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United Methodists Making a Difference as Communities Recover from January Storms
2/8/2023
SEE PHOTO ALBUM Updated February 8   "Almost a month after the impact, ERT are assisting with residential requests for help," said Parrish. "There are still 360 requests in CrisisCleanup, the online dashboard connecting disaster impacts with volunteer organizations, so we continue to need many teams responding. We’re also in conversations with the range of partners required to assist with long term recovery, so there will be ongoing mission needs for the next 2-3 years." United Methodists are ...
Reparations Task Force Continues Work and Study with Historical Report, Agape Framework
2/6/2023
Formed in response to thoughtful discussion at Annual Conference 2022, the Task Force will bring a report to the 2023 Annual Conference session By Latoya Damon   On January 21, 2023, the Reparations Taskforce assembled for the third time to discuss pathways toward a healed and beloved community freed from the divisive injustices of the past.   During this meeting the group was debriefed by its historical subcommittee on ongoing projects and future plans to excavate the historical narratives of ...
Celebrating Black History in the Making: Bishop Dease is First African American Bishop Assigned to the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church
2/2/2023
By Sybil Davidson This Black History Month, North Georgia United Methodists have an addition to our history to celebrate.    On January 1, 2023, Bishop Robin Dease became the first African American bishop to serve the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and the first female African American bishop in our denomination assigned to Georgia. “While I am honored and grateful to be celebrated as a 'first,' I must recognize there has been a great trail of United Methodist ...
Historic Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church Honored with Preservation Grant
1/27/2023
Chubb Chapel United Methodist Church in Cave Spring is the recipient of a $50,000 capital project grant from The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s Preserving Black Churches program awards. The initiative is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. to help historic Black churches and congregations reimagine, redesign, and deploy historic preservation to protect the cultural assets and legacies they steward, tell their stories of resiliency and hope and carry their missions into the future. ...
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union 2023 Annual College Scholarships Now Open
1/27/2023
Are you or do you know a member of the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union age 17-35 who is attending or planning to attend college? If so, please let them know about your Credit Union's college scholarship program. Four winning applicants, one from each of the credit union's four United Methodist Annual Conference conferences, North Georgia, South Georgia, Florida, and Alabama-West Florida will receive a $1000 scholarship each. Applicants will need to meet the following ...
Praying, Giving, Serving: Responding to Damage from Tornadoes, Severe Storms Across North Georgia
1/26/2023
Updated January 27 "On behalf of the North Georgia Conference, we send our earnest prayers to all those persons and communities affected by the recent tornadoes. We also pray for generosity and provision asking individuals, churches, and organizations to contribute to UMCOR." —Bishop Robin Dease (Read the full message from Bishop Dease.) Along the path of a tornado in Griffin. Photo by Mark Brown. North Georgia United Methodists join in prayer for all who were affected by the January 12 ...
5 Ideas for Managing Your Church Budget in the 'New Normal'
1/25/2023
By Ken Sloan Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church If there is anything we have learned in recent years, it is to be prepared to be flexible. Whether it's health-related, economy-related, or a weather incident like what we experienced with the freezing December weather and January tornadoes, here are five ideas you might consider to strengthen your church's ability to be financially resilient and adapt to the unexpected in 2023.  1. THINK OF YOUR ANNUAL BUDGET AS FOUR QUARTERLY ...
Madras UMC Launches in Newnan with Weekly Worship
1/25/2023
On Sunday, January 22, Madras United Methodist Church launched in the South West District of the North Georgia Conference. This new church start now begins weekly worship. "Sunday was probably one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said lead pastor Rev. Fede Apecena. "For the team and I to launch and say 'hey, we are here and we are seeing the fruits of our presence in this area; all the hard work and the wait was worth it' is fantastic!" The launch was two years in the making! ...
North Georgia Conference Licensed Local Pastors Travel to the Holy Land
1/25/2023
Pictured from back row to front row are: James Hannah (LP), Darrell McGinnis (LP), LouAnn Harris, Keith Harris (LP), Eugene Wright, Brenda Wright (LP), Sandra Skinner (LP), Dan Skinner, Pam Townsend, Sam Townsend (LP), Jim Elder (LP), Marvin Mason (LP), Mattylin Hubbard (LP), Peggy Martin, Tom Martin, Eric Dallas, Paula Dallas (LP), Kristen Vincent, Max Vincent (Elder), Vanessa Warner, Julian Warner (LP), G (tour guide), Chuck Beattie (LP), Elaine Beattie, Henrietta Sutton, Bonnette Woods, ...
Sabbath-Focused Clergy Group to Launch in February
1/25/2023
All North Georgia Clergy are invited to participate in a Sabbath-focused clergy group. This group will meet one day a month for four months (February through May) at a farm located near Cumming, Georgia. When gathered, the clergy group will be led in the garden, worship, eat, and enjoy silent and group reflection. Participants will be guided throughout the day without the pressure of leadership. The purpose of this group is to provide a structure for clergy to practice the rhythms of Sabbath in...
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