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What does your church sign really say about you?

11/4/2010
BY GLENN HANNIGAN I enjoy talking and teaching about communications. It is a topic that never gets boring. It is always a challenge and often frustrating. Though I have been a journalist most of my life, I would never call myself an expert in communications. I know better. Just when you think you have done everything just right, and spared no effort in properly communicating a message, you soon realize something has gone wrong.  People were left out of the loop or, worse, received the wrong ...

A year of outreach at Ebenezer UMC in Conyers

10/15/2010
By ELLEN DILBECK and STACEY WERTZ    Ebenezer UMC in Conyers has placed mission outreach at the top of its priority list this year.       When an earthquake devastated Haiti in January, the Ebenezer family answered the call for health and layette kits, providing more than 200. In June, a member of Ebenezer, who is also a teacher at a middle school that sits adjacent to the church, informed the congregation of the need for school supplies. More than 500 students at Edwards Middle School ...

Sugarloaf UMC is recognized as a vibrant church

10/15/2010
The Foundation for Evangelism recently began a study of churches that experienced a 20% or more attendance growth in 5 years. Dr. Kenneth Lambert, the Foundation for Evangelism’s director of church relations, interviewed pastors of select churches that have displayed some of the fastest growing attendance numbers in the nation. Sugarloaf United Methodist Church in Duluth, GA is among the first to be recognized.  Find the article on Rev. Stuart Greene and Sugarloaf UMC, as well as other ...

North Georgians to be highlighted during 10-fold initiative

10/8/2010
Gordan Greathouse, a missionary supported by North Georgia Conference, will be participating in a live webcast during the upcoming 10-Fold campaign.   He will be sharing some information about the Shade and Fresh Water program in Brazil during the broadcast at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 11.  On October 15 at 7:00 p.m. EST, join Jeff Jernigan at McEachern UMC where he will be discussing worldwide church planting via a live video call along with leaders from their partner church in the ...

HealthFlex Annual Election begins November 3 and ends November 18

10/7/2010
This annual election is your only opportunity to: choose a medical plan, if your plan sponsor offers more than one plan set aside pretax money for medical or dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) add or drop a dependent on your health plan (unless you experience a “change of status” life event during the year, such as marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, death in the family or loss of a spouse’s health coverage). New for 2011: You may add a dependent up to age 26, even...

Herchel Sheets named as distinguished Candler alumni

10/4/2010
Every year, the Candler School of Theology recognizes three alumni who have distinguished themselves by their service to church, service to community, or service to Candler respectively. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Bishop Robert Morgan 58T, service to church; the Reverend Gilbert Schroerlucke 52T 53G, service to community; and the Reverend Doctor Herchel Sheets 52T, service to Candler.  The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, October 20, at 11:30 a.m. ...

Volunteer Receptionists Needed

9/23/2010
As a part of our conference’s laity stewardship ministry, the North Georgia Conference Board of Laity is looking for volunteers to serve as the receptionist at the United Methodist Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The United Methodist Center is located on the campus of The Lodge at Simpsonwood at 4511 Jones Bridge Road, Norcross, GA 30092.   Volunteer duties include answering incoming phone calls and directing United Methodist Center visitors to their correct destination. The Conference ...

5 ways you can be better equip world-changing disciples from the General Board of Discipleship

9/22/2010
1. Reconnect with Wesley! The Wesleyan Leadership Conference wants to help the United Methodist Church recover what it means to be Christian and Methodist in the 21st century. Dr. Scott Kisker will present the ideas and recommendations from his book, Mainline or Methodist: Rediscovering Our Evangelistic Mission, during the conference at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville on Oct. 14-16. For more information and to register for this event, go to http://gbod.org/wesleyanleadership.   2....

Giving murder victims' loved ones a place to heal

9/20/2010
Originally printed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Gracie Bonds Staples (gstaples@ajc.com) photo by Phil Skinner (pskinner@ajc.com) After years of working as a prison chaplain, the Rev. Bruce Cook had stared into the eyes of more murderers and the mothers of murderers than he cared to remember. If he’d learned anything, it was this: Death has a deceitful domino effect, touching the lives of those left behind in untold ways. That's why, he said, members of Vinings United Methodist Church ...

Action Ministries Special Offering – November 14, 2010

9/8/2010
Matthew 25:40 tells us that what we do for the least among us, we do for Him. For five decades, North Georgia Methodists have answered this call by supporting the good works of Action Ministries through financial gifts, volunteer service, and prayer.  Action Ministries is doing good for the most vulnerable among us throughout the North Georgia Conference through its ministry to the hungry, the homeless, and the addicted. Economic conditions in the past few years have affected people in every ...

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