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North Georgia Lends Many Hands to the Work of General Conference 2016

5/5/2016
United Methodists tour the Oregon Convention Center, the site of the 2016 General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose.  When the General Conference of The United Methodist Church gathers next week in Portland, a number of North Georgia United Methodists will be volunteering their time to make the global event a success.  In addition to our delegation of 11 lay and 11 clergy members (see the Delegation here), others will serve as marshals, pages, IT support, recorders, musicians and in many more ...



Reminder: Celebration, Special Gift, and Memories for the Watsons

5/5/2016
There will be a celebration of the ministry of Bishop B. Michael Watson and Mrs. Margaret Watson on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at The Classic Center in Athens. See a letter to North Georgia clergy and laity regarding the celebration below: Dear Laity and Clergy of the North Georgia Conference:   A Reminder   We wanted to take one additional opportunity to remind you the Wednesday, June 8 evening session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will be a service of celebration honoring the ...

A Mother Living in a Community of Love

5/4/2016
By Kelly Harris Atlanta, GA –  Every day, 10,000 people turn 65. Assuring these older adults a life of dignity, peace and compassionate care is a cornerstone of our faith.  When Gladys & Charles Smith reached retirement age, they knew it was important to be close to family and live in a community where they would continue to thrive.   They were happily married and the parents of three living in New Orleans.  When hurricane Katrina hit, they lost their long-time home and had no family nearby, so...



Follow General Conference Live

5/2/2016
There are multiple ways you can follow along with The United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016.  Live Stream: General Conference will be live streamed at http://umc.org/live  Daily NGUMC e-newsletter: The North Georgia Conference will send a daily email from Portland. Subscribe at http://northga-email.brtapp.com/subscribe  General Conference website: http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2016  General Conference App: App Store or Google Play North ...



LaGrange College Announces $45-$50 Million Fundraising Campaign

4/28/2016
(LaGRANGE, Ga.) – LaGrange College announced today the public launch of a $45 to $50 million comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to “propel the institution and its students to new levels of distinction,” according to President Dan McAlexander. During a luncheon for a crowd of supporters at Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange, students used balloons to spell out the campaign’s goals and officials described the importance of the effort. McAlexander said now is the time for the college to take...



Live, Laugh, Let Go: 2016 Georgia Pastors' School

4/28/2016
How can clergy do a better job of taking care of themselves and those they love? This year’s Georgia Pastors' School, with the theme Live, Laugh, and Let Go, brings together a renowned faculty who not only teach about self-care, but will help equip clergy to live full and vital lives.  Faculty members Dr. Anthony Hedley from Asbury Seminary and Dr. Karen Scheib from Candler School of Theology are experts in clergy and pastoral care. The organizers know that laughter and devotion in this ...

Surreal: Bridges Trip to Moscow in a Word

4/28/2016
By Rev. Jim Higgins Surreal. I am once again standing in Red Square looking over at the Kremlin. Ahead of me are the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral. Again, surreal. I am a child of the Cold War. At Winston Churchill Elementary School we used to "duck and cover" during drills. Because desks are such a defensive help during nuclear attacks. On Thursday afternoons in the summer we would run out of our house into the field beyond our backyards as the Nike missiles left their subterranean ...



Retired Ministers Foundation Makes $4 Million Gift to the North Georgia Conference

4/21/2016
Bishop Mike Watson, Bill McKoy, Ed Tomlinson, Keith Cox, Karen Fullerton, and Morris Henderson The Retired Ministers Foundation has made a gift of $4 million to the North Georgia Conference to go toward the Conference's Pre-1982 Retirement Plan liability. For 35 years the Conference has worked to fully fund the retirement plan, and this gift allows the Conference to realize that goal. A symbolic check was presented on April 15 by Rev. Dr. Ed Tomlinson, Executive Director of the Retired ...



Heart of Marriage Retreat Celebrates a Decade of Ministry

4/15/2016
By Sybil Davidson All marriages need attention, effort, and nurturing. That's why the marriage ministries of Ben Hill UMC, Cascade UMC, and Central UMC are hard at work preparing for the 10th annual Heart of Marriage Retreat. To celebrate a decade of meaningful ministry, in 2016 The Heart of Marriage Retreat will go "Back to the Basics," using the same scripture, Ecclesiastes 4:12, that was the foundation of the first retreat.   Back in 2007, church leaders from Ben Hill considered that it ...



Banner Year for North Georgia Conference Clergy Retirees

4/14/2016
The Annual Conference theme "Bound for Greater Things" will have a special meaning for as many as 38 North Georgia Conference clergy who have announced that they will retire in June. This is a large number for the Conference. Among those retiring are Rev. Mike Selleck, long-time director of Connectional Ministries, and Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendent Jim Lowry.  "This is a trend we will continue to see," said Rev. Jane Brooks, director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the ...

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