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Mount Pisgah UMC Group Trains Leaders in West Africa

9/30/2009
Their message was clear. When Christian leaders in Africa were asked what would make the greatest impact on people’s lives there, they quickly responded: Help us train, equip, and deploy leaders. Senior Pastor Steve Wood, and the congregation of Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, accepted the challenge to make disciples of Jesus Christ through this process, both locally and globally. Mount Pisgah is working to form strategic partnerships for leadership recruitment, training, and deployment. Mount...

Volunteers Respond as Thousands of Homes are Reported Damaged

9/30/2009
By Zachary Hoffman Disaster News Network Bob Relf of McEachern United Methodist Church pulled drywall from the living room of a house in Powder Springs after record rainfall left two feet of water within the home. He was a member of one of the many early responder groups reaching out to flood victims in Georgia after more than 14 inches of rain poured onto counties in Georgia overnight September 21; some places saw more than 20 inches in a 24-hour period. “As I know now, there are thousands of ...

Flood Update: Two Phases of Recovery

9/26/2009
The following update is from Mike Selleck, Director of Connectional Ministries: It's Saturday evening an the rain continues ... but, it looks as if it will pass without adding new insult to this past weeks injuries. Next week will be busy as clean up begins in earnest. Remember please that disaster response comes in two phases: early responders and long term recovery. Phase One (Current Response Level) Early responders do the dangerous and urgent work of saving people, pets, and property. ...

Conference Establishes Flood Response Call Center

9/24/2009
In response to the flooding in the North Georgia are, the Conference has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams.  The Call Center will operate Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm and is managed by United Methodist Volunteers In Mission and the North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Team in accordance with Georgia Emergency Management Association and Federal Emergency Management Association.  The phone number for the Call Center is 770.739.9537 To volunteer ...

Bishop Watson Names 12 Lay People, 5 Clergy to Task Force

9/16/2009
At our 2009 annual conference session, a recommendation from the Conference Council on Finance and Administration was adopted which asked Bishop Mike Watson to appoint a task force for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive analysis of the functions of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.  The goal is to define better coordination of efficient and effective programs and ministries to facilitate the mission of The United Methodist Church in making disciples of Jesus ...

Conference Finance Committee is 'Cautiously Optimistic'

9/16/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor North Georgia Advocate The prevailing mood is one of cautious optimism. But for churches that have been hit hard by the ongoing economic downturn, any indication that the worst may be over is more than welcome news. But the key word is "cautious." "Perhaps we’ve reached a point where, economically, things are stabilizing," said Keith Cox, treasurer of the North Georgia Conference. "There are some indicators that the recession may have bottomed out. We are hopeful, but ...

CCPI Update: North Georgia Has Raised More Than $1 Million

9/9/2009
The stories are numerous, and the theme is always the same—years of devotion and sacrifice and dedication to the Church, followed by years of hardship during retirement. "The North Georgia Conference is responding to critical needs of retired clergy and surviving spouses in many of the Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church through the Central Conference Pension Initiative," said Bishop Mike Watson. "Those of us who are so richly blessed are grateful to have this wonderful ...

Church Food Co-ops Plant 'God's Gardens'

9/9/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor North Georgia Advocate   Charles Barnes is enjoying a return to his roots.    Barnes, a retired minister and former director of church development in the North Georgia Conference, fondly remembers growing up on a farm in Carroll County.    “It was how we lived,” said Barnes. “We farmed about 100 acres. We had livestock, grew cotton, corn and wheat, and were completely self-sustaining.”    Now Barnes, who helped start a food co-op at Mountain Park UMC, appreciates the ...

UMMen Volunteers Begin Rebuilding Children's Home Cottage

9/4/2009
The foundation is poured, and the framing is underway. Volunteers from United Methodist Men's groups recently began rebuilding Leigh Cottage at the United Methodist Children's Home in Decatur. The cottage was destroyed by fire in 2007. "We have had two great teams the last Saturdays in August working on Leigh Cottage at the UMCH," said Robert Rylee, Volunteer Coordinator, UMCH Leigh Cottage Rebuild Project. "Teams from Brightstar UMC and Jodeco Road UMC have lead the way working on the floor ...

Candler Conference to Focus on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

9/2/2009
Come discover how your church can experience congregational health, vitality and fruitfulness by practicing radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. These will be the topics as Bishop Robert Schnase, author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, leads Candler School of Theology’s Fall Congregational Conference Oct. 11-13 at Gainesville First UMC and on the Emory campus. The three-day conference ...

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