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2021 North Georgia Annual Conference To Meet Online

2/16/2021
As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference will be held online June 3-5, 2021. The Conference will include three parts: a virtual Clergy Executive Session, a virtual Annual Conference Business Session, and two live-streamed worship services with limited in-person participation.   Annual Conference 2021 will focus on the theme “Love is Making Room” and our Special Offering will go to the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund.   The...



A New BEAT: Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team Begins its Work

2/10/2021
Rev. Dr. John Simmons, Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, presents the proposal to establish the Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team to the 2020 Annual Conference. By Sybil Davidson In August of 2020, the North Georgia Annual Conference approved a new committee with an important task: to distribute funds from the sale of closed church property in an equitable, accountable manner to fund ministry initiatives across all eight districts.  “This change has the propensity to be a ...



Experienced Ministry Practitioners Bring Their Gifts to the Interim Children's Ministry Team

2/8/2021
The work of the Church in providing myriad opportunities for children to learn and grow in the love of God through Jesus Christ is a priority in the NGUMC. This winter, Rev. Debby Fox, who has served as Conference Children's Ministries Director and Consultant for 8 years, will fully retire. Debby leaves a legacy of a connected and collaborative Children's Ministry for our Conference. To continue and expand on this good work, the NGUMC Center for Congregational Excellence is excited to introduce...



St. Paul UMC Repents for Past Racial Injustice with a Public Visual

2/4/2021
By Rebecca Wallace   On Jan. 18, this year’s day of honor and remembrance for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, St. Paul UMC in Atlanta’s Grant Park unveiled a new plaque on its building. Posted just beneath the building’s cornerstone, the plaque and its message came out of a study done in the summer of 2020 as members tried to educate themselves on the racial injustice happening in our society, in hopes that they would then pray for, and work towards, bringing about peace and ...



Vaccine Volunteers Across the North Georgia Conference are Putting Their Faith Into Action

2/4/2021
Pictured: A volunteer from Barnesville UMC offers snacks to vaccine recipients. By Sybil Davidson   As we approach a full year of a global pandemic, North Georgia United Methodists are doing what we are known for: putting our faith into action.    Clergy and laity across our Conference are volunteering in dozens of ways to help others get the COVID-19 vaccine, including participating in vaccine trials, using church facilities for vaccine clinics, and lending a hand to their local health ...



February is Black History Month

2/1/2021
Pictured: Murphy-Harpst founder Sarah Murphy. Her vision still guides the organization today.  Too often, the accomplishments of African Americans have not received adequate notice in U.S. history books and classrooms. That is why historian Carter Woodson first proposed a weeklong focus on black history in 1926. The first U.S. celebration of Black History Month happened decades later.  Today, this month-long annual celebration is a time for recognizing the achievements and central role in U.S....



Ben Hill UMC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with Special Service and Virtual March

1/31/2021
Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta sponsored an inspiring and empowering virtual MLK Day Service.   Rev. Dr. David Hooker, associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, was the guest speaker. He is a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, a part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame. He spoke on the subject, “Agape Love,” the key to building a beloved community.    The service featured ...



Gainesville First Assembles COVID-19 Blessing Bags

1/28/2021
A small gift can make a big difference. Volunteers at Gainesville First UMC have assembled and prepared Blessing Bags for anyone in their community who is struggling with symptoms of COVID-19.  In consultation with a local physician, the church developed a list of contents for each bag: Chapstick Vitamins (C, D, Zinc) Cough Drops Baby Wipes Clorox Wipes Mask Kleenex Crackers Soup Lotion Upper Room Devotional Contact information to connect with volunteers willing to do grocery store runs, ...



Guide for Ash Wednesday 2021

1/28/2021
Ash Wednesday (which falls on February 17 this year) begins the 40-day season of Lent. As your congregation considers safe ways to celebrate Ash Wednesday amid the Coronavirus pandemic, we offer two helpful resources. 1 - Yet Even Now Discipleship Ministries offers considerations for your preparations for Ash Wednesday 2021. The suggestions begin with possible scenarios and practical ideas for imposing ashes safely. We encourage you to take this information and work with your own worship team ...



Health Departments Need Volunteers for Vaccine Distribution

1/28/2021
Photo: A member of Barnesville First UMC volunteers through the local Health Department at a drive-through vaccine clinic. As the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities continues, many County Health Departments are in need of volunteers.  "This is an opportunity for the church to serve the community at a time of community need," said Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator. "In addition to our prayers, we can offer our time in support of those on the front...



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