Kindling the Fire Offers Fall Lectionary Reading Retreat for Clergy

A beloved time apart for North Georgia clergy, Kindling the Fire Lectionary Reading Week, will return to Glisson Camp and Retreat Center September 18-20. This is a time and place for clergy to catch their breath and rekindle the fire of inspiration.  What Will You Do at the Retreat? • Hear lectionary lessons read aloud by District Superintendents and church leaders as you take notes and record your ideas • Spend quiet time developing your themes, objectives, and images for each Sunday • ...

Time to Contact College Freshmen From Your Congregation

"Have you contacted the campus ministry of your college freshmen yet?" asks Rev. Sam Halverson, associate director of Connectional Ministries. Halverson offers the following advice: It's an easy thing to forget: you said 'goodbye' to your graduated seniors last spring and are now focused on the incoming middle schoolers, but wouldn't it be important to hand over the baton of your ministry to those who can speak into the spiritual lives of your graduated seniors? Here are four steps: Generate ...

Message From Bishop: We Need to Speak With One Voice, Condemn Racism

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson shared the following message on Saturday,  August 12: We in North Georgia need to, with one voice, speak from our pulpits tomorrow and condemn white supremacy, racism, the Alt-Right, and any of our church and governmental leaders who even appear to support these dangerous and sinful attitudes. You simply cannot be a white supremacist and a follower of Jesus. We need to pray and take action.

Join Bishop Sue and the North Georgia Conference on a Holy Land Journey

Join the North Georgia Conference and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson for an 11-day Holy Land Journey in February 2018. You'll begin in Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Nativity and you'll gaze out over the Shepherds' Field where angels first proclaimed the Good News. Then you'll travel to Masada, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Galilee, Jacob's Well, Samaria, Jerusalem and more.  "There's no way to describe walking where Jesus walked and seeing and experiencing the places that we have studied ...

Farewells and Welcomes at the United Methodist Center

Each Clergy Move Day brings changes to the North Georgia Conference offices as pastors move to new appointments and staff shifts based on the year’s ministry needs. This summer has been a season of farewells, transitions, and welcomes at the United Methodist Center! FAREWELL Michele Lancaster served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries for five years. Known for her friendly presence at training events and a helpful voice on the phone, Lancaster has left one ...

Journey to Higher Learning: Georgia PAUMCS Event to be Held in LaGrange

Earlier this year the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) voted to change the name of and adopt a new logo for the organization. Now the organization is known as the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure. The acronym, PAUMCS, remains the same.      The annual meeting exposed attendees to speakers on diversity in ministry, radical hospitality, and office ergonomics. Attendees participated in a mission-outreach event with ...

Urgent Need for Construction Teams in Lumberton, NC

There is an urgent need for construction teams in the Lumberton, NC region, which is still recovering from significant damage from Hurricane Matthew. The North Carolina Annual Conference shared that there is a need “like never before” for volunteer teams in August, September and throughout the fall. Teams are need for framing, roofing, electrical, and plumbing assistance. Any and all volunteers are welcome, but the need for those skilled in these four areas are critical at this point. To ...

Two North Georgia United Methodists Commissioned as Earthkeepers

Michael Black and Nathan Brasfield (center) with EarthKeeper facilitators Susan Mullin, John Hill, Jenny Phillips, and Jerome Sahabandhu Michael Black, a member of Decatur First UMC, and Nathan Brasfield, a student at Candler School of Theology, recently joined the ranks of five previous EarthKeepers in the North Georgia Conference. From August 1-6, Nathan and Michael received training through Global Ministries at Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center and commissioning at Trinity United Methodist ...

Johns Creek UMC Welcomes Religious Leaders to Discuss Faith Traditions, Beliefs

Hindu neighbors visit Johns Creek UMC for "Join Together July" to share about their traditions and beliefs. Last month, Johns Creek UMC welcomed Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu leaders to participate in "Join Together July," a special Sunday School session where neighbors from various religious communities were invited to share about their beliefs and traditions. The guest speakers included Tareef Saeb of the Al-Rahmah Islamic Community Center, Rabbi Michael Bernstein of the Congregation Gesher L’...

A New Era: Children's Home Signs Lease for Residences, Office Space

The United Methodist Children's Home announced tonight that they have secured housing for residential clients as well as professional space for trainings, flea market sales, and offices.  August 7, 2017 Dear North Georgia Conference United Methodists, It’s a big day in the history of The United Methodist Children’s Home and we’re writing to be certain you are among the first to learn our latest news. Responding to the growing needs of the children and families we serve, UMCH leadership ...

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