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Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

4/29/2021
Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson MAY 13 UPDATE Last month North Georgia United Methodists gave nearly $52,000 to Disaster Response efforts to support Newnan Area tornado recovery. This is in addition to dozens of trained UMCOR Early Response Teams who served over the past 6 weeks, and an emergency grant awarded from UMCOR just one day after the storm.  As the long-term recovery phase begins in ...



Pastoral Letter from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

4/26/2021
“You now pledge to go wherever you are sent, to serve however you are called, to exercise your ministry within and on behalf of the whole Church, to love all among whom you are placed, and to love God above all.” Services for the Ordering of Ministry in The United Methodist Church   Dear Friends,   Spring is the time we at the North Georgia Conference announce new appointments. You may have noted that we announced 70 new appointments recently on Announcement Sunday. I wanted to share some ...

Outside the Walls: Churches Collaborate on Maundy Thursday Service

4/22/2021
On a cold Maundy Thursday night this year, two churches in Woodstock created an innovative way to both celebrate the day and demonstrate a conscious commitment to reaching out to the community. The Way UMC and Hillside UMC collaborated for an outdoor experience that included devotions, music, and communion throughout the downtown area and on The Way campus. Beginning at Latimer Hall in downtown Woodstock, participants were asked to scan a QR code on a sign at each station or read a printed ...



Bishop and Cabinet Announce 2021-2022 Appointment Changes

4/20/2021
70 Changes Announced on Appointment Sunday Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet have released the 2021-2022 appointment changes of full-time clergy. Information was shared on Sunday, April 18, 2021, which was Announcement Sunday in the nearly 800 churches of the conference.   Bishop Sue and the Cabinet projected 70 appointment changes in the region. The appointments are effective July 1, 2021. "The North Georgia Conference appreciates the graciousness of these 70 pastors as ...



Mathew Pinson Elected President/CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation

4/19/2021
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Mathew Pinson as the Foundation’s next president and CEO, effective July 1, 2021. Pinson will succeed Rev. Keith E. Lawder, who is retiring after serving as the Foundation’s president since 2016. GUMF Search Committee Chair Kathryn Dennis said of Pinson’s selection, “We selected Mathew after conducting an extensive nationwide search. He brings great talents and a strong vision to lead the Foundation in the ...



Tucker First UMC Grows a Mission Garden

4/14/2021
Tucker First United Methodist Church is thrilled to have created a new mission-oriented community container garden in Tucker and it is aptly named, “The Tucker Mission Garden.” All the vegetables grown in the garden will be donated to NETWorks Cooperative Ministries, a local Tucker food bank. The Tucker Mission Garden has three objectives: to provide fresh produce for hungry neighbors in the community, to educate on sustainability and supporting the local ecosystem, and to strengthen ...



Check In With Church Development

3/31/2021
Photo: Dinner Church is just one of the Fresh Expressions movements happening in our Conference. In the North Georgia Conference, our Center for Congregational Excellence works alongside the Board of Church Development, District leadership, and local churches to forge creative, sustainable, mission-fueled ministry across the communities in our Conference.  No one model works for every situation, so the team has studied and helped implement a variety of strategies with an eye for context and ...



A Message on COVID-19 Precautions

3/29/2021
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, As we approach a second Easter in pandemic, we appreciate your faithfulness, creativity, and endurance. Now that the vaccine is becoming more widely available, we have great hope. We are also aware that the pandemic is not over. Your Bishop and Cabinet urge you to continue to follow the CDC Guidelines for Communities of Faith (click here) and remind you to follow the current Governor's Order (click here). We know there will be a day when these guidelines...



Fraud Alert: Phishing Scam Targets United Methodists (Again)

3/26/2021
We have heard from a number of North Georgia Conference clergy whose congregations have been the target of an e-mail scam. Church members have received fraudulent emails that appear to be from the pastor and ask for help (usually financial help). A common theme is a need for a gift card or urgent help for a loved one.  Just this week some North Georgia United Methodists have received a fraudulent email claiming to be from Bishop Sue. If you receive an email that strikes you as unusual, confirm...



Overnight Storms, Tornadoes, Cause Damage in North Georgia

3/26/2021
Major storms crossed the Southeast last week including a tornado causing significant damage in the Newnan area. There are reports of wind damage and localized flooding in other parts of the conference. Our neighbors in Alabama also saw storm damage and multiple fatalities. The North Georgia Conference is coordinating with UMCOR, Early Response Teams, and with Coweta County Emergency Management. Response work is underway. Read on for updates:  UPDATE: March 31 In addition to the trained ERT ...



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