At The Crossroads

October 2015 Newsletter from Crossroads UMC

The Pastor's Perspective

What's and Apportionment?

We had an excellent finance presentation at our last Wednesday Night Supper about our financial condition. One of the points that emerged surrounded the temporary suspension of apportionment payments until the end of the year. Someone asked, “What are apportionments?” Sometimes we forget where our general church contributions go. Here’s a clearer answer about that question and a refresher for all of us.

Apportionments start with understanding how we organize the United Methodist Church. The UMC is a “connectional” church. This is different than “congregational” or “non-denominational” churches. UMC’s are like a tightly organized franchise. Other churches are like independently owned and operated businesses. There are strengths and weaknesses to each model.

Congregational churches practice independent church governance. They are accountable to themselves and make their own rules. UMC’s have by-laws agreed upon through a large group process that we consistently follow at every church. Congregational church budget money stays in the local church unless they fund something beyond their church’s ministries. We take care of our local church and send around 10% of our budgeted funds to the general church.

The UMC denomination has about 8,500,000 members in 41,000 connected congregations throughout the world. Through apportionments each church accomplishes what no single church could hope to do alone. "We combine our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to make a significant difference in the lives of God's people all around the world" (from our webpage).

The apportionment amount to each UMC church is based on our budget numbers from the previous year. The conference treasurer combines this information in a formula that results in a figure that is usually around 10% of our annual budget. For 2016 our General Church apportionment amounts we be $28,515.00. $19,777 goes to the North Georgia Conference ministry budget and $8,670 goes to the General Church.

Here’s an explanation of where the money goes:

Items in the North Georgia Budget:

  • Retired Ministers Pension and Insurance Benefits $5,548.00

    • Funding for the past service of 600+ retirees in the pre-1982 pension and health benefits plan. We are repairing the unfunded liability that many pension plans are dealing with.

  • Ministerial Support $3,463.00

    • Bishop office expenses, District Superintendent Salaries and benefits, Board of Ordained Ministry expenses (the recruiting and evaluation of new pastors happens with them)

  • Church Development $3,286.00

    • This operates our new church planter salaries, existing church support, and office support for the program.

  • Conference Benevolences $3,186.00

    • Conference staff salaries, camping and retreat ministries, and conference wide program ministry teams

  • Conference Administration $2,590.00

    • Office of the treasurer and financial training workshops in the conference

  • Higher Education $1,659.00

    • Organizational support to 9 UMC related colleges, 18 Wesley foundations, and office expenses

  • Capital Funding $45.00

    • Office equipment for recent move to new headquarters

  • Southeastern Jurisdiction Fund $68.00

    • Support for the facility at Lake Junaluska where the Jurisdictional conference is held.

  • For the work done in the General Church:

  • World Service Fund $4,377.00

    • Support for our missionaries and missions with the General Board of Global Ministries

  • Ministerial Education Fund $1,503.00

    • Financial support to recruit future pastors through grants and scholarships (25% of this fund stays in North Georgia)

  • Episcopal Fund $1,411.00

    • Pays the salaries and benefits for 69 active Bishops and 100 retired Bishops around the world

  • Black College Fund $599.00

    • Support for operations and capital funding for historically black colleges in in the US.

  • General Administration Fund $528.00

    • General conference expenses and General counsel on finance committee expenses

  • Africa University Fund $134.00

    • Support for a United Methodist school in Mutare, Zimbabwe

  • Interdenominational Cooperation Fund $118.00

    • Supports UMC presence in ecumenical organizations such as National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, and World Methodist Council as well as other Pan-methodist commissions.

