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COVID Update: August 2021 Message from Bishop and Cabinet

8/26/2021
"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul." -3 John 1:2 We, your bishop and cabinet, continue to give thanks for the ways you are caring for your community in the difficult and ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We grieve the toll COVID-19 is taking on our communities. As we have shared for many months, we encourage you to continually review your plans for worship and discipleship and be open to ...



Prayer and Giving: UMCOR Supports Afghans in Need

8/25/2021
For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by war, civil strife, invasion, and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. Millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates. Today the country is again at a point of transition with great uncertainty about the future. Thousands of Afghans are seeking to flee violence and a fear of persecution. Roland ...



SEJ College of Bishops Appoints Brady as SEJ Conference Secretary

8/20/2021
Assigning leadership roles was among the top agenda items for the August 19 virtual meeting of the SEJ College of Bishops. This included the announcement that beginning September 1, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will serve as president of the College and Bishop Jonathan Holston will serve as Secretary. Bishops typically serve in the role of president of the Jurisdictional College of Bishops for 1-year terms.  At the meeting, the College of Bishops appointed Dr. Brad Brady to serve as the ...



Meet Juan Quintanilla: Consultant for Hispanic Ministry

8/19/2021
Rev. Dr. Juan Quintanilla Consultant for Hispanic Ministry, Center for Congregational Excellence   The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders...



Pleasant Grove UMC Turns 2020 Surplus of Funds into 2021 'Mercy Drops'

8/19/2021
Rev. Chris Mullis shares about Operation Mercy Drops in a video found at https://youtu.be/FbjNnPuIBrs.  When COVID-19 began, Pleasant Grove UMC in Dalton worried how the church would manage through the crisis. Yet, God provided through the generosity of members, and the church ended 2020 with a surplus of funds. After several capital improvements and establishing an emergency fund, there was still a surplus. That's when Rev. Chris Mullis asked, "Why not give this back to our community?" With ...



Prayer and Giving: Responding to Earthquake in Haiti

8/15/2021
Please join us in praying for the people of Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the western region of the country on August 14. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is in communication with partners in Haiti.  North Georgia United Methodists can contribute financially to this urgent crisis by making a gift to your local church marked "UMCOR - International Disaster Response" (Advance #982450) or through UMCOR directly at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450/. When you...



Fraud Alert: Phishing Scam Targets United Methodists (Again)

8/13/2021
We have heard from a number of North Georgia Conference clergy whose congregations have been the target of an e-mail scam. Church members have received fraudulent emails that appear to be from the pastor and ask for help (usually financial help). A common theme is a need for a gift card or urgent help for a loved one.  This week we have heard about a new e-mail scam, targeting clergy directly. This most recent phishing seems to come in one of two ways: from a "missionary" seeking support or ...



Five Simple Steps For Creating A Social Media Strategy For Moving Pastors

8/12/2021
By Rev. Jessica Blackwood The moving truck is long gone, and you are probably unpacking the last of your boxes, or maybe you're more like me and have those last few tucked away in the back of your closet! You’ve settled into your new office. Your bookshelves are loaded with great reads, seminary books, Bible studies, and your favorite photos. You’ve walked the halls, prayed in the sanctuary, and have delivered your first few messages in the pulpit. You are learning the community by driving ...



Meet the Children's Ministry Team: Kim, DeDe, and Mimi

8/12/2021
(Photo: DeDe Reilly) The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and communities alike. We have been introducing you to the 2021-2022 Center...



Meet Scott Parrish: Mission and Disaster Response Specialist

8/5/2021
Scott Parrish Mission and Disaster Response Specialist, Center for Congregational Excellence The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and ...



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