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Farewells and Welcomes: Staff Updates at the United Methodist Center

8/7/2019
One member of your North Georgia Conference staff conducted Lewis Grizzard's funeral as a young pastor. Another staff member listens to podcasts at 1.5 speed (we'll give you one guess). There's a staff member with a weird fear of balloons (yes, balloons). Another has been a foster parent. The staff are laity and clergy with a wide range of gifts and talents — from computer programing to worship planning. But one thing they have in common is a call to serve God and others through The United ...



Addressing Tragedy in Worship: Churches Respond to Mass Shootings

8/6/2019
Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” By Sybil Davidson After two U.S. mass shootings that left at least 31 people dead and many more injured in one weekend, United Methodists arrived at worship Sunday morning with heavy hearts. Bulletins were already printed and music had long since been selected and rehearsed, but nevertheless, North Georgia clergy made time to speak to the tragedy.  Rev. Theresa Coleman who serves both Paces Ferry ...



Good Giving: 125 Churches Have Already Paid 2019 Apportionments in Full

8/6/2019
One of the unique and defining factors of The United Methodist Church is that we are a connection. United Methodists are in ministry together locally and around the world, knowing we can do more together than we could ever do individually. We fund this shared ministry through apportioned giving. Apportionments are fuel for ministry. Though we're only entering August, 125 North Georgia United Methodist Churches have already paid 100 percent of their apportioned giving for 2019! They are listed ...



Team Returns from Visit to ZOE

8/1/2019
Photo: Some of the North Georgia United Methodists on the recent mission trip to visit ZOE A team of volunteers from the North Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina Annual Conferences have just returned from Kenya where they collectively shared in the process of transforming despair to development and empowerment through ZOE missions.  ZOE teaches each young person in its program a profitable skill in order to provide for themselves. ZOE has a proven track of transitioning orphans and ...



North Georgia Local Pastors Complete Course of Study

7/22/2019
Photo: Summer 2020 Candler Course of Study Graduates Since the spring, five North Georgia local pastors have completed the United Methodist Couse of Study at Candler School of Theology.  Course of Study school educates and trains local pastors in The United Methodist Church. To be admitted, students must be certified candidates for ordained ministry, have completed the requirements for license as a local pastor, have been tested in language skills proficiency, and received endorsement of the ...



Meet Matt Westmoreland: Public Servant Shaped By Church

7/17/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE It's common for an elected official to publicly thank God at some point in his or her career, but many of Matt Westmoreland's constituents may not know that the Post 2 At-Large member of the Atlanta City Council, can actually point to a very specific church event where it became clear to him that he was called to be a public servant, and one who works specifically to help those less fortunate than him.   With grandparents attending Peachtree Road UMC since they moved to ...



HealthFlex Participants: HQ Deadline is July 31

7/16/2019
HealthFlex participants and covered spouses: the time to take the HQ is now!  HealthQuotient (HQ) is an online health assessment administered by WebMD. It's quick—15 minutes or less—and even faster if you took the Blueprint for Wellness® screening this year as results upload automatically into your HQ. Primary participant and covered spouse must both take the HQ by July 31 to avoid higher 2020 HealthFlex deductible ($250 extra for individual deductible or $500 extra for family deductible). To...



Route 66: Our Pilgrimage Begins

7/15/2019
Intentional Pilgrims: April 24 – May 8, 2019 By Rev. Mark LaRocca Pitts Flying to Chicago, six North Georgia Conference clergy rented a large van and drove 2,700+ miles to Santa Monica, California over 14 exhausting, yet exhilarating days. We stayed in 14 mom-and-pop motels. We ate at more than 40 local cafes and greasy-spoon diners. We visited over a dozen roadside attractions. We met hundreds of people. We practiced spiritual disciplines including contemplative prayer, sabbath, submission, ...



Worship Groups and Liturgists Sought for General Conference 2020

7/1/2019
(Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Combined choirs of Centenary College and Martin Methodist College sing at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.) (UMC.org) United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020 in ...



A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

6/27/2019
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) shares the following message to United Methodists. In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has received numerous requests to respond. We have heard the plea for action from the church. Unfortunately, the facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. Access to these government facilities is ...

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