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Hope for Africa Choir Receives Warm Welcome in North Georgia

7/27/2009
The Hope for Africa Children's Choir from Uganda spent more than two weeks in North Georgia glorifying God through music and raising money for their mission efforts in the East Africa Conference. With Simpsonwood as their home base, they traveled around the conference, performing at Annual Conference in Athens, Jasper UMC, Douglasville UMC, Athens First UMC,  Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta, Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta, Greenville UMC, Wesley Chapel UMC in McDonough, Impact UMC in Atlanta, Norcross ...

Alpharetta First Showers Troops With Oreos

7/17/2009
(North Georiga Advocate) In February Dr. Don Martin, senior pastor of Alpharetta First UMC, met a young service man on an airplane who was returning from 18 months duty in Iraq. When asked what he missed most while away, the soldier immediately said, "Oreos. Double Stuffed." Martin promised him that Alpharetta First United Methodist Church would make sure that all his buddies in Iraq would be showered in Oreos. On June 28, for the church’s annual Patriotic Sunday worship service, members ...

Bless Austell: Putting Faith Into Action is the Focus of Austell First UMC

7/13/2009
Austell First UMC has set its focus on blessing its community and put its mission statement right on its sign: "Bless Austell." Believing that putting faith into action is at the very heart of its Christian calling, the church has developed ongoing programs for the community including free aerobics classes Wednesday nights, a free community dinner (Grace Cafe) every Thursday night; and a tuition-free weekday preschool (Feed My Lambs) August - May. The church is involved in extensive outreach...

Varnell UMC Makes Generous Donation to New Church Start

7/11/2009
Varnell United Methodist Church, where Rev. James Gwin is pastor, recently donated $20,250 to The Bridge United Methodist Church, a 2008 new church start in Cartersville.  A delegation from Varnell presented the check to Rev. Eric Lee, The Bridge’s pastor, at their June 16, preview worship celebration for their new worship location at Stone Mill Village, 5698 Canton Highway, Unit H, Carterville, GA 30121. The presentation of the check and the prayer of blessing were celebrated simultaneously...



'Rethink Church' Welcome Training in August

7/6/2009
North Georgia United Methodists are invited to “rethink church” at a training event August 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. “Rethink Church” is the next phase of the denomination’s inviting and welcoming ministry. The training is co-sponsored by the North Georgia Annual Conference and United Methodist Communications. Nationally, the “Rethink Church” advertising campaign launched May 5. A new Web site, www.10thousanddoors.org, ...

Collinswood Offers Comfort to Wounded Veterans

7/1/2009
A UMNS Report By Heidi Robinson* (Click Here to See the UMTV Video Report) BUCKHEAD, Ga.--“Next time, I want to ride on that thing with my kids,” shouts retired Col. Bob Quinn as a sleek boat pulls six grinning children on an inflatable toy across the green surface of Lake Oconee. The summertime living is easy along this lake about an hour east of Atlanta. And that is a good thing for wounded military veterans and their families enjoying a weekend of fun at the United Methodist camp ...

Annual Conference Reflects Mission Efforts and Generosity of North Georgians

6/23/2009
More than 3,000 North Georgia Conference United Methodists and guests gathered June 16-18 at the Athens Classic Center with Bishop B. Michael Watson presiding—his first Annual Conference session since becoming the resident bishop of the North Georgia Area.  The theme "Shalom: Christian Disciples Transforming the World Through Health and Wholeness" was weaved throughout the worship and business sessions of the conference. The Hope for Africa Children’s Choir from Humble Place UMC in Uganda ...

Parsonage or housing allowance? Slow real estate market creates extra challenge for some clergy

6/19/2009
By Glenn Hannigan, Editor North Georgia Advocate   It is safe to say that relocating to a new church is embedded in Stuart Greene’s DNA. Greene, a third-generation United Methodist minister, is well versed in the procedures of moving from one church home to another.   “It has just always been part of my life,” Greene said. “We knew that every few years we were likely to move. As difficult as it can be to leave a church family behind, you go to a new place with the expectation that God has ...

Rethink: North Georgia Churches are Making 'Church' a Verb

6/4/2009
By GLENN HANNIGAN Editor, North Georgia Advocate It’s time for a little word association exercise. OK, here we go. Read the following word—then pause for a second: Church. What is the first thing that pops into your head? No cheating. If you are  most of us, your initial thought either involves the physical building where you go each Sunday, or something involving the worship service itself. But what if “church” also meant replacing leaky roofs for those in need? Providing free auto repair? ...

Two North Georgia Young Adults are Among 12 GBCS Summer Interns

6/3/2009
Twin brothers Edward and Jonathan Kim of The Korean Church Atlanta UMC are among 12 persons, ages 19 to 21, who began work June 1 in the Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship program of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). They will work in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations in the nation’s capital for two months. Young adults, ages 18 to 22, are selected annually from the five ethnic caucuses of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to participate in the ...

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