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Special Contact Information for PACT

2/25/2010
United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust (PACT) was initially incorporated in 2005 to make property and liability insurance available to the United Methodist Connection in the United States. Today, PACT provides insurance for more than 30% of our conferences and general agencies.  If you are interested in a quote from PACT, please send all inquires to Joy Melton @ jmelton@umcpact.org NOT Daryl Cowan as Daryl is longer the agent that services PACT.

Coming up in the North Georgia Advocate: Q&A with Bishop Watson

2/18/2010
For the past three decades, Bishop Mike Watson has been reading the Bible through each year, from Genesis to Revelation. The North Georgia Advocate recently asked him some questions related to this spiritual discipline. Here is a sampling of those responses (full Q&A will appear in the Feb. 19 edition of the Advocate): NGA: How has this affected your faith? Bishop Watson: Spending fifteen minutes a day reading through the Bible in a year has enriched my daily devotional time, increased my ...

Workers Lift GED Obstacles

2/18/2010
By Jennifer L. Johnson Athens Banner-Herald news@onlineathens.com Erin Barger often shares job openings with the visitors of Our Daily Bread soup kitchen at the Oconee Street United Methodist Church. But for many, jobs that could help them get back on their feet are out of reach. "The problem was that for many of the advertised jobs, my clients were often under-qualified for them because they didn't have high school diplomas or GEDs," Barger said. "We're working to help them fix that." Athens ...

Health Kits One Part of Emergency Response in Haiti

2/12/2010
Health Kits One Part of Emergency Response in Haiti By ALICE M. SMITH Special to the Advocate   BALDWIN, La. – Volunteers at the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s warehouse during the week of Jan. 17 – which included six Georgians – worked quickly to make and inspect health kits that would be shipped to Haiti and other areas to meet pressing human needs. One container of kits – about 31,000 in all, including health, school and layette supplies – already had been promised to the Republic of ...



Black History Month: A Time to Remember and to Give Thanks

2/11/2010
By Mackie L. Harper Norris   As you probably are aware, the celebration of African American History Month began as a weeklong event in 1926 and was spearheaded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as a means to pay tribute to the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent. Dr. Woodson chose February for the celebration to coincide with the birth dates of former President Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. While the celebration itself has grown from a weeklong ...



Conference Places Ads to Increase UMCOR Giving

2/4/2010
The North Georgia Conference recently ran ads in various newspapers that span the conference boarders promoting the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Haiti advance number.  “It is important for secular outlets to know that the United Methodist Church is present and hard at work in Haiti,” stated Jamie Jenkins, executive assistant to Bishop Watson.  “It is also important that people realize that 100% of every dollar that is given to UMCOR goes directly to places of need.  Many helping ...

Freeman Sings at National Prayer Breakfast; Jones Gives Georgia House Devotional

2/4/2010
Two North Georgia United Methodists were a part of national and local political gatherings this week.    Ralph Freeman, member of Norcross First UMC and popular vocalist at numerous conference-related events, was a guest vocal soloist at today’s 2010 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC with President Obama as featured speaker.  The Annual National Prayer Breakfast occurs the first Thursday in February after Congress convenes.   Rev David Jones, pastor of Glenn Memorial UMC, gave the ...

Georgia United Methodists to Gather at State Capitol in Defense of Children

2/3/2010
Continuing in the denomination’s long tradition of standing up for people on the margins, The Advocacy Team of the North Georgia Conference calls upon all United Methodists to gather at the Capitol on Thursday, February 11. In conjunction with the Interfaith Children’s Movement of Georgia, the Presbytery of Atlanta, and Youth V.I.B.E. people will gather for the purpose of working to create safer communities for our children.   Beginning at Trinity United Methodist Church at 9 am, there will be a...

General Board of Global Ministries matches Volunteer Skills with Needs in Haiti

2/2/2010
Due to an overwhelming response, UMVIM/SEJ asks future volunteers wishing to serve in Haiti to sign up through the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) website, http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/HaitiVolunteer/ rather that through the UMVIM website.  As the situation in Haiti progresses, UMCOR has had more time to assess the situation, and is learning more about the specific skill sets that are needed.  Prospective volunteers will find a different, more detailed, form asking for specific skills ...

Mi Familia Center in Canton Recently Dedicated

2/1/2010
(North Georgia Advocate) Despite the pouring rain, smiles, laughter and passionate challenges highlighted the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Mi Familia Center in Canton on Sunday, Jan. 24.  As the crowd of about 40 stood two and three deep around the walls in the small meeting room, the Rev. Dr. Francisco Cañas, coordinator of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, encouraged the crowd to “proclaim God with a Bible in one hand, and the love of God in the other.” Located at 2745 ...

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