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Christmas Cheer: Retirees Gather for Annual Luncheon

12/12/2017
More than 100 North Georgia retired pastors and spouses gathered on Dec. 11 at Oak Grove UMC for their annual Christmas luncheon.  With a theme of a "Childlike Christmas," fun decor, a photo-booth, and Advent coloring book devotionals set the tone for a day filled with laughter and friendship.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson spoke, sharing a message of transformation and hope.  District Superintendent Dr. David Naglee on violin (and later on an old metal saw) and Oak Grove staff member Sandee ...



Rollins Foundation Awards Foundation of Wesley Woods $3.3 Million to Endow New Pastoral Care Program

12/12/2017
New Program to Provide Critical Spiritual Care for 1,800 Senior Adults  Living at All 10 Wesley Woods Communities Recognizing the importance of a new program providing critical spiritual care to the senior adult residents of Wesley Woods, who often are struggling with end-of-life questions, age-associated grief and other spiritual issues, The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation has awarded a $3.3 million grant to the Foundation of Wesley Woods for the leadership and development of the new initiative.  ...

3 Steps to Telling Better Stories at Your Church

12/7/2017
Editors Note: The North Georgia Conference invited writer and former local church communications director Robert Carnes to share some advice on storytelling. By Robert Carnes Stories are everywhere. People have been telling stories since the beginning, but we got the idea from the one who created us. The church has an opportunity to tell the greatest story ever told—the story of Christ. We can leverage the power of narrative to connect with people. Church leaders just need to keep these three...

Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced

12/7/2017
The Secretary of the General Conference has announced the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The Book of Discipline 2016, which is based on the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. Since the Book of Discipline caps the maximum number ...

Donor Makes $1 Million Gift to LaGrange College

12/7/2017
Photo:  Jerry Wilkinson of Atlanta and his family unveil a sign proclaiming the new name of LaGrange College’s Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars Program. From left are Hayley Brammer, Bev Wilkinson, Chad Brammer, Jerry Wilkinson, Heather Deguire and Hilary Bayer. Atlanta business leader Jerry Wilkinson and his family have donated $1 million to LaGrange College to support its “From Promise to Prominence Campaign,” specifically the institution’s Servant Scholars Program. Wilkinson, a member of ...



North Georgia Delivers Relief Supplies to UMCOR Sagar Brown Depot

12/7/2017
Volunteers from the Conference Disaster Response warehouse at Impact recently loaded a truck for delivery of relief supplies to Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana. Supplies were donated by several United Methodist churches and organizations throughout North Georgia. From left to right Terry Raymond , Jacqueline Rose, Eloise Sykes, Robert Sheats, Matt Murphy.

Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers Named Malone Dodson Clergy Award Recipient

12/7/2017
Dr. Alice Rogers receives the 2017 Malone Dodson Clergy Award from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson   Recognizing her commitment to helping older adults, the leaders of the Foundation of Wesley Woods recently presented the Malone Dodson Clergy Award to the Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers, senior pastor of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Clergy Award has been given annually by the Foundation of Wesley Woods to the clergy person of The North Georgia Conference of ...



Thank You for Apportionment Giving

12/7/2017
Bishop Sue received a letter of thanks from Moses Kumar, General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church, to the people of the North Georgia Conference for your apportionment giving that funds the ministries of our global denomination. Thanks to this giving, lives are changed through the ministries of our Church.  December 5, 2017 Greetings Bishop, We bring you greetings from the General Council on Finance and Administration during this ...



Fill 'Blessing Bags' for Low-Income Senior at Wesley Woods

11/30/2017
Wesley Woods is offering an opportunity for churches or individuals to "be a blessing" to low-income seniors this Christmas. They are collecting "Blessing Bags" stuffed with donated items that are critical household items and healthy snacks for low-income residents. Items should be delivered by December 20, 2017. Find instructions and what to pack below: Helpful Ideas and Instructions Where possible, purchase travel sized items. Have youth decorate each bag. Include a personal handwritten ...



Fresh Expressions: Pioneer Learning Opportunity in North Georgia

11/30/2017
If you are interested in starting a Fresh Expression of Church or are already involved in the process, you don't have to go alone. Instead, take advantage of 6 months of coaching and conversation.  The North Georgia Conference Congregational Development Office has partnered with Fresh Expressions US to bring Pioneer Learning Communities to North Georgia.  Pioneer Learning Communities are designed to: assist teams who want to launch a fresh expression of church; help pastors and lay-leaders ...



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