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Hero Tree: Madison First Member Remembers Fallen Colleagues

12/15/2021
Ellen Welch has placed more than 400 ornaments on the Hero Tree recognizing members of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty this year. By Sybil Davidson In her everyday life, Ellen Welch is a Crime Scene Specialist and Investigator in the Morgan County Sherriff's Office. She's an active member of Madison First UMC where, among other roles, she has served as a nursery volunteer for 17 years. (She volunteers at the 9 a.m. service and attends 11 a.m. worship, her pastor Rev. Grady ...



Tornado Recovery: Wait, Pray, Give

12/14/2021
An exterior view of Mayfield First United Methodist Church in Mayfield, Ky., shows the roof torn from the middle section of the building after a devastating line of tornadoes leveled the small town on Dec. 10. Photo courtesy of Mayfield First United Methodist Church via Facebook. A deadly tornado outbreak December 10 and 11 produced catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across portions of the United States including Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and ...



North Georgia Pastor Named 2022 Appalachian Trail Chaplain

12/9/2021
Rev. Randy Simpkins, a local pastor serving Bowdon First UMC in the Central West District, has been named the 2022 Appalachian Trail Chaplain.  The Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy is a ministry of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. Each year, the Appalachian Trail Chaplain embarks on a thru-hike of the 2,190-mile footpath that winds its way from Georgia to Maine with the sole purpose of listening, helping, and showing God’s love to those he or she meets along the way. "I’ve ...



Bishop Announces Mid-Year Moves, New Director of Community Discipleship and Development Role

12/5/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Appointive Cabinet announce mid-year appointment changes effective January 1, 2022. Among them is a new position.   On January 1, 2022, Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland will become the North Georgia Conference’s first Director of Community Discipleship and Development. Dr. Kirkland was the natural choice for this position because, as a district superintendent, Dr. Kirkland’s leadership and vision led Atlanta First UMC and College Park UMC to ...



BEAT Team Wraps Up 2021 Work, Launches Dashboard

12/2/2021
The Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team has wrapped up its work for 2021 having invested $783,914.00 in innovative mission and ministry in the North Georgia Conference! The BEAT Team, entrusted by our Annual Conference to receive grant applications and make the best mission investments possible for the whole of the conference, funded 14 grants across 6 districts. The grants vary from funding for mold remediation to funding for a community park, digital ministry to a medical clinic. "For ...



BSA Bankruptcy Update: Action Needed

12/2/2021
In October of 2020, local churches that charter Boy Scout programs, even if the programs aren’t currently active, were urged to file a “proof of claim" in the BSA bankruptcy case. The North Georgia Conference retained a legal firm and paid the initial legal expense related to the filing of the proof of claim for local churches in our Conference.  This filing was a necessary measure and gives church Trustees the opportunity to vote on the settlement agreement. After months of mediation to ...



Care, Compassion, Consistency: Ben Hill UMC Food Bank Celebrates 45 Years of Ministry

12/2/2021
The Food Bank at Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta has been a ministry of the church for more than 45 years. The majority of clients are families with children, and over 800 families are typically served monthly. This equates to approximately 30,000 individuals or 120,000 pounds of food each year. Unforeseen circumstances in life such as illnesses, divorce, and work shortages are just a few of the reasons people seek assistance with food. Ben Hill is committed to meeting this need in the community with ...



Congregations Encouraged to Vote No on BSA Bankruptcy Plan

12/2/2021
A United Methodist Ad Hoc Committee is encouraging congregations to vote against a proposed Boy Scouts of America (BSA) reorganization plan, following months of negotiations that have failed to yield a settlement thus far. United Methodist local churches that have chartered Scout troops or Cub packs where abuse may have occurred are vulnerable to lawsuits and claims because they are not receiving sufficient protection in the BSA bankruptcy plan.  The BSA filed bankruptcy to address sexual abuse ...

Commission Considers Status of Postponed General Conference

11/30/2021
Key Points Organizers expect to decide early next year whether General Conference can go forward as scheduled in 2022.  In the meantime, they named the values that will guide their decision. This includes a commitment to go beyond the minimum requirement of quorum and thinking about the involvement of as many delegates as possible. The goal remains to hold the pivotal legislative assembly in person with delegates from around the globe.  The Commission on the General Conference announced today...



Connect With Hope and Joy: Advent Advertising Campaign

11/23/2021
Look out for social media, digital, and print advertisements inviting neighbors to connect with hope and joy through a United Methodist Church this Advent! To assist people seeking an escape from the holiday blues and connection to the true source of joy and love, United Methodist Communications, the global communications agency for the denomination, has launched an Advent-Neighbors national advertising campaign. After 20+ months of a pandemic, many individuals are looking for ways to find ...



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