading us in such an amazing way to support the cause of defeating cancer through Relay for Life.

Relay for Life (RFL) gives us all a chance to make a difference for those fighting cancer and for those working hard to discover effective treatments that will fight and, hopefully one day, eradicate cancer. Dr. Gordy Klatt is the founder of RFL. A colorectal surgeon, Klatt organized a cancer run/walk in May, 1985, in Tacoma, Washington. For 24 hours, Klatt and just a few supporters walked and ran around the circular track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma. That night, Klatt walked and ran 83 miles. Through per mile support, Klatt raised $27,000 that night and the rest is history. Dr. Klatt’s vision turned into Relay For Life that today has over 5,200 events in the United States and has raised more than $4.5 billion to save lives. In addition, the American Cancer Society licenses twenty non-governmental cancer organizations in other countries to hold RFL events to battle cancer across the globe.

Let’s include Dr. Gordy Klatt in our prayers today. A few weeks ago, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has surgery scheduled this month and today is taking chemotherapy. For his pioneering work in fighting cancer through Relay for Life, this year Dr. Klatt was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award from his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas.

Thank you and God bless you Dr. Gordy Klatt, the millions of people who have supported RFL, the victims and survivors of cancer, Jacob Frier, and all of you who remember and walk and give and pray.

Your Pastor and Friend, Mark

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