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North Georgia Clergy & Laity Impacted by ZOE Ministry

4/21/2017
When 14 clergy and laity boarded their flight to Kenya in January 2017, they knew they would not be undergoing the typical missionary experience. No hammers and nails, no bed nets or donations. They arrived in Maua, Kenya to meet ZOE. When they arrived, several excited children ran to meet them. They grabbed them by the hand and led them to a celebration of their arrival. There was excitement and everyone was invited to dance. It was clear that their future was bright, and their minds were ...



Bishop to Nominate Next Conference Chancellor

4/19/2017
In June, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will nominate Jim Thornton as our next North Georgia Conference chancellor. Thornton is an attorney in LaGrange and a life-long member of LaGrange First UMC. He serves as the part-time mayor of LaGrange and has practiced law there for 20 years. He’s a graduate of United Methodist-related LaGrange College and Emory University Law School and also serves as attorney for LaGrange College. While he is active in his home church, Thornton has also served in ...



City of Decatur to Purchase United Methodist Children's Home Property

4/17/2017
The United Methodist Children’s Home Agrees to Sell Campus to City of Decatur; Funds from $40 Million Sale Will Serve More Children and Families in Crisis (NOTE: Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions at the Children's Home website.) Responding to the growing needs of the children and families it serves, the Board of Trustees of The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) has agreed to sell the ministry’s 77-acre campus to the City of Decatur. The Decatur City Commission approved the ...



Holy Thursday Prayer from Bishop Sue

4/13/2017
On this Holy Thursday, Bishop Sue invites you to pray with her the words of this wonderful Brian Wren hymn: Lord God, your love has called us here, As we, by love, for love were made. Your living likeness still we bear, Though marred, dishonored, disobeyed.  We come, with all our heart and mind Your call to hear, your love to find. We come with self-inflicted pains Of broken trust and chosen wrong, Half-free, half-bound by inner chains, By social forces swept along, By powers and systems ...

Bishop Announces Projected June Appointments

4/2/2017
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced projected full-time appointments for North Georgia Conference churches. The appointments will be set at the North Georgia Annual Conference and will be effective in June 2017.  "I am in constant prayer this morning of 'Announcement Sunday' as congregations throughout our annual conference receive word of pastoral changes," writes Bishop Sue. "I know how difficult change is, and I am all too aware of the beautiful yet wrenching reality that the more ...



Angle-Young Joins Staff of United Methodist Communications in Nashville

3/30/2017
The Rev. Dr. Teresa Angle-Young, an elder in the North Georgia Conference, has joined the staff of United Methodist Communications in Nashville as Director of Seeker Communications and Advertising.   “In all of my appointments I have learned, grown, and seen fruit. I truly believe that God can and does employ us even to the ends of the earth, so for me, serving in a UMC agency is yet another exciting expression of the many ways God can use us to facilitate an encounter with the living Christ. … ...

I-85 Bridge Collapses Just Miles from United Methodist Center

3/30/2017
On Thursday evening, March 30, an I-85 overpass in Atlanta collapsed after a massive fire began beneath it. News outlets reported that there were no injuries. The collapse happened a few miles south of the Clairmont Road Exit where North Georgia Conference Offices are located.  Traffic in the vicinity of the Conference Offices will be disrupted while repairs to both north- and south-bound lanes are completed. If you plan to attend a meeting or event at the North Georgia Conference, please ...

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox to Step Down in June

3/30/2017
Young Harris College President Cathy Cox has announced that she will formally step down from the position in June 2017 to accept the role of dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, her alma mater.   During her 10-year tenure as president, Cox has led the College through an unparalleled period of growth, transitioning it from a two-year to a four-year college, more than doubling the size of the faculty and student body, and constructing $100 million in new facilities, while staying true to its...



Due West UMC Welcomes Young Families

3/29/2017
This is third in a series of stories from growing congregations around the North Georgia Conference. By Ansley Brackin Due West UMC in Marietta is one of the fastest growing churches in the Atlanta-Marietta District. The congregation has spent the last few years converting their services to sound “a little less metal and a little more Mumford” in order to attract the young families who have been steadily moving into the area. With them has come an increase in professions of faith for all ages,...



Tips for Moving Pastors

3/28/2017
Susan Miller knows how it feels to live a gypsy’s life. The wife of a corporate hotel executive, Miller moved 14 times in 25 years. The experience had a profound effect and led her to start Just Moved Ministry. The spiritually based non-profit reaches out to people who are frequently uprooted and equips them with tools to help them let go of the past and embrace new lives. She now leads relocation classes in churches, military installations and corporations, as well as trains motivators to guide...



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