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Why Does Community Engagement Matter? Check Out This Video from the Lewis Center

8/28/2014
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary recently released “Why Community Engagement Matters,” a free five-minute video hosted by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.   “The most vital congregations always do two things: connect people with God and connect with their communities,” said Weems, director of the Lewis Center, Learn about the later as he provides an overview of the importance of community engagement to your church. The video and links to related resources, most of them ...



RRISA and RFS Merge to form 'New American Pathways'

8/21/2014
New American Pathways, a merger of RRISA (Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta) and RFS (Refugee Family Services), will help refugees from the moment of their arrival in Georgia through their journey to citizenship.  The North Georgia Conference, along with many individual UMCs, has long had a relationship with RRISA. New American Pathways will continue to be a partner with the Conference Resettlement Committee and work with United Methodist churches. New American Pathways ...



UM Connectional Credit Union Introduces Mobile Check Depositing Service

8/12/2014
A number of United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union members have been patiently asking for it, and now UMC FCU is excited to announce that the wait is over! The credit union has partnered with Sprig by CO-OP, a smartphone, tablet and web app that will allow members to make check deposits using the camera on their mobile device. In addition, they can check account balances, transfer between accounts (including accounts from other Sprig participating credit unions), pay loans from one...



Candler School of Theology receives grant to explore changes in theological education

7/11/2014
By GBHEM                  Emory University's Candler School of Theology has received a $460,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to lead a study of the purposes of theological education in a time of significant change. "Theological Education Between the Times: Consultations on the Meanings and Purposes of Theological Education" will convene diverse groups of theological educators to reflect on the nature of theological education. Ted A. Smith, associate professor of preaching and ethics at Candler, ...



Wesley Walk for Others: Raising Money for YOUR Ministry

7/9/2014
By Ansley Brackin  Communication Specialist for The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church Wesley Walk for Others has gained popularity over its 31 years of walking around Stone Mountain for Wesley Community Centers. Though the establishment has closed its doors, the walk will live on to raise money for several ministries. The Wesley Walk for Others was the creation of deaconess, Doris Alexander, the “face of Wesley Community Centers”. Even ten years after the Peachtree Road ...

UMCH CEO named to Governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council

4/4/2014
North Georgia's United Methodist Children's Home CEO, Bob Bruder-Mattson, has been named by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Child Welfare Reform Council. Bruder-Mattson will serve alongside other advocates and leaders to improve the state's child welfare system and better protect Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens.   “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on this Council and I look forward to what we will accomplish for the benefit of our children, youth and families throughout Georgia," ...



UM Connectional Federal Credit Union Teams Up With Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

4/3/2014
United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union is partnering with Action Ministries to ERASE HUNGER This Summer. In response to the theme, Earn. Save. Give., credit union members and other giving Georgians will have the opportunity to sponsor lunches with the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program. "This is about collaborative efforts," said Keith Pritchard of the UMCFCU. "We thank God that Action Ministries is one of the resources we can use to help others." In 2013, Smart Lunch, Smart Kid ...

'Ministry Protection Memos' Are Valuable Resource

3/6/2014
United Methodist Insurance provides articles, checklists, sample forms, and more, to assist churches with risk management programs. At their website, find Ministry Protection Memos (MPMs) designed to help your congregation manage risk, make better decisions, and fulfill your stewardship obligations. Topics include playground safety, food safety, pastors' handing of discretionary funds, protecting church contributions, securing your facilities, preventing lightening strikes and many more.  Find...



Head of World Methodist Evangelism to Retire After 25 Years of Service

2/10/2014
The Rev. Dr. H. Eddie Fox, World Director of World Methodist Evangelism, has decided to retire after having served in the position for 25 years. He began serving as World Director on January 1, 1989, following the service of Dr. Alan Walker of Australia, who was the first person to serve in this global Methodist/Wesleyan evangelism ministry. Dr. Fox made his intention known during a recent meeting of the officers of World Methodist Evangelism in Nashville, Tenn. Bishop B. Michael Watson, on ...



Murphy Harpst Fundraiser: Cheeseburger Bobby's Will Donate 50 Percent of Sales on Nov. 6

10/24/2013
Murphy Harpst Children’s Centers, an agency of the United Methodist Church, invites you to a delicious fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 6. All Cheeseburger Bobby’s locations will donate 50% of sales for the entire day to help the severely abused and neglected children receiving care and treatment by Murphy Harpst. "I hope that you will take advantage of this exceptionally generous giving opportunity for children at Murphy Harpst!," said Emily Saltino, Vice President of Development.  Restaurant...

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