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HealthFlex Participants: Blueprint for Wellness is Coming to AC2015

5/28/2015
Earn $100 HealthCase and Up to 120 Wellness Points This year's Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be available to HealthFlex participants and spouses. As an incentive, $100 HealthCash as well as Wellness Points will be offered.   The screening can be taken at no cost between April 1 and July 31 at a local Quest Diagnostics, but will be offered on-site at 2015 Annual Conference in Athens.  Registration is strongly recommended for the on-site event as walk-in availability is very limited. ...

International Mission Teams: Research Participants Needed for Global Health Study

5/11/2015
Will you be part of a mission team this year? Emory University's Global Health Department Needs Research Participants The research team within the Global Health Department at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health are conducting a research study for international travelers, 18 years and older, who are traveling by plane or boat (cruise). The results of this study will be used to develop vaccine recommendations for international travelers.  The research team is working to recruit 538 ...

Annual Conference 5K to Benefit Imagine No Malaria

3/16/2015
The 9th Annual North Georgia Conference 5K Walk/Run in Historic Downtown Athens will benefit Imagine No Malaria. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, on Washington Street near the Classic Center. It follows a route through downtown Athens and along the river, ending behind the Classic Center warehouses off Foundry Street. Online registration is currently open and will be open through June 14. This year's race is being coordinated by Run For God. Run for God is an organization ...



Preparations Underway for Annual Conference 2015

2/19/2015
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.  Preparation for the Conference is well underway. Those planning meals or utilizing display tables, may submit request forms found at ...



Committee to Begin Preservation Efforts of Valuable and Meaningful Items at Simpsonwood

10/29/2014
The Conference Board of Trustees and Simpsonwood Board of Directors have named a four-person committee of Lowell Kirkman, JM Rawlinson, Sid Linton and John Lawrence to plan for the preservation of valuable and meaningful artifacts on the Simpsonwood property. This committee will soon begin taking an inventory of items on the property. If there is an item or artifact that was given in honor of you or a loved one, or in memory of a loved one, and you would like to provide input on how the item is...

Called Annual Conference Session Empowers Board of Trustees to Act

10/25/2014
In a called session of the Annual Conference, clergy and lay members representing the 930 United Methodist churches of the North Georgia Conference voted to empower the Board of Trustees to continue to act on behalf of the Conference to complete the sale of the Simpsonwood property. Approximately 1,400 people were in attendance.   Members also voted to approve a motion involving moving the offices of the Conference and a motion to preserve the Simpson Chapel and stone chimney that are on ...



Simpsonwood Board Sets Closing Date for Retreat Center

10/3/2014
The Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center Board of Directors has announced that November 30, 2014, will be the last day of operation for the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, ending more than 40 years as a retreat ministry of the North Georgia Annual Conference. The closure was approved at the June 2014 Annual Conference session. As of December 1, only Gibson Lodge (the United Methodist Center) and the chapel will remain open; all other buildings will be closed and secured. A ...

FAQ: October 25 Session of the North Georgia Annual Conference

9/25/2014
Below are answers to questions about the special called session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. Read the announcement of the called session on the Conference News page. When and where is the called session? Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The session will be held in the Grand Hall, lower level. Where is registration? What are the hours? Registration will be on site at the Classic Center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Laity will register in ...

Notice of Called Session of Annual Conference

9/16/2014
Bishop B. Michael Watson announces today that he is calling a special Annual Conference session at 10 a.m, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The purpose of the session will be to receive a report from the Conference Board of Trustees regarding offers for the Simpsonwood property. Members who must attend are defined in 2012 Book of Discipline paragraph 602 (clergy) and 602.5 (lay). Members should expect to hear and act on a motion for a closed session of Annual ...

7 Ways to Engage Kids in Worship

7/14/2014
Incorporating child-focused worship practices can help build a solid foundation for the faith formation of your youngest congregants.   By Rachel Reiff Ellis Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (Mk 10:14b NRSV) But when it comes to the children among us, churches can—and should—do more than just get out of the way.   Delia Halverson, internationally known author and Christian educator, has spent over 25...



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