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North Georgia Lay Person Helps Promote International Friendship Games

5/6/2009
This summer college students from around the world will gather in Eilat, Israel, for the fourth annual Friendship Games. The basketball tournament is designed to build bridges between youth from countries that are in conflict. Bob Hope, a member of Decatur First UMC and president of Hope-Beckham public relations and event marketing firm in Atlanta, has been involved in the games since they began in 2006. He helps to promote and pull the event together. “College-age youngsters are the same around...

North Georgia United Methodist Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry

5/5/2009
The North Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report celebrates 25 years of ministry! Since 1984, the Foundation has helped churches, agencies and individuals within the North Georgia Conference multiply their financial resources for mission and ministry. The Foundation’s ministry goals include partnering with United Methodists to grow God’s kingdom; maintaining high Christian and professional standards; and providing expert counsel, superior value and a comprehensive range of ...

Deacons Gather at Antiquity Center in LaGrange

5/4/2009
Deacons from across North Georgia gathered at the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange April 30 for Deacon's Day Apart. The Explorations in Antiquity Center is a living museum of life in ancient times. "We had a guided tour of a reproduction of different aspects of life in early Palestine, including an authentic goat skin tent and reconstruction of typical tombs and catacombs," said Exa Grubb.  The tour concluded with an authentic biblical meal.  "Throughout the meal, our tour ...

Swine Flu, Hygiene, and Holy Communion

4/30/2009
GBOD--The high profile of the Swine Flu outbreak has provoked new concerns about contact with people in public settings. In stadiums, airports, and other settings where we don't know who has been there or where they have traveled, there looms a question of what exposure to epidemic diseases we might have. It is natural that church leaders and members are wondering about the risk of participating in worship, including hand-shaking, hugging, and sharing the bread and cup of Holy Communion. The ...

Bishop Announces Two Cabinet Changes

4/27/2009
Bishop B. Michael Watson has just announced two changes to the North Georgia Cabinet.  The Rev. Tommy Willingham will be appointed as the Director of New Church Development. Willingham currently serves as senior pastor of Sugarloaf UMC.  "It is truly a privilege for me to have this opportunity in this season of my life and ministry to serve with the bishop, cabinet, pastors and laity of the North Georgia Conference to plant new United Methodist congregations," said Willingham. Willingham ...

Laity and Clergy are Invited to Sing in the Annual Conference Choir

4/24/2009
In celebration of harmony and connection, lay and clergy members of the North Georgia Conference are invited to share their musical gifts by singing with the 2009 Annual Conference Session Choir. This combined choir will sing during the Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 17, at 2 pm.  Beth Shugart will be directing the combined choir.  A rehearsal will held Tuesday, June 16, at 5:30pm in the Grand Hall of the Athens Classic Center. "This is a practice the Conference used to do years ago," said ...

Annual Conference Delegates: Bring Your Own Binders

4/23/2009
To help contain costs, the conference will not provide binders for the 2009 conference handbook contents. All Lay and Clergy members attending the 2009 session of the North Georgia Conference are asked to please bring your own three-ring notebook binder to the district pre-conference briefing for your packet of handbook pages. A suggestion: Recycle a notebook from a previous annual conference session. Thank you for help in this conference-wide stewardship endeavor to keep expenses under ...

Sandy Springs UMC Scores Big With Nothing But Nets Fundraiser

4/23/2009
It was Nothing But Nets Day at Sandy Springs UMC on Saturday, March 28. To raise money and awareness for Nothing But Nets, the church held free throw shooting and 3-pt shooting contests with age categories ranging from 5 to 6 year olds to a 55+ category.  Participants shot at age-appropriate heights and distances.  Each entry cost $10 and allowed the participant 20 shots.  All participants received a t-shirt and winners received a plaque.  T-shirts were sold at the event and after worship on ...

Skip Lunch, Buy a Net, and Save a Life on April 25

4/22/2009
By United Methodist News Service United Methodists can make a difference in battling global malaria by sacrificing lunch on April 25. Pittsburgh Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairman of The United Methodist Church’s Nothing But Nets initiative, is asking United Methodists and others to skip lunch on World Malaria Day and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net. Rather than spending $10 at a restaurant, people are invited to “Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.” The United ...

Rethink Church - What if Church was a Verb?

4/19/2009
By Susan Passi-Klaus UMNS The buzz has begun. Even before the first ads hit the pages of national magazines or TV commercials begin to air, United Methodists are talking about a new awareness campaign. United Methodist Communications is calling it Rethink Church. As United Methodists take on the challenge of rethinking what it means to be church and to do church, they will also rethink what it means to advertise and market the third-largest denomination in the United States. Rolling out on May ...

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