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Your Church and the New Department of Labor Overtime Rules Effective December 1

8/29/2016
Conference Treasurer Keith Cox Offers Insight into New Overtime Rules Undoubtedly, you have heard something about new overtime rules.  Early reaction from church leaders has been mostly one of confusion and, perhaps, dismay, i.e. “Do we need to pay our youth director overtime when she takes our kids to camp for a week?” The answer is, at least at this point, is “Maybe.” Ultimately, it will be up to each church or church entity to determine whether the Department of Labor (DOL) rules apply. ...

United Healthcare, Piedmont Reach Agreement

8/28/2016
UnitedHealthcare and Piedmont Healthcare have reached a three-year agreement that will keep all Piedmont Healthcare hospitals and physicians in UnitedHealthcare’s network for commercial health plans, including the plan that covers North Georgia Conference HealthFlex participants. The new contract is retroactive to July 1, 2016, ensuring members enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plans do not experience any interruption in their in-network benefits coverage for services received at ...

Churches to Gather for Services, Prayer on September 11

8/26/2016
A number of North Georgia United Methodist Churches will host or take part in special services and times of prayer in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  The congregation of Roswell United Methodist Church invites the community to a Service of Hope in observance of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The service will be held in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. (contemporary) and 11 a.m. (traditional) on Sunday, Sept. 11. In 2001, our lives as Americans were...

Responding to Flooding in Louisiana

8/25/2016
(Updated Aug. 25) Please join us in praying for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is working with the Louisiana Conference to respond. The region is still in emergency mode. UMCOR has issued a special reminder to please not self-deploy, but to wait until we get word that emergency response teams and mission teams are needed.  There is great need for UMCOR Cleaning Kits ("Flood Buckets"). Find instructions for assembling kits at http://www...



Reminder: Update North Georgia Conference Mailing Address

8/22/2016
Churches, clergy, leadership and others should be sure to have updated the address of the North Georgia Conference offices in their files. Mail forwarding service for the Conference ends at the end of this August. The physical and mailing address is: 1700 Century Circle NE, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30345 Apportionment payments should continue to go to: Conference Treasurer's Office PO Box 102417 Atlanta, GA 30368-2417 Benefits payments should continue to go to: Benefits Program North Georgia ...



Service of Installation for Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Set for September 18

8/22/2016
The Service of Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference will be held Sunday, September 18, at 4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. The special service is a time for our Annual Conference to gather for worship and to welcome Bishop Haupert-Johnson and her family and to give thanks for her assignment to the North Georgia Conference. The service will be followed by a reception.  Childcare will be provided for children ages 6 weeks to 8 ...



Praying for Each Other at Madison First UMC

8/18/2016
At Madison First UMC in the Athens-Elberton District, nearly 100 people spend one hour a week at the church praying for others and writing prayer notes (about 400 notes a month go out). Watch the video linked below to learn more about the church's Intercessory Prayer Ministry and how it is deeply meaningful -- to those being prayed for and to the ones who are praying.  WATCH VIDEO



Connect with Ashley Jenkins: Ministerial Services

8/16/2016
Fun Fact: I love to paint. Often times I will get paint on my hands and arms. I will forget about the paint and walk around with a variety of paint colors all over my hands and arms.    As the Associate Director for Vocational Discernment, what can you offer to local churches? My role in the Conference is to talk about calling and ordination. I meet with individuals feeling a call from God to be in ministry. I can meet individually, teach a Bible Study, work with committees, or preach ...

UMCommission: Georgia's Collegiate Ministry Gets New Name

8/16/2016
Since the summer you may have noticed a new name for our Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministries, now the Georgia UMCommission. And along with a new name came a new logo and new website! There were a few reasons for the change, according to director Rev. Michael McCord.  "We wanted to honor our name and yet come up with a newer, simpler identity," he explained. "The name (connecting UM and Commission) demonstrates our desire to be deeply connected to the ...



10 Simple Ways to Grow Your Small Groups

8/15/2016
By Robert Pancake Want to increase your small group membership and engagement? It's something I've put a lot of time and energy into considering for my church, The Vine UMC, and for my business. Here are 10 tips I hope you'll find helpful. ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1. Target Key Times and Days One of the largest hurdles to overcome when presenting the idea of small groups to individuals is that it can be ...



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