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North Georgians Compete in HealthMiles Challenge

8/17/2009
North Georgia HealthFlex insurance participants recently accepted a walking challenge from other United Methodist Conferences. For six weeks competitors pounded the pavement (or the treadmill, or the bike, or the water), logging steps on their GoZone pedometers. In the end, our team walked 337,048 miles! That's an average of 119 miles per person. The top 10 walkers were: Wes Privett Wallace Wheeles Helen Simmons Jane Blessit Ed Tomlinson Diana Durie L. Edward Phillips James Campbell Robert ...

Arbor Pointe Teens Minister to Children in Belize

8/6/2009
Staff Reports North Georgia Advocate       While many teenagers were hanging out at the pool, 15-year-old Whitney Kendrix and other youth from Arbor Pointe UMC were baking under the hot sun in Belize, showing their love for youngsters coming to vacation Bible school.        The 15-year-old was one of 17 Arbor Pointe members who visited the Central American nation this summer – the second foreign mission trip in the church’s five years. Arbor Pointe is a new congregation in the Gainesville ...

Back-to-School Ministry 'Gives Kids a Chance'

8/6/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate   It’s a mission-oriented church that meets in rented space in Canton.       There are more empty seats than worshippers each Sunday when Liberty Hill UMC gathers in the spacious Cherokee High School auditorium. But that doesn’t mean the 160-member congregation is shy about taking on huge projects.          Indeed, Liberty Hill’s remarkable back-to-school ministry—Give a Kid a Chance —recently served 10 times more people than the membership of ...

Simpsonwood’s Center for Renewal to Foster Spiritual Growth

8/6/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate   It is a bucolic, heavily-wooded oasis just a short drive from Atlanta. The Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, on the western edge of Gwinnett County and bordering the Chattahoochee River, has unquestioned beauty and charm. What has been a more open question over the years: Is Simpsonwood being used to its best advantage? This month, the North Georgia Conference is launching a new initiative with the hopes of helping Simpsonwood expand ...

Vince Dooley to Speak at Action Ministries 46th Annual Meeting

8/5/2009
by Nancy Hruschka   Coach Vince Dooley, an iconic figure in Georgia, will be the keynote speaker at the 46th Annual Meeting of Action Ministries, Inc. on September 10. The evening’s event, held at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, is a celebration of Action Ministries’ life-changing programs all over north Georgia. In addition to Coach Dooley’s remarks, the dinner event will recognize several individuals who have made significant contributions to Action Ministries across the state.  Local media...

Rev. Joseph Lowery to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

8/3/2009
By Kathy L. Gilbert* (UMNS)  The Rev. Joseph Lowery, 87, a United Methodist pastor and leader in the civil rights movement, is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor for a civilian.   Lowery said he was especially honored to be in President Obama’s “first class” of award recipients. The medals will be presented at a White House ceremony Aug. 12. "I'm really excited to be in the company of the wonderful people that comprise the first class...

Annual Conferences Report Defecits, but also Good News

7/28/2009
--Click Here to Read Wrap-Ups From All United Methodist Annual Conferences-- A UMNS Report By Linda Green and Elizabeth Guye* The recession cast a shadow over United Methodist annual conference sessions in May and June. At least 35 of the 62 U.S. annual conferences reported financial deficits, which resulted in flat or decreased budgets, frozen salaries, reduced insurance benefits and decreased apportionment payments. The recent bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, for example, as well ...

US Annual Conferences Defeat Most Proposed Amendments

7/28/2009
A UMNS Report By Linda Green and Elizabeth Guye* United Methodists across the United States have defeated 23 proposed amendments that would have paved the way to make the church in the U.S. a regional body. The amendments, proposed as changes to the denomination’s constitution, would have created identical structures for every region of the church. Voting in annual conference sessions – most of which occurred between May and June – church members also defeated a proposal to make membership in ...

Hope for Africa Choir Receives Warm Welcome in North Georgia

7/27/2009
The Hope for Africa Children's Choir from Uganda spent more than two weeks in North Georgia glorifying God through music and raising money for their mission efforts in the East Africa Conference. With Simpsonwood as their home base, they traveled around the conference, performing at Annual Conference in Athens, Jasper UMC, Douglasville UMC, Athens First UMC,  Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta, Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta, Greenville UMC, Wesley Chapel UMC in McDonough, Impact UMC in Atlanta, Norcross ...

Alpharetta First Showers Troops With Oreos

7/17/2009
(North Georiga Advocate) In February Dr. Don Martin, senior pastor of Alpharetta First UMC, met a young service man on an airplane who was returning from 18 months duty in Iraq. When asked what he missed most while away, the soldier immediately said, "Oreos. Double Stuffed." Martin promised him that Alpharetta First United Methodist Church would make sure that all his buddies in Iraq would be showered in Oreos. On June 28, for the church’s annual Patriotic Sunday worship service, members ...

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