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Trustees Seek to Allocate Park Eye Fund to Better Serve Patients in Need

3/28/2019
The Louise D. Park Eye Fund of the North Georgia Conference was established for “the treatment of patients who are in definite need of financial assistance in order to secure the indicated treatment of disorders of the eye or eyes which would result in blindness if such treatment were not otherwise available.”  After many years, the Conference Board of Trustees recognizes that neither churches, clergy, or the North Georgia Conference are utilizing the fund in a significant and meaningful way. ...



Capacity Crowds Attend General Conference Information Sessions

3/27/2019
Well over 1,200 laity and clergy from across the North Georgia Conference attended District Gatherings for information on the 2019 Special General Conference this month. The regional gatherings were held at Cascade UMC Atlanta, Hamilton Mill UMC Dacula, Greensboro UMC, and Kennesaw UMC. Each session included prayer, song, and Holy Communion.  In a video message, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson reminded attendees that the church exists to be the body of Christ in the world. She called on the North ...



Appeals Court Rules Clergy Housing Allowances Do Not Violate US Constitution

3/21/2019
On March 18, 2019 Wespath announced that the Appeals Court has ruled clergy housing allowances do not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has again knocked down a legal challenge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) as it ruled for the second time on March 15 that tax-free housing allowances for pastors do not violate the U.S. Constitution. In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that ...



North Georgia Responds to March Tornadoes

3/19/2019
There was heartbreaking news of devastation after severe storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama and into parts of Georgia on March 3. "I am praying for the families of those who lost their lives in Alabama, and for these dealing with wreckage in Alabama and South Georgia," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Prayers also for the first responders and those helping directly, including Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor at First UMC, Opelika, Rev. Jeff Wilson, Opelika District Superintendent, and North ...



Phishing Scam Targets NGUMC Clergy

3/19/2019
Many North Georgia Conference clergy received a fraudulent email that appears to be from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson asking for help and to reply to the email. This is not a legitimate email. Please do not reply.  Note that f you receive a questionable email, rather than reply, email bishop@ngumc.org or check with the Conference Communications Office in a new email to check the legitimacy. Refrain from forwarding the email to others.  In this case, mark the email as spam or phishing and delete...

Bishop Announces Appointment of Porterfield to Conference Cabinet

3/17/2019
In a creative new appointment, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has announced that Rev. Greg Porterfield will join the Conference Cabinet as District Superintendent/Presiding Elder of the Augusta District in June 2019. Porterfield will remain senior pastor of Wesley UMC in Evans where he has served since 2004. He will also act in the superintendent role as missional strategist. The Cabinet will appoint a full-time elder to work out of the District Office as a missions specialist to aid Porterfield in...



ACE^2 Challenges Clergy to Bond, Learn, and Dream

3/14/2019
By REV. LEIGH MARTIN   "Bond, learn, and dream" was the mandate given to the participants of North Georgia’s Academy of Clergy Excellence, otherwise known as ACE2.  Thirteen groups, representing more than 80 clergy in the North Georgia Conference, will rally for two years around an essential question as the launch pad for their learning adventures. After an intensive orientation and planning retreat at Callaway Gardens in September 2018, ACE2 groups are embarking on their learning adventures ...



In Mission Together: Nigeria Ministry Partners Meet to Celebrate, Learn

3/14/2019
By Kathryn Witte Global Ministries In Mission Together Coordinator-Nigeria   Recently United Methodists from Southern Nigeria and partners from across the US, including several North Georgia laity and clergy, gathered for a mini In Mission Together summit.    “In Mission Together” is an initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries to help ministry partners be in closer, more satisfactory, and effective partnerships.  At the event, Global Ministries' Director of Connectional Engagement, ...



Well-Rooted and Firmly Planted, United Methodist Children's Home Announces New Name

3/13/2019
As the United Methodist Children's Home looks toward the future, they have announced a new name that reflects both the tremendous growth and unlimited potential of this ministry, while preserving the deep foundations in The United Methodist Church. We’re excited to share the following message from The Rev. Hal Jones, as he explains this new direction.   From Rev. Hal Jones Like all organizations that have navigated more than a century of change, your United Methodist Children’s Home has long ...



Summary of Actions: Special General Conference

3/11/2019
The 2019 Special General Conference met February 24-26 in St Louis. Below is a brief summary of the actions taken:  Two Wespath petitions passed. They addressed the payment of pension liabilities for churches choosing to exit the denomination and the conversion of exiting clergy pension accounts to a “defined contribution” plan, which eliminates any future pension liability for the affected annual conference.  The Traditional Plan passed except for the main petition. This means that current ...

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