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Meet Matt Westmoreland: Public Servant Shaped By Church

7/17/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE It's common for an elected official to publicly thank God at some point in his or her career, but many of Matt Westmoreland's constituents may not know that the Post 2 At-Large member of the Atlanta City Council, can actually point to a very specific church event where it became clear to him that he was called to be a public servant, and one who works specifically to help those less fortunate than him.   With grandparents attending Peachtree Road UMC since they moved to ...



HealthFlex Participants: HQ Deadline is July 31

7/16/2019
HealthFlex participants and covered spouses: the time to take the HQ is now!  HealthQuotient (HQ) is an online health assessment administered by WebMD. It's quick—15 minutes or less—and even faster if you took the Blueprint for Wellness® screening this year as results upload automatically into your HQ. Primary participant and covered spouse must both take the HQ by July 31 to avoid higher 2020 HealthFlex deductible ($250 extra for individual deductible or $500 extra for family deductible). To...



Route 66: Our Pilgrimage Begins

7/15/2019
Intentional Pilgrims: April 24 – May 8, 2019 By Rev. Mark LaRocca Pitts Flying to Chicago, six North Georgia Conference clergy rented a large van and drove 2,700+ miles to Santa Monica, California over 14 exhausting, yet exhilarating days. We stayed in 14 mom-and-pop motels. We ate at more than 40 local cafes and greasy-spoon diners. We visited over a dozen roadside attractions. We met hundreds of people. We practiced spiritual disciplines including contemplative prayer, sabbath, submission, ...



Worship Groups and Liturgists Sought for General Conference 2020

7/1/2019
(Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Combined choirs of Centenary College and Martin Methodist College sing at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.) (UMC.org) United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020 in ...



A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

6/27/2019
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) shares the following message to United Methodists. In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has received numerous requests to respond. We have heard the plea for action from the church. Unfortunately, the facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. Access to these government facilities is ...

New Clergy Move Day Schedule Starts Next Year

6/25/2019
Each summer a number of North Georgia Conference clergy pack their belongings and make the move to their next appointment. To make coordination easier, an official "move day" is set by the Conference, historically a Thursday. The following Sunday has been the first worship service with their new congregation.  Beginning next summer, there will be a new pattern for moves. The last Sunday in June will be the final Sunday of a moving pastor's current appointment. The following Tuesday is "Move ...



Being One With Each Other: Learning from Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

6/24/2019
By Sybil Davidson Rev. Dr. Gary Mason gave four rich and meaningful presentations to members of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference. Mason is a world-renowned and heavily consulted Methodist pastor. He directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Mason shared his own story of having lived through violent conflict in his hometown of Belfast and his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.  He shared theological and biblical foundations for...



One With Each Other: 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/20/2019
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 11-14, 2019 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding The 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 11-14 at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. With a theme of "One With Each Other,” the Conference focused on the prayer from our United Methodist Communion liturgy, “May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided. Put on Love: Worship and ...



North Georgia Elects 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation

6/14/2019
The North Georgia Annual Conference has elected its Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the delegation in prayer and fasting on Thursdays from July 1 through the General Conference in May.  Clergy Members of the Delegation (General Conference) Byron Eric Thomas Philip Daniel Schroeder Patricia Alice Rogers Jasmine Rose Smothers Glenn Leland Ethridge Bernice Williams Kirkland Shannon Elizabeth Karafanda Elizabeth ...



The Lord is Lord of All: Service of Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensing

6/13/2019
Tonight we came together to praise God, to hear the holy word, and to seek for ourselves and others the power, presence, and direction of the Holy Spirit. We celebrated a sacred moment for 27 licensed local pastors, 18 provisional elders and deacons, two ordained deacons, and 16 ordained elders.  The magnificent Ben Hill UMC Choir set the tone for the service.  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers preached on Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, Corinthians 12:4-14, 26-34. She described the vast and ...



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