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Visio Divina: The Beauty of the Stained Glass Windows of Snellville UMC

10/20/2021
  Rev. Tracy Rollins Sever, Associate Pastor of Snellville UMC, is leading church members in a new prayer and study initiative called "Visio Divina: The Beauty of the Stained Glass Windows." We checked in with Tracy to find out more about this meaningful experience.  Q: Where did this idea originate? Tracy: I'll begin by saying painting and art is my passion, my heart song, my uninterrupted time with God, my moment to be still, and my moment to create. Art can be an encounter with God! Our ...



Bishop Advocates on Behalf of Families Impacted by Wellstar Insurance Impasse

10/15/2021
In a letter to the Senior Vice President of Wellstar, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson voiced her concerns regarding the contract negotiations that have left United Healthcare "Out of Network" for Wellstar's providers.  Read the letter Earlier this month Wespath shared with the North Georgia Conference that after multiple attempts at negotiation, United Healthcare has not been able to reach a contract agreement with Wellstar Health System. As a result, Wellstar’s hospitals and employed physicians are...



UMC Leaders Share Important Information for Churches Sponsoring Scout Troops

10/12/2021
United Methodist churches that have sponsored Boy Scout troops can expect to receive a “disclosure statement package” from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding its pending bankruptcy proceeding in the near future. The mailing seeks to summarize for chartered organizations how the BSA’s proposed plan of reorganization will affect those organizations’ legal rights with respect to Scouting-related sexual abuse claims to which they may potentially be connected.  The BSA is mailing the packets ...



ACE to Launch New Groups in 2022

10/7/2021
By Rev. Leigh Martin, Conference ACE2 Coordinator   The Academy for Clergy Excellence will be launching new ACE2 groups in 2022. ACE2 is an alternative continuing education program for clergy serving the North Georgia Annual Conference. Based on a peer-group model of 6-8 clergy persons, ACE2 gives clergy an avenue to connect with their clergy colleagues while pursuing an area of study they feel they need in order to be healthy and relevant to their congregations. Each ACE2 group designs their ...



Ministry Partner 'Vanco Faith' Offers Programs for Local Churches

10/7/2021
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Connectional and External Relations teams have announced that Vanco has renewed its ministry partnership with GCFA through 2024. Vanco Faith helps churches thrive by providing online giving tools, giving pages that use a church’s own photos and stories, a church engagement app to keep members connected, and a variety of giving options to encourage giving to church ministries. Vanco Faith offers services to help churches with plans that ...



Hope and Help: ERTs from North Georgia Serve in Louisiana

10/5/2021
Louisiana Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Bob Deich, at Golden Meadow UMC. Trained Early Response Teams from across the North Georgia Annual Conference deployed last week to Louisiana where they served alongside the Louisiana Annual Conference in response to Hurricane Ida damage.  With a goal to bring hope and help to our neighbors, they found the people of Louisiana themselves to be a beacon of hope. Team members represented Alpharetta UMC, Canton First UMC, Northbrook UMC, Midway ...



October is Clergy Appreciation Month

10/4/2021
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. It is a time to say “thank you” to the people who may be most visible as preachers and teachers, but who, in reality, are on-call 24/7 standing with congregants and others to offer spiritual and other support in times of confusion and transition, times of heart-wrenching sorrow, and times of overwhelming joy. They laugh, cry, and pray with those they shepherd and serve. 2020 and 2021 have been especially challenging years for clergy. The impacts of ...



Wellstar Hospitals Out of Network for United Healthcare

10/4/2021
Wespath has shared with the North Georgia Conference that after multiple attempts at negotiation, United Healthcare has not been able to reach a contract agreement with Wellstar Health System. As a result, Wellstar’s hospitals and employed physicians are now out of network for HealthFlex participants as of Oct. 3, 2021. Find linked a list of alternative hospitals in our area, which include Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Emory hospitals, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Northside hospitals, and...



Steve Napier Named Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia

9/30/2021
Leaders of Habitat for Humanity - North Central Georgia have named Rev. Steve Napier, a deacon in the North Georgia Conference, as executive director, effective immediately. Napier joins Habitat for Humanity from Action Ministries where he was vice president of finance and administration. Habitat for Humanity - North Central Georgia, which serves Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, and North Fulton counties, enables individuals to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. In this ...



Best Day Ever: East Cobb UMC Provides Books for First and Second Grade Students

9/29/2021
Thanks to the partnership between East Cobb UMC and Powers Ferry Elementary, every first and second grade student at the school recently had to chance to pick out six new books for their home library. We checked in with Rev. Kristin Heiden, pastor of East Cobb, to find out more!  Q: Tell us more about this project! How many kids (and books) were involved? Rev. Kristin Heiden: We entered into a Partner in Education relationship with Powers Ferry elementary school two years ago. We learned about...



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