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Churches Serve and Pray for Students, Schools, and Families in Their Community

8/6/2020
Back to school is anything but "back to normal" for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, but creative and faithful United Methodists are responding to the needs of students, parents, and schools in their communities. In a recent article for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Emily Peck McClain describes the very real challenges children, youth, and families face during this time and she offers practical suggestions for how congregations can meet their material, spiritual, and emotional ...



Leaning In To the Connection: United Methodists Partner to Serve Georgia Tech Students in Need

8/6/2020
In this photo (take before the pandemic), a group of students recover leftovers from a Georgia Tech dining hall. The leftovers are packaged into containers to create single-serving meals, and then made available to food-insecure students through the campus food pantry. By Rebecca Wallace   We don’t always know whom we walk among. For instance, in our everyday lives, many of us feel like poverty and food insecurity happen "somewhere else." Who would think that students from all over the world ...



Drive-In Church for Kids at McEachern UMC

7/30/2020
by DeDe Bull Reilly Because of COVID-19 safety restrictions, McEachern Memorial UMC has shifted faith formation for little people from inside the building this summer to the parking lot. Children remain in their vehicles to celebrate Jesus as a family. I’d spoken with many churches doing drive-in church well for their adults knowing there were children in the vehicles. We wanted to do drive-in church well for kids knowing their adults were in the vehicles. Considerations were multi-sensory, ...



Farewells and Welcomes to North Georgia Conference Staff

7/30/2020
North Georgia Conference staff are laity and clergy with a wide range of gifts and talents — but one thing they have in common is a call to serve God and others through The United Methodist Church.  As we begin a new appointment year, we have said "farewell" to beloved staff and "welcome" to new team members! Here's an update on who is at your service at the North Georgia Conference office.  Farewell This June we wished farewell to Rev. Jane Brooks who retired having served the North Georgia ...



Q&A: 2020 Virtual Annual Conference Sessions

7/29/2020
Updated July 29   The virtual sessions will utilize a trusted online meeting and voting platform that will allow members to securely participate using an internet-connected device. The platform will also allow guests to view the Annual Conference session. A condensed agenda is being developed and will include only items before the Annual Conference that are essential at this time so that the session can be conducted in one day. Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions below:   What safety ...



Check out the Georgia UM Foundation’s Clergy Financial Literacy Academy

7/23/2020
Feeling overwhelmed and underprepared? Want better tools for solving financial challenges? Need convenient, helpful, practical, learning, AND CEUs? Check out the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Clergy Financial Literacy Academy! What Will You Get Out of It? Convenient online modules in both personal and church finance. Case preparations in your home or office. Two 2½ hour case discussions via Zoom. New tools for your personal toolbox. New frameworks for tackling personal and church ...



Congregations Targeted by E-mail, Text, and Online Scams

7/23/2020
We have heard from a number of North Georgia Conference clergy and church leaders whose congregations have been the target of online scams. In most predominant scam, church members receive 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 ...

Lewis, Vivian Proved Faith Can Change a Nation

7/23/2020
Georgia Congressman John Lewis speaks during a 2009 worship service at the historic Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Selma, Ala., during the 44th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News. Adapted from a United Methodist News Service article by Kathy L. Gilbert The Revs. John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian were models of authentic religion who proved that people of faith can change a nation, said ...



Bishop Names Ministerial Education Fund as the 2020 Annual Conference Offering

7/22/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund as the 2020 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 of the 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference, "One in Ministry to All the World," this fund is one way United Methodists can show our support to those called to serve as ...



Conference Prayerfully and Strategically Reduces Expenses

7/22/2020
By Sybil Davidson Reducing the apportionment budget while maximizing the percentage of expenses used for ministry has long been a priority of the Conference Finance and Administration committee and the Conference Treasurer's Office, and it has been a priority all four years of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's tenure in North Georgia.  Because of the work to align stewardship and mission, the North Georgia Conference is in a position to follow through with plans rather than react to changing ...



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