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In Mission Together: Nigeria Ministry Partners Meet to Celebrate, Learn

3/14/2019
By Kathryn Witte Global Ministries In Mission Together Coordinator-Nigeria   Recently United Methodists from Southern Nigeria and partners from across the US, including several North Georgia laity and clergy, gathered for a mini In Mission Together summit.    “In Mission Together” is an initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries to help ministry partners be in closer, more satisfactory, and effective partnerships.  At the event, Global Ministries' Director of Connectional Engagement, ...



Well-Rooted and Firmly Planted, United Methodist Children's Home Announces New Name

3/13/2019
As the United Methodist Children's Home looks toward the future, they have announced a new name that reflects both the tremendous growth and unlimited potential of this ministry, while preserving the deep foundations in The United Methodist Church. We’re excited to share the following message from The Rev. Hal Jones, as he explains this new direction.   From Rev. Hal Jones Like all organizations that have navigated more than a century of change, your United Methodist Children’s Home has long ...



Summary of Actions: Special General Conference

3/11/2019
The 2019 Special General Conference met February 24-26 in St Louis. Below is a brief summary of the actions taken:  Two Wespath petitions passed. They addressed the payment of pension liabilities for churches choosing to exit the denomination and the conversion of exiting clergy pension accounts to a “defined contribution” plan, which eliminates any future pension liability for the affected annual conference.  The Traditional Plan passed except for the main petition. This means that current ...

International Guests: Bala Granapragasam and Sergei Nikolaev Spend Time in North Georgia

3/7/2019
This week North Georgia United Methodists have a chance to spend time with fellow Methodists from around the world.  Sergei Nikolaev (right), president of the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow, Russia, will be preaching at Sardis UMC in Atlanta on March 17. Following the service, Nikolaev will answer questions about the United Methodist Church and the challenges it faces in Russia. All are welcome. In a separate visit this week, Bala Granapragasam, Vice President of the British Methodist ...



Kindling the Fire: New Date and Location for Beloved Sermon Planning Retreat

3/7/2019
Kindling the Fire, March 18-20, North Georgia Conference Center: Note CHANGE IN LOCATION and DATE Kindling the Fire is a worship and sermon planning retreat for pastors and preachers/teachers. It immerses participants in scripture, exposes worship planners to creative, new ideas, allows those who lead worship to experience it anew, and sends participants home with months-worth of customized worship and sermon plans for their context. In order to maximize your time, experience, and take-home ...



Meet Sam Bradford: “Just a Guy Who Tried a Thing…”

3/7/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE One would think that if you go through 12 months of practicing spiritual disciplines – even just one month – you would feel an impact on your spiritual growth. But Sam Bradford said he really had no idea how transformational the exercise would be on his life. A member of Christ UMC in Roswell, Sam spent 2018 following a book called The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. Sam didn’t know it at the time, but it happens to be a book that NGUMC clergy use during the ...



Invitation from Bishop Sue: Hymn to Pray this Lent

3/6/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all to begin Lent by praying this Marty Haugen hymn with her, and to pray it daily during Lent. All Are Welcome Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place. Let us build a house where ...



LaGrange College Campaign Surpasses $50 Million Goal

2/28/2019
Pouncer joins a group of students to announce the total amount raised during LaGrange College’s celebration of its “From Promise to Prominence” comprehensive fundraising campaign.   Friends and supporters of LaGrange College gathered last week to celebrate the successful conclusion of the “From Promise to Prominence” comprehensive fundraising campaign. College President Dan McAlexander delighted the crowd when he announced that not only did the campaign reach its goal of $50 million, it ...



Special General Conference Adjourns With Uncertainty

2/26/2019
"Gracious God we are your children standing in need of your wisdom and of a vision larger than ourselves. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us." - Bishop Sue praying at the Special General Conference As United Methodists leave St. Louis and the 2019 Special General Conference, there is much we don't know. After a day of debate and discussion, the majority voted in favor of the Traditional Plan (438 to 384) in today's plenary session. However, a portion of the plan is known to be unconstitutional. The ...



In Legislative Committee, Majority Vote to Advance Only Traditional Plan and Disaffiliation Plans

2/25/2019
Photo: Rev. Joe Harris, Chair (Mike Dubose, UMNS)  On Day 2 of the Special General Conference, the 864-member body met as a legislative committee. Rev. Joe Harris of the Oklahoma Conference served as chair. All 76 petitions were before the legislative committed to determine which petitions will be voted on by the conference in plenary session tomorrow. Today the body only sent forward the Traditional Plan with amendments and two plans that allow churches, with some limitations, to leave the ...



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