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Being One With Each Other: Learning from Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

6/24/2019
By Sybil Davidson Rev. Dr. Gary Mason gave four rich and meaningful presentations to members of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference. Mason is a world-renowned and heavily consulted Methodist pastor. He directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict."   Mason shared his own story of having lived through violent conflict in his hometown of Belfast and his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.  He shared theological and biblical foundations ...



One With Each Other: 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/20/2019
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 11-14, 2019 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding The 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 11-14 at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. With a theme of "One With Each Other,” the Conference focused on the prayer from our United Methodist Communion liturgy, “May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided. Put on Love: Worship and ...



North Georgia Elects 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation

6/14/2019
The North Georgia Annual Conference has elected its Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the delegation in prayer and fasting on Thursdays from July 1 through the General Conference in May.  Clergy Members of the Delegation (General Conference) Byron Eric Thomas Philip Daniel Schroeder Patricia Alice Rogers Jasmine Rose Smothers Glenn Leland Ethridge Bernice Williams Kirkland Shannon Elizabeth Karafanda Elizabeth ...



The Lord is Lord of All: Service of Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensing

6/13/2019
Tonight we came together to praise God, to hear the holy word, and to seek for ourselves and others the power, presence, and direction of the Holy Spirit. We celebrated a sacred moment for 27 licensed local pastors, 18 provisional elders and deacons, two ordained deacons, and 16 ordained elders.  The magnificent Ben Hill UMC Choir set the tone for the service.  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers preached on Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, Corinthians 12:4-14, 26-34. She described the vast and ...



Laity Lunch Speaker Tom Jackson Has Strong Methodist Roots, Deep Faith, and Great Hope for the Future

6/12/2019
More than 600 laity gathered for the North Georgia Conference laity lunch on Wednesday, June 12. Speaker Dr. Tom Jackson, a long-time member of the Conference and an active member of Athens First UMC, spoke to the laity. Afterward many asked if he would share the text of his message and he agreed. His address is below: Address By Dr. Tom Jackson to the 2019 Laity Lunch   When Bill Martin extended his most gracious invitation to speak to you today, I was humbled, I was honored, and frankly, I ...



One With Each Others: North Georgia to Gather in Athens Next Week

6/6/2019
More than 2,000 North Georgia United Methodists and guests will arrive in Athens next week for the 2019 Annual Conference session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will preside over the four-day annual "family reunion" June 11-14. The focus will be on our theme, "One With Each Other." "I love to gather at Annual Conference to celebrate our common mission, share how we can better introduce folks to Jesus Christ, and energize our leadership to go home and serve sacrificially," said Bishop Sue. The ...



What to Expect: 5 New Things to Note About Annual Conference 2019

5/30/2019
There is rich tradition at the North Georgia Annual Conference, but with each session, there are also exciting updates and changes to look forward to as we gather for our United Methodist Family Reunion! Here are a few new things to expect at Annual Conference 2019:  1 - Serving Together Our related agencies are coming together to host an afternoon of fun, service, and barbecue on Tuesday! The event will immediately follow the close of the June 11 afternoon session of Annual Conference. Be sure...



Bishop Announces Annual Conference Special Offering for 2019: Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods

5/17/2019
RESOURCES: Download a 1-minute video, bulletin and website verbiage, slide presentation, bulletin inserts and more.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Pastoral Care Program of Wesley Woods as the recipient of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Special Offering.       Your giving to the conference-wide offering will make it possible for more than 1800 older adults across the Wesley Woods communities to continue their faith journey with the support of a team of loving, compassionate ...



Peacebuilding: Annual Conference to Welcome Teacher and Speaker Gary Mason

5/16/2019
Photo: Dr. Gary Mason speaks at the East Belfast Mission in Northern Ireland in 2008 at an event attended by Queen Elizabeth.  Dr. Gary Mason, a world-renowned and heavily consulted Methodist pastor, will be our guest speaker at the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference on the topic of peacebuilding and reconciliation. Mason directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." He spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast ...



Serving With Each Other: BBQ and Mission Project With Related Agencies

5/8/2019
Photo: Volunteers in action at an Action Ministries "We Serve" event in LaGrange! North Georgia Annual Conference related agencies are coming together to host an afternoon of fun, service, and barbecue! The event will immediately follow the close of the Tuesday, June 11, afternoon session of Annual Conference and all members are needed and encouraged to attend.  “Serving With Each Other,” will highlight our work together through our agencies and emphasize our conference theme. It will take ...



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