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HealthFlex Participants: Blueprint for Wellness Time

5/8/2017
Now is the time for HealthFlex participants to complete their Blueprint for Wellness diagnostic screening. Schedule an appointment at a Quest Diagnostic facility between April 1 and July 31 or register for an on-site appointment during Annual Conference in Athens June 13-15.  By taking part in the Blueprint for Wellness, clergy and staff learn about their health, earn $100 PulseCash, and up to 120 Wellness Points (depending on your screening results) on your path to 150 Points (and $150 more in...



Bishop to Nominate Next Conference Chancellor

4/19/2017
In June, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will nominate Jim Thornton as our next North Georgia Conference chancellor. Thornton is an attorney in LaGrange and a life-long member of LaGrange First UMC. He serves as the part-time mayor of LaGrange and has practiced law there for 20 years. He’s a graduate of United Methodist-related LaGrange College and Emory University Law School and also serves as attorney for LaGrange College. While he is active in his home church, Thornton has also served in ...



Show Your Work: Bishop Names 2017 Annual Conference Special Offering

3/8/2017
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Ministerial Education Fund as the 2017 Annual Conference Special Offering. The Ministerial Education Fund has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church. Chances are seminary students from your congregation or the pastor of your church was a recipient of MEF. It is nurtured and funded by United Methodists to provide scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and ...



Rev. Sharma Lewis Elected Bishop in The United Methodist Church

7/13/2016
Rev. Sharma Lewis hears that she has been elected bishop. Photo by Matt Brodie / SCUMC By Sybil Davidson In an historic election, the Rev. Sharma Lewis of the North Georgia Annual Conference has been elected bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. She was elected on the first ballot at the jurisdiction’s quadrennial meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C.  Rev. Lewis is the first African-American woman elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.    "I was called ...



SEJ Conference Meets July 13-15 at Lake Junaluska

6/30/2016
Lake Junaluska cross after sunset. Photo by Ansley Brackin. With the primary task of electing and assigning bishops, the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will meet July 13-15 in Lake Junaluska, NC. The 2016 Conference theme is Hope and Unity in Christ, based on Hebrews 6:18-19a. The five jurisdictional conferences of the UMC meet once every four years to cover business related to their regional jurisdictions in the United States. Equal numbers of laity and clergy, elected by each ...



Bound for Greater Things: North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/14/2016
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 7-9, 2016 Bishop B. Michael Watson, presiding   I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. — John 14:12-14 (CEB)   The 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 7-9...



North Georgia Annual Conference Affirms Rev. Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

6/8/2016
Rev. Sharma Lewis endorsed as episcopal nominee by the North Georgia Annual Conference   With a "Glory Hallelujah" the Annual Conference endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as the North Georgia Conference episcopal nominee. The vote of affirmation followed a motion made by Mathew Pinson, Delegation Chair, on Tuesday, June 7, during the first session of the 2016 gathering. Bishop Watson led the conference in prayer for Rev. Lewis. The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation unanimously...



Reminder: Celebration, Special Gift, and Memories for the Watsons

5/5/2016
There will be a celebration of the ministry of Bishop B. Michael Watson and Mrs. Margaret Watson on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at The Classic Center in Athens. See a letter to North Georgia clergy and laity regarding the celebration below: Dear Laity and Clergy of the North Georgia Conference:   A Reminder   We wanted to take one additional opportunity to remind you the Wednesday, June 8 evening session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will be a service of celebration honoring the ...

Banner Year for North Georgia Conference Clergy Retirees

4/14/2016
The Annual Conference theme "Bound for Greater Things" will have a special meaning for as many as 38 North Georgia Conference clergy who have announced that they will retire in June. This is a large number for the Conference. Among those retiring are Rev. Mike Selleck, long-time director of Connectional Ministries, and Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendent Jim Lowry.  "This is a trend we will continue to see," said Rev. Jane Brooks, director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the ...

4 Things Every Church Can Learn from a 150 Year Old Church

4/11/2016
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Churches that survive and thrive for 150 years or more are by no means formulaic in their approach to ministry, but they do share a common trait: staying power. What are the lessons to be learned from these long-standing congregations? Four NGUMC pastors weigh in on what has buoyed their churches through the test of time.   1. Church is a family, not a business   Rev. Emily Case serves Eliam UMC in Elberton, Georgia, a congregation approaching its 200th year. Case says one...



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