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Resilient Church Academy Returns: Skills and Strategies to Move Your Church Forward

7/2/2020
Four of the 12 tracks offered by Resilient Church Academy Resilient Church Academy from Fresh Expressions is launching a new session starting the first week of August. The 12 in-depth tracks offer skills and strategies for church leaders navigating the constraints and opportunities of today. Author and scholar N.T. Wright will lead a 3-day Master Class, taking a deep-dive into 2 Corinthians. As a partner with Fresh Expressions US, North Georgia United Methodists may use discount code NGAUMC25 ...



Roswell UMC: Spreading God’s Love to Our Community with our Church Neighbors

7/2/2020
Like all Children’s Ministries in North Georgia in April, we were in a panic over what to do with VBS. The Children’s Team at Roswell United Methodist Church knew traditional VBS was off the table with the shear amount of kids that we have each year. Enter, our friend, Rev. Jessica Asbell, the Children’s Minister at First Baptist Roswell at the opposite end of our street, Mimosa Blvd. Jessica presented a crazy ambitious plan to us and Roswell Presbyterian Church (also on the Mimosa Blvd) to work...



Prayer Vigil: North Georgia UMs Joined in Prayer from June 30 to July 1

6/30/2020
As we transitioned to a new appointment year this week, North Georgia United Methodists covered the conference in prayer. From noon, June 30, to noon, July 1, 150 volunteers prayed in 30-minute increments for our communities, our churches, our denomination, and our world. Find the prayer guide below and watch video resources at https://vimeo.com/showcase/7307245 (more videos coming soon!) Prayer Guide Here are a number of prompts & prayers to assist you as you spend time praying for the Church. ...



UMVIM Jurisdictional Offices Partner to Create a Joint Website

6/25/2020
The five jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) offices are entering a new phase of collaboration with a new website. The website address, www.umvim.org, will include resources from all five jurisdictions in one place. Some of those resources will be consistent across the jurisdictions and some will be specific for each. For many years, each jurisdictional UMVIM office operated separately, featuring its own website and information. This new website will ease the process for ...



United Methodists Unveil 'Dismantling Racism' Initiative

6/25/2020
5 Billboards Placed in North Georgia United Methodist Church leaders have launched a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.  The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. The church-wide effort ...



Never Like This Before: Reflecting on Communion

6/24/2020
By Rev. Greg Porterfield We celebrated the sacrament. For that is what we good Methodists do when the first Sunday of the month rolls around. Never like this before. I speak not of “drive-in” worship, though that is true. I cannot recall a time quite like this. Pandemic, endemic racism, civil unrest, economic Armageddon. On top of all that denominational infighting and dysfunction. Our unseemly grab for ecclesiastical power has rendered our voices if not mute than moot when they have been ...

HealthFlex Participants: Blueprint for Wellness Update

6/18/2020
Because Annual Conference is meeting virtually this year, there will not be an on-site event for Blueprint for Wellness. However, there are several options for completing the Blueprint for Wellness biometric screening prior to September 30, 2020. For HealtFlex participants and spouses, log in to HealthFlex/WebMD for information or to schedule a screening during the screening window (January – September). From there click on the “Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness” or call 1-855-623-9355. ...



Wesley Woods Towers Residents are on a Mask-Making Mission

6/18/2020
By Susan Amick Wesley Woods Towers Senior Living Community in Atlanta is full of activity these days. Even though every resident continues to shelter in place and physical distancing is necessary, residents here are on a mission. They have been making cotton face masks since April 6, and at last count have completed nearly 2,000 masks! The project began when I arrived on a Monday morning with just a few masks in hand, and Administrator, Ross Daniel, asked if it would be possible to bring her ...



One Worship: Conference-Wide Online Worship Service and Resource

6/16/2020
At our best, we United Methodists are One Church in limitless expressions, locations, and mission fields. And in this incredibly difficult season, we are all learning to lean more heavily on the leading of the Holy Spirit. We thank you, God, for the gift of your Spirit, especially during such a time as this.  On Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. worship leaders, prayer warriors, pastors, and church members are invited to join in worship—One Worship.  One Worship is a streamed 45-minute service meant...



Statement on Racism from the Conference Latino Committee

6/16/2020
In the times in which John Wesley lived, white supremacy was taken for granted as the standard on which society is based.  Wesley, however, did not agree. In his 1778 pamphlet, Thoughts Upon Slavery, he concludes “Long and serious reflections upon the nature and consequences of slavery have convinced me, that it is a violation both of justice and religion; that it is dangerous to the safety of the community in which it prevails… Freedom is unquestionably the birthright of all mankind (sic.)...”...

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