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One With Each Other: 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/20/2019
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 11-14, 2019 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding The 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 11-14 at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. With a theme of "One With Each Other,” the Conference focused on the prayer from our United Methodist Communion liturgy, “May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided. Put on Love: Worship and ...



North Georgia Elects 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation

6/14/2019
The North Georgia Annual Conference has elected its Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the delegation in prayer and fasting on Thursdays from July 1 through the General Conference in May.  Clergy Members of the Delegation (General Conference) Byron Eric Thomas Philip Daniel Schroeder Patricia Alice Rogers Jasmine Rose Smothers Glenn Leland Ethridge Bernice Williams Kirkland Shannon Elizabeth Karafanda Elizabeth ...



The Lord is Lord of All: Service of Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensing

6/13/2019
Tonight we came together to praise God, to hear the holy word, and to seek for ourselves and others the power, presence, and direction of the Holy Spirit. We celebrated a sacred moment for 27 licensed local pastors, 18 provisional elders and deacons, two ordained deacons, and 16 ordained elders.  The magnificent Ben Hill UMC Choir set the tone for the service.  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers preached on Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, Corinthians 12:4-14, 26-34. She described the vast and ...



Laity Lunch Speaker Tom Jackson Has Strong Methodist Roots, Deep Faith, and Great Hope for the Future

6/12/2019
More than 600 laity gathered for the North Georgia Conference laity lunch on Wednesday, June 12. Speaker Dr. Tom Jackson, a long-time member of the Conference and an active member of Athens First UMC, spoke to the laity. Afterward many asked if he would share the text of his message and he agreed. His address is below: Address By Dr. Tom Jackson to the 2019 Laity Lunch   When Bill Martin extended his most gracious invitation to speak to you today, I was humbled, I was honored, and frankly, I ...



Dunwoody UMC Hosts Dialogue on Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality

6/6/2019
Last month Dunwoody UMC, in conjunction with Candler School of Theology, hosted a dialogue on Biblical Interpretation as related to our understanding of human sexuality.  The experience is an example of how devout followers of Christ can disagree not on the authority of Scripture, but the interpretation of Scripture. You're invited to watch the videos of the conversation as two scholars, Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson and Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen, who have dedicated their lives to the faithful study of ...



One With Each Others: North Georgia to Gather in Athens Next Week

6/6/2019
More than 2,000 North Georgia United Methodists and guests will arrive in Athens next week for the 2019 Annual Conference session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will preside over the four-day annual "family reunion" June 11-14. The focus will be on our theme, "One With Each Other." "I love to gather at Annual Conference to celebrate our common mission, share how we can better introduce folks to Jesus Christ, and energize our leadership to go home and serve sacrificially," said Bishop Sue. The ...



LaGrange College Chaplain Earns Prestigious Francis Asbury Award

5/30/2019
The Rev. Dr. Adam Roberts, chaplain and director of Spiritual Life at LaGrange College, was presented the Francis Asbury Award during the college’s baccalaureate service May 17. The honor, given by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church’s ministries in higher education at the local, district or annual conference level. The Rev. Michael McCord, executive director of the Georgia United...



What to Expect: 5 New Things to Note About Annual Conference 2019

5/30/2019
There is rich tradition at the North Georgia Annual Conference, but with each session, there are also exciting updates and changes to look forward to as we gather for our United Methodist Family Reunion! Here are a few new things to expect at Annual Conference 2019:  1 - Serving Together Our related agencies are coming together to host an afternoon of fun, service, and barbecue on Tuesday! The event will immediately follow the close of the June 11 afternoon session of Annual Conference. Be sure...



Surely God is in These Places: Third Year, Third Campus

5/23/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE About five years ago, Rev. Rodrigo Cruz was one of the pastors of a white, upper-middle-class congregation in Roswell that was reaching out to the Hispanic community. It was in that role that he began to discover a disconnect. The ministry was important but felt segregated. His children were schooling and playing sports with various groups of kids, but they worshipped with only one group of kids – either white or Hispanic. “It was at that moment, I asked myself, if the ...



Bishop Announces Annual Conference Special Offering for 2019: Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods

5/17/2019
RESOURCES: Download a 1-minute video, bulletin and website verbiage, slide presentation, bulletin inserts and more.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods as the recipient of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Special Offering.       Your giving to the conference-wide offering will make it possible for more than 1800 older adults across the Wesley Woods communities to continue their faith journey with the support of a team of loving, compassionate ...



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