In November, the North Georgia Conference entered into contracts with Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners for the sale of the Simpsonwood property to Gwinnett County for use as a passive park. The next step in the sale is closing on the property.
For North Georgia United Methodist churches, this means that after the sale is complete and payment has been received, the Simpsonwood line item amounts applicable to the time after the sale will be eliminated from the Conference budget. Conference Treasurer Keith Cox explains it this way: "The 2015 apportionment statements will be re-run and re-distributed. For example, if a church has been apportioned $1,000/month for Simpsonwood for 2015, and the sale is completed on March 1, then the 2015 apportionment statements will be revised to include only $2,000 for Simpsonwood for 2015 ($1,000 each for the months of January and February)."
After closing on the property, United Methodist Center and Episcopal offices will move to a new location. The United Methodist Center relocation committee is at work to determine a future location for offices. Due to the time constraints of the sale contract, there will be a need to move into temporary office space. A permanent relocation will likely occur within the next two to two and a half years. The relocation committee will make recommendations to the Conference Board of Trustees, which will make the final determination. Read more about the priorities set by the Board of Trustees and those named to the committee at http://www.ngumc.org/newsdetail/476244.
A preservation committee is already at work making plans for valuable artifacts and other items at Simpsonwood. Read more about the task of that committee at http://www.ngumc.org/newsdetail/467887.
The Simpson Chapel will be relocated to the grounds of Simpsonwood UMC. Read more at http://www.ngumc.org/newsdetail/487178.
North Georgia United Methodists planning retreats have several United Methodist retreat centers available to consider: