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District Superintendent Installation Services Set for Augusta and Rome-Carrollton

9/19/2019
All are invited to join in the Services of Installation for two new District Superintendents. Installation of District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell October 6  3 pm Rome First UMC The Rome-Carrollton District invites you to the Service of Installation for District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell on Sunday, October 6, at 3 p.m. at Rome First UMC. A reception will immediately follow. All pastors and deacons are encouraged to robe and will process in together. Those in Full ...



Meet Lurma Rackley: A True Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

9/17/2019
(above) Lurma Rackley celebrating her birthday with her first granddaughter, Rallera. In the foreground is a birthday gift—a little statue of Frederick Douglass, one of Lurma's favorite historical figures. (below) Lurma Rackley at age 13 or 14 with her mother in front of the elementary school from which her mother was fired for her civil rights work and membership in the NAACP. Photograph by Cecil Williams. Williams has produced several books chronicling the South Carolina civil rights movement...



Phishing Scam Targets Congregations

9/16/2019
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.  If you receive an email that strikes you as unusual, confirm that it's legitimate before you reply. Refrain from forwarding the email to others. Instead, make a quick phone call ...



Hurricane Recovery: North Georgia UMs Have Strong Ties to The Bahamas

9/12/2019
September 1, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island experienced “unprecedented devastation" as a category 5 hurricane stalled over the northern islands of the Bahamas. But even before Hurricane Dorian had run its course, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) was connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.  The North Georgia Annual Conference has strong ties to our neighbors in the Bahamas, and many churches have already begun collecting special offerings to ...



Join the Fresh Expressions Facebook Live Discussion

9/12/2019
The Conference Fresh Expressions team invites you to take part in a Facebook Live conversation every 3rd Thursday at 3 pm, beginning September 19. The conversation will happen in the Fresh Expressions North Georgia Facebook Group and will be facilitated by Rev. Heather Jallad. Bring questions, thoughts, ideas, or just listen in.  Here's how to take part: First, be sure to like the Fresh Expressions North Georgia Facebook group. You should get an alert when Fresh Expressions goes Live, but you ...



LaGrange College Ranks in Top 5 Regional Colleges in the South

9/11/2019
LaGrange College has been named a leading school in the South, according to annual rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.   The institution was ranked fifth on this year’s list among 122 Regional Colleges in the South. It is the only regional college in Georgia in the top 20.   In addition, LaGrange was named a “best value,” described by the publication as “a great school at a great price.”   It also earned high marks for undergraduate teaching (tied for fourth) and social mobility...



Barnesville First has Fun Raising Funds for Disaster Relief with a Flock of Flamingos

9/9/2019
Barnesville First UMC is putting the "fun" in fundraising for hurricane relief with a flock of faux flamingos.   Church and community members are invited to send a flock of pink flamingos to a friend's yard by making a $10 donation to support hurricane relief efforts. The friend can then make a $10 donation to have the flock removed. Buying flock insurance for $30 guarantees that the flamingos will not be allowed to set foot in your yard. Donations of any amount are being accepted for flamingo ...



Korean Church of Atlanta Makes Generous Gift to UMCOR

9/6/2019
After their mission team visited Ganta UMC Mission Station in Liberia this June, the Korean Church of Atlanta UMC decided to partner with UMCOR in support of its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects at Ganta. This generous gift of $100,000 will provide clean water sources for 10 schools and 14 communities, specifically, 9 new wells, 10 well rehabilitations, 4 boreholes, 3 latrine systems, and 3 handwashing stations. Pictured from left to right at the office of Global Ministries in ...



Responding to Hurricane Dorian

9/5/2019
Updated September 10 As rescue and recovery efforts begin following Hurricane Dorian, our prayers are with all impacted by the storm and with our neighbors in the Bahamas. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) has awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Bishop Theophilus Rolle, president of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Conference of the Methodist Church, said that the hurricane's force has ...



Clark Atlanta University Awarded $10.6 Million Grant for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development

9/4/2019
The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded a $10.6 million grant to the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University.   This award will enable Clark Atlanta's Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development to expand and enhance current research and educational activities.  The grant will focus on three specific aims: 1) expand and enhance current research programs in prostate ...



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