SBA to Launch Second Round of PPP Loans

The North Georgia Conference encourages churches to explore and consider pursuing funding through the PPP Loan. Find helpful communications on the topic below. What the Second Round of PPP Loans Means for Churches and How to Get One From Horizon Stewardship The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) includes $284 billion dollars for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans for which churches and nonprofits are eligible to apply through participating banks. Church ...

Beloved Community: Saint James UMC to Host 3-Day MLK Celebration and Call to Unity

As we embark upon celebrating one of our nation’s most inspiring figures we ask: amidst the racial unrest, pandemic, and political divisiveness, how do we find hope? Saint James UMC Alpharetta invites you to join them in seeking the answer. This year, Saint James will celebrate MLK, Jr Day through a multi-day virtual experience beginning Sunday, January 17. The theme for the St. James's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service centers around the question: Where Do We Go from Here? The ...

Message from Bishop Sue: Let's Find Our Plumb Lines

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, in an online meeting with the Conference Extended Cabinet, shares a prophetic and pastoral message inviting North Georgia United Methodists to recommit to prayer and spiritual disciplines and to hold up our plumb lines as we discern truth from falsehood, good from evil. Watch the video at

Kingswood, Dunwoody UMCs Partner with Churches Across Faiths in Message of Unity

Collectively saddened by the events that unfolded in our Nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, Kingswood UMC in Dunwoody and Dunwoody UMC partnered with faith leaders in their community to create a Message of Unity. The video message can be found at ​  ​“The sadness I felt on Wednesday was equal to sadness I experienced as a boy when President Kennedy, his brother Robert, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. It is the same depth of sadness as 9-11,” ...

Add Online Worship to Your Church's Information at

The start of the new year is a good time to make sure your church's information is correct in the "Church Search" at (Find it at the top of the North Georgia Conference website by clicking "Churches" or going to In 2021, your church has the added opportunity to include links to your online worship services! The Church Search is one of the most visited pages on the Conference website.  To add an online worship link and change or correct information ...

Hal Jones: Let's Connect to Address Food Insecurity Crisis

Does Your Congregation Have a Food Ministry? Is Your Congregation Willing to Partner in Food Ministry? North Georgia Conference Laity and Clergy, While it is clear that the food insecurities suffered by many members of the communities we serve have been a severe and ongoing struggle for many, many years, we know this struggle, and this need, has been greatly magnified as a result of the COVID pandemic.   Many of you and your churches are currently involved in various and very meaningful food ...

At the Table in Prayer: Bishop Sue to Host Weekly Conversation on the Covenant Prayer

Join us at 6:30 pm Mondays on Facebook Wesley's Covenant Prayer played an important role in Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's call to ministry and it continues to be a daily inspiration and guide to her. The prayer, an anchor of our United Methodist tradition, calls us to a missional life centered on Christ.    Beginning January 4, Bishop Sue will host weekly candid conversations with United Methodists across our conference and connection about the Covenant Prayer. Join us live on Monday nights at ...

Tech Grants 2.0: 32 Churches Named Technology Grant Recipients

Pictured: A video still from online worship with Newnan Chapel UMC in the SouthWest District. By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Just before Christmas, Rev. Joseph McBrayer posted a video to social media. Upon first glance, it appeared to be a standard worship promo from the church he serves, Oak Grove UMC in Atlanta. At second glance, it seemed more like an outtake, a blooper video, in which he kept adjusting and readjusting the camera. Then the subtitles popped up. He wasn’t speaking. Rather, the words...

Churches Get Creative for a Different Kind of Christmas

The Zant Family with Haygood UMC's newly painted vintage camper, one of the centerpieces of the church's Advent and Christmas outreach. By Rebecca Wallace Pastors and church leaders all over the world had no idea at the start of this year how capable they would need to become in the world of video production as the weeks and months of the pandemic continued. In the North Georgia Conference, we’ve seen churches conduct services, concerts, and most recently, even Christmas plays virtually, using...

Feeding the Hungry During the Pandemic: Dunwoody UMC Recruits 1,100 Volunteers for 'Foodstock'

By Rebecca Wallace Dunwoody United Methodist Church, in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, has brought together community volunteers to assemble dehydrated meals for children in need across the globe for the past decade through their annual Foodstock Event. The challenges of 2020 meant the initiative would have to adapt this year, but the congregation and church leaders were determined to continue the vital work of feeding the hungry. “With the effects of the pandemic, hunger is at an ...

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