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Disaster Response To Do List (And a Few Don'ts)

9/20/2017
Many United Methodists across North Georgia have been inspired to delve deeper into disaster response ministry as neighbors to the west, south, and east have experienced devastation. We checked in with Disaster Response ministry pros and asked what should we do (and what should we not do) to be most helpful.  What To Do To Do: Contact your local Red Cross and the local emergency management for your county or region. Ask how your church members or your church facility can be a resource or ...

Prayers and Giving: North Georgia Responds to Irma

9/18/2017
Photo: Stained glass from Trinity on the Hill UMC, Augusta, which served as a Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees.   Updated September 18 Our Conference Disaster Response Team is currently assessing how we in North Georgia can be of assistance in our own communities, and is in daily communication with the Red Cross, GEMA, FEMA, our neighboring Annual Conferences, other faith partners and non-profits following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to ensure our efforts are coordinated and ...



St. Paul Grant Park Celebrates 111th Anniversary and Homecoming Oct. 29

9/14/2017
On Oct. 29, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Atlanta will host a very special homecoming service. With a history of more than 150 years, 111 of which have been in its Grant Park location, the church will welcome past members, special guests and past preachers, including Rev. Susannah Davis who will preach. The service will be at 11 am, followed by a covered dish lunch. The iconic red church doors will open at 10 am for coffee and refreshments for folks to gather and visit. The Homecoming ...

All Active Clergy Must Attend Mandatory Ethics Training

9/12/2017
The Book of Disciplines requires all active clergy to attend a mandatory conference-organized clergy ethics training each quadrennium. The North Georgia conference is hosting 8 sessions to allow clergy to meet this requirement. If a clergyperson does not complete the training by the last event, their appointment will not be continued for the 2018-2019 appointment year. “This will be a comprehensive and engaging training that will help clergy in their day-to-day ministry,” said Dr. Dana ...



Notes from Our Connection: Florida Conference Prepares

9/10/2017
We are praying for our neighbors as Hurricane Irma comes on shore in South Florida. Bishop Ken Carter has been updating his conference on preparations that are underway and plans in place. Read on to see how the Florida Annual Conference is serving even as it faces the storm.  9/6 (Wednesday) The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their ...

Damage to Your Church? Protocols For Pastor and Trustee Chair

9/8/2017
With some areas of North Georgia anticipating severe weather as Hurricane Irma comes inland, it's a good time to familiarize yourself with protocols for what to do when disaster strikes your church building or church property. The pastor and trustee chair each have calls to make.  Immediately following a disaster, the pastor of a local church inspects damage to any/all church property and makes phone calls to (1) the District Superintendent and (2) the Trustee Chair for their local church.  ...

Prayer From Bishop Sue As Hurricane Irma Approaches Florida

9/7/2017
  “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come. Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home."   As Hurricane Irma churns toward my home state of Florida, I find myself praying on several fronts, and I invite you to join me in prayer:   I pray for our brothers and sisters in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and the ...



Prayers for All in the Path of the Storm: North Georgia Response to Harvey

9/7/2017
Updated September 8, 3 p.m. NOTE: We have received requests for badged ERT Teams in Texas and Louisiana. Currently certified UMCOR Emergency Response Team members can find details under "ERT Teams" below.  Over the past week the people of the North Georgia Conference have rallied to the aid of our neighbors hit by Hurricane Harvey. They continue even as they begin preparation to give aid to those impacted by Hurricane Irma. Humble servants are volunteering many hours to coordinate our ...



Central UMC Celebrates 150 Years in Ministry

9/5/2017
On Sunday, September 17, Central UMC will culminate its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with praise and worship, fellowship and reflection! The church is gearing up for an exciting day together! Nationally renowned composer, Dr. Sharon J. Willis, founder of Americolor Opera Alliance will present, along with Central UMC: "A Central History Lesson -- Tribute to the African American Church", premiere theatrical production. This play was written by Dr. Willis especially for this historic ...

North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference

9/1/2017
North Georgia's General Conference Delegation gathered on Saturday, August 26, at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. This was their first meeting since the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  The delegation convened to begin preparing for the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference in 2019. They have scheduled four meetings between now and May of 2018.    Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall of the Candler School of Theology and the Rev. Hal Jones of our United Methodist Children’s Home ...



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