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Conference Board of Pension to Cover Church Portion of Healthflex Insurance Premiums for Three Months in 2021

5/6/2021
Beginning June 1, 2021, for a period of three months, (June, July, and August) the North Georgia Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits will fund the church portion of HealthFlex health insurance premiums from the CBOPHB "Current Benefits Reserve" fund.   "We recognize that many of our churches are continuing to adapt to new patterns of giving," said Charles Darden, chair of the Conference Board of Pension. "The Board of Pension is blessed to have adequate reserves that we can use to ...



Bishop Names Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Offering

4/29/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Special Offering. The Ministerial Education Fund provides scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and license to preach school.  Aligning with the theme, "Love is Making Room," this fund helps pave the way for those called to serve as clergy. Together we can help minimize debt of North Georgia United Methodists beginning in ...



Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

4/29/2021
Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson APRIL 29 UPDATE After a month of recovery from tornado damage, Coweta County is now shifting to the final phase of the Disaster Response process: long-term recovery. That means that the need for trained ERT teams is no longer pressing as rebuilding finally begins. In this lengthy recovery phase, churches that can send a roof, sheetrock, flooring, or other ...



Pastoral Letter from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

4/26/2021
“You now pledge to go wherever you are sent, to serve however you are called, to exercise your ministry within and on behalf of the whole Church, to love all among whom you are placed, and to love God above all.” Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church   Dear Friends,   Spring is the time we at the North Georgia Conference announce new appointments. You may have noted that we announced 70 new appointments recently on Announcement Sunday. I wanted to share some ...

Outside the Walls: Churches Collaborate on Maundy Thursday Service

4/22/2021
On a cold Maundy Thursday night this year, two churches in Woodstock created an innovative way to both celebrate the day and demonstrate a conscious commitment to reaching out to the community. The Way UMC and Hillside UMC collaborated for an outdoor experience that included devotions, music, and communion throughout the downtown area and on The Way campus. Beginning at Latimer Hall in downtown Woodstock, participants were asked to scan a QR code on a sign at each station or read a printed ...



Bishop and Cabinet Announce 2021-2022 Appointment Changes

4/20/2021
70 Changes Announced on Appointment Sunday Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet have released the 2021-2022 appointment changes of full-time clergy. Information was shared on Sunday, April 18, 2021, which was Announcement Sunday in the nearly 800 churches of the conference.   Bishop Sue and the Cabinet projected 70 appointment changes in the region. The appointments are effective July 1, 2021. "The North Georgia Conference appreciates the graciousness of these 70 pastors as ...



Mathew Pinson Elected President/CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation

4/19/2021
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Mathew Pinson as the Foundation’s next president and CEO, effective July 1, 2021. Pinson will succeed Rev. Keith E. Lawder, who is retiring after serving as the Foundation’s president since 2016. GUMF Search Committee Chair Kathryn Dennis said of Pinson’s selection, “We selected Mathew after conducting an extensive nationwide search. He brings great talents and a strong vision to lead the Foundation in the ...



Tucker First UMC Grows a Mission Garden

4/14/2021
Tucker First United Methodist Church is thrilled to have created a new mission-oriented community container garden in Tucker and it is aptly named, “The Tucker Mission Garden.” All the vegetables grown in the garden will be donated to NETWorks Cooperative Ministries, a local Tucker food bank. The Tucker Mission Garden has three objectives: to provide fresh produce for hungry neighbors in the community, to educate on sustainability and supporting the local ecosystem, and to strengthen ...



Check In With Church Development

3/31/2021
Photo: Dinner Church is just one of the Fresh Expressions movements happening in our Conference. In the North Georgia Conference, our Center for Congregational Excellence works alongside the Board of Church Development, District leadership, and local churches to forge creative, sustainable, mission-fueled ministry across the communities in our Conference.  No one model works for every situation, so the team has studied and helped implement a variety of strategies with an eye for context and ...



A Message on COVID-19 Precautions

3/29/2021
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, As we approach a second Easter in pandemic, we appreciate your faithfulness, creativity, and endurance. Now that the vaccine is becoming more widely available, we have great hope. We are also aware that the pandemic is not over. Your Bishop and Cabinet urge you to continue to follow the CDC Guidelines for Communities of Faith (click here) and remind you to follow the current Governor's Order (click here). We know there will be a day when these guidelines...



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