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Collinswood Offers Comfort to Wounded Veterans

7/1/2009
A UMNS Report By Heidi Robinson* (Click Here to See the UMTV Video Report) BUCKHEAD, Ga.--“Next time, I want to ride on that thing with my kids,” shouts retired Col. Bob Quinn as a sleek boat pulls six grinning children on an inflatable toy across the green surface of Lake Oconee. The summertime living is easy along this lake about an hour east of Atlanta. And that is a good thing for wounded military veterans and their families enjoying a weekend of fun at the United Methodist camp ...

Annual Conference Reflects Mission Efforts and Generosity of North Georgians

6/23/2009
More than 3,000 North Georgia Conference United Methodists and guests gathered June 16-18 at the Athens Classic Center with Bishop B. Michael Watson presiding—his first Annual Conference session since becoming the resident bishop of the North Georgia Area.  The theme "Shalom: Christian Disciples Transforming the World Through Health and Wholeness" was weaved throughout the worship and business sessions of the conference. The Hope for Africa Children’s Choir from Humble Place UMC in Uganda ...

Parsonage or housing allowance? Slow real estate market creates extra challenge for some clergy

6/19/2009
By Glenn Hannigan, Editor North Georgia Advocate   It is safe to say that relocating to a new church is embedded in Stuart Greene’s DNA. Greene, a third-generation United Methodist minister, is well versed in the procedures of moving from one church home to another.   “It has just always been part of my life,” Greene said. “We knew that every few years we were likely to move. As difficult as it can be to leave a church family behind, you go to a new place with the expectation that God has ...

Rethink: North Georgia Churches are Making 'Church' a Verb

6/4/2009
By GLENN HANNIGAN Editor, North Georgia Advocate It’s time for a little word association exercise. OK, here we go. Read the following word—then pause for a second: Church. What is the first thing that pops into your head? No cheating. If you are  most of us, your initial thought either involves the physical building where you go each Sunday, or something involving the worship service itself. But what if “church” also meant replacing leaky roofs for those in need? Providing free auto repair? ...

Two North Georgia Young Adults are Among 12 GBCS Summer Interns

6/3/2009
Twin brothers Edward and Jonathan Kim of The Korean Church Atlanta UMC are among 12 persons, ages 19 to 21, who began work June 1 in the Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship program of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). They will work in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations in the nation’s capital for two months. Young adults, ages 18 to 22, are selected annually from the five ethnic caucuses of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to participate in the ...

Young Named GBHEM Assistant General Secretary for Campus Ministry

6/1/2009
The Rev. Bridgette Young, senior associate dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University and an elder in the North Georgia Conference, has been named Assistant General Secretary for Campus Ministry in the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, effective July 6. "With this appointment, the GBHEM affirms its strong commitment to campus ministry and chaplaincy as integral to the United Methodist Church’s mission in higher education," ...

Annual Conference to Vote on UMC Constitutional Amendments

5/26/2009
United Methodists meeting in this year’s annual sessions will vote on 32 proposed constitutional amendments, many of them related to the denomination’s structure as a global body. Members of the North Georgia Annual Conference as well as delegates to the other 61 U.S. annual conferences and the 73 conferences in Africa, Europe and Asia will consider 23 amendments approved by the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body. The amendments, proposed by the ...

Impact UMC is Moving to the World Congress Center

5/20/2009
Impact UMC is moving May 24 to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The new church start has lived up to its promise to "do church differently" and has grown--both in worship attendance and in its ministry. The church has worshipped at Brown Middle School in the West End of Atlanta for two years and recently had the opportunity to secure the space in the World Congress Center. The new worship facility has a much larger seating capacity, fitting 1,000 people.  The extra room will allow ...

North Georgia Advocate Editor Selected

5/14/2009
The North Georgia Conference is pleased to welcome Glenn Hannigan as the first editor of the North Georgia Advocate. Glenn is a communications specialist with more than 30 years of  experience in writing, editing, public speaking, consulting and professional training. He is also a dedicated United Methodist and a member of Liberty Hill UMC in Canton. "I have spent my entire adult life as a writer and editor for major daily newspapers," said Glenn. "I have been blessed to have had the ...

Generous Donor Challenges Georgians to Give Big to CCPI

5/13/2009
The Central Conference Pension Initiative recently received a gift of $500,000 from a generous donor in Georgia, with the potential for an additional gift later this year if the churches in Georgia respond with significant participation.  The donor has challenged the North and South Georgia Conferences to match the gift with a minimum goal of $500,000. All church gifts and pledges received after May 7, 2009 will be counted toward the challenge. The total potential for this effort could be ...

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