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Thank You: Volunteers, Vendors, and Staff Put in Countless Hours to Host Virtual Annual Conference

9/8/2020
Thanks to all who were part of the production (onsite and remote) of the first Virtual North Georgia Annual Conference Session. Their faithful collaboration enabled approximately 1,800 members and guests of the Conference to participate in the session. Those who served onsite and remotely, many assisting with multiple tasks are: Our Team Resident Bishop: Sue Haupert-Johnson   Associate Secretaries: Joya Abrams, Dave Allen Grady, Chris Branscomb, Kathy Brockman, Lee Fullerton, Rachel Fullerton, ...



IRS Exemption Update: Group Ruling

9/1/2020
The legal team of The United Methodist Church's General Council on Finance and Administration shares the following information related to the UMC Group Ruling:   In May 2020, the IRS released proposed updates to the rules for group exemptions. These proposed updates would make several changes that could negatively impact our denomination’s group exemption, including: A requirement that all subordinate organizations adopt a “uniform governing instrument;” Specific definitions for the “general ...



Annual Conference Adopts New 8-District Structure

8/30/2020
Members of the 2020 North Georgia Conference adopted and put in place the final steps to implement a new 8-district structure for our Annual Conference.  The 8 new districts are more reflective of today’s North Georgia Conference and the communities we serve. The districts follow county lines and each contains a similar number of churches. Every new district includes some high-growth counties. Population, as well as population growth, is balanced between the districts. And 6 of the 8 districts ...



2020 Annual Conference Meets for First-Ever Virtual Session

8/28/2020
Photos: (Above) Bishop Sue presiding over the 2020 Annual Conference online. Photo courtesy of Rev. Dr. Joseph McBrayer. (At right) Conference Associate Secretary Rev. Joya Abrams takes minutes from home this morning. Photo courtesy of Nate Abrams.  On Saturday, August 29, nearly 2,000 North Georgia United Methodists gathered for a beloved time of conferencing in a new way. Meeting virtually from living rooms, kitchen tables, church offices, and beyond, members of the Conference adopted a ...



Check In: Murphy-Harpst Has Met the Challenges of 2020 Thanks to You

8/27/2020
Murphy-Harpst has been in the business of providing Georgia’s most vulnerable children with a safe, stable environment since 1924. Over the decades we have grown and changed to meet the needs of our kids, as well as to stay relevant to the changing times. Sound familiar? Our NGUMC churches have long histories of serving the needs of our communities and evolving over time. When we are unable or unwilling to adapt to changing circumstances we miss the mark on our core mission – to provide life and...



Every One Counts: Churches Can Help Communities Complete the Census

8/24/2020
The U.S. Census has been conducted every ten years since 1790. Every decade, communities work to account for every person so that they can prepare for the years to come. Our United Methodist connection can help by using our communication channels to be sure everyone knows that everyone counts. The 2020 Census is open through September 30, 2020. The Census is important because it determines how federal aid is distributed, how district lines are drawn for congressional representation, and helps ...



Young Adult Katelyn Dino Begins Global Missions Fellow Program

8/20/2020
Katelyn S. Dino, a young adult from Roswell UMC, has been accepted to the Global Mission Fellows Program for the US-2 Track. She has been assigned to serve in St. Petersburg, Florida, through Justice for our Neighbors.  The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new ...



How to Participate in Annual Conference 2020: Voice and Vote

8/19/2020
The North Georgia Conference will hold a virtual Annual Conference Session on Saturday, August 29. Gathering and log on will begin at 8:30 am. Session One is from 9:30 to 12:30 and Session Two is from 1:30 to 4:30.    The virtual session will utilize a trusted online meeting and voting platform that will allow members to securely participate using an internet-connected device. It is the same system used for the Virtual Clergy Executive Session in July. Your Conference Handbook includes a virtual...



Confident and Prepared: Three Steps for Annual Conference Prep

8/17/2020
As Annual Conference 2020 approaches there are a few ways members of the Annual Conference can prepare for the session. Here are three important steps to prep: #1 - Register. Register between now and August 25. Be sure you receive your confirmation email. (https://data.ngumc.org/registration/acstart.aspx) #2 - Read the Handbook. Be sure to read the North Georgia Conference Handbook. Start by reviewing the Table of Contents (immediately behind the cover page), the Agenda (page 7), and the ...



Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone Dies in Road Accident

8/16/2020
An active Bishop beloved across our denomination, Bishop Yambasu was known for his work for reconciliation and peace. Most recently, he brought together a diverse group of United Methodists who developed the "Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace" to put before the General Conference. Bishop Yambasu was a graduate of Candler School of Theology. By Maidstone Mulenga* Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area of The United Methodist Church, died in a road accident this ...



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