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Quincy Brown to Preach on ‘Day 1’

5/27/2021
The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown, district superintendent and missional strategist for the Central South District of the North Georgia Conference, is the featured preacher June 20 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org and by podcast.   “Is Jesus in Your Boat?” Brown’s sermon for June 20, is based on the story in Mark 4: 35-41. Jesus sleeps in the stern when the boat carrying him and the disciples is caught in a storm on ...



SEJ College of Bishops Calls for Special Session

5/26/2021
The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, has called a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a proposed resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. Delegates will also ...



Confident and Prepared: Three Steps for Annual Conference Prep

5/20/2021
As Annual Conference 2021 approaches there are a few ways members of the Annual Conference can prepare for the session. Here are three important steps to prep: #1 - Register. Register between now and May 31. Be sure you receive your confirmation email. REGISTER HERE #2 - Read the Handbook. Be sure to read the North Georgia Conference Handbook. Start by reviewing the Table of Contents (immediately behind the cover page), the Agenda (page 9), and the Virtual Meeting Guide (page 16).  2021 ...



Updated COVID-19 Guidance: Consider New CDC Recommendations

5/19/2021
Last week the CDC issued new guidance regarding recommended protocols around COVID-19 mitigation for those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the last dose of vaccine). This includes relaxing mask and distancing requirements for fully-vaccinated youth and adults.  We rejoice at the progress toward overcoming the pandemic! We encourage church leaders to review your plans for in-person gathering considering the most current CDC guidance, local guidance in your area, consultation with your ...



Episcopal Supervision Recommendations for SEJ Approved by Council of Bishops

5/17/2021
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.  The recommendations were made by the SEJ College of Bishops following consultation with the Jurisdictional and respective Annual Conference Committees on Episcopacy.  This follows decisions by Bishops Lawson Bryan (South Georgia Conference), Hope Morgan Ward (North Carolina Conference), Paul Leeland (Western ...



It Must be Pentecost

5/13/2021
By Rev. Greg Porterfield Pentecost came early for me this year. Twelve days to be exact. Like a lot of religious rites that are based on a calendar, it is the experience we crave. For me, it occurred in recovery at Emory University Hospital, following a five-hour induced slumber from which I was groggily awakening. My physician stood over me, his face still a blur, and said what every cancer patient longs to hear, “I got it all”.  Fumbling with my words, I tried to thank him, but what could I ...



Conference Board of Pension to Cover Church Portion of Healthflex Insurance Premiums for Three Months in 2021

5/6/2021
Beginning June 1, 2021, for a period of three months, (June, July, and August) the North Georgia Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits will fund the church portion of HealthFlex health insurance premiums from the CBOPHB "Current Benefits Reserve" fund.   "We recognize that many of our churches are continuing to adapt to new patterns of giving," said Charles Darden, chair of the Conference Board of Pension. "The Board of Pension is blessed to have adequate reserves that we can use to ...



Bishop Names Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Offering

4/29/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Special Offering. The Ministerial Education Fund provides scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and license to preach school.  Aligning with the theme, "Love is Making Room," this fund helps pave the way for those called to serve as clergy. Together we can help minimize debt of North Georgia United Methodists beginning in ...



Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

4/29/2021
Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson MAY 13 UPDATE Last month North Georgia United Methodists gave nearly $52,000 to Disaster Response efforts to support Newnan Area tornado recovery. This is in addition to dozens of trained UMCOR Early Response Teams who served over the past 6 weeks, and an emergency grant awarded from UMCOR just one day after the storm.  As the long-term recovery phase begins in ...



Pastoral Letter from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

4/26/2021
“You now pledge to go wherever you are sent, to serve however you are called, to exercise your ministry within and on behalf of the whole Church, to love all among whom you are placed, and to love God above all.” Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church   Dear Friends,   Spring is the time we at the North Georgia Conference announce new appointments. You may have noted that we announced 70 new appointments recently on Announcement Sunday. I wanted to share some ...

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