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Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: Alan OW Barnes

6/11/2015
We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. First up, bassist Alan OW Barnes. Alan is a musician and sequential artist from Damascus, Virginia who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Kim and their daughter Keira. His diverse background in both visual and audio storytelling gives him a unique perspective on media creation which has led to a wide array of projects and clients. A ...



Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: Chuck Bell

6/11/2015
We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Meet Chuck Bell - Music Director for this year's Annual Conference - He will also be lending his skills on piano/keys/vocals/accordion/recorder/acoustic guitar and anything else that he might be able to fashion into an instrument. Chuck Bell has served in Methodist churches full-time as a Music Director and Worship Designer since 1996, but has also served in ...



Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: George Sandler

6/11/2015
We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Meet our drummer/percussionist/loop programmer George Sandler. George Sandler started playing drums at age 4 and performed his first professional gig at 13. He has worked all over the world with countless musicians and organizations, including Sunday Drive, Derek St. Holmes, Tom Grose & The Varsity, Lou’s Blues Revue, The Wilson Braswell Band, Amy Taylor and ...



Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: Keren Morales

6/11/2015
We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Meet vocalist Keren H. Morales. She will also be lending her skills on acoustic guitar. "I am nineteen years old and currently a student at Reinhardt University. I'm the oldest of three and a Pastor's daughter. I was born in Venezuela and lived there until my dad accepted God's calling to serve in Atlanta, Georgia. I've been living in the U.S. for about ten ...



Meet the Annual Conference Musicians: Sandra Kirton

6/11/2015
We want to introduce the musicians that will be assisting with the 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Meet our organist Sandra Kirton. She will also be filling in as a keyboardist and vocalist. Sandra Goins Kirton currently serves as the Director of Worship and Arts at North Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA where she coordinates the musical program of the church and directs the Chancel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Contemporary Ensemble, and Handbell ...



North Georgia United Methodists Athens-Bound for Annual Conference 2015

6/11/2015
United Methodists from across the North Georgia Conference will converge in Athens June 16-19 at The Classic Center for the 2015 Annual Conference Session.  With a theme of "We Are God's People Connected: A Focus on Global Health," worship and reports will celebrate what can be accomplished because of the connected nature of our United Methodist Church.  The week's agenda, meal schedule, and important information for delegates is found in the Annual Conference handbook. The handbook will be ...



Perspectives: An Annual Conference Election Year Primer

6/9/2015
Note: For details on electronic voting, eligibility, guidelines, candidate lists and more, visit www.ngumc.org/electionsAC2015. By Rev. Mike Selleck As we approach Annual Conference and the elections that take place every four years (a quadrennium), it may be helpful to review a few approaches to the voting process. First timers may feel like many Americans when they see their first Cricket game, baffled about what is going on, and perhaps a good bit of wondering about why.   What follows is ...



5 Ways to Prepare for Annual Conference 2015 (Whether You'll Be There or Not)

6/6/2015
With just one week until Annual Conference 2015, there are several things you should do to prepare (whether you will be in Athens or are following from home)! 1. Read your Handbook You'll find the agenda, maps, parking pass, information for conference members, and reports in the handbook. Take the time to read it - cover to cover - to prepare. Annual Conference members should have received their handbook at their District Pre-Conference Briefing, but it can also be downloaded as a PDF at ...



'We Are God's People': Introducing the Hymn

6/2/2015
We Are God's people, the chosen of the lord / Born of the spirit, established by the Word / Our cornerstone is Christ alone / and strong in Christ we stand. / Oh, let us live transparently, / Walk heart to heart and hand in hand. The words of "We Are God's People," a hymn from The Faith We Sing hymnal (2220), embody the theme of the North Georgia Annual Conference, and this hymn will be sung throughout the week as United Methodists from our Conference and beyond gather in Athens June 16-19. In...

General, Jurisdictional Conference Delegations to be Elected During Annual Conference 2015

5/28/2015
Members of the North Georgia Conference will elect delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the upcoming Annual Conference Session, June 16-19 at the Classic Center in Athens.  General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for possible revisions. General Conference is the policy setting body of The United Methodist Church. The 2016 General ...



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