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A Dream is Now Reality: Covenant UMC Celebrates First Service in New Building

8/16/2022
Covenant United Methodist Church has moved into a new home at 3375 Atlanta Road in Smyrna. A dream that was born in November 2015 with the merger of Cumberland United Methodist Church and Faith United Methodist Church is now a reality. The two churches merged to become Covenant UMC and the commitment from day one was to sell both former church buildings and relocate into a new facility.   Covenant celebrated the realization of that dream on Sunday, August 14, as they gathered for worship for the...



Public Service Loan Forgiveness Information for Clergy

8/11/2022
Clergy and employees of not-for-profit organizations engaged in faith-based work may now qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. However, time is of the essence. More favorable temporary rules expire October 31. Below are helpful notes from the Center for Clergy Excellence, as they field questions on this topic: No department in the Annual Conference Office can sign the employee verification form. Each local church where the clergy person has served must complete the ...



Disaster Response Update: Flooding in Eastern Kentucky

8/2/2022
North Georgia United Methodists join in prayer for all affected by recent historic flooding in Kentucky and stand ready to help.  Stephen Redmond, our North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Warehouse Manager, delivered a truckload of North Georgia cleaning buckets to Jackson, Kentucky, this week in coordination with UMCOR and the Kentucky Annual Conference. "I was able to deliver the cleaning buckets to United Methodist Mountain Missions safety," reported Stephen. "This was a true ...



Ecumenical Voting Rights Group Advocates for Free and Fair Elections

7/28/2022
FaithWorks to Hold Online Meeting Monday Methodists are among the Black religious leaders in Georgia organized in a non-partisan effort to support voting rights. This effort, called FaithWorks, is hosting an online informational webinar on Monday, August 1, at 7 pm. Log on at https://bit.ly/3b85nvJ.   "It is an honor to invite members of the North Georgia Conference to take part in an effort to ensure that everyone has access to cast their vote in this year’s elections," said Rev. Dr. Brian ...



Faith and Fun this Fall: Registration Open for Children's and Youth Retreats

7/25/2022
By Allison Sligh ​A full schedule of North Georgia Conference children's and youth retreats are planned this fall and registration is now open! All are hosted at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, and the line-up includes: Children’s Retreat, September 16- 24 Fall Confirmation Retreat, September 30-October 2 and Rooted Retreats for Youth, October 28-30 and November 4-6 The Center for Congregational Excellence, which coordinates the retreats, values and prioritizes retreat ministry. Between 2021...



Moreland Moves (And Laughs, Smiles, Sweats, and Prays)

7/21/2022
By Rev. Sean Kilpatrick My life has been transformed by exercise. After experiencing some of the painfully obvious unhealthy tendencies of ministry and seminary, eight years ago I decided something must be done. To say I’ve taken exercise to an extreme would be an extreme understatement. To say that my life has been transformed by exercise would be even more of an understatement; but, I’d like to share with you something simple that you might want to try for yourself and maybe your community.  ...



Updates on Scouting Ministry and The New Affiliation Agreement

7/21/2022
Dear North Georgia United Methodists & Friends of Scouting,   As we continue to learn from our colleagues and receive your questions regarding the new BSA-UMC Annual Affiliation Agreement, we will offer you updates and information. Even since our June 2022 communication, we have additional information to share.   Entering a new era of Scouting ministry, United Methodist churches and Scout units in the North Georgia Conference have four options available to partner with Scouting locally.    ...



Wespath and Gammon Partner to Address Financial Wellness for Underserved and Pandemic-Impacted Clergy

7/21/2022
A shared vision for systemic change will strengthen the resources available to underrepresented clergy groups Gammon Theological Seminary and Wespath's Clergy Financial Well-Being Initiative today announced a partnership that will expand the programming and resources used to help United Methodist clergy address financial challenges, with a special focus on underserved/underrepresented and pandemic-impacted pastors. Together these organizations seek to discover new ways to share materials, ...



Scott's Top 9 Tips on How a Church Can Engage Their Community Through MissionInsite

7/15/2022
Alternate Headline #1: Scott's Cheat Sheet for Clergy as You Fill Out Charge Conference Forms Alternate Headline #2: Don't Repeat the Mistakes Scott has Made in Previous Reports & Learn From His Errors Rev. Scott Parrish serves a dual appointment as the Conference Mission Specialist and as pastor of two North Georgia Conference congregations. He is a champion of the Mission Insight demographics tool that is available to all North Georgia United Methodist Churches. Having named Community ...



Bright Star Launches 'Coins & Care' Fellowship at Local Laundromat

7/13/2022
Bright Star UMC in Douglasville is excited to share love with the local community through its "Coins & Care" outreach.  At least once a month, volunteers gather at a local laundromat for a creative fellowship. The team greets and welcomes customers and blesses them with a Care Packet that includes laundry detergent, quarters to wash and dry clothes, information on upcoming community events that the church is sponsoring, and details on how to connect with Bright Star UMC. The "All Washed Up" ...



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