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In Mission and Ministry: Updates for Your Church

7/26/2017
Are you looking ahead at your local church year? Here are some helpful things to consider! Plan a Comprehensive Mission Year How does your church mission year weave in with the whole congregation in worship, discipleship, prayer, outreach, and fellowship? The church mission committee, or perhaps the executive level church group, should make sure that mission is more than a small group movement, more than replicating history, and more than only projects and funding. Help your congregation ...

Volunteers Needed at UMCOR Office in Atlanta

7/21/2017
Here’s an opportunity for office volunteers that could be fun for individuals or “friend groups” of 2 or 3 people from a church. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED UMCOR is seeking willing volunteers to help make badges for dedicated early response team members and others who respond to humanitarian need following disasters. An UMCOR badge reassures survivors and officials alike of the wearer’s connection to UMCOR and the people of the United Methodist Church. Volunteers for badge-making will receive training,...



Districts to Hold Installation Services for New Superintendents

7/20/2017
Four North Georgia Conference districts will hold installation services for their new District Superintendent next month. Bishop Sue will attend each of the services and the incoming DS will preach. All are invited.  The Atlanta-Emory District will hold a service of installation for Rev. Dr. Mike Long on Sunday, August 6,  The service will be held at 2 p.m. at Lawrenceville First UMC located at 395 W Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.  On Sunday, August 13, at 2 p.m., Bethlehem First UMC will host ...



5 Ways to Evaluate the Success of Your VBS

7/19/2017
The stage is set at Tucker First UMC for their test of next year's Cokesbury VBS curriculum. (Photo courtesy of Mimi Sanders.) By Rachel Quartarone   The crafts and decorations may be packed away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s Vacation Bible School plans. Mimi Sanders, Children’s Director at Tucker First UMC knows this all too well. Her church has served as a test church for Cokesbury’s VBS curriculum twice now – most recently this June. Cokesbury is already at ...



New Address, New Director at Aldersgate - Collinswood

7/18/2017
On June 24, the Aldersgate Homes - Collinswood Board of Directors held a consecration service of new office space. After many years at Briarcliff UMC, the office has relocated to Snellville UMC.  "We are delighted with the new space for the office and board meetings," said Executive Director Rev. Anne Hansen. "Snellville UMC has been very welcoming and we are grateful for the space." Hansen, who is new to the Executive Director position, started the week of North Georgia Annual Conference.   ...



How to Practice Mission in Dynamic, Transformational Ways

7/13/2017
Rev. Scott Parrish, Missions Specialist for The North Georgia Conference, offers 4 points to keep in mind when forming and sustaining a missions team. Pastor friends, make sure all of your church mission teams (from local to international) practice mission in dynamic, transformational ways: 1) as a spiritual exercise as individuals & team following in the ways of Jesus. 2) with focus primarily on loving God & loving neighbors as they do themselves, i.e. it's not mainly about projects but ...



Local UMCOR Volunteer Opportunity

7/10/2017
UMCOR is seeking willing volunteers to help make badges for dedicated early response team members and others who respond to humanitarian need following disasters. An UMCOR badge reassures survivors and officials alike of the wearer’s connection to UMCOR and the people of the United Methodist Church. Volunteers for badge-making will receive training, and all necessary equipment is provided.   Volunteers will meet one day a month, from approximately 10am to 2:45pm at the UMCOR Headquarters in ...



North Georgia UMs Among Young Clergy Initiative Grants Recipients

7/7/2017
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) as part of their strategy to enable and resource leadership within the church has selected three North Georgia United Methodists as 2017 Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) grant recipients. This year, applications were received from every United Methodist jurisdictional conference, and of those applications, 34 grants were awarded. Award amounts vary based on project scope, and some grants are awarded funds over the period of several years ...

Renfro Trust Grant Reinstated for 2017

7/7/2017
After temporarily being unavailable last year, the Renfro Trust Grant has been reinstated for 2017. It provides an excellent opportunity for small churches in rural communities. The Renfro Trust Grant was established in the 1950s from the estate of Judge William E. Renfro and his wife. As an expression of his love for his wife, and his love of the Methodist Church, Renfro left his entire estate to be administered within the bounds of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church for the...

UMC Day of Health to Showcase Projects and Programs

7/6/2017
Global Ministries, in partnership with the North Georgia Conference, is hosting a UMC Day of Health on Sept. 15. The event will be held at Dunwoody UMC from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will showcase the innovate projects and programs that United Methodist congregations are engaged in. The morning will begin with greetings from Bishop Sue and will focus on sharing and learning.  The afternoon will include a health fair, farmers market, fitness and nutrition class demonstrations, a health ministry ...



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