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Inspiring Ideas: How United Methodists Are Being The Church in Their Communities

4/1/2020
We have been encouraged and inspired by the creative ministry ideas of churches across the North Georgia Conference. From virtual dinners, to yard signs, to community outreach—your ministries go far beyond a new Sunday morning livestream. Here are just a few of the great stories we’ve heard over the last few weeks.   Virtual Wednesday Night Dinner St Andrew UMC in Marietta is doing a virtual Wednesday Night Dinner. Rev. Beth Clark shares: “Who says we gotta let go of Wednesday night dinners?!...

The CARES Act Includes Provisions for Non-Profits and Churches

4/1/2020
On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law. The $2 trillion economic stimulus is intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments.  Please note that information is developing every day, but the details for implementation are still pending.  A number of organizations are working to interpret the act as it relates to churches and non-profits. We will continue to update https://www....



Video Resources for Easter Worship Available Next Week

4/1/2020
The North Georgia Conference is proud of the creativity, humility, and witness of United Methodist churches like yours as you plan to celebrate Easter 2020. To add to the efforts you already have in place, the Conference is developing and assembling resources.  Video Resources for Your Church Available Monday On Monday, April 6, the Conference will offer several video resources for local churches to use on Easter Sunday including: a brief message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson that can be ...



Low Tech Tips for Keeping Your Congregation Connected

3/31/2020
Some of the most meaningful ways congregations can stay connected in this season of social distancing take no advanced technology.  Here are a few ideas we've gleaned from North Georgia Conference churches, like yours, in recent weeks: Consider a congregational phone tree. Create a plan to connect every member with another member or church staff person by phone once a week. One creative congregation is asking members to call the person to the right of their picture in the church directory once...



WesPath Offers Preliminary Summary of the CARES Act for Local Churches

3/31/2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748) ("CARES" or "Act") is an unprecedented aid package that creates new government-backed lending programs, including for non-profits; significantly expands unemployment assistance to those unemployed because of COVID-19, including to many who might not otherwise be covered; expands access to retirement plan funds; and creates payroll tax incentives for employers, including tax-exempts, to retain employees; among other relief. Some ...

Bishop and Cabinet Ask That Church Buildings and Property Remain Closed Through April 30

3/30/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet are grateful to clergy and congregations for all you are doing to be the Church in your communities while keeping people safe and connected through this season of hardship and inconvenience. We thank you.  In order to live out John Wesley's first general rule to "do no harm," the Bishop and Cabinet strongly recommend and expect that all church buildings and properties remain closed until April 30, 2020. They will offer updated...



Copyright Information from the United Methodist Publishing House

3/30/2020
The United Methodist Publishing House shares the following message on copyright: Questions have arisen about permissions required for online use and distribution of contents from various materials—particularly as churches have raced to find ways to care for and assemble the faithful for online worship and other virtual events.  The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) will extend all the grace we can as we provide resources congregations will choose, use, and value for their critically ...

The Rev. Joseph Lowery: A Pillar of The Faith

3/28/2020
Photo courtesy of United Methodist News Service The Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights icon and United Methodist clergy, was a drum major for justice. We have lost a pillar of the church, a pillar of the city and this country, and a pillar of the witness of Jesus Christ. Lowery died Friday night in his Atlanta home.  "Rev. Lowery was a prophetic voice and a force for justice," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "His mantle falls upon us to live out his legacy and to continue his movement. We are ...



Conference Disaster Response, Local Churches Deploy N95 Masks

3/24/2020
Disaster Response ministries across our Conference stand ready to serve in times of need, and this time is no exception.  This week the North Georgia Conference deployed 2,500 N95 masks from our Disaster Response Warehouse to GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency). GEMA will deliver them to regional hospitals for staff responding to the COVID-19 virus.  The masks are used by Early Response Teams and homeowners to provide protection from dust, mold, and toxins as they muck out homes after a...



North Georgia Conference Churches Offer Online Worship

3/24/2020
A number of North Georgia Conference churches are offering an online worship experience either by live stream or by recording a service to share online. All are welcome to join any of the services below. In times like these we are especially thankful for our United Methodist connection--and our internet connection!  Below are just some of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Churches offering an online worship opportunity: Allen-Lee Memorial UMC​ Aragon UMC  Acworth UMC Atlanta First ...



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