    We all support mission and ministry around the world and in our backyard through these budget items. I hope Crossroads UMC will rise to the challenge to replenish our safety net of our church account so that we can fully support the work of United Methodists around the world. Here’s some more information if you would like to read more:

  • In Christ,

Past Month's Events



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Church Events Coming Soon

Marriage Enrichment Group

On October 4th from 5:00PM—7:00PM in the Sanctuary, we’re starting back with our Marriage Enrichment Group. From newlyweds to empty nesters and blended families, anyone who wants to strengthen their marriage is invited to become a part of our monthly couples group. A typical evening includes light food, introduction to an insightful and fun couple’s exercise, and then a short time of reflection and discussion. RSVP for Childcare. Contact Rev. Zack Martin for more info at 770-388-7438 or

Scripture Reading Orientation

Want to practice public speaking by reading scripture during worship? Then please join this special training event for new and old scripture readers on October 4th at 10:00am in the sanctuary. This event is led by Mary Lynn Luke. You’ll learn some helpful tips on making your presentation of scripture more understandable and smooth with our new sound system. Please RSVP to or 770-388-7438.

Exploring Arts Meeting

Exploring Arts monthly meeting is October 7th at 10:00am and October 21st at 4:30pm in the Pathfinders Room. For more information please contact Mary Jane Lea at 770-789-5836 or

Wednesday Night Supper

Wednesday Night Supper is October 14th at 6:00PM. Program details are to be determined at a later date.


Chicken Tenders

Creamed Corn

Green Beans

Squash Casserole

Candied Yams

Fruit Salad


Iced Tea & Lemonade

Banana Pudding

Youth Parent Meeting

On October 18th at 5:00PM—5:30PM in the Sanctuary, Rachel Blanchette, our amazing Youth Leader, will be holding a Youth Parent Meeting. Parents, please join us before Youth on Sunday to talk about the youth program this year. We will discuss future plans and how we can make this a fun, spirit-filled year!! Please contact Rachel for more information at 810-300-0770 or

“Ask: Finding answers to hard questions in a skeptical age.”

Fall Pastor’s Class--“Ask: Finding answers to hard questions in a skeptical age.”

Wednesday’s 6:00—7:00pm, October 21st to December 9th

We live in a skeptical age. People express doubts about Christian faith in our complex world. Join us for this thought provoking 7 week study beginning on October 21. Rev. Zack Martin will facilitate the class. This new series was created by Bishop Scott J. Jones, the bishop of the Kansas City area, to address hard questions that all of us face when considering faith, religion, and the church.

Topics we’ll consider: Can only one religion be true? Why is there suffering and evil? How can I believe in science and creation? How can I believe in a God I can't prove? Can I trust the Old Testament? Are marriage, sex, and family life religious issues? Why do Christians disagree about so many things?

Contact for more information.

Trunk or Treat

Come to Worship,Stay for Candy!!!!

It’s time to clean it out that junk in your trunk and decorate it for the CUMC Trunk Or Treat! On Sunday, October 25th, after the 11:00AM worship service. Crossroads members are encouraged to decorate your car trunk and hand out candy to children at the trunk or treat. If you’re interested in signing up your trunk, please sign up in the Narthex. Candy donations and volunteers are also welcome.

For more information please contact Leigh Martin at 678-360-8935 or

Please only friendly costumes!!!!

Operation Christmas Child "Shoebox Ministry"

Crossroads UMC would like to make a child's Christmas a little more special this year. From September 27th till November 8th, we are collecting Shoeboxes! We have set our goal at 100 boxes!! They are very easy to make, just follow the simple directions on the insert in this weeks bulletin! If you have any questions contact Jennifer Edwards at or Brenda Edward at !

Pajama Sunday

Wouldn't you love to wear your pajamas to church? Well on November 8th, you can! Crossroads Youth is collecting new pairs of pajamas for children with the Rockdale Emergency Relief. We will be collecting them during October and if you donate a pair of PJ's, you can wear PJ's to church! Fuzzy slippers are encouraged!! Please contact Rachel Blanchette for more information at 810-300-0770 or

Crossroads UMC High School Hangout

The Youth High School students meet each Tuesday at 7:00PM, at Awake Coffee Community located in Olde Town Conyers. If you are interested in attending please contact Rachel Blanchette for more information at 810-300-0770 or

Kids Club

Every Wednesday Night at 6:00PM in the Kids Room for kids K-5th grade, Kids Club introduces "Bible Black Belt: Scripture with a Kick". Come out on to earn a belt while you learn scripture. There will be a light snack supper, lesson scripture and games. Join us for lots of fun and fellowship. Contact for more information.

