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Disaster Response: Winter Storms in South Georgia

1/23/2017
Zoar UMC in Baxley sustained major damage to their sanctuary during Saturday night's storms. Photo: SGAUMC As our neighbors in South Georgia begin the recovery process following the weekend's deadly storms, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to hold the affected communities in prayer. To donate to local disaster response efforts, please use Fund Number 3743. Please do not send teams at this time as early assessments of damage are still underway. Check back to ngumc.org for updates ...



Bishop Announces the Appointment of Four New District Superintendents

1/22/2017
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced four new cabinet-level appointments effective in June.    Rev. Quincy Brown, currently executive pastor at Peachtree City UMC, will be appointed as district superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District, succeeding Coy Hinton, who will re-retire after filling the vacancy created when Sharma Lewis was elected to the episcopacy. "Quincy will bring a listening ear and a keen gift of discernment to encourage the churches to have a new evangelistic ...



HealthFlex Dental and Vision Benefit Details Explained

1/20/2017
The Conference Benefits Office provides the following update to all 2017 HealthFlex Participants who have elected dental or vision benfits: TO ALL 2017 HEALTHFLEX PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE ELECTED DENTAL OR VISION BENEFITS: DENTAL benefits are provided by Cigna.  Please note that Cigna will not be mailing ID cards to members of the dental plan. You may download an ID card by going to www.myCigna.com. On the card you will find your personal identification number.  Without a personal identification ...

Moeller to Depart Action Ministries Next Month

1/19/2017
The Board of Action Ministries has announced that president and CEO Rev. John Moeller will leave the organization next month. See a letter below to North Georgia United Methodists:   Dear friends, I would like to announce that John Moeller, President & CEO of Action Ministries will be leaving the organization February 14 to accept the position of CEO of Lutheran Services of Georgia. The Board of Directors has named Kelley Henderson, the current Chief Operating Officer as the Interim President &...



North Georgia Celebrates 2016 Apportionment Giving

1/19/2017
Photo: Sean Taylor, layperson and chair of Conference Council on Finance and Administration, presents the 2017 Budget to the Annual Conference. At the close of 2016, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 94.7 percent of the apportionment budget, the highest percentage of apportionments paid in 15 years. Apportioned giving totaled $20,896,626.    Six of the 12 districts increased versus the previous year, including the Atlanta-Marietta District which paid five percentage points more ...



105 Year Old Eagle Scout is Member of Hopewell UMC Tyrone

1/18/2017
At 105 years old Mr. Lamar Wallace, a member of Hopewell UMC in Tyrone, is thought to be the oldest living Eagle Scout. The superlative has gotten him quite a bit of attention in recent months.  Recently, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Bill Torphy attended Mr. Wallace's birthday party and wrote about the occasion in his column. This month his story was shared in Scouting Magazine.  His pastor, Rev. Jenny Anderson, said that Mr. Wallace is beloved by his church and that many in the ...



United Methodist Childrens Home to Sell Property, Expand and Accelerate its Mission

1/18/2017
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the board of the United Methodist Children's Home voted to expand its ministry by selling its DeKalb County property. Rev. Hal Jones, president and CEO of the Children's Home sent the following letter to be shared with North Georgia United Methodists: Dear North Georgia United Methodists,   I want you to be among the first to hear news about The United Methodist Children’s Home.   Responding to the growing and changing needs of the children and families, on Jan. 17 the ...



Common Ground Coffee House Celebrates 1 Year of Coffee and Community

1/12/2017
Members of Connexion UMC at North Covington knew that in order to achieve their dreams of running a community coffee ministry, they would have to be fearless. The fruits of their labor are providing the surrounding neighborhoods, families, and colleges with a welcoming place to grab some coffee, listen to live music, and participate in spiritual conversation. While Common Ground Coffee House has become a “community and missional arm” for the church, the main focus is to provide comfort, ...



40 New Friends: Clergy Couple Sets Sights on Meeting the Neighbors

1/5/2017
A passerby made this prayer flag during the Candler Park Festival  By Sybil Davidson  “Hi!” “Nice to meet you!” “Great shirt!” “So, you drink coffee?” Revs. Anjie and Andy Woodworth were appointed in June to start a new church in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta with the members of the merged Epworth UMC and Druid Hills UMC. The clergy couple in this unique appointment are finding their way using an age old method — getting to know the neighbors! They have challenged themselves to ...



Kindling the Fire Lectionary Reading Event Brings Clergy to Glisson

1/4/2017
A beloved time apart for North Georgia clergy, Kindling the Fire Lectionary Reading Week will return to Glisson Camp and Retreat Center in 2017.  This year's dates are March 6-8, one day shorter than years past.  "We are trying a slightly abbreviated format," explained Rev. Emily Case, one of the organizers of Kindling. "Instead of planning for 10 months, we will hold this retreat twice a year (spring and fall) and plan 6 months at a time. This will allow us to be more responsive to the needs...



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