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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Bishop's Appeal for South Georgia Hurricane Recovery

10/22/2018
"I rejoice that the people of North Georgia are so generous and so willing and able to help in any kind of catastrophe."  —Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson​   As we partner with our neighbors in South Georgia recovering from Hurricane Michael, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson encourages North Georgia Conference churches to collect a special offering. Watch Video Message from Bishop Sue. North Georgia Conference Fund #3743 has been established specifically for our support of the South Georgia Conference ...



Aldersgate / Collinswood Special Offering Sunday

10/21/2018
Sunday, October 21, churches across North Georgia will receive the Aldersgate Homes / Camp Collinswood Special Offering. A related agency of the North Georgia Conference, this offering is a major source of funding for this important ministry.   Aldersgate Homes strives to help people with developmental disabilities lead meaningful and productive lives by providing them with residential support and recreational opportunities. The ministry supports people with developmental disabilities to live ...



South Georgia Update: Extensive Hurricane Damage

10/18/2018
Photo: Mount Pisgah UMC ERT Team member at work in South Georgia. (sgaumc.org) The Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s wrath in our state as the storm slammed into the area October 11 as a Category 3 hurricane. Michael brought 115 mph winds and downed trees and power lines. Homes, churches, and businesses were damaged and destroyed. Cotton, peanut, and pecan crops, which were not yet fully harvested, were decimated. But through it all, many...



Thank You: Serving Our Neighbors After Historic Hurricanes

10/17/2018
Photo: A note of thanks on a napkin arrived in place of the bill after dinner for an ERT team from Mount Pisgah UMC serving in New Bern, NC. North Georgia Conference Early Response Teams (ERTs) were among the first on the ground in North Carolina and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence. They have already begun working side by side with neighbors in Southwest Georgia. And they are standing by to serve along the Florida Panhandle when they are needed. Thanks to our connectional system, ...



Rome UMCs Worship Together on World Communion Sunday

10/11/2018
By Rev. Millie Kim In 1960, almost 60 years ago, Martin Luther King said to the press that one of the tragedies of our nation is that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in Christian America. He passionately preached that this reality stands against the spirit and the teachings of the Lord and, as long as our churches are segregated, we fail to be a true witness to the world. Wow! 60 years later I can just still eat that up.    We can say that the Christian church is no ...



Our Prayers are With All in the Path of Hurricane Michael

10/10/2018
Hurricane Michael is most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. There is devastation across parts of the Florida panhandle and Southwest Georgia. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to pray, give generously, assemble Cleaning Buckets, and begin planning mission trips.  Our Response Our best first responses are prayer and giving. Mark gifts for NGUMC Fund #4390 for US Disaster Response. The Conference is also ...



Conference Collecting UMCOR Cleaning Buckets

10/9/2018
(Johns Creek UMC members assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Photo: Ansley Brackin) Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, there is a need for UMCOR Relief Supplies. The North Georgia Conference is collecting assembled Cleaning Buckets. Find instructions at www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. Completed buckets may be delivered to the Conference Disaster Response ...



Conference Invests in Pastors, Churches Through On Boarding

10/9/2018
By KARA WITHEROW Transition is tough, whether it’s getting a new appointment and moving to a new town or receiving a new pastor. Getting a jump start to help further the process can be an invaluable tool for all involved. With this in mind, the North Georgia Conference has embraced Onboarding, a corporate technique for getting a fast start in executive leadership through early, candid dialogue, assisted by an outside consultant. This corporate strategy has been adapted for ministry settings by...



Inside Innovation: The Portico Hosts M-LAB

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together outwardly-focused United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church. (Read about M-LAB here.)    The location of the January and September M-LAB events, The Portico in Tampa, Fla., was itself inspirational.   The building was the long-time home of Tampa First UMC. Founded in 1846 by a circuit rider, Hyde Park UMC pastor Rev. Magray deVega said that circuit rider ...



Open Ears: Hearing from Change-Makers at M-LAB

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church. Participants in the recent three-day M-LAB event in Tampa were inspired and challenged by speakers and teachers, as well as by the others in the room. Jason Demeo of We Are Curio, an innovation studio based in Florida and a member of the M-LAB design team, walked participants through hands-on activities, ...



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