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Tech Grants to Fund Digital Ministry for Local Congregations

10/20/2020
By Rev. Blair Zant Pray. Plan. Pivot. Persist. This is the 2020 Strategy. And we’ve come to love/hate it. For months now, churches, ministries, and leaders across our North Georgia United Methodist Connection have demonstrated courage and creativity as they’ve made tough choices, let go of best-laid plans, and adapted important faith and contextual traditions to socially distanced, digital landscapes. And we’ve learned. A lot. As much about the resiliency of our communities as we have the best ...



7 Resources for Advent 2020

10/19/2020
This Advent will be different than any in our lifetime as communities anticipate Christmas amid a pandemic. The invitation to hope, peace, love, joy and light are more important than ever. Here are five resources to consider this season.    Planning: Advent and Christmas in the Midst of COVID (UMCDiscipleship.org) How do you plan for Advent and Christmas music when you don’t know what to plan for? Who to plan for? Where to plan for? What we do know is why we plan for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphan...



Let Us Pray Together: 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

10/15/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites North Georgia United Methodists to join the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference for 40 days of prayer and weekly fasting. We will begin October 18, but you are invited to join in at any time. Every day, you are invited to enter into the offices of prayer, beginning the day with Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, saying the Lord’s Prayer at mid-day, and ending the day with the Prayer of St. Francis. Each Tuesday, you are invited to fast from rising up until settling ...



United Methodist Connectional FCU is Awarded 'Credit Union of the Year' for Georgia

10/15/2020
On October 13, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions recognized our United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union as the Credit Union of the Year for the state of Georgia! The credit union of the year award for up to $100 million in assets size highlights individual credit unions that have shown outstanding achievements in areas of daily operations, financial prowess, and community outreach.   Institutions honored as Credit Union of the Year demonstrate the all-around best the industry ...



Hurricane Sally Recovery: Ride Along with Rev. Scott Parrish

10/8/2020
While Hurricane Sally is off the minds of many of us here in North Georgia, communities along the Gulf coast are still in the early phases of recovery. The North Georgia Conference has sent several trained ERT teams and would like to send many more. Our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Scott Parrish, headed to the Alabama-West Florida Conference to check in on our neighbors and learn more about how we can help! Follow along with Scott:   Downed Trees and Debris Piles Once I got ...



United Methodist Advertising Campaign Encourages Hope

10/8/2020
A fall advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions.  “It's been a year like no other. You're not the only one trying to make sense of it all. The people of The United Methodist Church believe that when we turn to God's love, we can find peace, joy, and hope. Let's find hope together,” the ads proclaim. “The advertisements address a number of pressing needs in our...



Introducing the 'Monday Memo'

10/1/2020
On Monday, October 6, the North Georgia Conference will launch a new weekly e-newsletter, the "Monday Memo." Each week, you'll hear from Rev. Dr. Terry Walton, Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He'll share insights, information, touchpoints, and inspiration--in other words, what's important to North Georgia United Methodists. If you are already subscribed to the "Weekly Update" on Thursdays, you'll automatically receive The Monday Memo. You can always update your subscription preferences by ...



Bible Study Brings Together Men from St. James Alpharetta and Alpharetta First UMC

9/24/2020
By Sybil Davidson This summer dozens of men from St. James UMC in Alpharetta and Alpharetta First UMC joined together for a series of Bible Studies and discussions on race and reconciliation. They had deep and difficult conversations across Zoom, but the results were incredibly impactful on participants from both churches. St. James's congregation is predominantly Black and Alpharetta First UMC members are predominantly White. The two churches are less than a mile apart and members of the ...



Fraud Email Alert: Phishing Scam Targets Congregations

9/24/2020
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 other 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, ...



Installation Services Set for Central North and Central East Superintendents

9/24/2020
All are invited as two North Georgia Conference districts hold online installation services for their new District Superintendent on Sunday, October 4. Bishop Sue will participate in the services along with district leaders. The incoming Superintendent will preach.   The Central North District will hold its service of installation for Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen at 2 pm on Sunday, October 4. View the service at 2 pm on the North Georgia Conference Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NGAUMC) or at n...

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