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International Guests: Bala Granapragasam and Sergei Nikolaev Spend Time in North Georgia

3/7/2019
This week North Georgia United Methodists have a chance to spend time with fellow Methodists from around the world.  Sergei Nikolaev (right), president of the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow, Russia, will be preaching at Sardis UMC in Atlanta on March 17. Following the service, Nikolaev will answer questions about the United Methodist Church and the challenges it faces in Russia. All are welcome. In a separate visit this week, Bala Granapragasam, Vice President of the British Methodist ...



Kindling the Fire: New Date and Location for Beloved Sermon Planning Retreat

3/7/2019
Kindling the Fire, March 18-20, North Georgia Conference Center: Note CHANGE IN LOCATION and DATE Kindling the Fire is a worship and sermon planning retreat for pastors and preachers/teachers. It immerses participants in scripture, exposes worship planners to creative, new ideas, allows those who lead worship to experience it anew, and sends participants home with months-worth of customized worship and sermon plans for their context. In order to maximize your time, experience, and take-home ...



Meet Sam Bradford: “Just a Guy Who Tried a Thing…”

3/7/2019
By REBECCA WALLACE One would think that if you go through 12 months of practicing spiritual disciplines – even just one month – you would feel an impact on your spiritual growth. But Sam Bradford said he really had no idea how transformational the exercise would be on his life. A member of Christ UMC in Roswell, Sam spent 2018 following a book called The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. Sam didn’t know it at the time, but it happens to be a book that NGUMC clergy use during the ...



Invitation from Bishop Sue: Hymn to Pray this Lent

3/6/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all to begin Lent by praying this Marty Haugen hymn with her, and to pray it daily during Lent. All Are Welcome Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place. Let us build a house where ...



LaGrange College Campaign Surpasses $50 Million Goal

2/28/2019
Pouncer joins a group of students to announce the total amount raised during LaGrange College’s celebration of its “From Promise to Prominence” comprehensive fundraising campaign.   Friends and supporters of LaGrange College gathered last week to celebrate the successful conclusion of the “From Promise to Prominence” comprehensive fundraising campaign. College President Dan McAlexander delighted the crowd when he announced that not only did the campaign reach its goal of $50 million, it ...



Special General Conference Adjourns With Uncertainty

2/26/2019
"Gracious God we are your children standing in need of your wisdom and of a vision larger than ourselves. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us." - Bishop Sue praying at the Special General Conference As United Methodists leave St. Louis and the 2019 Special General Conference, there is much we don't know. After a day of debate and discussion, the majority voted in favor of the Traditional Plan (438 to 384) in today's plenary session. However, a portion of the plan is known to be unconstitutional. The ...



In Legislative Committee, Majority Vote to Advance Only Traditional Plan and Disaffiliation Plans

2/25/2019
Photo: Rev. Joe Harris, Chair (Mike Dubose, UMNS)  On Day 2 of the Special General Conference, the 864-member body met as a legislative committee. Rev. Joe Harris of the Oklahoma Conference served as chair. All 76 petitions were before the legislative committed to determine which petitions will be voted on by the conference in plenary session tomorrow. Today the body only sent forward the Traditional Plan with amendments and two plans that allow churches, with some limitations, to leave the ...



Space for Prayer at General Conference

2/25/2019
The United Methodist Church believes prayer changes things. Soon after the Special Session of General Conference was scheduled in 2016, a Praying Our Way Forward initiative began. Here in St. Louis a large prayer space has been set aside for delegates and guests.  Areas of the prayer space are dedicated to specific prayer practices. Images of stained-glass windows from United Methodist churches in the Missouri Conference hang throughout the space. A quiet prayer room, a labrynth, and a wall for...



Delegates Worship, Hear Way Forward Report, Begin Legislative Session

2/24/2019
Just as North Georgia United Methodists began gathering for worship this morning, General Conference convened for its first official day of the 2019 Special Session with worship.  Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, preached.  Acknowledging that all gathered brought enough luggage for a few days and some measure of anxiety, he lifted the assurance that so many are praying for this body around the world.  Bishop Carter preached that "God is able." Paraphrasing John Wesley ...



General Conference Begins with Prayer and Fasting

2/23/2019
Today marked the beginning of a significant time in the life of The United Methodist Church. Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates, bishops, media and observers gathered in St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center for a Day of Prayer and Preparation. The day was organized by the Praying Our Way Forward team, led by Bishop Deborah Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn. The Praying Our Way Forward effort began in 2016 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrapped up in the West Angola Episcopal ...



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