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Survey: Your Input Needed as Aldergate/Collinswood Develops Seminar

2/14/2020
Aldergate/Collinswood is asking United Methodists to complete a survey to help as they develop a new seminar on integrating people with developmental disabilities into the life of the church. Below is a letter from Rev. Anne Hansen, Executive Director, and a link to the survey. Dear North Georgia United Methodists, Our mission at Aldersgate/Collinswood ministry is to help people with developmental disabilities lead more productive lives in the community. In addition to our Collinswood ...



Protocol Legislation Released

2/13/2020
Legislation related to the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation has been released and is expected to come before the United Methodist General Conference for a vote at their legislative meeting in Minneapolis in May 2020. The legislation can be found at https://www.gracethroughseparation.com/. Though the deadline to submit legislation to General Conference passed months ago, church law allows an exception for legislation coming from an annual conference session held between 230...



One in Ministry: Planning for Annual Conference 2020

2/10/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Annual Conference Planning Committee are busy preparing for the 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Session, set for June 18-20 at The Classic Center in Athens. This year's theme is "One in Ministry to All the World." This is our third year drawing our theme from the beloved prayer in our United Methodist Communion Liturgy: "May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world." In 2018 we focused on spiritual disciplines as we...



Creation Care: Decatur First UMC to Host Environmental Justice Series

2/6/2020
What is a fenceline community? Who lives there? What are their special concerns? Decatur First UMC will host a series from March to April featuring leading environmental justice advocates in the state. The focus will be on issues faced by fenceline communities -- those that border electric plants, chemical plants, and other industries. Energy, food access, racism, advocacy, and faith will be covered in this series. The series will start Thursday, March 5 and run every Thursday through April 9 ...



Mosley Offers Helpful, Practical 'Upon My Death' Checklist

2/6/2020
Rev. Grady Mosley, pastor of Madison First UMC, has written a booklet on planning end-of-life decisions. He shared the booklet with his congregation in 2019, emphasizing that leaving your wishes in writing is a faithful and loving gift to those you leave behind.  In the material, he suggests: Make sure you have recently completed advance directives and health care power of attorney forms. These let your loved ones and your doctors know your wishes in the event you cannot tell them.   Leave ...



SEJ Heads of Delegations Affirm Protocol

2/3/2020
Photo: Many of the SEJ heads of delegations for the 2020 General Conference gathered in Atlanta in December. The clergy and lay heads of 2020 General Conference Delegations from the Southeastern Jurisdiction released a statement last week affirming the work of those who developed the “Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation." In the statement, which they sent to the Commission on General Conference, the Delegation Heads call for the Protocol be among the first legislative items ...



Scouts and The United Methodist Church Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Shared Ministry

1/30/2020
Scout Sunday is of particular importance this year as 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the formal relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and The United Methodist Church. The original agreement was signed on February 20, 1920.  Each church in the North Georgia Conference is encouraged to recognize this milestone event.  The United Methodist Church is the #1 sponsor of Scouting BSA units with more youth and more adults than any youth group in the United States! There are many ways to...



You're Invited: Town Hall Meetings with Bishop Sue

1/29/2020
Clergy and laity are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on the future of The United Methodist Church here in North Georgia and beyond.  Schedule March 1  |  Atlanta-Roswell/Atlanta-Marietta  |  Hillside UMC  |  3 pm March 8  |  Atlanta-College Park/Atlanta-Emory  |  Peachtree Road UMC  |  2 pm March 22  |  Athens-Elberton/Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford/Augusta  |  Madison First UMC  |  3 pm March 29  |  Griffin/Lagrange  |  Fayetteville First UMC  |  3:30 pm April 19 ...



Better Together: Two Churches Find They are Better Equipped to Serve Their Community as One

1/28/2020
Members of Woodstock UMC and City on a Hill join hands as they vote to join together as one congregation!  By REBECCA WALLACE   When Rev. Ann Garvin’s District Superintendent Rev. Doug Thrasher asked her to consider starting a dialogue about a potential merger with another UMC, Woodstock UMC was a fairly small congregation with about 35 attendees each Sunday. The church also had three under-utilized buildings, but a faithful congregation that had been creative in keeping the church going. That ...



Help Your Congregation Get Ready for General Conference

1/27/2020
BY SCOTT HUGHES Pray – Be in prayer, as individuals and as a church community, for General Conference, delegates, and for discernment. Use The Upper Room prayer guide:  Be Still and Know: 40 Days of Prayer for General Conference. Get information from trusted news services. Check the North Georgia Conference General Conference webpage, www.ngumc.org/GC2020, regularly. Sign up for Conference e-newsletters.  Sign up for the Daily Digest from the UM News Service. United Methodist News Service ...



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