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Weekly Word and Update!

Wow! It seems that it was only yesterday when we made New Year’s resolutions for 2020!

On New Year’s Eve and First Sunday, we pronounced 2020 vision for seeing clearly!  Our sense of success for this year and even this new decade seemed certain.  Then suddenly, so much of what seemed normal was halted by COVID-19.

Things that previously exacerbated warring madness within us suddenly had to take a back seat to the realities of our human condition and mortality.  In the midst of a pandemic, we now live with daily directions to stop, space and shelter.

Ash Wednesday said it all, “Remember that you are but dust and to dust you shall return.”  

We are reminded that we are gifts in earthen vessels to be used for goodness sake.  God desires to use us as instruments in the enhancement of personal and communal living.  We each possess a daily choice to “do no harm, do good and stay in love with God.”  COVID -19 reminds us of the reality that we get to live and make positive differences one day at a time.  While this seems short term it isn’t.  If one day is all we have, how should we use it?  If one day is all we have, what will be our priorities?  If one day is all we have, what matters most now?

On Maundy Thursday we are reminded of our Lords’ table of mercy and grace.  Mercy reminds us that we are better, much better, than we deserve.  Grace reminds us that God continues to provide unmerited favor in the midst of our human conditions of resistance, weak resignation and warring madness.  Fortunately, things aren’t left up to us.  Good Friday comes in spite of the human condition.  Our warring madness and weak resignations are subjected to a clarion cry saying:

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  This is Christ’s cry for the whole world.  Hold on.  New life is certain.

“Today you will be with me in paradise.”  We have the gift of life NOW.  We can choose to live by faith TODAY.  The spirit of God within us, before us and around us is our existential reality.

“Behold your mother.  Behold your son.”  We are the family of God, no matter how we treat ourselves and one another.  When we have done it to the least of these, we have done it to God.

“I’m thirsty.”  The arid conditions of our spirit seem to long for relief that only “living water” will provide.  The woman at the well (John 4) reminds us that as we drink from this water, we will never be thirsty for the same things again.

“My God, my God, why has though forsaken me?”  Mother use to say, “Baby, it will not be easy.  Just remember that God will be with you all the way.”

“It is finished.”  What can separate us from the love of God? Nothing!

“Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” What is my commitment to God?  What’s yours?  As it was in the beginning, the choice is ours.
 

Resurrection is coming!

Thank you for your leadership!

Grace and peace,

Bernice

 

Bishop and Cabinet Ask That Church Buildings and Property Remain Closed Through April 30

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet are grateful to clergy and congregations for all you are doing to be the Church in your communities while keeping people safe and connected through this season of hardship and inconvenience. We thank you. 

In order to live out John Wesley's first general rule to "do no harm," the Bishop and Cabinet strongly recommend and expect that all church buildings and properties remain closed until April 30, 2020. They will offer updated advisement on April 27, 2020. 

Any specific questions about regulations for sheltering in place in local communities should be directed to local authorities of those municipalities. 

 

COVID-19 Related Employee Rights - Federal Notice

Employee Rights Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Click here for more information.

 

Federal Disaster Area Unemployment Benefits

President Trump declared Georgia a disaster area yesterday. As such, unemployment benefits are now available to folks who otherwise wouldn't receive them.
Click here for more information.

 

The CARES Act Includes Provisions for Non-Profits and Churches

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law. The $2 trillion economic stimulus is intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. 

Please note that information is developing every day, but the details for implementation are still pending

A number of organizations are working to interpret the act as it relates to churches and non-profits. We will continue to update https://www.ngumc.org/covid-19-response-resources with useful links.

Some of the most helpful directives include:

 

Easter Online Worship Resources

 

 

The North Georgia Conference is proud of the creativity, humility, and witness of United Methodist churches like yours as you plan to celebrate Easter 2020. To add to the efforts you already have in place, the Conference is developing and assembling resources. 

Resources for Your Church

You are invited to include the following resources as part of your church's online Easter worship service or share as stand-alone pieces. They may be posted on social media, on your church website, or emailed to your congregation. Click the title to view or download each resource.

Still to come:

  • Easter Sunday Virtual Choir (available Friday, April 10)
  • Grand Process: Easter Sunday 2019 at Peachtree Road UMC
  • Original music
  • a "Christ is Risen" compilation

Easter 2020 will be different than any other in our lifetimes, but, thanks be to God, Easter can't be cancelled! 

 

POSTPONED
May 5-15, 2020, General Conference (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
 

Murphy Harpst

With so many of us now practicing social distancing, I want to encourage you to begin engaging with us on our Murphy-Harpst’s Facebook page and to use the many online resources provided for our church partners. Check out 

 http://murphyharpst.org/churchpartners/

 

Claire Wood has done a fabulous job of setting up this resource page for churches, so that we can all keep vitally connected. You will find that she has even included Murphy Harpst coloring pages for children in our churches  to download at home! And she will continue to update this page in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Thanks so much for your steadfast love for the churches and for the children in our care. 

 

Grace and peace,

Scott

 

North Georgia United Methodists Invited to Read Luke and Acts in 2020

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all North Georgia United Methodists to read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in 2020, beginning this week with Luke 1. Subscribe to receive a weekly reading prompt and reflection each Wednesday by choosing "Reading the Gospel of Luke" at ngumc.org/subscribe.  
YOUR INVITATION  |  READING SCHEDULE
 

Clergy Email Accounts

Google is requiring password updates for some of our clergy accounts (ngumc.net). This update is being done to ensure that all users have passwords that meet Google's current password standards. Google will start forcing password updates on May 28, and will reset passwords on any accounts not updated by June 3. It is also highly recommended that clergy use 2-factor authentication with their clergy accounts (ngumc.net). The 2-factor authentication protects accounts from unauthorized access. It is the simplest thing clergy can do to help keep their accounts safe and secure. To ensure you have continuous and secure access to your account:

  • Log in to Gmail

  • Reset your ngumc.net password

  • Turn on 2-factor authentication

 

 

ADDRESS FOR DISTRICT WORK FUND  and CONFERENCE APPORTIONMENT PAYMENTS

District Work Fund and Conference Apportionment payments will be received and accounted for by the North Georgia Conference.  Include on the memo line: ACPK DWF.
 
Please provide the remittance address to the proper person at your local church.

North GA Conference Treasurer’s Office
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417

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Emergency Call Chain & Response Procedure

Here is the updated procedure for notifying conference leadership in case of a disaster:

EMERGENCY CALLING CHAIN & RESPONSE PROCEDURE 
 
1. Immediately following a disaster, the pastor of a local church inspects damage to any/all church property and makes two phone calls to:          
a) The District Superintendent          
b) The Trustee Chairperson for their local church (Trustee Chairperson contacts the insurance company for the local church and begins deliberations according to church's policy.) 
 
2. The District Superintendent contacts:              
a) The Conference Disaster Relief Chairperson: Scott Parrish
 
3. The Conference Disaster Relief Chairperson contacts: 
a) The Resident Bishop: Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson    
b) The Conference Director of Connectional Ministries: Herzen Andone
(Note: Report once daily as necessary or immediately if damage is severe) 

District Superintendent

Bernice Kirkland
(404) 335-0321
bernice.kirkland@ngumc.net
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Administrative Assistant

Mozelle Mitchell
(404) 335-0321
acpk@ngumc.net

Contact Information

Office Address:
One Georgia Center
600 W. Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 335-0321 Phone
(404) 209-7794 Fax

acpk@ngumc.net
http://www.ngumc.org/acpk

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