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Serving the Hungry During the Pandemic: Barrow Community UMC’s ‘Lil’ Food Pantry & Faith Fridge’

11/25/2020
By Rebecca Wallace It all started with one small, kind act of an anonymous donor who left groceries at the door of the church in May. The church member who found the bag of non-perishable and perishable foods didn’t know who left them or why because the church did not have a food pantry at the time. So Barrow Community UMC in the Central East District took this as a sign that they should find a way to feed people in their community.   Over the next month, a handful of staffers and members built...



Caring for Those Who Are Caring for Us: Let Us Be a Model

11/24/2020
From Rev. Hal Jones Director of Connectional Ministries Many of you know I spent the majority of my ministry in various healthcare administrative roles, mostly at Emory University/Emory Healthcare. During my time at Emory, I met and became friends with countless nurses, physicians, techs, etc. I also gained a profound sense of respect and gratitude for the work and ministry (yes, ministry) these healthcare workers, especially those on the “front lines,” carry out every day. The following ...



Global Health Initiative Exceeds Goal of Reaching 1 Million Children

11/19/2020
Working to positively impact the lives of women and children around the world, Abundant Health, The United Methodist Church’s global health initiative, has achieved and exceeded its goal of reaching 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020! According to data reports, the United Methodist contribution to the global effort to end preventable deaths of newborns, children and adolescents reached 1,075,732 children as of October 2020. Naomi Lebbie, a young woman from Southern ...



Augusta National to Fund Women's Golf Team, Endow Two Scholarships at Paine College

11/11/2020
The Augusta National Golf Club announced this week that it will fund the creation of a women's golf program at United Methodist-related Paine College and endow scholarships named for Lee Elder, the first African American to compete in the Master's Tournament 45 years ago. At a press conference at Augusta National, Chairman Fred Ridley revealed the creation of the Lee Elder Scholarships at the Historically Black College. Two scholarships will be awarded annually, one each to a student-athlete ...



Churches Asked to be Careful and Vigilant: Georgia Back in Coronavirus Red Zone

11/11/2020
Message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet Citing an increase in cases, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force moved Georgia back into the most severe category for spread of the virus for the first time since mid-September. The report warned of asymptomatic spread, particularly in social gatherings, as cool weather pushes people indoors and friends and families plan holiday events. “Georgia must expand the mitigation efforts statewide as test ...



Hope + Action: Action Ministries Announces Upcoming Merger with Hope Atlanta

11/10/2020
Action Ministries, Inc. has announced that the organization plans to merge with Hope Atlanta, another non-profit dedicated to fighting homelessness and food insecurity. The merger is expected to be complete in January 2021, and will result in the formation of a new organization combining the resources of Hope Atlanta and Action Ministries.   The North Georgia Conference celebrates all that Action Ministries has accomplished in its more than 50-year history, and all that the newly formed ...



Call to Prayer on the Eve of Election Day

11/2/2020
In addition to our three daily prayers, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites you to join her in prayer and reflection on the eve of Election Day in the United States. Holy God One yet three Reach into the abundance of your companionship Bring forth unity and healing in our land Cover this election with fairness and dignity Dismantle voter suppression and intimidation Grant simple, safe, equal access to polls Make the way for all voices to be heard All votes to be counted Cover this election with ...



Conference-Wide Scripture Readings Help Us Connect

10/27/2020
By Rebecca Wallace   On the first day of 2020, the North Georgia Conference introduced a conference-wide initiative to read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, breaking them down one chapter per week for the year. Every Wednesday, the Conference emails a reflection from a clergy or layperson and a link to the chapter to read. The readings and reflections started with Luke 1 and the Conference is now well on its way to completing Acts. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts have 52 chapters...



Tech Grants to Fund Digital Ministry for Local Congregations

10/20/2020
Rev. Scott Brown preaches to an online congregation at Douglasville First UMC. By Rev. Blair Zant Pray. Plan. Pivot. Persist. This is the 2020 Strategy. And we’ve come to love/hate it. For months now, churches, ministries, and leaders across our North Georgia United Methodist Connection have demonstrated courage and creativity as they’ve made tough choices, let go of best-laid plans, and adapted important faith and contextual traditions to socially distanced, digital landscapes. And we’ve ...



7 Resources for Advent 2020

10/19/2020
This Advent will be different than any in our lifetime as communities anticipate Christmas amid a pandemic. The invitation to hope, peace, love, joy, and light are as important as ever. Here are seven planning resources to consider this season.    Planning: Advent and Christmas in the Midst of COVID (UMCDiscipleship.org) How do you plan for Advent and Christmas music when you don’t know what to plan for? Who to plan for? Where to plan for? What we do know is why we plan for the Advent/Christmas/...



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