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Welcoming Training Draws Large Turnout

8/25/2009
By Sybil Davidson What would the world lose if my church ceased to exist?   That is just one of the many challenging questions raised during a recent Rethink Church workshop at Peachtree Road UMC. Nearly 300 participants gathered earlier this month for “Welcoming Training” as part of the Rethink Church initiative.   Among the other questions addressed:  • When is the last time I invited someone to accompany me to an activity?  • What are the characteristics of my church when it is at its best?...

Another Fantastic Summer for Glisson Campers and Staff

8/21/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, they predictably reappear each year. The youngsters returning to Camp Glisson. Throughout the summer camp season, like clockwork, high-energy boys and girls stream into Glisson like a miniature invading force.             The campers arrive with overstuffed backpacks and oversized canvas bags. They arrive with a rush of adrenaline and high expectations . And, most often, they arrive three or four steps ...

North Georgia Advocate Update

8/20/2009
Have you been reading the new North Georgia Advocate? If not, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Regular contributions from Bishop Mike Watson, Mike Selleck, Phil Schroeder, Cathy Lee Phillips, Jim Hollis, among others, as well as Sunday school lessons, listing of upcoming events . . . and more. News, features and trend stories from across the conference, and a detailed church notebook compiled by our new editor, Glenn Hannigan. And you might have missed the answers to these questions: ...

North Georgians Compete in HealthMiles Challenge

8/17/2009
North Georgia HealthFlex insurance participants recently accepted a walking challenge from other United Methodist Conferences. For six weeks competitors pounded the pavement (or the treadmill, or the bike, or the water), logging steps on their GoZone pedometers. In the end, our team walked 337,048 miles! That's an average of 119 miles per person. The top 10 walkers were: Wes Privett Wallace Wheeles Helen Simmons Jane Blessit Ed Tomlinson Diana Durie L. Edward Phillips James Campbell Robert ...

Arbor Pointe Teens Minister to Children in Belize

8/6/2009
Staff Reports North Georgia Advocate       While many teenagers were hanging out at the pool, 15-year-old Whitney Kendrix and other youth from Arbor Pointe UMC were baking under the hot sun in Belize, showing their love for youngsters coming to vacation Bible school.        The 15-year-old was one of 17 Arbor Pointe members who visited the Central American nation this summer – the second foreign mission trip in the church’s five years. Arbor Pointe is a new congregation in the Gainesville ...

Back-to-School Ministry 'Gives Kids a Chance'

8/6/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate   It’s a mission-oriented church that meets in rented space in Canton.       There are more empty seats than worshippers each Sunday when Liberty Hill UMC gathers in the spacious Cherokee High School auditorium. But that doesn’t mean the 160-member congregation is shy about taking on huge projects.          Indeed, Liberty Hill’s remarkable back-to-school ministry—Give a Kid a Chance —recently served 10 times more people than the membership of ...

Simpsonwood’s Center for Renewal to Foster Spiritual Growth

8/6/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate   It is a bucolic, heavily-wooded oasis just a short drive from Atlanta. The Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, on the western edge of Gwinnett County and bordering the Chattahoochee River, has unquestioned beauty and charm. What has been a more open question over the years: Is Simpsonwood being used to its best advantage? This month, the North Georgia Conference is launching a new initiative with the hopes of helping Simpsonwood expand ...

Vince Dooley to Speak at Action Ministries 46th Annual Meeting

8/5/2009
by Nancy Hruschka   Coach Vince Dooley, an iconic figure in Georgia, will be the keynote speaker at the 46th Annual Meeting of Action Ministries, Inc. on September 10. The evening’s event, held at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, is a celebration of Action Ministries’ life-changing programs all over north Georgia. In addition to Coach Dooley’s remarks, the dinner event will recognize several individuals who have made significant contributions to Action Ministries across the state.  Local media...

Rev. Joseph Lowery to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

8/3/2009
By Kathy L. Gilbert* (UMNS)  The Rev. Joseph Lowery, 87, a United Methodist pastor and leader in the civil rights movement, is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor for a civilian.   Lowery said he was especially honored to be in President Obama’s “first class” of award recipients. The medals will be presented at a White House ceremony Aug. 12. "I'm really excited to be in the company of the wonderful people that comprise the first class...

Annual Conferences Report Defecits, but also Good News

7/28/2009
--Click Here to Read Wrap-Ups From All United Methodist Annual Conferences-- A UMNS Report By Linda Green and Elizabeth Guye* The recession cast a shadow over United Methodist annual conference sessions in May and June. At least 35 of the 62 U.S. annual conferences reported financial deficits, which resulted in flat or decreased budgets, frozen salaries, reduced insurance benefits and decreased apportionment payments. The recent bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, for example, as well ...

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