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New Scholarship to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders

12/7/2016
North Georgia Conference, Seminaries, to Match Generous Scholarship  The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has announced the creation of a new scholarship that launches January 3, 2017, for students enrolled in United Methodist seminaries. The Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship was created to help entering United Methodist clergy avoid excessive educational loan debt, minimize financial stress, and build financial acumen.  ...



United Methodists to Offer Hot Cocoa and Hospitality in Busy Shopping Areas Dec. 15-18

12/7/2016
United Methodists will offer a warm smile and hot cocoa on the streets of Atlanta and Decatur Dec. 15-18, along with the message, “When we find the true meaning of Christmas church can happen anywhere.”  It’s all part of a national Rethink Church Advent “creative outreach campaign” planned by UM Communications for nine major cities this month, focused on high-pedestrian traffic areas. An “experiential marketing” firm hired by UMCom will provide the cocoa, poured by professionals wearing heavy, ...



UMCOR Needs Bedding Kits, Health Kits in Response to Fires

12/6/2016
The United Methodist Committee on Relief has put out a call for health kits and bedding kits, anticipating stepped-up need in areas affected by wildfires. “Our inventory is not quite where we would like it be should we be called to respond to another disaster,” said Amy Fuselier, director of UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot. “In light of the on-going fires in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, I expect that requests for kits will soon occur. “If you and your congregation are able to assist with ...

Action Ministries Sunday is December 4

11/30/2016
Action Ministries is excited about this special annual opportunity to tell its story and engage the churches of the North Georgia Conference with neighbors in need. On any given night, there are hundreds of families with children living in extended stay hotels that dot the north Georgia landscape. There are thousands more who are one paycheck, health crisis or car repair bill away from homelessness. In Georgia, we have the second highest rate of homeless veterans in the U.S., and we are in the ...



Churches Must Still Comply With Overtime Rules

11/29/2016
Republished with permission from the Missouri Annual Conference. Early last week, a Federal District Court in Texas halted the application of new overtime regulations. Employers, including local churches, have vigorously discussed the new regulations and the overarching related statute, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In addition, some state attorneys general pursued a court order to postpone enforcement. The order issued by the judge in Texas is referred to as a “preliminary injunction” ...

Hands Needed: Recovery is Underway Along Coast

11/29/2016
When Hurricane Matthew battered the coast, we followed protocol and waited for emergency responders to do initial recovery work. Now Phase 2 of recovery is beginning and it is time for North Georgia United Methodists to go help our neighbors.  Bishop Sue will visit South Carolina this week learn about the work ahead in some of the areas that most need North Georgia United Methodists.  Then, as the next phase of recovery continues over the coming months, individuals, churches, and mission teams...

Suwanee Worship Center Sends of 30K Boxes of Food to Haiti

11/29/2016
  By Erika Well Gwinnett Daily Post Suwanee Worship Center members and community volunteers fulfilled the church’s mission to put its beliefs into action by preparing thousands of boxes of food to send to Haiti on Saturday. They packed 30,024 boxes within a few hours at Level Creek Elementary on Tench Road in Suwanee for the nonprofit Stop Hunger Now. The Raleigh, N.C.-based organization is an effort to end hunger in this lifetime. Stop Hunger Now has worked with millions of corporate, civic, ...



From GCFA: Update on Overtime Rules and Your Church

11/23/2016
The General Council on Finance and Administration of the UMC shared the following information on the FLSA overtime provisions that were to go into effect Dec. 1.  Yesterday, Judge Mazzant of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in the case challenging the Department of Labor (“DOL”) revisions to the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).   Those revisions would have significantly ...

Overtime Rules and Your Church

11/22/2016
It is important for churches to make a determination as to whether the Department of Labor Overtime Rule applies to any of the church staff.  Conference treasurer Keith Cox shares some insights. Church leaders may want to watch this video with SPR committees or finance teams.  It can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/N8MxPTro5Wc.  Below find some of the helpful tools and information gathered by the North Georgia Conference Treasurer's Office.  Resources and Information  After ...

Sugarloaf UMC Uses Baptisms to Bless Others

11/18/2016
Sugarloaf UMC blesses more than one child when the congregation celebrates an infant baptism. The church uses the celebration as an opportunity to bless children in foster care through The United Methodist Children’s Home. The congregation at Sugarloaf recognizes that while most who are baptized in the church sanctuary are surrounded by family and loved ones, there are other children who need the love and care that is provided through the ministry of the Children’s Home. Many of North Georgia’...



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