North Georgia Conference Weekly Update
March 22, 2007
CONFERENCE NEWS

Work Teams and Donations Still Needed After Warrenton Tornados (new)
When tornados touched down in the small town of Warrenton just a few weeks ago a number of homes were damaged, a few were destroyed and many were left without power. Warrenton Church was quick to respond to the crisis in its community and is serving as a central point for work teams and donations. ...read more

Information on Called Session of Annual Conference
The Special Called Session of The North Georgia Conference will be held this Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. The session will be held at Norcross First United Methodist Church, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road. Information is available available on the Conference Web site.  

Camp Possibilities During 2007 Annual Conference
As last year, there will be no child care provided for delegates to the 2007 North Georgia Annual Conference. Parents of children ages 5-12 years who wish their children to accompany them to Athens may consider enrolling them in one of two Athens-area camps.  Parents are responsible for registering and paying for the camps.
1) The YMCA of Athens Day Camp runs daily starting at 8 a.m. through pickup time between 5 and 6 p.m. Registration begins March 26. To register your child, call the YMCA of Athens at 706.543.6596 or get a registration form online at www.athensymca.org beginning March 26. This is not connected to the North Georgia Conference.
2) The University of Georgia Youth Camp runs daily with several drop-off and pick-up schedules. The camp is for children ages 7 to 12 years old. The children must be in some way affiliated with UGA. This camp is also not connected to the North Georgia Conference. Registration began March 19. For more information, visit www.recsports.uga.edu/abt_youth.php or call 706.542.5060.

Financial Planning Services
If you are a General Board plan participant, take advantage of professional financial planning advice from Ernst & Young. To receive three hours of service (through December 31), sign up by March 31 and get the discounted fee of just $99. For more information, visit the General Board of Pension and Health Benefit's Web site or call 800.851.2201.

CONFERENCE EVENTS

Disability and Decision: Healthcare for Georgia's Disabled
The Advocacy Team of the North Georgia Conference is sponsoring "Disability and Decision: Healthcare for Georgia’s Disabled," a half-day workshop this Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon on the topic of healthcare for those with disabilities.  Presenters include Mark Crenshaw of the Bobby Dodd Institute for Interfaith Disabilities Network, Dr. Patricia Nobbie of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alan Essig and Peter Armstrong of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.  The workshop will be held at Athens First Church.  For more information, contact Nancy Johnson by email or call 404.240.8207.

Worship Leadership and Planning Conference
The Interdenominational Theological Center Worship Leadership and Planning Conference is scheduled for April 11-13. The conference will center on reflection and discussion of biblical, theological and socio-cultural foundations of worship and music, as well as have workshops for practical application of these ideas. Plenary speakers include Dr. Dwight Hopkins of the University of Chicago Divinity School, Dr. James Abbington of Candler School of Theology, and Rev. Phil Jackson, author of The Hip-Hop Church. Download the registration brochure at ITC's Web site. For more information, call the office of Church Music and Worship at ITC at 404.527.7730.

Encounter of Hispanic/Latino Pastors and Leaders
A special event for Hispanic/Latino pastors and leaders will be held Saturday, April 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center. Three workshops will be offered: Pastoral Care for Immigrants in SPANISH; Training for Sunday School Teachers in ENGLISH & SPANISH; and Encounter for YOUTH! in ENGLISH & SPANISH. Cost is $5. No child care will be provided. To register send names, church, and workshop choice by fax to 678.533.1389 or email nmartinez@ngumc.org. For more information contact Nora Martinez at 678.533.1388 (direct) or
678.533.1449 (assistant). Registration deadline is April 6. 

Emergent Church Workshop
A workshop titled “Emergent Church New Starts:  Where do you begin?” featuring Linnea Nilsen Capshaw and Denise VanEck, will be held April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Center. Cost is $149 per person ($179 after April 1). For a brochure and to register online, visit the Office of Church Development Web site or contact the Office of Church Development for more information at 678.533.1384.

Boot Camp for Church Planters
BASIC Training “Boot Camp” for Church Planters, a workshop with Jim Griffith of Griffith Coaching, will be held April 17-19  at the United Methodist Center.  For brochure and to register online visit the Office of Church Development Web site or contact the Office of Church Development for more information at 678.533.1384.

Training for Those Interested in Developing Ministries with Hispanic/Latinos
Spanish, English or Portuguese speaking Clergy and Lay are all invited to learn together skills to effectively reach out to their Latino neighbors. Module I: Pastor/Mentor Lay Missioner Training For Developing Hispanic /Latino Ministries will be held at Simpsonwood Conference Center May 17-19. The event will start with dinner at 5 p.m. on the 17th and end at 5 p.m. on the 19th. To register, download a form in English, Spanish or Portuguese from the Church Development Web site. For more information, email Nora C. Martinez or call 678.533.1388.


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