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Conference Prayerfully and Strategically Reduces Expenses

7/22/2020
By Sybil Davidson Reducing the apportionment budget while maximizing the percentage of expenses used for ministry has long been a priority of the Conference Finance and Administration committee and the Conference Treasurer's Office, and it has been a priority all four years of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's tenure in North Georgia.  Because of the work to align stewardship and mission, the North Georgia Conference is in a position to follow through with plans rather than react to changing ...



Kennesaw UMC Uses GlobalEpidemics.org Data for Phased Plan

7/22/2020
By Sybil Davidson Earlier this month Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Conference Cabinet recommended the website www.globalepidemics.org as a resource for churches because it offers a color-coded, county-level interpretation of COVID-19 risk levels.  Kennesaw UMC has put the information to work. Rev. Alex Stroud and the church's reopening task force are using it as the basis of their phased plan for resuming in-person worship, gatherings, and church facility use.  You can see their plan at http...



5 Considerations for Communicating About COVID-19

7/16/2020
Communicating about positive COVID-19 cases in the church is another area we should be careful to "do no harm." Oversharing or withholding information could both be potentially harmful.  Some considerations for clergy and church leaders: Consider who needs information on the positive COVID case. Does there need to be churchwide communication? Do you need to reach out to a small group? An individual? Share consistent, accurate information. Be transparent without breaching privacy. Avoid ...

More than 700 Clergy Gather for Virtual Clergy Executive Session

7/16/2020
More than 700 North Georgia Conference clergy and members of the Board of Ministry gathered online July 16 for our first-ever virtual Clergy Executive Session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided over the session and was joined by Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence Bernice Kirkland, Conference Secretary Donn Ann Weber, Chair of the Board of Ministry Julie Boone, and Executive Assistant to the Bishop Terry Walton.  Attendees of the session sang, prayed, celebrated, and cast electronic ...



Wesley Woods Residents Sew Masks for Children of Murphy-Harpst

7/16/2020
After an inspiring example of "leaning into the connection," Murphy-Harspt sent a big thank you to Wesley Woods this month! "As we learn more about the COVID-19 virus, it is clear that wearing cloth face masks is an easy way to minimize community spread," shared Murphy-Harpst in their latest newsletter. "We realized that we needed many more masks for our 75 residents and 150+ staff on a long-term basis." They saw that Wesley Woods residents were making cloth masks, and, in the spirit of ...



Clergy to Gather Online for Executive Session

7/9/2020
Registration Open Through July 13 Conference clergy will gather online for the first-ever North Georgia Conference virtual Clergy Executive Session on Thursday, July 16, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.   "The work we will do is important to our covenant body and essential to our Annual Conference," said Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland, director of the Center for Clergy Excellence. "I am looking forward to being together and want you to know that your presence is needed." The clergy will attend the session ...



Wellroot Welcomes Allison Ashe as New CEO

7/9/2020
Wellroot Family Services has announced that Allison Ashe will be its next CEO effective July 21, 2020. Allison will succeed Rev. Hal Jones who accepted an appointment by the Bishop of the North Georgia Conference to serve as Director of Connectional Ministries. The announcement concludes an extensive national search by the Wellroot Board of Directors. Ashe is an active North Georgia United Methodist lay person. She earned a Master’s degree from United Methodist-related Garrett-Evangelical ...



Message from Bishop and Cabinet on Rising Numbers of COVID-19 Cases in Our Region

7/7/2020
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, Last week Governor Kemp extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency and has banned gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is at least 6 feet of space between each person. (Read all executive orders at https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders)   We know that many of you have worked for weeks developing a plan for how to gather for in-person worship.   In light of the dramatic increases in COVID-19 ...



'Thank You' From Africa University

7/2/2020
Africa University says “Thank You” for the strong, ongoing support of the churches of the North Georgia Conference. Local churches throughout the North Georgia Conference have been consistently generous in helping Africa University equip and deploy leaders with the appropriate skills and outlook to transform communities. Despite the current public health challenges, our shared ministry at AU remains vibrant: Africa University formally wrapped up its 2019/2020 academic year June 30.  Confirmed ...



HealthFlex Participants: Quest to Offer At-Home Screening, Updates Deadlines

7/2/2020
Wespath is partnering with Quest to introduce an at-home screening option called Qcard. We recognize that some individuals may not feel comfortable receiving their Blueprint for Wellness screening in person, even from their own physician. The Qcard allows participants to do a finger stick test at home and self-report their biometrics. The Qcard option is available to all participants as of July 1. Participants will sign up to receive an at-home kit in the same way they sign up for a Blueprint ...



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