Candler receives gift from Dunwoody UMC

Candler School of Theology at Emory University has received a gift from Dunwoody UMC to support the construction of Phase II of Candler’s building program. The church’s gift will underwrite a study area in the future space. B. Wiley Stephens, a 1965 graduate of Candler and senior pastor of Dunwoody UMC, says the gift reinforces a long relationship between the church and Candler. “With only one exception since we have been our own church, all of our senior pastors and most of our staff have been...

2010 Annual Conference Missions Offering update

North Georgia laity and clergy presented $121,600 on Thursday afternoon for the 2010 Annual Conference Missions Offering.  Funds received from this offering will help fund the Central Conference Pension Initiative.   To receive more information on the Central Conference Pension Initiative, please visit Click here to receive more information about the happenings at the 2010 Annual Conference Session.

Bishop Watson preaches opening worship service

The 144th Session of the North Georgia Annual Conference opened with worship and a sermon by Bishop B. Michael Watson. The service was led by Barbara Day Miller, a deacon in the North Georgia Conference and assistant dean of worship and music at Candler School of Theology. Bishop Watson preached on Genesis 28:10-19, challenging members of the conference to wake up and see where God is moving in our land, in this place. "Are you willing? Are you ready? Are you able?" he asked. "Because the power...

Missionary couple firmly rooted in the field

By ALICE M. SMITH Dakin Cook has missionary service in his blood. He grew up as the child of missionary parents in New Delhi, India, and later found his calling - and his wife Sara Flores - on the mission field in another part of the world.   The two had worked in her native country of Bolivia as missionaries for the UMC’s General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) for a number of years when “with a heavy heart” in 2007 they agreed to a three-year stint  at GBGM headquarters in New York to help ...

Wesley Community Centers in the running for a national award

  Wesley Community Centers is one of 12 national finalists to receive a Comcast Productivity@Work Award.  The recipient of this award receives a productivity upgrade which includes new computers, new software, free web consulting and technological improvements—a total value of up to $40,000.    Between now and June 15, the public is invited to vote for a finalist.  The "people's choice" is one component of how the winner will be chosen.    To vote for Wesley Community Centers, please visit http...

Itinerancy: Easing lay and clergy anxiety amid the move process

Are you a lay person involved in a church that is receiving a new minister?  Are you a clergy person heading into a new appointment? Your Connectional Ministries office has authored and collected materials to help lay and clergy through the move process.     For clergy moving to a new appointment, please visit Pack - Getting a New Church - Pastor's List NEW.pdf For laity receiving a new minister, please visit http://nor...

Stop Hunger Now sign up

The North Georgia Conference invites volunteers throughout the north Georgia area, as well as AC2010 conference members, to assist with our Stop Hunger Now initiative during the 2010 Annual Conference Session.   The Conference is seeking over 350 community volunteers and conference members to assist with the packaging of meals for Stop Hunger Now. Community and AC2010 member volunteers are still needed: noon-2pm; 2:30pm-4:30pm; 5pm-7pm; 7:30pm-9:30pm on Thursday, June 17.    To register as a ...

UMCOR Cleaning Bucket and Health Kit Drive

Peachtree City United Methodist Church will conduct its annual UMCOR cleaning bucket (formerly flood bucket) drive this summer from June 13 until July 11, 2010, and is inviting other churches in the North Georgia Conference to participate. To make it easy for other conference churches to participate, Peachtree City UMC volunteers will deliver empty buckets to participating churches, and pick up the full buckets and health kits at the end of the drive.  This year’s drive has expanded to include ...

Business partners with Faith UMC to aid Haitians

By SUSAN DRINNON As Steve Phillips, president of Northwest Exterminating, was watching news reports of the horrors in Haiti after the massive earthquake in January, he knew he wanted to do something to help. His first thought was to go to the stricken nation with a team of employees from Northwest to do whatever they could.        As the days went by, Phillips realized the effort would take more time and planning than he ever imagined. He sought input from employees, asking for contacts or ...

North Georgia women attend 2010 UMW Assembly

The North Georgia Conference was well represented last week with 120 women attending the 2010 United Methodist Women's annual Assembly in St Louis, Missouri.    Over 6,500 women came from across the United States and around the world to engage in activities that revolved around the 2010 Assembly theme, “Faith, Hope and Love in Action.” Women from the North Georgia Conference stated the week’s experience empowered them to do "extra ordinary work."  Members of the North Georgia United Methodist ...

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