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Welcome to M-LAB: An Innovation Collaborative for United Methodists

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson   Clergy from across several Annual Conferences are being steeped in a new way of thinking and deepening connections thanks to a three-day immersive event called M-LAB.   UMC M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together outwardly-focused United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church.   A collaborative effort of the North Georgia, Florida, and Nashville Episcopal areas, this experience focuses on design ...



Give, Train, Go! North Georgia Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/4/2018
Updated Oct 5 North Georgia United Methodists have a three part response plan as we respond to our neighbors who suffered damage from Hurricane Florence: Give, Train, Go. ERT Teams Needed The North Carolina and South Carolina Conferences have issued an invitation for ERT from North Georgia to help respond to hurricane damage. Only the ERT Team Leader should call or email the North or South Carolina Conferences as they will be the only point of contact. To Respond in North Carolina ...



United Methodist Campus Ministry: A Different Story About Young People Today

10/4/2018
by REBECCA WALLACE   Rev. Blair Tolbert says she starts many sermons with, “I have a different story to tell you about young people today.” As Dean of Chapel and Campus Ministry at United Methodist-related Young Harris College, she says she has seen an overwhelming increase of students wanting to be connected, in one way or another, to religion.   Serving 1,100 students as well as faculty and staff, Blair engages young people from a variety of denominations and other religions as well. Among the...



Philippines Trip Scheduled for February

10/1/2018
Plans are underway for a team from the North Georgia Conference to visit The Philippines February 3-11, 2019, and you are invited to take part. The Conference has secured 12 Delta seats at a cost of $1556 per person. The total cost of the trip has not yet been fixed, but we estimate it will be approximately $2200-2500.  To secure a spot please send $800/ person, plus full passport name, number and expiration date, gender, and birthdate to the conference office by October 19. An early email ...

Meet The Staff: Catching Up With Rev. Blair Zant

9/28/2018
Rev. Blair Zant serves the Center for Congregational Excellence team as Associate Director. We caught up with her to hear what’s inspiring her and where you might see her next. Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl? Blair: Night Owl. With a kiddo who must catch the bus at 7:10 a.m. So we shall see how long I can sustain this lifestyle. Q: What is at the top of your bucket list? Blair: Voice a Disney character. Q: If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be and why? Blair:...



Food and Faith – A Long, Delicious United Methodist Tradition

9/27/2018
By RACHEL QUARTARONE   Church and food – it’s a relationship made in heaven. Whether it’s coffee and donuts in Sunday School or elaborate potlucks with all the fixings, it seems like there’s always something to eat or some discussion about what any given group will be eating. And it makes sense when you think about it. Holy Communion – the breaking of bread together – is an essential part of our United Methodist faith tradition. Food unites us, heals us, and sustains us. Churches today continue ...



ACE2 Launches Clergy Peer Groups

9/26/2018
By REV. LEIGH MARTIN This summer ACE2 rallied more than 90 clergy in the North Georgia Annual Conference into 13 peer learning groups.   The Academy of Clergy Excellence, known as ACE Squared, is an alternate continuing education program for clergy.  Each group comprises of six to eight clergy who commit to a two-year covenantal learning process. After its announcement in late spring, interest in ACE2 far exceeded expectation. When asked why this program generated such enthusiasm, ...



Beyond the Diagnosis: Conversations at Mt. Zion UMC

9/20/2018
By JESSICA BRADFORD On September 12, during National Suicide Prevention Week, the Stephen Ministers at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Marietta held an open panel discussion about mental health issues facing children and teens. The church partnered with three specialists from Parkaire Consultants, Inc. and held the event in their sanctuary. Parkaire Consultants, Inc. provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults needing therapeutic ...



More Than Football: Reinhard Student, Lewis Memorial Member Has Strong Faith

9/20/2018
By JESSICA BRADFORD For Gray Nichols, football has taught him more than play calls and drills. He tries to live his Christian faith through school, football, and everyday interactions. This year he has grown in his faith and become more than a football player. Nichols is a member of Lewis Memorial UMC in Evans, a small town outside of Augusta. He graduated from Evans High School and now attends United Methodist-related Reinhardt University in Waleska. He says growing up in church teaches you the...



Powder Springs First UMC Celebrates 180 Years

9/20/2018
Powder Springs First United Methodist Church celebrated 180 years of ministry on Sunday, September 16. As the city of Powder Springs began in 1838, so too did a small group of settlers decide a Methodist Church was needed. From the very first worship service the people of Powder Springs First UMC have strived to serve their community. More than 10,000 worship services have been conducted during this time and thousands of people have been impacted by the ministry of this congregation. Bishop ...



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