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Bible Study Brings Together Men from St. James Alpharetta and Alpharetta First UMC

9/24/2020
By Sybil Davidson This summer dozens of men from St. James UMC in Alpharetta and Alpharetta First UMC joined together for a series of Bible Studies and discussions on race and reconciliation. They had deep and difficult conversations across Zoom, but the results were incredibly impactful on participants from both churches. St. James's congregation is predominantly Black and Alpharetta First UMC members are predominantly White. The two churches are less than a mile apart and members of the ...



Fraud Email Alert: Phishing Scam Targets Congregations

9/24/2020
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.  Just this week other North Georgia United Methodists have received a fraudulent email claiming to be from Bishop Sue. If you receive an email that strikes you as unusual, ...



Zoe Empowers Update: Meet Lydia

9/24/2020
In January, the North Georgia Conference began a 3-year partnership with a remarkable program, Zoe Empowers, to offer support to the Imani “Faith” Kiborione Group in Kenya. This group consists of 99 orphaned and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty from 27 child-headed households.  Pictured is Lydia, chairperson of Imani Kiboriene. She has 3 siblings (2 girls and 1 boy), and her mother died in 2010. She took the responsibility of caring for her siblings. Early this year, before ...



Roland Fernandes Begins Leadership of United Methodist Global Ministries

9/17/2020
Succeeds Thomas Kemper as Head of Mission Agency  Roland Fernandes, a dedicated servant leader and experienced administrator, has begun his term as General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. In this role, he will also serve as general secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  A layman originally from India, Fernandes was elected to serve as general secretary (chief executive) of Global Ministries...



Hurricane Sally Update: Praying for All in the Path of The Storm

9/16/2020
Less than one month after the Gulf Coast was struck by Hurricane Laura, all eyes turned this week to Hurricane Sally. Conference leaders have been in contact with counterparts in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and South Georgia as heavy rains and winds from the slow-moving storm may have wide-ranging impact. Many areas of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama remain without power and are in the early stages of assessment.   "With Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Sally, and the current devastating ...



2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

9/10/2020
North Georgia Annual Conference Virtual Session August 29, 2020 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding On Saturday, August 29, nearly 2,000 North Georgia United Methodists gathered for a beloved time of conferencing in a new way. Meeting virtually from living rooms, kitchen tables, church offices, and beyond, members of the Conference adopted a condensed agenda to complete essential business in one day. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided over the historic session that utilized a secure meeting ...



Welcome Back, Bishop Sue

9/10/2020
Bishop Sue preaching at her 2016 Installation Service. We welcome Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson back to the North Georgia Conference for her fifth year as our episcopal leader.  Bishop Sue was assigned to the North Georgia area by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and began the assignment on September 1, 2016. Since that assignment, she has kept a steady focus on our mission of making disciples and worked toward better alignment with our mission in all areas of the Conference. She ...



Hurricane Laura Update: Praying, Giving, Waiting

9/9/2020
September 2020 Update The North Georgia Conference continues to communicate with our neighbors in the Louisiana Annual Conference following Hurricane Laura. The state is overwhelmed by the scale and scope of this disaster. Louisiana is still in the emergency phase and evacuated locals are displaced well outside the direct path of the storm. Our Louisiana Conference counterparts are coordinating with their government, faith, and nonprofit partners as well as with UMCOR. They confirm that ...



Payroll Tax Deferral Decision: Q&A With Amy King

9/8/2020
The federal government recently offered a deferral of payroll taxes on wages paid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. North Georgia Conference considered this option and has decided not to pursue the deferral. As local churches consider whether to pursue this deferral, we checked in with Benefits Officer Amy King to learn more: Q: Is there a benefit or risk to employees? Amy King: We do not see a benefit to employees because this is just a deferral and not a forgiveness of the tax. If this were...



Thank You: Volunteers, Vendors, and Staff Put in Countless Hours to Host Virtual Annual Conference

9/8/2020
Thanks to all who were part of the production (onsite and remote) of the first Virtual North Georgia Annual Conference Session. Their faithful collaboration enabled approximately 1,800 members and guests of the Conference to participate in the session. Those who served onsite and remotely, many assisting with multiple tasks are: Our Team Resident Bishop: Sue Haupert-Johnson   Associate Secretaries: Joya Abrams, Dave Allen Grady, Chris Branscomb, Kathy Brockman, Lee Fullerton, Rachel Fullerton, ...



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