East Cobb UMC Brings Christmas Cheer to Grocery Shoppers

"We know this season can be chaotic and overwhelming, so we wanted to come spread a little Christmas cheer in our community." —Rev. Kristin Heiden Neighbors out for a Saturday grocery run to Aldi near East Cobb UMC were warmly welcomed in the store parking lot by smiling church members with reusable grocery bags (an essential at the discount grocer), a quarter for the shopping cart (another essential), a warm cup of hot cocoa, and candy canes.  Earlier this year, East Cobb applied for a ...

Stiles Bradley Fund Expands Coverage

Beginning January 1, the Stiles Bradley Fund will expand coverage for North and South Georgia clergy to include Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and will increase the age of eligibility for dependent children of clergy from age 24 to age 26. "This is a huge gift to the clergy of North and South Georgia," said Rev. Dana Everhart, Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence. "We celebrate the generosity of the Stiles Bradley Fund!" The Stiles Bradley Fund offers supplemental healthcare coverage...

Year-End Bridges Funding Goes Toward Transformative International Mission Work

The North Georgia Conference is nearing the end of its 10-year Bridges Mission initiative. The work of the Bridges effort is a model for international mission with a focus on strengthening two-way partnerships and relationships through long-term commitment.  Generous gifts from North Georgia United Methodists have enabled year-end giving to four Bridges partners for transformative ministries.  The following funding plan was enthusiastically approved by the Conference Board of Advocacy and ...

Terry and Sue Raymond Receive Prestigious SEJ Siedschlag Award

On November 5, Terry and Sue Raymond were surprised with a presentation of the prestigious Southeastern Jurisdiction Siedschlag Award. This award is given annually to one individual (or in this case, couple) who serve as extraordinary mission interpreters and have a strong commitment to mission work in the SEJ. “Terry and Sue, it is truly an honor to present the Siedschlag Award to you," said Rev. Scott Parrish. "You are two who know the significance of this award and were chosen unanimously as...

Work Teams Needed for North Georgia's #SheetrockArmy

Your church is invited to send a team to join the North Georgia Conference #SheetrockArmy to provide help and hope to neighbors across the southeast. There is an overwhelming need for Disaster Response teams and we in North Georgia are perfectly positioned to help. We were among the first to get there after hurricanes struck and we've promised to be among the last to leave. Here are some of the nearby needs and how a team from your church can connect and serve: Alabama-West Florida Conference  ...

Let's Find Joy Together: United Methodist Church Launches Ad Campaign

If you have driven on I-285, I-20, I-475, or I-16 this month, you may have seen a billboard from The United Methodist Church saying, "Let's Find Joy Together." (The photo above is courtesy of Nate Abrams.) This hopeful message is part of The United Methodist Church's “Not the Only One” advertising campaign to help offer encouragement through community.  Research continues to emphasize people are experiencing a growing sense of loneliness. In fact, nearly half of Americans feel alone or left ...

Giving Thanks for Terry and Sue Raymond: Models of Quiet, Steady Leadership and Service

Photo: Terry and Sue unload relief kits in the hot June annual conference parking lot.   By REBECCA WALLACE The season lends itself to give our most gracious, heartfelt thanks to North Georgia United Methodists who are the hands and feet of Christ in our communities. One such couple has left an indelible mark on the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Our gratitude for their service is bittersweet as we bid farewell to Terry and Sue Raymond, who, early next year will be ...

Comparing Plans Headed to GC2020

(UMNS) A new chart from United Methodist News Service summarizes and compares a sample of proposals that have been submitted from various groups to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. The chart does not include plans from individuals and may be updated after all legislation is published.  VIEW THE CHART 

Preview of New Church Leadership and Innovation Academy Inspires Clergy and Lay Participants

Clergy, ministry staff, and laypeople interested in innovation and leading a new startup ministry, gathered in November for a preview of the upcoming New Church Leadership and Innovation Academy. The diverse participants came from large and small churches, from a variety of settings, from Rome to Griffin and many places in between. They learned from each other, from their host, and from workshop leaders.  The preview session was held at Eastside UMC in Atlanta and began with a conversation with...

Global Ministries to Commission New United Methodist EarthKeepers

Global Ministries will commission 67 new EarthKeepers including 5 from North Georgia Global Ministries will commission 67 new EarthKeepers from 23 annual conferences in an online service on November 19, 2019 at 8 pm at Five of the new EarthKeepers are from North Georgia: Marcel Cantu Didier Monga Shari Ponder Temekia Powell Cheryl Taylor This service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their ...

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