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Generous Georgia Donor Doubles Gift to CCPI

The anonymous donor who previously gave a $500,000 challenge gift to the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) has contributed another $500,000. The phenomenal support from the clergy and churches of the North and South Georgia Conferences have made this total $1 million gift a reality. The total commitments from Georgia is now $2,452,467.37. These gifts go toward pensions for clergy in Central Conferences (conferences outside the United States) who often serve in areas of great need ...

Alpharetta First UMC Serves Families of Children With Special Needs

By ELIZABETH LeBLANC Before I had children, I thought that I knew everything. I would look at families and think to myself how wrong they were. I would see a misbehaved child in a restaurant and sneak looks at the terrible parents who were allowing that behavior. I was a special education teacher and I spent too much of my time judging the families I was there to serve. Why didn’t they work with their children more? Why did they have the wrong expectations for their children? I knew everything ...

Rethink Church Ads Running This Month in North Georgia

Look for North Georgia Conference-sponsored Rethink Church ads online, on the radio and on TV this Advent. TV spots will run during the Army/Navy football game Dec. 12, the Sun Bowl Dec. 31, and during the Gator Bowl on New Years Day. For the first time, the conference is also running ads online. CBSatlanta.com will run our 15-second ads before news videos. Radio ads will play during drive time on: 640 AM, 1400 AM, 720 AM, 94.9 FM, 105.7 FM, 96.1 FM, 105.3 FM, 96.7 FM, 92.5 FM, 98.1 FM. ...

Candler DVD Unites Christmas Scripture, Art and Scholarship

Candler School of Theology at Emory University has released 'A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art,' a new DVD presentation that blends the school’s spectacular collection of the art of John August Swanson with the well-known biblical narrative of the Christmas story.   The 50-minute DVD presents the familiar story of Christmas as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. There are six 7-minute sections, or “chapters,” each featuring a passage of scripture from the Christmas ...

Pastor Launches MyMarriageCoach.com

Want to take your marriage beyond ordinary? Need a coach to encourage and equip you? Rev. Jay Tenney, pastor of Barnesville First UMC, has developed a tool to help: www.mymarriagecoach.com. The simple, confidential marriage assessment tool asks couples to answer 100 quick questions individually or together that evaluate ten key ares of the marriage including faith, finances and communication. "As a pastor involved in marital counseling, I've discovered that there are a  lot of couples who ...

The Journals are Coming! The Journals are Coming!

North Georgia Conference 2009 Journals began shipping the week of November 16. DVD versions will be mailed after Thanksgiving.

Update: North Georgians Have Given $1.2 Million to CCPI

The North Georgia Conference has made $1,211,504.40 in donations to the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) and 971 churches and individuals from our conference have made pledges. These gifts go toward pensions for clergy in Central Conferences (conferences outside the United States) who often serve in areas of great need only to face hunger and poverty in retirement.  "For individual and church gifts to CCPI, North Georgia is the leader in the denomination," said Dan O'Neill managing ...

Alonso's Violin: UMVIM Volunteer Makes Connection in El Salvador

By Randel Sink Special to the North Georgia Advocate Our team had just spent a week in El Salvador building a home for a local family. The rest of the group returned home. I stayed behind to work with Juan de Dios, the head of the Iglesia Metodista, the Methodist Church in El Salvador. Casa de Juan is an unusual place. Aside from the additions to the basic house over the years, adding more rooms and bathrooms to accommodate more people, Casa de Juan is blessed with many interesting souls from ...

Housing Needed for Disaster Response Work Teams

There is a pressing need for housing for work teams on the west side of Atlanta. More than 100 teams from outside our Conference are planning trips to North Georgia to rebuild and repair homes and buildings that were flooded in September. The teams have 6 to 8 members on average, but some have as many as 14 to 30. Their needs include a place to sleep, as well as a place to cook or volunteers to prepare meals. Many teams work for 5 to 6 days, but one group may be here for as long as two months. ...

Conference Website Wins Top Honors From Communicators

The North Georgia Conference website, which was redesigned and launched in April, has earned honors as the best overall site in the denomination.   United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) named ngumc.org as the best website in its field at the UMAC annual meeting, Oct. 21 in Nashville.   Secular judges, with backgrounds in Internet technology, praised ngumc.org as “a great website that is user friendly with intuitive layout and navigation.” The North Georgia Conference web team -- ...

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