Crossroads Men's Club

Just a quick reminder Men's Club will not meet in September. Our next meeting will be on Saturday morning October 3rd at 8:ooam!


Good news for Happy Hearts. Instead of meeting every other month, they will now meet on the 1st Friday of every month at O'Charley's at 11:30AM.

CLEO--Christian Ladies Eating Out

CLEO meets the first Tuesday, October 6th at 12:00pm at O'Charley's! It's great food and conversation around the table.

Promise Keepers Breakfast

The Promise Keepers meet every Thursday morning at the church for breakfast at 6:00AM.

UMW Meeting Tuesday,October 20th at 6:00PM

Visit for more information.

The Piecemakers

Quilters of all ages and stages are welcome to join in every Thursday evening at 7PM in the modular unit.

Men's Breakfast

The CUMC Men meet every Wednesday morning at Betty's Restaurant at 8:00am for breakfast and fellowship.

Crossroads Shut-In List

Many of you have asked about our church members and friends who can no longer make it to Sunday Services and other fellowship events. Below is a current list with contact information if you would like to reach out to them. We ask that you keep them all in your prayers and thoughts.

Donna Peek

4421 Ga Hwy 20

Conyers, Ga 30012


James and Barbara Finlayson

1502 Renaissance Dr.

Conyers, Ga 30012


Beatrice Hester

1811 Spring Street

Conyers, Ga 30012


Ruby Straley

1611 Pratt Rd

Covington, Ga 30014


Katherine Edwards

3884 LaVista Rd, RM 115

Tucker, GA 30084


Jimmy and Anne Jones

560 Edwards Rd

Oxford, GA 30054


Louise Shirreffs

1360 Enchanted Lake Drive NE

Conyers, GA 30012

770-313-8411 or 770-313-6142.

Effe Ashong

1500 Callaway Loop

Conyers, GA 30012


Anne Guest ( Rockdale HealthCare Rehab.)

Room: # 204-B

1510 Reniassance Dr
Conyers, GA 30012


Shirley Rice

601 Breedlove Dr. #307

Monroe, GA 30655


Upcoming Worship Information

Worship Volunteers

October 4th

World Communion Sunday


Scripture: Rosie Bucknor

Communion Servers: Gwen Carroll, Cheryl and David Copple


Scripture: Brenda Hutson

Communion Servers: Felton Floyd, Debbie Carney and Peggy White

Acolytes: Mallory Hammonds and Dawson Hammonds

October 11th

Laity Sunday


Scripture: Bruce Carey


Scripture: Steve Brinson

Acolytes: Emily Page and Chloe Boyd

October 18th


Scripture: David Copple


Scripture: Susan Brinson

Acolytes: Evan Boyd and Grant Preiss

October 20th


Scripture: Joel Crissman


Scripture: Brenda Edwards

Acolytes: Hannah Hanson and Clayton Compton

Happy Birthday! October 2015

10/04 John Schaal

10/08 Gary Bryant

10/09 Kevin Hall

10/11Dot Musgrove

10/12 Jean Hambrick

10/13 Wendy McCalmon

10/15 Mary Jane Lea

10/15 Jan Middleton

10/16 Robert McKinnon

10/18 Weyman Owens Sr.

10/19 Magan Munger

10/19 Rustie Morris

10/20 Louise Melton

10/21 Ron Hall

10/22 Pat Harwell

10/24 Cliff Williams

10/25 Drew Yaun

10/26 Michelle Allen

10/26 Cindy Dodd

10/27 Cory Dukes

10/27 Rachel Bailey

10/29 Nancy Crissman

10/29 Natalie Smith

10/30 Stephanie Boyd

10/30 Alison Cartlidge

November 2015 Newsletter Deadline

The deadline to get information into the November 2015 Newsletter is Monday, October 26th by 2PM. Please submit all articles, information, and pictures to or call 770-388-7438.

If you wish to receive a mailed copy of the church's monthly newsletter, please contact the church office at or 770-388-7438.