LaGrange College Ranks in Top 5 Regional Colleges in the South

LaGrange College has been named a leading school in the South, according to annual rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.   The institution was ranked fifth on this year’s list among 122 Regional Colleges in the South. It is the only regional college in Georgia in the top 20.   In addition, LaGrange was named a “best value,” described by the publication as “a great school at a great price.”   It also earned high marks for undergraduate teaching (tied for fourth) and social mobility...

Barnesville First has Fun Raising Funds for Disaster Relief with a Flock of Flamingos

Barnesville First UMC is putting the "fun" in fundraising for hurricane relief with a flock of faux flamingos.   Church and community members are invited to send a flock of pink flamingos to a friend's yard by making a $10 donation to support hurricane relief efforts. The friend can then make a $10 donation to have the flock removed. Buying flock insurance for $30 guarantees that the flamingos will not be allowed to set foot in your yard. Donations of any amount are being accepted for flamingo ...

Korean Church of Atlanta Makes Generous Gift to UMCOR

After their mission team visited Ganta UMC Mission Station in Liberia this June, the Korean Church of Atlanta UMC decided to partner with UMCOR in support of its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects at Ganta. This generous gift of $100,000 will provide clean water sources for 10 schools and 14 communities, specifically, 9 new wells, 10 well rehabilitations, 4 boreholes, 3 latrine systems, and 3 handwashing stations. Pictured from left to right at the office of Global Ministries in ...

Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Updated September 10 As rescue and recovery efforts begin following Hurricane Dorian, our prayers are with all impacted by the storm and with our neighbors in the Bahamas. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) has awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Bishop Theophilus Rolle, president of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Conference of the Methodist Church, said that the hurricane's force has ...

Clark Atlanta University Awarded $10.6 Million Grant for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development

The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded a $10.6 million grant to the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University.   This award will enable Clark Atlanta's Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development to expand and enhance current research and educational activities.  The grant will focus on three specific aims: 1) expand and enhance current research programs in prostate ...

Meet TV News Anchor Jennie Montgomery: 'I always felt like I had a voice in the church'

By REBECCA WALLACE Evening news anchor Jennie Montgomery decided she wanted to be a journalist in 8th grade. Specifically, she wanted to be Barbara Walters. What would probably make Barbara jealous is that Jennie landed her first journalism job at Lake Junaluska! At age 17, Jennie was hired as the Assembly Daily editor at the United Methodist conference and retreat center, making her the youngest summer staffer to hold the post.   Raised as a United Methodist, Jennie recalls church always being...

ACE is Accepting Applications Now through September 20

North Georgia's Academy of Clergy Excellence, known as ACE Squared, is accepting applications through September 30. An alternate continuing education program for clergy, ACE2 encourages clergy to bond, learn and dream together in order to refresh self, church, and community.  Each ACE2 group designs and implements their own custom continuing education plan over a two year period. The program challenges participants to dream of new ways of learning together, rather than merely participating in ...

Fascinating Discussion Leads to GC 2020 Theme: ' ... And Know That I am God'

General Conference organizers chose “…and know I am God” as the theme of the 2020 United Methodist General Conference, but not before discovering the Psalm’s words and even its verse numbers vary by translation depending on the language. Read about the fascinating discussion in this UM News Service report at

McEver Road UMC Mission Team Puts 'Sweat Equity' in Discipleship

By Rev. Rob Bruce Well planned and executed short term mission trips prove to be one of the most effective paths of disciple formation. Living into Matthew 25:34–40 (NRSV) participants put “sweat equity” into their discipleship formation. This has been the case for McEver Road UMC and our work at Red Bird Mission Conference Work Camp. Located in coal-rich southeastern Kentucky amidst some of the poorest counties in the US, mission work there takes participants out of their comfort zones and ...

Holy Conversations on Immigration

In the coming weeks, two North Georgia Conference churches will host conversations on immigration.  Story Sharing Tour: A Community Conversation on Immigration Hampton UMC August 14 7 pm Talented college students are helping houses of worship across the U.S. have a good and healing conversation about the controversial topic of immigration. Hampton UMC has been selected as the first location to hold these sacred conversations, and the whole community is invited to pray, listen, and ask ...

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