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Sandy Springs UMC Scores Big With Nothing But Nets Fundraiser

4/23/2009
It was Nothing But Nets Day at Sandy Springs UMC on Saturday, March 28. To raise money and awareness for Nothing But Nets, the church held free throw shooting and 3-pt shooting contests with age categories ranging from 5 to 6 year olds to a 55+ category.  Participants shot at age-appropriate heights and distances.  Each entry cost $10 and allowed the participant 20 shots.  All participants received a t-shirt and winners received a plaque.  T-shirts were sold at the event and after worship on ...

Skip Lunch, Buy a Net, and Save a Life on April 25

4/22/2009
By United Methodist News Service United Methodists can make a difference in battling global malaria by sacrificing lunch on April 25. Pittsburgh Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chairman of The United Methodist Church’s Nothing But Nets initiative, is asking United Methodists and others to skip lunch on World Malaria Day and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net. Rather than spending $10 at a restaurant, people are invited to “Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.” The United ...

Rethink Church - What if Church was a Verb?

4/19/2009
By Susan Passi-Klaus UMNS The buzz has begun. Even before the first ads hit the pages of national magazines or TV commercials begin to air, United Methodists are talking about a new awareness campaign. United Methodist Communications is calling it Rethink Church. As United Methodists take on the challenge of rethinking what it means to be church and to do church, they will also rethink what it means to advertise and market the third-largest denomination in the United States. Rolling out on May ...

LaGrange College Names New President

4/16/2009
By Ron Hamilton LaGrange College LAGRANGE, Ga.—Belmont University Provost Dan McAlexander was named today as the 25th president of LaGrange College after a unanimous vote of approval by the institution’s board of trustees. McAlexander will assume the post on July 1, according to Board of Trustees Chair Bill Hodges. He replaces President Stuart Gulley, who will step down in June to become the president of Woodward Academy in Atlanta. “In Dr. McAlexander, the Presidential Search Committee ...

Job Network Ministries Helps Hundreds

4/15/2009
Several Sundays ago Rev. Phil Shroeder from Conference Connectional Ministries attended Job Seeker Sunday at Roswell UMC. Every second and fourth Monday evening, job seekers and a myriad of volunteers gather for dinner, inspiration and instruction as they seek to find new ways to put their skills to work. Two years ago Roswell averaged around 80 on Monday evenings. Last year the average was up to 150, and this year more 300 job seekers attend on average. On Monday, April 13, 400 were in ...

Local Pastor Honored for His Gospel Music, Signs Record Deal

4/13/2009
Rev. Jerry Yates, part-time local pastor of Mt. Carmel UMC in Newnan, makes music his ministry, both in his local church and as he travels the country. When he's not in the pulpit, Yates is a solo artist, songwriter, and acoustic guitar player.  "I travel everywhere I can to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song," said Yates. Yates was approached in February by an independent record label, Tate Music Group, who offered him a formal contract. His first CD on that label will be released ...

Share News With the North Georgia Advocate

4/13/2009
As we make the transition from the Wesleyan Christian Advocate to the North Georgia Advocate, the Conference Communications Office will make every effort to deliver timely news and information of interest to United Methodists—and we need your help! The North Georgia Advocate has established a new e-mail address, advocate@ngumc.org, so that you can easily share information and photos from your church. We invite and encourage individuals, churches, and institutions to send news and high ...

Buy Chocolate, Help Farmers, UMCOR Says

4/6/2009
A UMNS Story by Linda Bloom March 26, 2009—When June Kim says she’d like everyone to buy a ton of chocolate for Easter, she isn’t kidding. But she is very specific about the type of chocolate it should be. Kim is in charge of the yearlong 100-Ton Challenge of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which ends on May 9, World Fair Trade Day.As of March 4, United Methodist congregations and individuals participating in the challenge had bought 69.3 tons of fairly traded products through the ...

Conference Gets Rebate for Healthy Practices

4/2/2009
North Georgia received a rebate of $394,601.28 from the General Board of Pension and Health thanks to the HealthFlex participants who completed the Health Quotient (health risk assessment) and wellness exams last year. HealthFlex participants are encouraged each year to complete the Health Quotient and wellness exams. Last year there were cash incentives to the individual participants but there were also incentives for the Annual Conference. More than 900 clergy, lay employees and spouses took...



New Conference Web Site

3/30/2009
The conference has launched a new web site with new and enhanced features. The site is built upon the Brick River Technologies platform. Brick River which was chosen because of its ability to integrate the web, e-communications, and data. If you have any questions, comments for feedback please email the IT Office or Communications Office. Please check out our new: Blog: Read what the conference staff is doing, thinking, planning. Phil's blog also promises some reviews and entertainment. ...

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