Registration for the 2010 Annual Conference Session now available on-line

Beginning Monday, April 19, a new on-line process will be available to register lay and clergy conference members for the 2010 Annual Conference Session. All members attending are encouraged to pre-register their attendance electronically on the conference web site at  Registration for the 2010 Annual Conference Session includes a $30 registration fee. In an attempt to stream-line the registration process, conference session attendees may also sign up for various ...

Disaster Response Volunteers Needed

The North Georgia Conference Disaster Response Committee has been coordinating and overseeing the rebuilding of homes damaged by the 2009 floods in Cobb and Douglas Counties since December.  Thirty-five rebuilding teams comprised of over 357 individuals from 9 states have completed 25 houses allowing the homeowners to move back in their homes.  However, the need to help other families still displaced from their homes continues.  There are at least another 80-100 homes in Cobb and Douglas ...

Q&A: Self Employment Taxes for Housing Allowances and Parsonages

Q: Is the housing allowance also excluded from earnings subject to social security taxes? A: No. The housing allowance exclusion only applies for federal income tax purposes. Like most everyone else, clergy must pay both federal income taxes and social security taxes. Employees pay social security taxes through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act ("FICA") system and self-employed individuals pay social security taxes through the Self-Employment Contributions Act ("SECA") system. By ...

For HealthFlex participants, wellness is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Your Conference Benefits Office wants to make sure you are as healthy as you can be, and the 2010 HealthFlex Wellness Incentives are helping United Methodist HealthFlex participants do just that.  Read more about three easy steps that help us stay strong, fit, and happy.   Step 1: Take the online healthquotient by August 31, 2010 The HealthQuotient is a simple, online assessment of health. It’s the first step to wellness. Go to the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits web site at ht...

United Methodist mission workers tell their untold stories of the drama in Haiti

United Methodist News Service offers a compelling, behind-the-scenes narrative of the courage and sacrifice shown by United Methodist mission workers trapped in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake.  These survivors tell their untold story of the drama they encountered first hand.      These narratives tell moment-by-moment stories of sacrifice in a three-part series which began Tuesday, March 30 with, “Missions of mercy become test of faith.” Wednesday’s narrative was entitled “The long road ...

Bishop Watson announces four new appointments to be effective July 1

Bishop Watson announces three cabinet appointments and one local church appointment: Carol Cook to the LaGrange District, James Cantrell to the Atlanta Emory District, Sharma Lewis to the Atlanta Decatur Oxford District, and Howard Wright, current superintendent of the LaGrange District, to Wesley Chapel UMC, McDonough.   Carol Cook Carol Cook, who is currently senior pastor of Clayton First UMC, has been appointed as district superintendent of the LaGrange District.  Carol was born in Atlanta ...

Disaster response team continues to help those in need

The Conference Disaster Response team loaded a truck last week with 26 pallets of health kits and six pallets of flood buckets, all assembled by North Georgians. Mike Yoder, chair of the North Georgia Conference disaster response team, encourages churches to continue kit assembly.  "We have about three thousand kits to be picked up this week.  Two of the three thousand were recently made and dropped off by one local church," states Yoder. "It's amazing to see such an outpouring of support for ...

Bishop Watson interviewed on Day1

Day1 host, Peter Wallace, sits down with Bishop Watson to discuss the many challenges facing the Church today and how the recession has affected faith and ministry.  Bishop Watson also discusses the work of a bishop and what it entails. To listen to part one, please visit: To listen to part two, please visit:

Committee named to study, and make suggestions for denominational change

The Call to Action Steering Committee, a committee formed by actions of the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table, needs your opinion about what makes a vital United Methodist congregation.  The team is charged with making formal suggestions for possible changes to the life of the United Methodist Church. The entire process is known as “A Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the Church.” Amy Valdez Barker, associate minister at Athens First, is a member of the Call to Action ...

Marketing Your Church: A Communications Seminar

April 13 | 9am | Norcross First UMC This event is a special follow-up to the recent Reinhardt Ministerial Association Communication Seminar.  The morning seminar for this event, entitled marketing your church, will be presented by North Georgia Conference Connectional Ministry Associate Director, Phil Schroeder.  During the afternoon, participants may choose from one of three sessions: evangelism; social media; or local church communication tips. Sybil Davidson and Dave Schroeder will be ...

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