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Action Ministries to Soon Merge with Hope Atlanta to Launch New Non-Profit

1/25/2021
Action Ministries, Inc. will turn the page to a new chapter in its history on February 26. The organization will dissolve and become a part of Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta (known as Hope Atlanta), another non-profit dedicated to fighting homelessness and food insecurity.  The North Georgia Conference has been in ministry with and through Action Ministries for more than 50 years, seeing many changes across the decades. This most recent change is perhaps the most substantive as Action ...

Leaning Into the Connection: Strong Apportionment Giving in 2020

1/21/2021
In a year when many churches only met in-person for a few months and all congregations adapted how they worship, how they connect, and how they meet the needs in their communities, our shared ministry remained a priority. At the close of 2020, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 90 percent of our apportionment budget.   Early in the pandemic, our Annual Conference adopted the motto to "lean into the connection." Our Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits offered a 3-month ...



SBA Launches Second Round of PPP Loans

1/15/2021
The North Georgia Conference encourages churches to explore and consider pursuing funding through the PPP Loan. Find helpful communications on the topic below.   PPP Loan Extension: Summary FAQs from Wespath and GCFA The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) signed into law December 27, 2020 extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with additional funding and some refinements to further help small businesses, including tax-exempt organizations. [The PPP lending program was initially...



Beloved Community: Saint James UMC to Host 3-Day MLK Celebration and Call to Unity

1/14/2021
As we embark upon celebrating one of our nation’s most inspiring figures we ask: amidst the racial unrest, pandemic, and political divisiveness, how do we find hope? Saint James UMC Alpharetta invites you to join them in seeking the answer. This year, Saint James will celebrate MLK, Jr Day through a multi-day virtual experience beginning Sunday, January 17. The theme for the St. James's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service centers around the question: Where Do We Go from Here? The ...



Message from Bishop Sue: Let's Find Our Plumb Lines

1/11/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, in an online meeting with the Conference Extended Cabinet, shares a prophetic and pastoral message inviting North Georgia United Methodists to recommit to prayer and spiritual disciplines and to hold up our plumb lines as we discern truth from falsehood, good from evil. Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/499308684.

Kingswood, Dunwoody UMCs Partner with Churches Across Faiths in Message of Unity

1/8/2021
Collectively saddened by the events that unfolded in our Nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, Kingswood UMC in Dunwoody and Dunwoody UMC partnered with faith leaders in their community to create a Message of Unity. The video message can be found at ​https://youtu.be/w5HqR7mDMMU.  ​“The sadness I felt on Wednesday was equal to sadness I experienced as a boy when President Kennedy, his brother Robert, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. It is the same depth of sadness as 9-11,” ...



Add Online Worship to Your Church's Information at NGUMC.org

1/6/2021
The start of the new year is a good time to make sure your church's information is correct in the "Church Search" at ngumc.org. (Find it at the top of the North Georgia Conference website by clicking "Churches" or going to https://www.ngumc.org/churches.) In 2021, your church has the added opportunity to include links to your online worship services! The Church Search is one of the most visited pages on the Conference website.  To add an online worship link and change or correct information ...



Hal Jones: Let's Connect to Address Food Insecurity Crisis

1/6/2021
Does Your Congregation Have a Food Ministry? Is Your Congregation Willing to Partner in Food Ministry? North Georgia Conference Laity and Clergy, While it is clear that the food insecurities suffered by many members of the communities we serve have been a severe and ongoing struggle for many, many years, we know this struggle, and this need, has been greatly magnified as a result of the COVID pandemic.   Many of you and your churches are currently involved in various and very meaningful food ...



At the Table in Prayer: Bishop Sue to Host Weekly Conversation on the Covenant Prayer

12/31/2020
Join us at 6:30 pm Mondays on Facebook Wesley's Covenant Prayer played an important role in Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's call to ministry and it continues to be a daily inspiration and guide to her. The prayer, an anchor of our United Methodist tradition, calls us to a missional life centered on Christ.    Beginning January 4, Bishop Sue will host weekly candid conversations with United Methodists across our conference and connection about the Covenant Prayer. Join us live on Monday nights at ...



Tech Grants 2.0: 32 Churches Named Technology Grant Recipients

12/31/2020
Pictured: A video still from online worship with Newnan Chapel UMC in the SouthWest District. By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Just before Christmas, Rev. Joseph McBrayer posted a video to social media. Upon first glance, it appeared to be a standard worship promo from the church he serves, Oak Grove UMC in Atlanta. At second glance, it seemed more like an outtake, a blooper video, in which he kept adjusting and readjusting the camera. Then the subtitles popped up. He wasn’t speaking. Rather, the words...



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