Leaning Into Our Community Connections

Pictured: A card written by a young volunteer from Mt. Bethel UMC's new ministry, The Buddy System! We are continually inspired by stories of United Methodist churches engaging in ministry with their members and their communities. You have heeded the call to "do good" while we "do no harm." Here are just a few inspiring examples from across North Georgia.   Working Together to Serve the Community  First UMC of Lawrenceville and Rev. Adam Hilderbrandt have been involved in a community-wide, ...

Re-imagined: Creative Ideas for VBS 2020

Image: Cokesbury's 2020 digital VBS curriculum will be available June 1. By Rev. Debby Fox Vacation Bible School is a summer staple of a local church’s ministry with children. For generations, children have been dropped off at church – not necessarily their own church – for three hours of fun singing, dancing, praying, playing games, making crafts, eating elaborate snacks, and bringing home to-do’s for mission. Led by enthusiastic volunteers, countless hours of planning and preparation goes ...

Tech Tools: What To Try Now That You've Mastered the Basics

By SYBIL DAVIDSON In the last two months, many clergy and church leaders have gone from watching YouTube videos to recording YouTube videos. Living rooms have become live stream sets. Many of you have mastered the art of the Zoom meeting. With some of these basics of virtual community in place, here are a few tools to consider that may help improve your church's online presence. Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, and...

Clergy Check-In, Share Advice in Recent Survey

Over the last two weeks, nearly 500 North Georgia clergy completed a check-in survey to help their District Superintendents and Conference staff know about the challenges they are facing, where they see the Holy Spirit at work, and what they've learned so far during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The five question survey took clergy about 5 minutes to complete.  Some of the challenges lifted up in the survey included technology, pastoral care, and serving our communities effectively. The Center for ...

Message from Bishop and Cabinet: Children's Ministry, Polling Places, Counseling

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the North Georgia Conference,    We, your Bishop and Cabinet, met Monday, May 4, for our weekly web conference. We began as always with prayer, asking for God's wisdom and guidance. We celebrated the innovation and creativity we've witnessed across our Conference and we prayed for the many experiencing grief, loneliness, and depression. Among the topics we discussed were: Children's Ministry Children's ministry leaders are always a force for good in the North ...

I Give UMC: Be a Part of The United Methodist Giving Campaign

"Now is the time to give generously because there is tremendous need," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Giving to your local church, to our United Methodist-related agencies, and to Camp and Retreat Ministries, is as important as ever." It is for precisely that reason that the #IGiveUMC movement was launched this week by United Methodist Communications, in partnership with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). #IGiveUMC is a social media campaign designed to invite the ...

Leaning Into the Connection: Churches Collaborate on Worship

By REBECCA WALLACE   United Methodists in the North Georgia Conference are proud of our connection. We have built a strong system of support between church leaders, pastors, youth and children’s ministers, university and college students, and countless other groups. But no one could imagine how important that connection would become. No one could imagine how “leaning into the connection” would take on a whole new meaning and new life when faced with a shelter-in-place mandate caused by a global ...

Be Part of Wesley Wood's Cherish Every MOMent Social Media Campaign

While we forego traditional Mother’s Day celebrations this year, we don’t have to miss special moments of connection. Wesley Woods can help you connect and remember moms this Mother's Day through our “Cherish Every MOMent” virtual celebration. This will allow your church family to share their most cherished memories of mom with their friends, family, and most of all, with Mom. To take part in the campaign: LIKE COPY Lillian Budd Darden's post at the top of the ...

Dr. Susannah Baxter Named LaGrange College President

Susanna Baxter, current president of the Georgia Independent College Association, has been named the 26th president of United Methodist-related LaGrange College after a unanimous vote by the institution’s board of trustees.   Dr. Baxter succeeds Dan McAlexander, who announced his intention to retire last year after leading the institution for 11 years. She will assume the post this summer, according to Board Chair Bobby Carmichael, who also headed the presidential search committee.   “Our campus...

PPP Loans: Information on Applying and Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020. The North Georgia Conference encourages churches to actively pursue a PPP Loan if it makes sense for your congregation. For churches that have received the loan, it is important to keep track of documentation to be eligible for loan forgiveness. The Treasurer's and Benefits Offices will continue to update

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