Common Ground Coffee House Celebrates 1 Year of Coffee and Community

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

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

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...

Bishop Announces Three Appointive Cabinet Changes

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced three changes to the Appointive Cabinet effective June 2017.  Rev. Jane Brooks will be promoted to serve full time as Assistant to the Bishop. In this role she will ensure that all aspects of the Annual Conference are working together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She will ensure that all branches of the Annual Conference (Conference Staff, Board of Ministry, Cabinet) are working in concert and not duplicating ...

St. Luke UMC Augusta Damaged by Fire Overnight

Members and church pastor Rev. Luther Felder woke to news of a fire at St. Luke UMC in downtown Augusta. "The building is damaged but the church stands firm," said the Rev Terry Fleming, Augusta District Superintendent. The congregation will meet tonight at Paine College Chapel to discuss options for worship and witness during this time. Area churches have already offered their sanctuaries for worship. 

Praying Our Way Forward: Worship, Study, Discernment, Confession and Prayer for God’s Guidance

North Georgia Conference Week of Prayer to be March 19-25, 2017 The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative will launch Phase 2 on New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus ...

Deadline for 2016 Benefits Payments and Apportionment Payments Approaching

The deadline to receive benefits payments to apply toward 2016 balances is December 31, 2016. Payments must be in-hand at the United Methodist Center or in our bank account. Postmark date is not considered receipt of payment. The United Methodist Center will be closed Friday, December 23, 2016, Monday, December 26, 2016, Friday, December 30, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017. The United Methodist Center will be open until 4 pm on Thursday, December 29, 2016.   Last day to receive 2016 ...

Hot Cocoa Outreach Begins Around Atlanta

The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of Atlanta and Decatur this week to offer hot cocoa along with a warm invitation to visit a United Methodist church. On Thursday, one of the coldest days of the season in Atlanta, Ambassadors of Cheer and North Georgia Conference volunteers were outside Peachtree Center Marta Station in downtown Atlanta. For six hours they greeted commuters, homeless, city workers, holiday shoppers and passers-by.  It’s all part of a national Rethink Church ...

North Georgia Well Represented in First Class of Global Ministries Earthkeepers

Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first-ever United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20.  “The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director.  The Earthkeepers’ training as a response to the growing awareness of creation care as an essential part of our discipleship as Christians. Earthkeepers ...

Update From the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

The following letter was issued to United Methodists from the moderators of The Commission on a Way Forward. North Georgia's Rev. Jasmine Smothers is among the 32 members of the commission, made up of United Methodists from around the world.  Dear Friends in Christ, It is Advent, the season of expectation, preparation, and new birth. This Advent season seems more poignant this year than in years past in the midst of beginning the work with the Commission on a Way Forward.   The church is in a...

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