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Immersed in Scripture: 'Kindling in the City' is a Success

10/10/2019
This week more than 40 North Georgia Conference clergy and worship planners along with four from the Mississippi Conference gathered in downtown Atlanta for the 3-day Kindling in the City retreat. This was a new location and format for the beloved Kindling the Fire lectionary reading and worship planning retreat. Participants met at Central UMC where they listened to scripture read aloud by Rev. Richard Winn, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, Rev. Walter Kimbrough, and Rev. Quincy Brown. Then, ...



Celebrating an Incredible Summer of Ministry at Glisson, ELI, Grow, and Shoreline!

10/3/2019
We are continually amazed and humbled by the impactful ministry children and youth experience through North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries programs each summer. A record-breaking 4,771 campers took part in an incredible summer of ministry at Glisson, ELI, Grow, and Shoreline! Five out of six programs served their most-ever campers (and the sixth missed it by only three!). Attendance numbers only matter because of the individual lives and faith commitments they represent. Praise ...



North Georgia Delegation Schedules Two Listening Sessions

10/3/2019
The North Georgia delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference has scheduled two listening sessions to hear from North Georgia United Methodists. The first session is set for Saturday, November 16, at Marietta First UMC. The second will be Saturday, February 1. Details are forthcoming.  Registration is now open for the first session. Clergy and laity of the North Georgia Conference are invited to address the delegation on topics related to the 2020 General Conference. Maximum length of ...



Local Pastors: New Process for Course of Study Scholarships

9/25/2019
North Georgia's Ministerial Education Fund Committee has created a new application process for Local Pastors to receive scholarship funding for Course of Study. Local pastors can find requirements, course expectations, oversight information, and the application at https://northga-reg.brtapp.com/CourseofStudyMEFScholarship.  "Our MEF Committee and The Center for Clergy Excellence are eager to support our Local Pastors and want to help them with continuing to make COS affordable," said Michelle ...



Georgia United Methodist Foundation Awards Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships Each Year

9/24/2019
As students settle into the new semester at colleges and universities, thank you notes begin to arrive on desks at the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. In the latest "Faith and Money" newsletter, Nancy Young offers an update on scholarships and shares one of those notes. By NANCY YOUNG Georgia United Methodist Foundation Vice President of Development Thanks to the generosity of our donors and our partnership with the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, the Georgia United ...



District Superintendent Installation Services Set for Augusta and Rome-Carrollton

9/19/2019
All are invited to join in the Services of Installation for two new District Superintendents. Installation of District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell October 6  3 pm Rome First UMC The Rome-Carrollton District invites you to the Service of Installation for District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell on Sunday, October 6, at 3 p.m. at Rome First UMC. A reception will immediately follow. All pastors and deacons are encouraged to robe and will process in together. Those in Full ...



Meet Lurma Rackley: A True Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

9/17/2019
(above) Lurma Rackley celebrating her birthday with her first granddaughter, Rallera. In the foreground is a birthday gift—a little statue of Frederick Douglass, one of Lurma's favorite historical figures. (below) Lurma Rackley at age 13 or 14 with her mother in front of the elementary school from which her mother was fired for her civil rights work and membership in the NAACP. Photograph by Cecil Williams. Williams has produced several books chronicling the South Carolina civil rights movement...



Phishing Scam Targets Congregations

9/16/2019
We have heard from a number of North Georgia Conference clergy whose congregations have been the target of an e-mail scam. Church members have received fraudulent emails that appear to be from the pastor and ask for help (usually financial help). A common theme is a need for a gift card or urgent help for a loved one.  If you receive an email that strikes you as unusual, confirm that it's legitimate before you reply. Refrain from forwarding the email to others. Instead, make a quick phone call ...



Hurricane Recovery: North Georgia UMs Have Strong Ties to The Bahamas

9/12/2019
September 1, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island experienced “unprecedented devastation" as a category 5 hurricane stalled over the northern islands of the Bahamas. But even before Hurricane Dorian had run its course, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) was connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.  The North Georgia Annual Conference has strong ties to our neighbors in the Bahamas, and many churches have already begun collecting special offerings to ...



Join the Fresh Expressions Facebook Live Discussion

9/12/2019
The Conference Fresh Expressions team invites you to take part in a Facebook Live conversation every 3rd Thursday at 3 pm, beginning September 19. The conversation will happen in the Fresh Expressions North Georgia Facebook Group and will be facilitated by Rev. Heather Jallad. Bring questions, thoughts, ideas, or just listen in.  Here's how to take part: First, be sure to like the Fresh Expressions North Georgia Facebook group. You should get an alert when Fresh Expressions goes Live, but you ...



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