Mission Information for Your Church as We Start 2018

Rev. Scott Parrish shares the following important mission updates for your church. From preparation to training to dreaming, these are timely topics to be sure your congregation considers.  Church of Excellence Church of Excellence offers any size church, with any level of mission experience, a guide to create a strong United Methodist-approach to mission for their congregation. Find the criteria, with an accompanying link with more details, at

Hartwell First UMC Asks for Prayers, Letters as Railroad Files to Condemn Portion of Church Property

Hartwell First UMC in the Athens-Elberton District is asking for prayers as the congregation braces for a decision on a long-unused railroad line that goes through the church property and terminates two blocks from the church. The Hartwell Railroad (Great Walton Railroad) has filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission to condemn the strip of church property adjacent to the mainline track to make an active runaround track to serve an existing customer rather than alternatives that would ...

Completing Your Church Year End Reports? Note These Changes

As you complete your church's End of Year report you'll notice new line numbers for this quadrenium (2017-2020) and additional questions.  This year the Cabinet has requested a detailed breakdown of Question 7, "Average Attendance at Weekly Worship Services." The question now asks how that weekly attendance is divided between services. It also asks how worship attendance is divided by age of attendee. The form also includes a place to share the number of persons who worship online each week.  ...

Emory Exhibit Explores Wesley, Methodism's Legacy in America

A new exhibit at Emory University’s Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology focuses on John Wesley’s founding of the Methodist tradition and its history in America. “Religion of the Heart: John Wesley and the Legacy of Methodism in America” runs through March 9, 2018, and is open during library hours. Guided tours will be held on Fridays at 1 p.m. on Jan.12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 9. Sign up for a tour. Curated by Pitts archivist Brandon Wason, the exhibit draws upon ...

Save the Date: Slate of ERT Trainings Scheduled This Season

As our neighbors near and far recover from a particularly destructive hurricane season, we in North Georgia can prepare to help now and into the future by getting trained and badged as UMCOR Early Response Teams and Spiritual and Emotional Care team members.  The North Georgia Conference will offer a slate of UMCOR ERT and Spiritual and Emotional Care trainings between Jan. 20 and March 10 in locations across the Conference. Each training will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Additional ...

Campus Crawl: Retreat for High School Students Takes to the Road for College Tour

The North Georgia Conference is teaming up with United Methodist college presidents and campus ministries to offer Campus Crawl - a retreat for high school students designed to introduce them to campus ministries, bring them to college campuses in Georgia (9 visits plus presentations from 4 more), and help parents know the nuts and bolts of what's needed in the transition to college. The tour begins on Thursday night, February 22, and ends Sunday, February 25. Students will stay overnight in ...

Levan Takes New Position in Office of Ministerial Services

The North Georgia Conference is pleased to announce the promotion of D. Michelle Levan to the position of Assistant Director of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation. Levan has been serving on the North Georgia Conference staff since 2015 when she joined the Office of Ministerial Services as Senior Program Coordinator.  A graduate of Greensboro College and Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, Levan previously served on staff at Emory University’s Candler School ...

Retired Clergy Invited to Spring Day Apart with Bishop Sue

North Georgia Conference retired clergy are invited to a Spring Day Apart with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. The event will be March 27 at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center. This will be time for retirees to see spring come to life at our camp and retreat center in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Cost is $15 per person and includes activities, lunch in the new dining hall, and bus transportation for those who would like to travel together. Busses will depart from the following areas: ...

Welcoming All: Deaf-Friendly Worship Services

The following are recommendations from the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries (a committee of Global Ministries) for improving accessibility and inclusion for Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and Deafblind people who may join your congregation for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services. Those services are planned and bulletins printed for us here in North Georgia Conference churches, but the lessons shared below will last all year. QUICK TIPS  * If you have...

Living United: Registration Open for Conference Young Adult Retreat

Our world needs followers of Jesus who know how to have difficult conversations with love. Our world needs us to live united by the love of Jesus! Are you a young adult (age 18-40)? Want to meet other young adults from around the conference and learn how to have crucial conversations and develop spiritual disciplines at the same time? You are invited to "Living United: A More Excellent Way," the North Georgia Conference Young Adult Retreat February 9-11, 2018 at the Calvin Center in Hampton, ...

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