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Perimeter Pet Pals bring joy

5/10/2010
Christine Barnes was looking for a way to combine two of the great joys in her life: her love for animals and her desire to help people in need.     Barnes, who is typically joyful and full of positive energy, found her special calling when she was introduced to pet therapy. Now she wants to spread the joy through this special ministry.       Pet therapy involves teams of people and animals who are trained before going out to visit people with special needs.       “I have loved animals all ...

Work in Haiti ‘has only started’

5/10/2010
By MICHAEL DUNBAR Seven years ago Pastor Antoine Jean Rigaud and his wife, Melande, traveled from Haiti to Carrollton to attend leadership training with International Leadership Institute. I met them both and the pastor came to my church in Rome to preach one Sunday.        A friendship was started that has lasted seven years.       One week after the earthquake I finally got in touch with Rigaud and he told me of the critical needs for his 42 children at the orphanage and the people of his ...

A Plea for Prayers in US South

5/6/2010
NGC web editors note: The North Georgia Conference shipped the last of its Flood Buckets to Nashville on May 3. Flood buckets are desperately needed!  Any church or group willing to help replenish the supply should call the Conference Disaster Response Warehouse at 770.739.9537 or email response@ngumc.org. Please utilize this contact information to find a drop off location near you.   Also, the Tennessee Conference is requesting UMCOR-trained Early Response Teams.  UMCOR ERTs who are ...

Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

5/4/2010
Columbus, Ohio: The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today that only five of 32 amendments to the church’s constitution passed by the 2008 General Conference have been ratified by the annual conferences. The ratified amendments will become effective immediately.   The process for amending the Constitution of The United Methodist Church requires a two-thirds majority vote of General Conference delegates. Annual conferences must then ratify the amendments by a two-thirds affirmative ...

Early response teams and flood buckets urgently needed in Nashville

5/4/2010
The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church reports that flooding is widespread in the Nashville area and elsewhere in that conference.  The Conference is requesting UMCOR-trained Early Response Teams.  UMCOR ERTs who are interested in working in Tennessee should contact Rev. Jason Brock at JBrock@tnumc.com.  Please include information about the size and ability of your team. The North Georgia Conference shipped the last of its Flood Buckets to Nashville on May 3. Any church or ...

Brazilian Methodists focus on children

5/2/2010
BY ALICE SMITH Gordon and Teca Greathouse have served as United Methodist missionaries to Brazil for 32 years and have seen great changes in the country as it moved from dictatorship to democracy.  But what hasn’t changed is the overwhelming need among most of the people where only a tiny percentage of the population, about five percent, owns almost all the wealth. “Among developing countries, Brazil is in the top echelon, but in terms of distribution [of wealth], it is in the bottom echelon,” ...

Top 10 FAQs relating to the 2010 Annual Conference Session

4/29/2010
2010 North Georgia Annual Conference Session June 16-18 | The Classic Center, Athens, GA North Georgia lay and clergy conference session members will gather together to engage in worship and Christian conversation during the 144th Session of the North Georgia Conference. Receive more information about the top 10 FAQs relating to AC2010: How do I register my AC2010 attendance?    How do I register for an AC2010 meal? How can I receive more information on the over all registration process?  ...

2010 Annual Conference Session Misson Offering is named

4/21/2010
The greatest growth of the United Methodist Church is in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Philippines, yet pension funds for clergy in those areas are minimal or nonexistent. To continue with support of these Central Conference pastors and their surviving spouses, the 2010 Annual Conference Session Missions Offering will be donated to help support the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI). CCPI is a denominational campaign to raise $25 million to fully fund pensions for retired clergy and ...

Action Ministries to honor local champions

4/19/2010
Football legend and coach of the new Georgia State University (GSU) football team, Bill Curry, will host a dinner and ceremony that will honor four special individuals at The Night of Champions on May 6.  These “champions” will be recognized for their courage in overcoming great odds with the help of Action Ministries, a North Georgia Conference-related agency based in Atlanta. “These champions have singleness of purpose, they are unselfish, tough and prepared,” said Curry.  “They never quit. ...

Effective ministry depends on authentic faith, enthusiastic gratitude

4/19/2010
BY BISHOP B. MICHAEL WATSON As the twelve North Georgia district superintendents and I have met to prepare for this year’s holy responsibility of appointment making, we have spent many days going through every church, every extension ministry, and every clergyperson name by name.  We have prayed that the Holy Spirit would guide us and direct us in our sacred task of superintending the ministry of this wonderful annual conference.   After thirty-eight years of ministry, I have observed some ...

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