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Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

4/1/2021
Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson True to our calling, North Georgia United Methodists are responding to last week's devastating storms by showing love to neighbor. The National Weather Service has confirmed that on March 25 an EF4 tornado struck in Heard, Coweta, and Fayette counties, along with an EF1 tornado in Bartow county, and a significant downburst in Polk county. Other parts of the ...



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...



Fraud Alert: Phishing Scam Targets United Methodists (Again)

3/26/2021
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.  Just this week some North Georgia United Methodists have received a fraudulent email claiming to be from Bishop Sue. If you receive an email that strikes you as unusual, confirm...



Overnight Storms, Tornadoes, Cause Damage in North Georgia

3/26/2021
Major storms crossed the Southeast last week including a tornado causing significant damage in the Newnan area. There are reports of wind damage and localized flooding in other parts of the conference. Our neighbors in Alabama also saw storm damage and multiple fatalities. The North Georgia Conference is coordinating with UMCOR, Early Response Teams, and with Coweta County Emergency Management. Response work is underway. Read on for updates:  UPDATE: March 31 In addition to the trained ERT ...



Conference Nominations Deadline Approaching: Three Areas Need Nominees

3/22/2021
Were you asked to serve last year? Please complete a form for 2021 The deadline for Nominations for North Georgia Conference Boards and Committees is March 31. Complete the Nominations Form to self-nominate if you are willing to serve, nominate someone else who would be a good fit, or make a nomination as part of a group.  If you were asked to serve on a committee last year prior to the decision to extend committee membership and leadership an extra year, please complete a 2021 Nominations Form...



Council of Bishops Cancels May 8 Special Session of General Conference

3/22/2021
After much conversation, the Council of Bishops reached a decision that in the best interest of the church at this time, they would cancel the Special Session of the General Conference which was set for May 8, 2021. Read a News Release from the Council below: The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters  related to the Council’s work.  After much conversation, the bishops reached a decision that in the ...



2021 Process for Conference Nominations Seeks to Draw Wide Range of Servant Leaders

3/18/2021
Each year the Conference Nominations Committee identifies servant leaders to make up its Boards and Committees including the Conference Board of Trustees, Board of Church Development, Episcopacy Committee, Council on Finance and Administration, and more (see the list here). These committees are made up of faithful laity and clergy who volunteer their time for a season to serve our connection at the Conference level.  In 2021, a Quality Improvement Team thoroughly reviewed the nominations ...



Church Leaders Mourn the Loss of Lives in Mass Shooting, Decry Attacks Against Asians

3/18/2021
This article is adapted for ngumc.org from Sam Hodges' original UM News Service March 17 piece "Church Leaders Decry Attacks Against Asians." By Sam Hodges March 17, 2021 | UM News United Methodists across our connection condemn the violence that left 8 dead in metro Atlanta spa shootings this week. Seven women, six of whom were Asian, and one man were killed and at least one other was injured.  "North Georgia United Methodists join our entire region in mourning the loss of lives. We condemn ...



HealthFlex Participants: Take Advantage of Mental Health Tools Like EAP

3/11/2021
We have all faced a difficult year since March of 2020. Clergy in particular have endured a heavy emotional load in their work, with little downtime, and dramatic changes in expectations. That's why the North Georgia Conference encourages clergy to take advantage of the professional support available through our connection.  Through Wespath, the North Georgia Conference offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as part of our health plan. The EAP provides confidential counseling and support ...



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