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Tom Jackson to Speak at Annual Conference Laity Luncheon

4/25/2019
The North Georgia Conference Board of Laity has announced that a familiar face (and voice) will be this year's speaker at the Annual Conference Laity Luncheon.  Dr. Tom Jackson is an active member of Athens First UMC, a long-time lay member of the North Georgia Annual Conference, and a four-term member of the North Georgia Delegation to General Conference. Before retiring in 2017, Tom spent 27 years in the senior administration of the University of Georgia, the last nine of those years as Vice...



Retirees Gather for Annual Luncheon and Spring Day Apart

4/24/2019
North Georgia Conference retirees, clergy who will retire in June, and candidates for ordination at Annual Conference gathered for the annual Retiree Luncheon and a day apart with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson this week. Sponsored by Wesley Woods, the day included guest speakers, a delicious luncheon, breakout sessions, and worship.  "I rejoice as I think about how many hours of pastoral care, sermon prep, and youth lock-ins are represented here," said Bishop Sue.  Bishop Sue called on the ...



Annual Conference 2019 to Elect Delegates to General Conference 2020

4/22/2019
Members of the North Georgia Annual Conference will elect delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2019 Annual Conference Session, June 11-14, at the Classic Center in Athens.  General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for revisions. General Conference is the policy-setting body of The United Methodist Church. The 2020 General Conference ...



Cokesbury's Annual Conference Display Will Offer Resources On Site and Online

4/11/2019
Cokesbury is pleased to offer its most popular titles, UM official resources, and speakers’ books in quantity through on-site sales at Annual Conference 2019 at Cokesbury Resource Centers. This year’s Cokesbury Resource Center will look different as we continue to be responsible stewards of resources, the environment and our staff, while providing the most popular Christian resources to our customers. There will be fewer items on-site, but those will include the Bishop’s recommended title, best...



Global Ministries Celebrates 200 Years of Mission with Gathering Reflecting on Past and Focusing on Future of Methodist Mission

4/11/2019
Guests arriving to the Global Ministries Bicentennial. (Photo: Jennifer Silver, Global Ministries) Celebrating its origins that trace back to the work of a freeborn African-American among the Wyandotte Native American people in the 1800s, the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary with events focused on the future of Methodist mission during changing times.  The bicentennial celebration recognizes the 200th anniversary of the founding ...



Disaster Response: Tarp Teams Needed in NC

3/28/2019
It has been six months since Hurricane Florence struck the east coast, but some of our neighbors in North Carolina are still waiting for help as they watch their ceilings crumble and their walls grow over with mold for want of a tarp. Teams are needed to tarp as many as 130 homes. Only the team leader needs current ERT badge. Volunteers, including many from the North Georgia Conference, have made great strides to help disaster survivors rebuild and return to their homes. Millions of dollars’ ...



Trustees Seek to Allocate Park Eye Fund to Better Serve Patients in Need

3/28/2019
The Louise D. Park Eye Fund of the North Georgia Conference was established for “the treatment of patients who are in definite need of financial assistance in order to secure the indicated treatment of disorders of the eye or eyes which would result in blindness if such treatment were not otherwise available.”  After many years, the Conference Board of Trustees recognizes that neither churches, clergy, or the North Georgia Conference are utilizing the fund in a significant and meaningful way. ...



Capacity Crowds Attend General Conference Information Sessions

3/27/2019
Well over 1,200 laity and clergy from across the North Georgia Conference attended District Gatherings for information on the 2019 Special General Conference this month. The regional gatherings were held at Cascade UMC Atlanta, Hamilton Mill UMC Dacula, Greensboro UMC, and Kennesaw UMC. Each session included prayer, song, and Holy Communion.  In a video message, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson reminded attendees that the church exists to be the body of Christ in the world. She called on the North ...



Appeals Court Rules Clergy Housing Allowances Do Not Violate US Constitution

3/21/2019
On March 18, 2019 Wespath announced that the Appeals Court has ruled clergy housing allowances do not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has again knocked down a legal challenge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) as it ruled for the second time on March 15 that tax-free housing allowances for pastors do not violate the U.S. Constitution. In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that ...



North Georgia Responds to March Tornadoes

3/19/2019
There was heartbreaking news of devastation after severe storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama and into parts of Georgia on March 3. "I am praying for the families of those who lost their lives in Alabama, and for these dealing with wreckage in Alabama and South Georgia," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Prayers also for the first responders and those helping directly, including Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor at First UMC, Opelika, Rev. Jeff Wilson, Opelika District Superintendent, and North ...



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