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10 Way to Say 'Thank You' to Your Pastor
October is Clergy Appreciation Month! Here are 10 ideas for how you might support your pastor this month: Offer to make pastoral care visits and calls for a week. Volunteering to help make visits and calls offers your pastor a break to focus on other tasks for the week and helps the people receiving the visits and calls a new personal connection. Make a charitable donation. Donate to a local charity or one of our United Methodist related ministries (like Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, Wesley ...
Liturgies for Hispanic Heritage Month
The Hispanic Ministries Committee is preparing worship liturgies to help all our congregations across the conference celebrate with our Hispanic-Latino neighbors.  The first liturgy and two creeds are below. Churches are invited and encouraged to use these in worship: Liturgy for Hispanic Heritage Month Hispanic Creed (Credo Hispano) Immigrants Creed (Credo Migrante)
General Conference Delegates Encouraged to Save The Date for Orientation
Delegates to the postponed 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church are encouraged to block their calendars for a live-streamed orientation and briefing taking place February 29- March 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST. The event will be hosted by United Methodist Communications and its United Methodist News team along with the Secretary of the General Conference. Details about the online orientation will be made available in the coming days.
Aldersgate UMC Launches 'The Table' Recovery Church
Aldersgate UMC in Augusta started The Table Recovery Church in May of this year to support those dealing with addictions, afflictions, and compulsive behaviors. Each Sunday at 11:30 a.m., The Table features a simple lunch, a short message on one of the 12 Steps, and open sharing.   Recovery involves not only overcoming the physical and psychological but also becoming spiritually strong. That’s why The Table is more than an AA meeting (although they strongly encourage participation in other ...
LaGrange First UMC Hosts LaGrange College Sunday
LaGrange First UMC welcomed LaGrange College students and leaders for "LaGrange College Sunday" on September 23.  Students planned and participated in worship. Music, liturgy, and scripture were all lead by LaGrange College students. College President Susanne Baxter offered a word to the congregation, and College Chaplain Rev. Ashley Jenkins offered the sermon.  "It was a joyful Sunday," said Jenkins. LaGrange College is one of nine United Methodist-related colleges and universities in ...
General Conference Legislation to be Available in January 2024
From Heather Hahn, UM News Now that the September deadline to submit legislation to General Conference 2024 has passed, we're closer to a fuller picture of the proposals up for consideration when The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly next meets. Work is already underway to prepare the new legislation for the Advance Daily Christian Advocate in a format that is readily accessible for our multinational and multilingual denomination. (The Daily Christian Advocate is the official ...
Wesley Woods' Heroes, Saints, & Legends raises more than $405,000
The Best of the Story Wesley Woods' Heroes, Saints & Legends gala on September 21 raised more than $405,000! Funds raised through the annual event go toward on-site chaplains providing pastoral care at the 10 Wesley Woods communities across North Georgia, financial assistance with meals and housing for residents, and innovative wellness programming to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. (Watch a video about how Wesley Woods carries out its mission.) The 2023 Heroes, Saints...
Lighthouse Congregation Training Prepares Churches to Offer Hope and Welcome Across North Georgia
The Lighthouse Congregation movement is well underway in the North Georgia Conference! More than 100 people from 28 churches have gone through Lighthouse Training this summer and five more sessions are scheduled for the fall (and additional to come).  "Lighthouse Congregation" is a designation for churches devoted to Christian hospitality and the welcome and care of people who've been displaced from their church home by disruption, disaffiliation, or closure. Lighthouse Congregations will be ...
Conference Offers Status Report on Local Churches as Related to Disaffiliation
As we move through the disaffiliation process as outlined in paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline, the North Georgia Conference offers an update on the status of local churches in our Annual Conference in relation to disaffiliation. Some churches have held a church conference on disaffiliation, some have requested a church conference to consider disaffiliation, and the majority will continue as United Methodist churches. For those churches that have held a church conference on ...
Bishops serving in Africa Pledge to Stay in The United Methodist Church
United Methodist bishops serving the church in Africa have issued a statement declaring their intention to stay in the denomination despite differences on the issue of human sexuality. “Notwithstanding the differences in our UMC regarding the issue of human sexuality especially with our stance of traditional and biblical view of marriage, we categorically state that we do not plan to leave The United Methodist Church and will continue to be shepherds of God’s flock in this worldwide ...
