Bishop Announces Mid-Year Moves, New Director of Community Discipleship and Development Role

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Appointive Cabinet announce mid-year appointment changes effective January 1, 2022. Among them is a new position.   On January 1, 2022, Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland will become the North Georgia Conference’s first Director of Community Discipleship and Development. Dr. Kirkland was the natural choice for this position because, as a district superintendent, Dr. Kirkland’s leadership and vision led Atlanta First UMC and College Park UMC to ...

BEAT Team Wraps Up 2021 Work, Launches Dashboard

The Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team has wrapped up its work for 2021 having invested $783,914.00 in innovative mission and ministry in the North Georgia Conference! The BEAT Team, entrusted by our Annual Conference to receive grant applications and make the best mission investments possible for the whole of the conference, funded 14 grants across 6 districts. The grants vary from funding for mold remediation to funding for a community park, digital ministry to a medical clinic. "For ...

BSA Bankruptcy Update: Action Needed

In October of 2020, local churches that charter Boy Scout programs, even if the programs aren’t currently active, were urged to file a “proof of claim" in the BSA bankruptcy case. The North Georgia Conference retained a legal firm and paid the initial legal expense related to the filing of the proof of claim for local churches in our Conference.  This filing was a necessary measure and gives church Trustees the opportunity to vote on the settlement agreement. After months of mediation to ...

Care, Compassion, Consistency: Ben Hill UMC Food Bank Celebrates 45 Years of Ministry

The Food Bank at Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta has been a ministry of the church for more than 45 years. The majority of clients are families with children, and over 800 families are typically served monthly. This equates to approximately 30,000 individuals or 120,000 pounds of food each year. Unforeseen circumstances in life such as illnesses, divorce, and work shortages are just a few of the reasons people seek assistance with food. Ben Hill is committed to meeting this need in the community with ...

Congregations Encouraged to Vote No on BSA Bankruptcy Plan

A United Methodist Ad Hoc Committee is encouraging congregations to vote against a proposed Boy Scouts of America (BSA) reorganization plan, following months of negotiations that have failed to yield a settlement thus far. United Methodist local churches that have chartered Scout troops or Cub packs where abuse may have occurred are vulnerable to lawsuits and claims because they are not receiving sufficient protection in the BSA bankruptcy plan.  The BSA filed bankruptcy to address sexual abuse ...

Commission Considers Status of Postponed General Conference

Key Points Organizers expect to decide early next year whether General Conference can go forward as scheduled in 2022.  In the meantime, they named the values that will guide their decision. This includes a commitment to go beyond the minimum requirement of quorum and thinking about the involvement of as many delegates as possible. The goal remains to hold the pivotal legislative assembly in person with delegates from around the globe.  The Commission on the General Conference announced today...

Connect With Hope and Joy: Advent Advertising Campaign

Look out for social media, digital, and print advertisements inviting neighbors to connect with hope and joy through a United Methodist Church this Advent! To assist people seeking an escape from the holiday blues and connection to the true source of joy and love, United Methodist Communications, the global communications agency for the denomination, has launched an Advent-Neighbors national advertising campaign. After 20+ months of a pandemic, many individuals are looking for ways to find ...

North Georgia United Methodists Invited to Give Big on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday has become one of the largest fundraising efforts of the year! As you plan your end-of-year giving and Giving Tuesday, consider supporting our impactful, transformational United Methodist-related agencies and ministries. They include: North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries Campership Fund Summer camp is not a luxury, nor is it just kids playing in the woods – it's an immersive, transformational experience unmatched in its ability to positively impact the individual,...

Council of Bishops Shares A Narrative for The Continuing United Methodist Church

"...We must be one people, rooted in scripture, centered in Christ, serving in love, and united in the essentials. ..." (Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News) The Council of Bishops ended its fall meeting having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The bishops, from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, overwhelmingly approved a narrative that provides a framework and begins to paint a picture for the continuing ...

'O Holy Night' Life-Sized Paper Mache Sculptures on Display

Life-sized paper mache and metal sculptures depicting the nativity scene, complete with camels and angel host, are on display free of charge, at the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center now through December 23. The sculptures were created over the years for Rockmart First United Methodist Church’s Christmas parade floats by artist Susan Waters. The exhibit includes interactive elements for children. Gallery hours: Tues. 1-7, Weds, Thurs, Sat, 10-4. Groups by appointment. 

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