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Financial Check In With Our Conference Treasurer

1/21/2022
As we begin a new year, especially a new year with ongoing challenges, it’s a good time to check in with North Georgia United Methodists on the financial wellbeing of our Conference. Listen in as Keith Cox, Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, joins Sybil Davidson, Conference Communicator, for a Q&A. Some of the resources lifted up include: 2021 Apportionment Giving  Message from Keith Cox Regarding Fund Balances The Annual Conference Journal The Finance and ...

Annual Conference 2022: Plans Underway for Members to Meet In Person

1/19/2022
Athens, Here We Come! The Annual Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that plans are underway to hold the 2022 North Georgia Annual Conference session in person June 2-4 at The Classic Center in Athens.   Thanks to vaccinations and available mitigation protocols, the Planning Committee and The Classic Center staff feel confident that an in-person gathering can occur in June of this year. In-person attendance will be limited to voting members of the 2022 Annual Conference. A live ...



Celebrating United Methodist Scholarship Recipients

1/13/2022
We celebrate that the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education Office of Loans and Scholarships awarded more than 2,100 students a total of $5 million in financial assistance for 2021! These future leaders range from first-year Freshmen to Doctorate level students across the denomination.   North Georgia United Methodists received $177,250 in GBHEM scholarships this school year. See the names and churches of North Georgia Conference GBHEM scholarship recipients this year who have ...



Final Round of Tech Grants Awarded to 36 North Georgia Conference Churches

1/5/2022
By Rev. Jessica Blackwood Thanks to innovative thinking, creativity, collaboration, and hard work, our world has continued to hear and experience the love of God through in-person and digital experiences in the North Georgia Conference!  In support of this good work, the Board of Congregational Development and Center For Congregational Excellence awarded 36 tech grants to qualifying applicants this September. This was our third, and final, round of technology grants. This round of grants was ...



Harmony Grove UMC Opens a Little Free Pantry for its Community

1/5/2022
By Becky Nicovich In October 2021, a Little Free Pantry was installed on the campus of Harmony Grove UMC in Lilburn. For those unfamiliar with the Little Free Pantry concept, it is based on the Little Free Library® model, except the box is stocked with food and hygiene items instead of books. And though the box "lives" on the church campus, it belongs to the community. Anyone is welcome to take items from the box and anyone is welcome to place items in the box. The box is accessible 24/7. There...



Message from Keith Cox Regarding Conference Fund Balances

1/4/2022
I have received several emails from folks pointing toward individuals' social media posts relating to North Georgia Conference "reserves" (fund balances) and wondering if the posts are accurate in their assertions. It is important for North Georgia United Methodists to know that ALL of our salient financial information is posted publicly. It is in the pre-Annual Conference Handbook, Journal, website, and beyond. Further, the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA), the Conference Board of ...



New Grant Process Announced by BEAT

1/4/2022
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, At the close of 2021, the Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team spent time reflecting on processes and adjustments that were both needed and beneficial to continue doing the excellent missional work the Barnes Fund allows.  The following are newly announced CHANGES to 2022 BEAT grant investments:  1) In 2021, applications were accepted every month. In 2022, the Barnes Fund is adjusting to THREE grant application windows. Deadlines for each window are ...



Values at the Table: Common Table Meets to Begin Planning

1/4/2022
Updated January 12, 2022 By Blair Boyd Zant, Brian Tillman, and Hal Jones On Saturday, December 11, members of your Common Table committee (the 50 laity and clergy listed below) met at Dunwoody UMC for the first of a series of three planning meetings. (See photos from the day) NGUMC Standing Rules outline the responsibility of your Common Table: “There shall be a Conference Common Table with responsibility to focus and guide the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church within the ...



Epworth By The Sea Reopening January 2022

12/30/2021
The last two years have been like no other in the history of Epworth By The Sea. Located on the banks of the Frederica River, Epworth is a hospitality ministry owned by the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church that hosts conferences, retreats, and vacations.  But for the past 15 months, Epworth's staff have provided a home away from home for salvage workers removing the capsized Golden Ray car-carrier ship just off St. Simons Island. The workers were from all over the world. ...



Message from Bishop and Cabinet Regarding Omicron Variant

12/30/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Appointive Cabinet are grateful for you and it is their deepest desire that you live healthy in the New Year and beyond. It is out of this desire for your well-being and in light of the Omicron variant that the Bishop and Cabinet share the following message encouraging you to exercise an abundance of caution and exercise practices that take into consideration the common good. Dear North Georgia United Methodists, In light of the very contagious Omicrom ...



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