10 Reasons to Be United Methodist
Being United Methodist means being part of a world-wide connection of more than 12 million members. There is a United Methodist church in nearly every county in the United States, and across Africa, Asia, and Europe—all with the same mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. A member of a local church here in North Georgia recently shared 10 reasons their congregation will stay United Methodist. We've adapted their list and share it with you: 10 Reasons We ...
United Methodists Deliver on Diaper Drive Challenge
(Photo: Members of Trinity UMC Cartersville delivering diapers) VIEW PHOTO ALBUM Recognizing that the cost of diapers is a hardship on struggling families in communities across our Conference, Bishop Robin Dease reached out to North Georgia United Methodists and encouraged them to host a diaper drive in the weeks and months ahead.  North Georgia United Methodists from one side of our Annual Conference to the other, have delivered!    (Photo: Decatur First UMC diaper donations line the altar)...
Responding to Hurricane Idalia: Praying, Giving, Serving
PHOTO ALBUM Hurricane Idalia made landfall August 30 in Florida before continuing into Georgia and the Carolinas. The Category 3 storm brought significant flooding and damaging winds. Early reports indicate winds as strong as 100 mph as Idalia moved across South Georgia.  We'll Help! Once again United Methodists have responded: We'll help! The North Georgia Conference is coordinating with our surrounding Annual Conferences and UMCOR, as well as GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland ...
Take Part: 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Across the North Georgia Conference
Consecration for Renewal October 1-November 9, 2023 All North Georgia United Methodists are invited to take part in 40 days of prayer and fasting from October 1 to November 9 in a spirit of Consecration for Renewal across our Conference.  While one district's focus is fasting, the other seven will focus on prayer and we will all conclude with a 24-hour prayer vigil November 9 (sign up to take part) Fasting Schedule October 1-5, 2023  |  Central East District October 6-10  |  Central West ...
Wander & Wonder Launches Clergy Hikes for Leaf Season
Clergy are invited to hit the trails this fall with another series of hikes designed as a way to unplug from the day-to-day duties of ministry and plug into a sacred time of active rest as they connect with God in nature.  Beginning in October, there will be a series of six hikes for clergy to choose from over the next few months.    These hikes are made possible through a collaborative effort between NGUMC’s Center for Clergy Excellence, which hosts ACE (The Academy of Clergy Excellence), and ...
Drumroll Please: Conference Youth Ministries Announces Retreat Schedule
Drumroll please: North Georgia Conference Youth Ministry proudly announces the dates of youth retreats for the 2023-2024 school year. No matter the size of the congregation or youth group, whether your youth group attends a retreat every year or hasn't yet signed up for a Conference event, there is a place for your youth! Upcoming retreats include: Fall Confirmation Retreat September 29-October 1, 2023 Ages/Grades: Open to Confirmation Students (Primarily 6th-8th Graders) Designed for middle ...
Peachtree Road UMC and Community Partners Open the 'Welcome Home House' for Incarcerated Women Reentering Society
Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta and City of Refuge (COR), a faith-based organization focused on families transitioning from crisis, have opened their first Welcome Home House, a supportive, transitional house for women reentering society from prison. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity constructed the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house located on Atlanta’s Westside. A collaboration between PRUMC and COR, the Welcome Home House program seeks to build safe, stable housing for women returning to society from ...
Grace United Methodist Church Elberton Launches With Worship
Pictured: South East District Lay Leader Jennifer Byrd, District Mission Specialist Rev. Dana Everhart, District Superintendent Rev. Greg Porterfield, and Rev Jim McCollough A new church is launching in Elberton!   Grace United Methodist Church was officially constituted in the South East District of the North Georgia Conference last month and held its inaugural worship service on Wednesday, August 9. The Rev. Jim McCollough will serve as pastor of the new church start.    During an ...
Naglee Carves Communion Set from Fallen Oak as Gift to ERTs
PHOTO ALBUM Rev. David Naglee, retired clergy, recently crafted a communion chalice and paten as a gift to the ERT of the North Georgia Conference. ERT (Early Response Teams) are volunteers from across our Conference trained to respond after tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and other disasters.  Naglee, a master woodworker, carved the set from a branch of an oak that was downed by the March tornado in Pine Mountain. It is fitting that ERT from Newnan First UMC, responding to the storm in ...
Regionalization Legislation Petitions Submitted to General Conference
During an August 19, 2023, meeting, The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters unanimously approved worldwide regionalism legislation for submission to General Conference 2024. This legislation had also been supported for submission by the Connectional Table at its July 13 meeting. The regionalization legislation aims to provide equity throughout the regions of The United Methodist Church with the intention of de-centralizing the influence of the United States on General Conference. ...
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