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Cobb County Churches Play Ball with Help of GAP Grant

6/23/2016
With the help of a Connectional Ministries Gap Grant, Rev. Cassie Rapko, associate pastor of Mt. Zion UMC in Marietta, organized a softball tournament fundraiser that brought in more than $1,500 for MUST Ministries in Cobb County. Mt. Zion UMC, Glenn Memorial UMC in Atlanta, and Eastminister Presbyterian participated in the tournament and the churches donated what they earned from entrance fees, concessions, and individual contributions to MUST. Rapko, a provisional elder, organized the ...



Registration Available for NEXT: College Student Event

6/23/2016
While pursuing a field of study to help prepare for a traditional career, many of today’s college students are searching for ways to combine their faith, gifts and passions to make an immediate impact in their communities. However, as students pursue this call, they may find limited resources to support them in their faith and leadership development. Created out of The United Methodist Student Movement, Imagine What’s NEXT encourages and supports students who dream of making a difference in the ...



Watsons Honored with Gifts and Awards at Annual Conference

6/16/2016
Pictured: Bishop Watson receiving the Key to the City from Athens Mayor Nancy Denson When Bishop Mike Watson returned from the North Georgia Annual Conference, he brought with him a dozen meaningful awards and gifts in addition to those given at a celebration of the ministry of the Watsons.  At the Candler Dinner on June 9, Bishop Watson was presented the Dean's Medal by Dean Jan Love. "Bishop B. Michael Watson, faithful United Methodist, ecumenical and civic leader, philanthropist, and ...



Become a 'Church of Excellence in Outreach'

6/15/2016
At the 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference, Church of Excellence in Outreach awards were presented to: Cornerstone UMC, LaGrange District Douglasville First UMC, Rome-Carrollton District East Cobb UMC, Atlanta-Marietta District Kelley Chapel UMC, Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District Hoosier Memorial UMC, Atlanta-College Park District North Decatur UMC, Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District Northside UMC, Atlanta-College Park District Oak Grove UMC, Atlanta-Emory District University Heights UMC, ...

North Georgia United Methodists Hold Orlando in Prayer

6/15/2016
Inman Park UMC in Atlanta, pictured, placed 49 candles on the altar for its Tuesday evening prayer service. The church also had a cloth that adults and children could write prayers or draw on, a station for people to light a candle, and a small labyrinth.     Several North Georgia United Methodist churches held prayer services this week following the tragic shooting in Orlando where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others. Members of Cornerstone UMC in Newnan gathered for ...



Bound for Greater Things: North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/14/2016
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 7-9, 2016 Bishop B. Michael Watson, presiding   I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. — John 14:12-14 (CEB)   The 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 7-9...



A Joyous Occasion: Celebrating The Ministry of The Watsons

6/9/2016
For the wonder of creation, And your holy hist'ry, too, Great procession glorious, Men and women sent from you. — Holy Spirit Come Among Us, Words by Don E. Saliers A service celebrating the ministry of Bishop Mike Watson and Margaret Watson on June 8 was filled with song, stories, and thanksgiving. Bishop Watson will retire in September 1 and will assume the role of Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops.  Representatives from our episcopacy committee, our General Conference delegation, ...



North Georgia Annual Conference Affirms Rev. Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

6/8/2016
Rev. Sharma Lewis endorsed as episcopal nominee by the North Georgia Annual Conference   With a "Glory Hallelujah" the Annual Conference endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as the North Georgia Conference episcopal nominee. The vote of affirmation followed a motion made by Mathew Pinson, Delegation Chair, on Tuesday, June 7, during the first session of the 2016 gathering. Bishop Watson led the conference in prayer for Rev. Lewis. The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation unanimously...



Wesley Woods Appoints New CEO and Names New Foundation President

6/8/2016
Retiring CEO, Kenneth Weber, Welcomes New Executives Saying They Are Paving Future for Healthy Aging Initiatives in Georgia   Atlanta, GA (June 10, 2016) – Leaders of Wesley Woods Senior Living (www.wesleywoods.org) today announced the appointment of Terry Barcroft as president and chief executive officer for Wesley Woods Senior Living.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia.   “Terry stood out among a strong ...

Claire E. Sterk Named Emory University's Next President

6/3/2016
The Emory University Board of Trustees announced today that Claire E. Sterk, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory, has been selected as the university’s 20th president. She was elected by a unanimous vote of the trustees during its meeting in Atlanta. North Georgia's Bishop B. Michael Watson serves on Emory's Board of Trustees and was a member of the Presidential Selection Committee. Sterk has been a member of the Emory community since 1995, when she was appointed...



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