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Cokesbury's Annual Conference Display Will Offer Resources On Site and Online

4/11/2019
Cokesbury is pleased to offer its most popular titles, UM official resources, and speakers’ books in quantity through on-site sales at Annual Conference 2019 at Cokesbury Resource Centers. This year’s Cokesbury Resource Center will look different as we continue to be responsible stewards of resources, the environment and our staff, while providing the most popular Christian resources to our customers. There will be fewer items on-site, but those will include the Bishop’s recommended title, best...



Global Ministries Celebrates 200 Years of Mission with Gathering Reflecting on Past and Focusing on Future of Methodist Mission

4/11/2019
Guests arriving to the Global Ministries Bicentennial. (Photo: Jennifer Silver, Global Ministries) Celebrating its origins that trace back to the work of a freeborn African-American among the Wyandotte Native American people in the 1800s, the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary with events focused on the future of Methodist mission during changing times.  The bicentennial celebration recognizes the 200th anniversary of the founding ...



Disaster Response: Tarp Teams Needed in NC

3/28/2019
It has been six months since Hurricane Florence struck the east coast, but some of our neighbors in North Carolina are still waiting for help as they watch their ceilings crumble and their walls grow over with mold for want of a tarp. Teams are needed to tarp as many as 130 homes. Only the team leader needs current ERT badge. Volunteers, including many from the North Georgia Conference, have made great strides to help disaster survivors rebuild and return to their homes. Millions of dollars’ ...



Trustees Seek to Allocate Park Eye Fund to Better Serve Patients in Need

3/28/2019
The Louise D. Park Eye Fund of the North Georgia Conference was established for “the treatment of patients who are in definite need of financial assistance in order to secure the indicated treatment of disorders of the eye or eyes which would result in blindness if such treatment were not otherwise available.”  After many years, the Conference Board of Trustees recognizes that neither churches, clergy, or the North Georgia Conference are utilizing the fund in a significant and meaningful way. ...



Capacity Crowds Attend General Conference Information Sessions

3/27/2019
Well over 1,200 laity and clergy from across the North Georgia Conference attended District Gatherings for information on the 2019 Special General Conference this month. The regional gatherings were held at Cascade UMC Atlanta, Hamilton Mill UMC Dacula, Greensboro UMC, and Kennesaw UMC. Each session included prayer, song, and Holy Communion.  In a video message, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson reminded attendees that the church exists to be the body of Christ in the world. She called on the North ...



Appeals Court Rules Clergy Housing Allowances Do Not Violate US Constitution

3/21/2019
On March 18, 2019 Wespath announced that the Appeals Court has ruled clergy housing allowances do not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has again knocked down a legal challenge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) as it ruled for the second time on March 15 that tax-free housing allowances for pastors do not violate the U.S. Constitution. In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that ...



North Georgia Responds to March Tornadoes

3/19/2019
There was heartbreaking news of devastation after severe storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama and into parts of Georgia on March 3. "I am praying for the families of those who lost their lives in Alabama, and for these dealing with wreckage in Alabama and South Georgia," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Prayers also for the first responders and those helping directly, including Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor at First UMC, Opelika, Rev. Jeff Wilson, Opelika District Superintendent, and North ...



Phishing Scam Targets NGUMC Clergy

3/19/2019
Many North Georgia Conference clergy received a fraudulent email that appears to be from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson asking for help and to reply to the email. This is not a legitimate email. Please do not reply.  Note that f you receive a questionable email, rather than reply, email bishop@ngumc.org or check with the Conference Communications Office in a new email to check the legitimacy. Refrain from forwarding the email to others.  In this case, mark the email as spam or phishing and delete...

Bishop Announces Appointment of Porterfield to Conference Cabinet

3/17/2019
In a creative new appointment, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced that Rev. Greg Porterfield will join the Conference Cabinet as District Superintendent/Presiding Elder of the Augusta District in June 2019. Porterfield will remain senior pastor of Wesley UMC in Evans where he has served since 2004. He will also act in the superintendent role as missional strategist. The Cabinet will appoint a full-time elder to work out of the District Office as a missions specialist to aid Porterfield in...



ACE^2 Challenges Clergy to Bond, Learn, and Dream

3/14/2019
By REV. LEIGH MARTIN   "Bond, learn, and dream" was the mandate given to the participants of North Georgia’s Academy of Clergy Excellence, otherwise known as ACE2.  Thirteen groups, representing more than 80 clergy in the North Georgia Conference, will rally for two years around an essential question as the launch pad for their learning adventures. After an intensive orientation and planning retreat at Callaway Gardens in September 2018, ACE2 groups are embarking on their learning adventures ...



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