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Church Tailgates with Community

8/31/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Monticello First UMC hosted their annual Tailgate Service on Sunday, August 16, to kick off the school year for young local athletes and coaches. The evening service included two special guests with roots in the neighboring town of Jackson, Senator Burt Jones and former University of Georgia football player Paul Holmes. Holmes had a brief football career with the Dallas Cowboys after graduating UGA, then moved to Monticello where has involved himself...



Youth Ministers to Gather for Planning and Fellowship

7/15/2015
All youth ministers and youth directors are invited to the Youth Ministers' Fall Tune-Up at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center on Thursday, October 29. "We're a unique bunch, we youth ministers, and it's good for us to connect around food, laughter, stories, questions, dreams, worship, and even some planning and training," said Sam Halverson, associate director of Connectional Ministries.  Youth ministers are invited to arrive Wednesday evening and spend one night at Glisson or arrive Thursday ...

Murphy-Harpst Day of Giving is July 19

7/9/2015
Murphy-Harpst provides emotional, spiritual and physical safe haven to Georgia’s most viciously abused children. Offering round-the-clock therapeutic care, Murphy-Harpst enables children to heal and recover so that they can re-engage with society and lead productive lives. For nearly a century, Murphy-Harpst has successfully treated thousands of children by building the environment necessary to reverse the cycle of a lifetime of cruelty and neglect. A ministry of the United Methodist Church, ...



Young People Invited to Submit Ideas for Youth and Young Adult Addresses to General Conference

7/7/2015
United Methodist youth and young people are invited to share their best personal stories, visions and innovations for the church, and two people will be selected to express their thoughts in person at the 2016 General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking body. The messages from youth and young people about the church's impact on their lives and their vision for the future can be either in the form of written text or 1-2-minute video presentations.  Download guidelines and details at htt...

Conference Launches New Website for Anyone Exploring a Call to Ministry

7/6/2015
Even as a young girl, Mercy Lineberry was drawn to the Word of God. “I’ve always been interested in the Bible and scripture and studying,” says Lineberry. “Very early on, around 14 or 15 years old, I was studying a text in my dad’s concordance, and I got really excited about it. I thought, ‘I feel like I need to share this. I feel like I have some insight.’ My parents and I had a great discussion about what the text was saying and how God was speaking through it, and I thought, ‘I think this ...



Training Offered for Youth Worship Teams

5/21/2015
Would your youth worship team benefit from an all-day workshop where top worship musicians and leaders can help your youth worship team become more effective in their ministry? The North Georgia Conference is offering a workshop August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Roswell UMC for your youth ministry worship teams (that's a band of musicians, a tech crew, worship planners, directors - whomever you have involved in leading youth worship) to gain insight and instruction around their calling to...

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid to Kick Off Summer Lunch Program June 3

5/14/2015
Smart Lunch, Smart Kid will return to North Georgia on June 3! This summer thousands of volunteers will donate their time and money to make and deliver lunches to local children in need. The program is an excellent and meaningful way for volunteers to invest in the lives of families in their own communities. Whether your group, congregation or family can help weekly or just a few times this summer, there is a place for you!   Area coordinators have been announced. Churches and individuals can ...



An open letter to Georgia’s faith communities during National Foster Care Month

5/7/2015
Bob Bruder-Mattson, president and CEO of The United Methodist Children’s Home, wrote the following open letter to faith communities during National Foster Care Month. Find more on National Foster Care Month at www.umchildrenshome.org/foster-care-month/. Right now, in your community, there are children who need your help. Georgia has more than 10,000 youth in its child welfare system and the number continues to grow. The shortage of foster homes results in children being separated from siblings ...



North Georgia United Methodists are Serving Children in Poverty

4/16/2015
Connecting with Local Schools Francella Perryman, Director of Local Outreach at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, was invited last spring to the Fulton County Schools Faith Summit where she was a panelist discussing the importance of faith institutions supporting schools in their community. "Mount Pisgah strives to be a launching pad to service and is focused on spreading the good news to 'Love God, Love People,'" said Perryman. "To partner with our local elementary school was a natural choice."...

Harlem UMC is Growing Little Missionaries

4/13/2015
Catawba Indian Reservation was recently visited by 12 children, ages 5-10 years old, from Harlem UMC. April 8th-9th the little missionaries picked up trash along the Catawba River walking trails, painted pallets for hanging tomato plants, picked up sticks in the picnic areas, raked leaves, and pulled weeds in the community gardens. Afterwards, the children were eager to learn more about the Catawba Indians from Chief Bill Harris. They also enjoyed Native American animal stories told by ...



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