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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...



Bishop Announces Three Appointive Cabinet Changes

1/3/2017
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

12/28/2016
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

12/27/2016
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

12/19/2016
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 ...



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