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Aldersgate / Colinswood Sunday Supports Ministry to Persons with Developmental Disabilities

9/29/2016
The North Georgia Conference Aldersgate / Collinswood Special Offering Sunday is scheduled for October 23 (your church can take the offering any time). Executive Director Becky Bocian shares some helpful information about Aldersgate Homes and Collinswood. Get to Know Aldersgate Homes and Collinswood By Becky Bocian Aldersgate Homes and Collinswood are a related agency of the North Georgia Conference in ministry to persons with Developmental Disabilities. We reach out to you on behalf of those ...



Elizabeth Lee UMC Holds Emergency Drill

9/29/2016
The congregation of Elizabeth Lee UMC in Chickamauga where Rev. Jennie Andone serves as pastor held an emergency drill earlier this year. "We were able to do the drill and actually have fun at the same time by likening it to the drills cruise ships conduct before departure," explained Andone. The drill was held at the end of worship and required the worshippers at each of the church's three services to process out of the sanctuary and line up in a downstairs hallway, two or three rows across....



Fuller Incorporates Technology Into Bible-Based Sunday School Lessons

9/22/2016
Gary Fuller, Atlanta-Roswell District Lay Leader and member of Kingswood UMC in Dunwoody, has been teaching Adult Sunday school for about 40 years. Ten years ago he found a new tool to bring richer understanding on the Bible-based lessons: Adobe Power Point.  He began tinkering with the presentation program a decade ago and soon began recording the lessons live. They are posted on the church website, so if a class member is away or wants to re-visit the lessons, they are there to watch and ...



Cabinet and Bishop Participate in On-Boarding Process

9/21/2016
On Wednesday, the extended cabinet of the North Georgia Conference and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson participated in a day-long "on-boarding" session. The session was led by Claire Bowen, a lay person in the North Georgia Conference, who specializes in this process when a new person is named to lead a corporation or large organization like a United Methodist conference. She is a lifelong United Methodist and a member of Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. "The on-boarding process that the cabinet ...



Glenn UMC and Emory University Collaborate in Historic Worship Service

9/21/2016
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson to preach, Emory President Claire Sterk to Bring Greetings Sitting at the entrance to Emory University, Glenn Memorial UMC shares a long history with the institution. Doubling as Emory’s auditorium, Glenn’s sanctuary has housed countless graduation ceremonies, public lectures, and concerts. Campus ministry groups such as Emory’s Wesley Fellowship have a home base in Glenn’s Church School Building. And over the decades, Glenn members have held teaching appointments and...



Paint Ball Event Brings Youth to Ringgold UMC, Leaves Pastor with Blue Hair

9/21/2016
The second annual PAINT WAR RINGGOLD event was held as a messy and fun event for middle and high school students. Bobby Fleck, youth pastor of Ringgold UMC, organized the event at the church along with an army of more than 50 volunteers as a way to reach out to new students and have some great fun together. “The goal for these students is to have fun in a safe but crazy way,” said Fleck. “We want them to know that we are a church that cares about them, and we want them to know that they can ...



Welcome, Bishop: North Georgia Conference Celebrates Assignment of Bishop Haupert-Johnson

9/20/2016
View photos by Pam Sheldon and Rev. Joseph McBrayer By Sybil Davidson Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson was officially welcomed as resident bishop of the North Georgia Conference on Sunday afternoon, September 18. A crowd of more than 1,000 filled the sanctuary of Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. A beautiful processional led by waving ribbons included ministry partners in higher education, leaders of related agencies, retired bishops and worship participants. Glorious music throughout the service ...



UMCOR: Sufficient Number of Clean-Up Kits

9/19/2016
Thank you for your timely and generous response to the urgent need for UMCOR clean-up kits (flood buckets).    Amy Fuselier, director of UMCOR relief supplies, has related that UMCOR now has a sufficient number of cleaning buckets in its network. Please re-direct your efforts to one of UMCOR's other kits such as health kits or school kits. Find directions on assembling at health kits, school kits and other UMCOR Relief Kits at: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. 

Navigating New Department of Labor Overtime Rules With Your Church

9/15/2016
By Keith Cox, Conference Treasurer 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, “Maybe.” Ultimately, it will be up to each church or church entity to determine whether the Department of Labor (DOL) rules apply. But here is some basic information to help...



Recent Grammon Graduate Takes Role as National Intern at SBC21

9/15/2016
Nathalie Nelson Parker Looks to Build National Network of Young Adults throughout UMC and Affiliate Historically Black Colleges and Universities Nathalie Nelson Parker has the reputation for blazing new trails and structuring new ministries.   Whether it’s creating the first ever Young Adult Ministry at the Allgood Road United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain or becoming the inaugural Director of Children and Youth Ministry at Red Oak UMC in Stockbridge she combines her passion and ...



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