Snellville Church Reaches out with Drive-Through

BY SHANE BLATT The Atlanta Journal-Constitution It's a drive-through that doesn't serve fast food. Just a soothing voice -- and a prayer. AJC Snellville United Methodist Church members Wyndie Powell (left) and Susan White wave to drivers on U.S. 78 while promoting the church's drive-through prayer. It's the second time the church has conducted the alternative prayer service. As thousands of drivers whizzed along U.S. 78 late one afternoon this week, about 25 vehicles pulled under the portico ...

Funds Needed as Haitians With Medical Emergencies Arrive in Atlanta

Atlanta area hospitals recently began receiving Haitian medical emergency cases. Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA), an agency supported in part by the North Georgia Conference, is providing the logistics for temporary housing and basic patient/family care. The primary need at this time is funding, according to RRISA staff members Tom Van Laningham and Leanne Rubenstein. To donate to RRISA  

North Georgia continues to respond to metro Atlanta floods

While much progress has been made, the North Georgia Conference is still hard at work responding to the needs of people affected by the September 2009 floods in Metro Atlanta. Working out of the Disaster Response Warehouse in Austell, the conference hosts approximately three volunteer work teams each week and are tackling about 10 houses at a time. “It takes five or six weeks to get a house done once we get started,” said Mike Yoder, chair of Disaster Response for the Conference. “There are ...

One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday Offering is March 14

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. OGHS enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering.    UMCOR is humanitarian arm of The United Methodist Church. OGHS gifts underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business,” meaning that every penny of every gift you make to a specific UMCOR project will be spent on that project—not on office administrative costs....

United Methodists Respond to Chile Earthquake

To submit donations to United Methodist Committee on Relief in care of the North Georgia Conference Chile Emergency Fund, please make your check payable to the North Georgia Conference with "Chile Emergency - fund number 4230"  in the memo line.  Please mail donations to the Conference Treasurer’s Office at P.O. Box 102417, Atlanta, GA 30368-2417.  100% of all donations received go directly to those in need in Chile. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

A Once in a Lifetime Invitation: Singing at the National Prayer Breakfast

By RALPH FREEMAN   Since 1980 my vocal-music ministry has carried me across 43 states and five continents. But the 2010 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. will be one of my most memorable experiences.   On Feb. 3, I boarded a flight in Atlanta bound for Reagan International Airport to meet with Senator Johnny Isakson, who had invited me to sing the closing song following a speech by President Barack Obama.  To say the least, I was extremely excited about this opportunity.  First, ...

Special Contact Information for PACT

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 @ NOT Daryl Cowan as Daryl is longer the agent that services PACT.

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

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

By Jennifer L. Johnson Athens Banner-Herald 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

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 ...

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