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Conference Finance Committee is 'Cautiously Optimistic'

9/16/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor North Georgia Advocate The prevailing mood is one of cautious optimism. But for churches that have been hit hard by the ongoing economic downturn, any indication that the worst may be over is more than welcome news. But the key word is "cautious." "Perhaps we’ve reached a point where, economically, things are stabilizing," said Keith Cox, treasurer of the North Georgia Conference. "There are some indicators that the recession may have bottomed out. We are hopeful, but ...

CCPI Update: North Georgia Has Raised More Than $1 Million

9/9/2009
The stories are numerous, and the theme is always the same—years of devotion and sacrifice and dedication to the Church, followed by years of hardship during retirement. "The North Georgia Conference is responding to critical needs of retired clergy and surviving spouses in many of the Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church through the Central Conference Pension Initiative," said Bishop Mike Watson. "Those of us who are so richly blessed are grateful to have this wonderful ...

Church Food Co-ops Plant 'God's Gardens'

9/9/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor North Georgia Advocate   Charles Barnes is enjoying a return to his roots.    Barnes, a retired minister and former director of church development in the North Georgia Conference, fondly remembers growing up on a farm in Carroll County.    “It was how we lived,” said Barnes. “We farmed about 100 acres. We had livestock, grew cotton, corn and wheat, and were completely self-sustaining.”    Now Barnes, who helped start a food co-op at Mountain Park UMC, appreciates the ...

UMMen Volunteers Begin Rebuilding Children's Home Cottage

9/4/2009
The foundation is poured, and the framing is underway. Volunteers from United Methodist Men's groups recently began rebuilding Leigh Cottage at the United Methodist Children's Home in Decatur. The cottage was destroyed by fire in 2007. "We have had two great teams the last Saturdays in August working on Leigh Cottage at the UMCH," said Robert Rylee, Volunteer Coordinator, UMCH Leigh Cottage Rebuild Project. "Teams from Brightstar UMC and Jodeco Road UMC have lead the way working on the floor ...

Candler Conference to Focus on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

9/2/2009
Come discover how your church can experience congregational health, vitality and fruitfulness by practicing radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. These will be the topics as Bishop Robert Schnase, author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, leads Candler School of Theology’s Fall Congregational Conference Oct. 11-13 at Gainesville First UMC and on the Emory campus. The three-day conference ...

Emory names graduate school for the Rev. James Laney

8/25/2009
The board of trustees for United Methodist-related Emory University has approved naming the graduate school in honor of President Emeritus James T. Laney, who led the university from 1977 until 1993. "The naming of the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies honors the vision and leadership of Jim Laney, whose ambitious plan for Emory revolved around graduate education," Emory President James W. Wagner said. Laney, a United Methodist pastor, taught at Yonsei University in Korea and ...

Welcoming Training Draws Large Turnout

8/25/2009
By Sybil Davidson What would the world lose if my church ceased to exist?   That is just one of the many challenging questions raised during a recent Rethink Church workshop at Peachtree Road UMC. Nearly 300 participants gathered earlier this month for “Welcoming Training” as part of the Rethink Church initiative.   Among the other questions addressed:  • When is the last time I invited someone to accompany me to an activity?  • What are the characteristics of my church when it is at its best?...

Another Fantastic Summer for Glisson Campers and Staff

8/21/2009
By Glenn Hannigan Editor, North Georgia Advocate Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, they predictably reappear each year. The youngsters returning to Camp Glisson. Throughout the summer camp season, like clockwork, high-energy boys and girls stream into Glisson like a miniature invading force.             The campers arrive with overstuffed backpacks and oversized canvas bags. They arrive with a rush of adrenaline and high expectations . And, most often, they arrive three or four steps ...

North Georgia Advocate Update

8/20/2009
Have you been reading the new North Georgia Advocate? If not, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Regular contributions from Bishop Mike Watson, Mike Selleck, Phil Schroeder, Cathy Lee Phillips, Jim Hollis, among others, as well as Sunday school lessons, listing of upcoming events . . . and more. News, features and trend stories from across the conference, and a detailed church notebook compiled by our new editor, Glenn Hannigan. And you might have missed the answers to these questions: ...

North Georgians Compete in HealthMiles Challenge

8/17/2009
North Georgia HealthFlex insurance participants recently accepted a walking challenge from other United Methodist Conferences. For six weeks competitors pounded the pavement (or the treadmill, or the bike, or the water), logging steps on their GoZone pedometers. In the end, our team walked 337,048 miles! That's an average of 119 miles per person. The top 10 walkers were: Wes Privett Wallace Wheeles Helen Simmons Jane Blessit Ed Tomlinson Diana Durie L. Edward Phillips James Campbell Robert ...

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