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Day Two Annual Conference Update: Church Has Broken Out

6/15/2017
Photos Talented photographers are capturing Annual Conference. See photos from each day. Pre-Conference Photos  Session One Session Two  All Photos  The morning began early for members of the North Georgia Conference. The Annual Conference 5K run/walk was sponsored by the Conference Council on Youth Ministries. Proceeds raised will to to the Youth Service Fund. A fund raised by youth, administered by youth, to support youth ministries. Two powerful worship services anchored the day. Members ...



Day One Annual Conference Update: Go to the Font

6/14/2017
The Hicks family surrounds baby Rowan Atticus Hicks as he is baptized by his grandmother Rev. Nanci Hicks and Bishop Sue. In the church there is no "them." There is only "us." —Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Go to the Font: Annual Conference Opens With Worship The 2017 North Georgia Annual Conference embraced its theme from the beginning, "Show Your Work: Excellent Worship That Inspires Action." The spirit moved in a powerful opening worship service planned by Rev. Sonny Sellers of Griffin First ...



Welcome to Athens: Annual Conference Update for Monday June 12

6/12/2017
Young Adults kick off Conference with their annual gathering! Photo by Rev. Dr. Joseph McBrayer. Thousands of North Georgia United Methodists and guests began gathering in Athens today for the 2017 Annual Conference session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, our Conference's first female bishop, will preside over the three-day annual meeting June 13-15.This year we will focus on excellent worship that inspires action.  The sessions will be anchored by four worship experiences, each led by talented ...



Trustees Answer Questions About Property Management Proposal

6/5/2017
Annual Conference members who attended their District Pre-Conference Briefing learned about the property management proposal from the Conference Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees and Conference Treasurer have answered questions about how the proposed conference-wide property management structure will work in a Q&A on the conference website.  Questions answered include why the change is being proposed and how funds from property sales will be managed.  Read the Q&A and view at PDF of ...

Annual Conference Worship Visuals Set to Inspire Action

5/30/2017
By Ansley Brackin Communications Clergy and laity may find themselves singing “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as they walk into the Classic Center for Annual Conference this year. The visuals for the annual meeting in Athens will consist of fonts, worship banners, and prayer stations, reflecting the 2017 theme of “worship that inspires action.” Annual Conference 2017, presided by Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, invites clergy and laity to “show their work” when it comes to excellent worship. ...



A New Tradition: All Clergy to Participate in 2017 Ordination Service

5/19/2017
UPDATE: Registration for the clergy processional is now closed. A new tradition will begin at Annual Conference 2017. This spring, Bishop Sue, the Cabinet, and the Board of Ordained Ministry invited all clergy, including local pastors, to register to participate in the Service of Ordination and Commissioning at Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 14, at 7:30 pm in the Classic Center Theater.  (Note that registration is now closed.) Participation will involve forming a processional to accompany...



Emory University's Dr. Deb McFarland to be Laity Dinner Speaker

5/16/2017
Dr. Deb McFarland of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and a member of Glenn Memorial UMC, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference Laity Dinner on Wednesday, June 14, in the Athena Ballrooms of The Classic Center.    "Dr. McFarland will focus on the value of public health projects by organizations like The United Methodist Church such as clean water, Imagine No Malaria, Abundant Health, and other public health initiatives," said Conference Lay Leader Bill ...



What's New at Annual Conference 2017?

5/12/2017
Pictured: Rev. Cyndi McDonald and Rev. Pam McCurdy of the Visuals Team display an altar frontal for the Service of Ordination. It is handmade from t-shirts sent in by those being ordained and Christmas cards. The piece celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   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...



Cokesbury Unveils New Ministry Resource Center at Annual Conferences

5/11/2017
Cokesbury announced today that it is bringing a new consultative retail experience to Annual Conferences this year with the new Cokesbury Ministry Resource Center. Focused on equipping leaders to build disciples, the Ministry Resource Center will offer the opportunity for more personalized consultations with church leaders in order to match products with their specific ministry needs. Features of the Ministry Resource Center include: Showcases highlighting new and classic resources ranging ...

Get in on the Action: 5K to Benefit Youth Service Fund

5/8/2017
With a theme of "Show Your Work: Worship that Inspires Action," there's no better time to get in on the "Action" than the 11th Annual North Georgia Conference 5K Walk/Run in historic downtown Athens! The event will benefit youth mission and service opportunities in the churches of our conference through the Youth Service Fund. For decades, the Conference Council on Youth Ministries has raised funds to help support unique ideas that place emphasis on ministry with and for young people in local ...



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