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LaGrange College Names New President

4/16/2009
By Ron Hamilton LaGrange College LAGRANGE, Ga.—Belmont University Provost Dan McAlexander was named today as the 25th president of LaGrange College after a unanimous vote of approval by the institution’s board of trustees. McAlexander will assume the post on July 1, according to Board of Trustees Chair Bill Hodges. He replaces President Stuart Gulley, who will step down in June to become the president of Woodward Academy in Atlanta. “In Dr. McAlexander, the Presidential Search Committee ...

Job Network Ministries Helps Hundreds

4/15/2009
Several Sundays ago Rev. Phil Shroeder from Conference Connectional Ministries attended Job Seeker Sunday at Roswell UMC. Every second and fourth Monday evening, job seekers and a myriad of volunteers gather for dinner, inspiration and instruction as they seek to find new ways to put their skills to work. Two years ago Roswell averaged around 80 on Monday evenings. Last year the average was up to 150, and this year more 300 job seekers attend on average. On Monday, April 13, 400 were in ...

Local Pastor Honored for His Gospel Music, Signs Record Deal

4/13/2009
Rev. Jerry Yates, part-time local pastor of Mt. Carmel UMC in Newnan, makes music his ministry, both in his local church and as he travels the country. When he's not in the pulpit, Yates is a solo artist, songwriter, and acoustic guitar player.  "I travel everywhere I can to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song," said Yates. Yates was approached in February by an independent record label, Tate Music Group, who offered him a formal contract. His first CD on that label will be released ...

Share News With the North Georgia Advocate

4/13/2009
As we make the transition from the Wesleyan Christian Advocate to the North Georgia Advocate, the Conference Communications Office will make every effort to deliver timely news and information of interest to United Methodists—and we need your help! The North Georgia Advocate has established a new e-mail address, advocate@ngumc.org, so that you can easily share information and photos from your church. We invite and encourage individuals, churches, and institutions to send news and high ...

Buy Chocolate, Help Farmers, UMCOR Says

4/6/2009
A UMNS Story by Linda Bloom March 26, 2009—When June Kim says she’d like everyone to buy a ton of chocolate for Easter, she isn’t kidding. But she is very specific about the type of chocolate it should be. Kim is in charge of the yearlong 100-Ton Challenge of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which ends on May 9, World Fair Trade Day.As of March 4, United Methodist congregations and individuals participating in the challenge had bought 69.3 tons of fairly traded products through the ...

Conference Gets Rebate for Healthy Practices

4/2/2009
North Georgia received a rebate of $394,601.28 from the General Board of Pension and Health thanks to the HealthFlex participants who completed the Health Quotient (health risk assessment) and wellness exams last year. HealthFlex participants are encouraged each year to complete the Health Quotient and wellness exams. Last year there were cash incentives to the individual participants but there were also incentives for the Annual Conference. More than 900 clergy, lay employees and spouses took...



New Conference Web Site

3/30/2009
The conference has launched a new web site with new and enhanced features. The site is built upon the Brick River Technologies platform. Brick River which was chosen because of its ability to integrate the web, e-communications, and data. If you have any questions, comments for feedback please email the IT Office or Communications Office. Please check out our new: Blog: Read what the conference staff is doing, thinking, planning. Phil's blog also promises some reviews and entertainment. ...

Advocate Transition Underway

3/24/2009
The Wesleyan Christian Advocate has proudly served the entire state of Georgia for more than 170 years. Over these many decades the paper has reported on the news that  impacts United Methodists while strengthening our connection. Today we are preparing for a new day in this ministry. Although the Wesleyan Christian Advocate (WCA) served the North and South Georgia Annual Conferences and received subsidies from both conferences, it was governed by its own board whose members were elected by the ...

Five North Georgia Young Clergy Go to Washington

3/6/2009
Five young adult clergy from North Georgia participated in the General Board of Church and Society's Young Clergy Capitol Hill Leadership Forum at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. Approximately 50 young United Methodist clergy from around the country participated in the three-day conference. Rev. Jenny Anderson of Kennesaw UMC, Rev. Jeremy Lawson of Briarcliff UMC, Rev. Matthew Nelson of Asbury UMC Augusta, Rev. Scott Pickering of Hopewell UMC Tyrone, and Rev. Jessica Terrell of ...

Quincy’s Q.U.E.S.T.: ‘Life is a series of transitions’

3/6/2009
By Jennifer Shrade LaGrange Daily News LaGrange College’s chaplain has written a book to help guide students through life’s transitions, even as he prepares for another difficult change in his own life. The Rev. Quincy Brown, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2005, is facing more dialysis soon and another transplant, because his body has begun to reject the new organ. “I have about 15 percent kidney function,” Brown said. “At some point, I’ll have to go back on dialysis and I’m OK with that. ...

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