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Episcopal Supervision Recommendations for SEJ Approved by Council of Bishops

5/17/2021
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.  The recommendations were made by the SEJ College of Bishops following consultation with the Jurisdictional and respective Annual Conference Committees on Episcopacy.  This follows decisions by Bishops Lawson Bryan (South Georgia Conference), Hope Morgan Ward (North Carolina Conference), Paul Leeland (Western ...



It Must be Pentecost

5/13/2021
By Rev. Greg Porterfield Pentecost came early for me this year. Twelve days to be exact. Like a lot of religious rites that are based on a calendar, it is the experience we crave. For me, it occurred in recovery at Emory University Hospital, following a five-hour induced slumber from which I was groggily awakening. My physician stood over me, his face still a blur, and said what every cancer patient longs to hear, “I got it all”.  Fumbling with my words, I tried to thank him, but what could I ...



Conference Board of Pension to Cover Church Portion of Healthflex Insurance Premiums for Three Months in 2021

5/6/2021
Beginning June 1, 2021, for a period of three months, (June, July, and August) the North Georgia Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits will fund the church portion of HealthFlex health insurance premiums from the CBOPHB "Current Benefits Reserve" fund.   "We recognize that many of our churches are continuing to adapt to new patterns of giving," said Charles Darden, chair of the Conference Board of Pension. "The Board of Pension is blessed to have adequate reserves that we can use to ...



Bishop Names Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Offering

4/29/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund as the 2021 Annual Conference Special Offering. The Ministerial Education Fund provides scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and license to preach school.  Aligning with the theme, "Love is Making Room," this fund helps pave the way for those called to serve as clergy. Together we can help minimize debt of North Georgia United Methodists beginning in ...



Loving Our Neighbor, Responding to Storms

4/29/2021
Photo by Larry Garrard. Members of Alpharetta First UMC's Early Response Team pray with a homeowner in Newnan.  By Sybil Davidson MAY 13 UPDATE Last month North Georgia United Methodists gave nearly $52,000 to Disaster Response efforts to support Newnan Area tornado recovery. This is in addition to dozens of trained UMCOR Early Response Teams who served over the past 6 weeks, and an emergency grant awarded from UMCOR just one day after the storm.  As the long-term recovery phase begins in ...



Outside the Walls: Churches Collaborate on Maundy Thursday Service

4/22/2021
On a cold Maundy Thursday night this year, two churches in Woodstock created an innovative way to both celebrate the day and demonstrate a conscious commitment to reaching out to the community. The Way UMC and Hillside UMC collaborated for an outdoor experience that included devotions, music, and communion throughout the downtown area and on The Way campus. Beginning at Latimer Hall in downtown Woodstock, participants were asked to scan a QR code on a sign at each station or read a printed ...



Bishop and Cabinet Announce 2021-2022 Appointment Changes

4/20/2021
70 Changes Announced on Appointment Sunday Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet have released the 2021-2022 appointment changes of full-time clergy. Information was shared on Sunday, April 18, 2021, which was Announcement Sunday in the nearly 800 churches of the conference.   Bishop Sue and the Cabinet projected 70 appointment changes in the region. The appointments are effective July 1, 2021. "The North Georgia Conference appreciates the graciousness of these 70 pastors as ...



Mathew Pinson Elected President/CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation

4/19/2021
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Mathew Pinson as the Foundation’s next president and CEO, effective July 1, 2021. Pinson will succeed Rev. Keith E. Lawder, who is retiring after serving as the Foundation’s president since 2016. GUMF Search Committee Chair Kathryn Dennis said of Pinson’s selection, “We selected Mathew after conducting an extensive nationwide search. He brings great talents and a strong vision to lead the Foundation in the ...



Tucker First UMC Grows a Mission Garden

4/14/2021
Tucker First United Methodist Church is thrilled to have created a new mission-oriented community container garden in Tucker and it is aptly named, “The Tucker Mission Garden.” All the vegetables grown in the garden will be donated to NETWorks Cooperative Ministries, a local Tucker food bank. The Tucker Mission Garden has three objectives: to provide fresh produce for hungry neighbors in the community, to educate on sustainability and supporting the local ecosystem, and to strengthen ...



Check In With Church Development

3/31/2021
Photo: Dinner Church is just one of the Fresh Expressions movements happening in our Conference. In the North Georgia Conference, our Center for Congregational Excellence works alongside the Board of Church Development, District leadership, and local churches to forge creative, sustainable, mission-fueled ministry across the communities in our Conference.  No one model works for every situation, so the team has studied and helped implement a variety of strategies with an eye for context and ...



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