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LaGrange College Announces $45-$50 Million Fundraising Campaign

4/28/2016
(LaGRANGE, Ga.) – LaGrange College announced today the public launch of a $45 to $50 million comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to “propel the institution and its students to new levels of distinction,” according to President Dan McAlexander. During a luncheon for a crowd of supporters at Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange, students used balloons to spell out the campaign’s goals and officials described the importance of the effort. McAlexander said now is the time for the college to take...



Live, Laugh, Let Go: 2016 Georgia Pastors' School

4/28/2016
How can clergy do a better job of taking care of themselves and those they love? This year’s Georgia Pastors' School, with the theme Live, Laugh, and Let Go, brings together a renowned faculty who not only teach about self-care, but will help equip clergy to live full and vital lives.  Faculty members Dr. Anthony Hedley from Asbury Seminary and Dr. Karen Scheib from Candler School of Theology are experts in clergy and pastoral care. The organizers know that laughter and devotion in this ...

Surreal: Bridges Trip to Moscow in a Word

4/28/2016
By Rev. Jim Higgins Surreal. I am once again standing in Red Square looking over at the Kremlin. Ahead of me are the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral. Again, surreal. I am a child of the Cold War. At Winston Churchill Elementary School we used to "duck and cover" during drills. Because desks are such a defensive help during nuclear attacks. On Thursday afternoons in the summer we would run out of our house into the field beyond our backyards as the Nike missiles left their subterranean ...



A Mother Living in a Community of Love

4/21/2016
By Kelly Harris Atlanta, GA –  Every day, 10,000 people turn 65. Assuring these older adults a life of dignity, peace and compassionate care is a cornerstone of our faith. When Mr. & Mrs. Smith reached retirement age, they knew it was important to be close to family and live in a community where they would continue to thrive. They were happily married and the parents of three living in New Orleans. When hurricane Katrina hit, they lost their long-time home and had no family nearby, so moved ...



Retired Ministers Foundation Makes $4 Million Gift to the North Georgia Conference

4/21/2016
Bishop Mike Watson, Bill McKoy, Ed Tomlinson, Keith Cox, Karen Fullerton, and Morris Henderson The Retired Ministers Foundation has made a gift of $4 million to the North Georgia Conference to go toward the Conference's Pre-1982 Retirement Plan liability. For 35 years the Conference has worked to fully fund the retirement plan, and this gift allows the Conference to realize that goal. A symbolic check was presented on April 15 by Rev. Dr. Ed Tomlinson, Executive Director of the Retired ...



Heart of Marriage Retreat Celebrates a Decade of Ministry

4/15/2016
By Sybil Davidson All marriages need attention, effort, and nurturing. That's why the marriage ministries of Ben Hill UMC, Cascade UMC, and Central UMC are hard at work preparing for the 10th annual Heart of Marriage Retreat. To celebrate a decade of meaningful ministry, in 2016 The Heart of Marriage Retreat will go "Back to the Basics," using the same scripture, Ecclesiastes 4:12, that was the foundation of the first retreat.   Back in 2007, church leaders from Ben Hill considered that it ...



Banner Year for North Georgia Conference Clergy Retirees

4/14/2016
The Annual Conference theme "Bound for Greater Things" will have a special meaning for as many as 38 North Georgia Conference clergy who have announced that they will retire in June. This is a large number for the Conference. Among those retiring are Rev. Mike Selleck, long-time director of Connectional Ministries, and Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendent Jim Lowry.  "This is a trend we will continue to see," said Rev. Jane Brooks, director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the ...

4 Things Every Church Can Learn from a 150 Year Old Church

4/11/2016
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Churches that survive and thrive for 150 years or more are by no means formulaic in their approach to ministry, but they do share a common trait: staying power. What are the lessons to be learned from these long-standing congregations? Four NGUMC pastors weigh in on what has buoyed their churches through the test of time.   1. Church is a family, not a business   Rev. Emily Case serves Eliam UMC in Elberton, Georgia, a congregation approaching its 200th year. Case says one...



Bishop Watson Announces Three Appointments

4/11/2016
Bishop B. Michael Watson has announced three cabinet-level appointments. The appointments will be effective in June 2016 along with other clergy appointments.  Rev. Herzen Andone will be appointed Director of Connectional Ministries. Andone is currently serving as District Superintendent of the Northwest District. He follows Rev. Mike Selleck who will retire after Annual Conference. Rev. John Pinson will be appointed District Superintendent of the Northwest District. Pinson is currently pastor ...

Letter to Laity and Clergy: Celebration to Honor the Ministry of the Watsons

4/10/2016
Dear Laity and Clergy of the North Georgia Conference:   In a few weeks we will gather at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia for the 150th session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. We will gather around the theme, “Bound for Greater Things.”   The Wednesday, June 8, evening session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will be a service of celebration honoring the ministry of Bishop B. Michael Watson and Mrs. Margaret L. Watson. This special service will begin at 7 p.m. with an ...

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