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Rev. Keith Lawder Named Next Georgia United Methodist Foundation President/CEO

11/19/2015
After faithfully serving as President/CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation for nearly five years, Rev. Charles (Chuck) W. Savage II has officially announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2016.   "GUMF's Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee Task Force as affirmed by the Executive Committee, unanimously elected Rev. Keith Lawder to succeed Rev. Chuck Savage during the November 4, 2015 meeting," said Zoe M. Hicks, Chairperson of GUMF's Board of ...



Rome Area Clergy Share Their Inspiring Adoption Stories

11/18/2015
Two United Methodist clergy families recently shared their adoption stories in videos for the Faith Coalition for Families, an organization based in Floyd County that supports families and the foster care community. The videos were produced by iSee Stories Productions. Revs. Anjie and Andy Woodworth and their three children shared how their family of three became a family of five. Anjie is associate pastor of Rome First UMC and Andy serves as associate pastor of Trinity UMC in Rome. Rev. Rich ...



Aldersgate / Collinswood Offering Funds Ministry to Persons with Special Needs

10/1/2015
The Annual Conference-wide Special Offering supporting Aldersgate Homes and Camp Collinswood is Sunday, October 25, 2015.             Aldersgate / Collinswood is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference advocating for the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aldersgate reaches out to those whose abilities do not include independence and self-sufficiency and their families. We work to serve this population through advocacy, education, inclusiveness and ...



Responding to Refugee Needs: In Europe and at Home

9/9/2015
Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for United Methodist News Service. Updated 9/12/2015 The General Board of Global Ministries has shared an update and information on the ways The United Methodist Church in Europe and at the international level is responding to the migration ...



Crime Victims Advocacy Council to Celebrate 25 Years of Ministry with Gala Dinner

7/30/2015
Crime Victims Advocacy Council (CVAC) will celebrate its 25th year in ministry with a dinner on Saturday, September 19, at North Druid Hills Country Club in Decatur. The event will highlight the faith-based nonprofit's efforts to help crime victims to heal. CVAC was founded by United Methodist clergy Rev. Bruce Cook, Rev. Melinda Jones and Rev. Frank Windom in 1989 and incorporated in 1990. Since then, the organization has provided support and advocacy for crime victims in metro Atlanta. ...

Murphy-Harpst Day of Giving is July 19

7/9/2015
Murphy-Harpst provides emotional, spiritual and physical safe haven to Georgia’s most viciously abused children. Offering round-the-clock therapeutic care, Murphy-Harpst enables children to heal and recover so that they can re-engage with society and lead productive lives. For nearly a century, Murphy-Harpst has successfully treated thousands of children by building the environment necessary to reverse the cycle of a lifetime of cruelty and neglect. A ministry of the United Methodist Church, ...



Simpson Estates Named at Wesley Mountain Village

6/25/2015
Wesley Woods Senior Living Board announces Simpson Estates at Wesley Mountain Village. This naming of the existing cottage development for seniors in Blairsville, Georgia was approved at the annual board of directors meeting in May.   “Simpson Estates connects Miss Ludie Simpson’s hope of providing retirement housing for seniors with the Wesley Woods Senior Living mission, ‘To enable people to age with grace,’” stated Kenneth Weber, President and CEO.   Simpson Estates is located on the campus ...



Donated for Ministry: Valuable, Meaningful, and Useful Items from Simpsonwood Retreat Center Find New Homes

5/15/2015
Note: Updated 7/14 to reflect the decision of the 2015 Annual Conference to allow Gwinnett County to keep the Simpson chapel in its current location. As the United Methodist Center offices prepare to relocate, many of the artifacts, furniture, and supplies from the Simpsonwood Retreat Center have already been moved off property and are being used in ministry settings around the North Georgia Conference. Soon after the close of the retreat center last year, a committee was established to plan ...

United Methodist Missionaries Receive Blessing for Service

5/15/2015
By Laura K. Wise Global Ministries This week, 13 people answered the called to serve as missionaries with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. Following three weeks of intensive training covering spiritual formation, cross-cultural awareness, team building, and conflict resolution, twelve of the thirteen new missionaries received a blessing as they prepared to live out their calling. Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., hosted the blessing service on ...



Mission u Offers Three Studies: Disabilities, Happiness, and the Caribbean, Central and South America

5/8/2015
What are the commonalities shared among our neighbors to the south in the Caribbean, Central and South America?  What is the responsibility and opportunity  of the church to people with disabilities?  What does it mean to be happy in the Lord? These questions will be explored at Mission u, the mission education event of the North Georgia Conference, which will be held July 17-18 at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.  For those who can come a day early, an optional, hands-on mission ...

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