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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. ...

Donor Advised Fund Helps Murphy-Harpst Fulfill Its Mission

2/27/2009
By Diana Durie North Georgia United Methodist Foundation After her parents were incarcerated for cruelty to children, Janie and her three sisters were taken into custody and placed separately in foster homes. She was shuffled between 10 different places before being admitted to Murphy-Harpst, a faith-based residential treatment center and group home serving Georgia’s most severely abused and at-risk children. While making gingerbread houses last year, another child from Murphy-Harpst asked Janie...

United Methodist Leaders Call for Hope, Outreach in Economic Crisis

2/27/2009
A Message to the People of The United Methodist Church from the President of the Council of Bishops, Chair of the Table of General Secretaries, and the Chair of the Connectional Table: The global financial crisis is bringing hardship and suffering to people in every part of the world. For those in wealthy nations, it causes anxiety and uncertainty about declining pension accounts and the threat of lost jobs. Others are coping with unemployment and foreclosed mortgages. And for still others who ...

Annual Conference Shortened as Part of Stewardship Effort

2/12/2009
The Annual Conference Planning Committee met February 3 and made the decision to shorten the Annual Conference session this year. Conference will open Tuesday, June 16, and conclude Thursday, June 18. This will allow us to demonstrate our sensitivity toward the current financial situation and to be good stewards of all our resources. > Early registration will still be available on Monday, June 15. > Conference will officially begin with the Laity Orientation and Clergy Executive Session at 9 ...

Kina S. Mallard, President-Elect of United Methodist-related Reinhardt University in Waleska, will be the 2015 Laity Luncheon Speaker at the North Georgia Annual Conference.  The Laity Luncheon, which is sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity, will be held Thursday, June 18, in the Athena Ballrooms of the Classic Center in Athens. Tickets will be available through Annual Conference registration. A limited number will be sold on site in Athens.    Reinhardt University Names 20th President: ...

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