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Surely God is in These Places: Third Year, Third Campus

5/23/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE About five years ago, Rev. Rodrigo Cruz was one of the pastors of a white, upper-middle-class congregation in Roswell that was reaching out to the Hispanic community. It was in that role that he began to discover a disconnect. The ministry was important but felt segregated. His children were schooling and playing sports with various groups of kids, but they worshipped with only one group of kids – either white or Hispanic. “It was at that moment, I asked myself, if the ...



Bishop Announces Annual Conference Special Offering for 2019: Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods

5/17/2019
RESOURCES: Download a 1-minute video, bulletin and website verbiage, slide presentation, bulletin inserts and more.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods as the recipient of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Special Offering.       Your giving to the conference-wide offering will make it possible for more than 1800 older adults across the Wesley Woods communities to continue their faith journey with the support of a team of loving, compassionate ...



Meet Alisa Smallwood: 'Every Day I Lean on My Faith in my Work'

5/16/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE Alisa Smallwood is one of the lucky people whose job compliments her faith. As Vice President for Development of Grady Health Foundation, Alisa connects donors with the Grady Health System’s mission to meet the healthcare needs of Georgia’s underserved population. “I am truly blessed to work at a place where some of the greatest advances in medicine take place, but also where anyone who needs it can get healthcare," said Alisa. Alisa's mother was a musician and teacher, and...



Peacebuilding: Annual Conference to Welcome Teacher and Speaker Gary Mason

5/16/2019
Photo: Dr. Gary Mason speaks at the East Belfast Mission in Northern Ireland in 2008 at an event attended by Queen Elizabeth.  Dr. Gary Mason, a world-renowned and heavily consulted Methodist pastor, will be our guest speaker at the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference on the topic of peacebuilding and reconciliation. Mason directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." He spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast ...



Serving With Each Other: BBQ and Mission Project With Related Agencies

5/8/2019
Photo: Volunteers in action at an Action Ministries "We Serve" event in LaGrange! North Georgia Annual Conference related agencies are coming together to host an afternoon of fun, service, and barbecue! The event will immediately follow the close of the Tuesday, June 11, afternoon session of Annual Conference and all members are needed and encouraged to attend.  “Serving With Each Other,” will highlight our work together through our agencies and emphasize our conference theme. It will take ...



Statement: Jackson County United Methodist Pastors Stand Against Racial Injustice

5/7/2019
For too long, white Christians have silently shaken their heads at public displays of racism and voiced their concern in private among one another. As United Methodist Christians and pastors, we want to register a public witness denouncing the actions reported in a recent AJC article concerning the withholding of a black candidate for the job of city administrator and this statement made about Christian life by a member of local government: “I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’...

Meet Paul Nauert: MLB Umpire with Deep Faith

5/2/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE   On Opening Day of the Major League Baseball Season, Paul Nauert took time to take a call from the North Georgia Conference and tell his story. That's how important his United Methodist church and his faith are to him. Just five hours later he was on on the field as umpire for the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles season opener. Although he was born and raised a church-going Catholic, Paul will tell you that he did not have a relationship with God as a young person....



A New Tradition Continues: All Clergy to Participate in Ordination Service

5/1/2019
Continuing a tradition that began in 2017, clergy will form a processional into the Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination at the 2019 Annual Conference. The service will be Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Theater of The Classic Center. Participating clergy will surround their new colleagues as an outward sign of welcome and covenant community in this service. All clergy are encouraged to participate. No registration is required, however, participants are asked to wear robes...



Judicial Council Rules on Actions of Special General Conference

4/26/2019
(Photo: Mike DuBose, UMNS) On April 26, the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled that certain parts of the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 Special General Conference are constitutional. Other portions of the plan were ruled unconstitutional. The portion of the legislation deemed constitutional will take effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2020.  The Judicial Council ruled that the exit strategy passed by the General Conference is constitutional. This legislation goes into effect ...



Election Committees Release Names of Candidates

4/25/2019
The Clergy Election Committee and the Lay Election Chair have released the names of candidates who have expressed interest and availability in serving on the North Georgia Conference delegations to General and Jurisdictional Conference.  Booklets including biographical information and personal statements are in production and will be available in the coming days. The volunteers on the election committees have spent countless hours carrying out the process for self-nomination.  The Lay ...

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