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Hope: A New Appointment in Unprecedented Times

6/2/2020
Photo: Rev. Mark Jordan leads worship on Facebook Live.  By Sybil Davidson As several North Georgia Conference clergy prepare to begin new appointments July 1, they are asking, "how in the world do I make this transition well?" There is no guidebook for a pastoral move during a pandemic.  Rev. Mark Jordan knows the feeling well. He began a new appointment as pastor of Hope UMC in Dallas, Georgia on April 1, the height of stay-at-home orders. Despite the challenging circumstances he shares a ...



Assignments Extended for SEJ Bishops

5/27/2020
The SEJ College of Bishops has announced the plan for episcopal supervision for the Southeastern Jurisdiction until the postponed session of Jurisdictional Conference in November 2021. This plan was developed in consultation and dialogue with the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy, and the Council of Bishops has affirmed the actions of the SEJ College of Bishops to provide coverage in each episcopal area. The assignments for the jurisdiction are: 1. Alabama-West Florida – Bishop David Graves 2. ...



Join Action Ministries Effort to #KeepKidsFed This Summer

5/27/2020
Social Distancing can't keep us from pursuing our mission—so long as there are hungry in our communities, Action Ministries will be serving! Help "Keep Kids Fed" this summer by serving and giving to Action Ministries' Smart Lunch Smart Kid program.  North Georgia United Methodists can help by: Giving Donating directly to Smart Lunch Smart Kid Setting up a fundraising page and encouraging others to give Donating food through Action Ministries' Amazon wish list Delivering Deliver SuperPacks ...



An Ambitious Goal and a Miracle on Chapel Hill Road

5/26/2020
Local Pastor Nate Moultrie approached the Shepherd of the Hills UMC Administrative Council during their October 2019 meeting with an idea of retiring the church mortgage.   With some raised eyebrows, the council decided to take on the challenge of paying the remaining $25,000 of the mortgage by April 2020. The plan was to raise half of the money by January and the remaining balance in the month of April. Rev. Moultrie asked the congregation to do so sacrificially by giving above and beyond ...



Dates Set for Postponed General and Jurisdictional Conferences

5/26/2020
The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  "We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis. Nearly seven years of pre-planning and preparations by the host team have ...



Message from Bishop and Cabinet on Opening Church Buildings

5/22/2020
Dear Clergy and Laity of the North Georgia Conference,   As we consider President Trump’s plea to open churches soon, the Cabinet and I ask you all prayerfully to consider the question, “Are we prepared to open in a way that makes our church campus as safe as possible?” rather than “Are we going to open simply because we can?”   Set forth on the Conference website are the suggestions we gave you previously as steps that are necessary for a responsible opening. It is critically important that, ...



North Georgia Conference Receives Communications Awards

5/22/2020
Each year communicators from across our connection gather for the annual United Methodist Association of Communicators meeting and awards ceremony. This year's meeting was scheduled for mid-March in Washington, DC, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  UMAC shifted to a virtual meeting. On May 21 communicators and church leaders across the United Methodist connection gathered to watch the virtual awards celebration hosted by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. The ...



HealthFlex Participants: Quest to Offer At-Home Screening, Updates Deadlines

5/21/2020
Wespath will be partnering with Quest to introduce an at-home screening option, called Qcard. We recognize that some individuals may not feel comfortable receiving their screening in person, even from their own physician. The Qcard allows participants to do a finger stick test at home and self-report their biometrics. The Qcard option will be available to all participants by July 1. Participants will sign up to receive an at-home kit in the same way they sign up for a Blueprint for Wellness ...



Stand in the Gap for Camp Ministry

5/21/2020
As summer approaches, the North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry Team has been pursuing every imaginable angle of the question: "Can camp happen safely this summer?" For the safety of all involved, camp leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the first three weeks of summer programming and fully canceling or significantly adapting other programs. For remaining camp weeks, decision dates have been set along with criteria for reopening. In addition to refunding ...



Bishop Sue Talks About Immigration with NGUMC Undocumented Partnership Task Force

5/20/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson recently talked with Rev. Fede Apecena of the North Georgia Conference Undocumented Partnership Task Force.  Watch a video of their conversation here: https://youtu.be/_TQ4atcrmKY



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