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Sam Matthews and Elaine Wilder to preach on Day 1

7/31/2013
Senior and associate pastors of Marietta First United Methodist Church The Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews, senior minister, and the Rev. Elaine Wilder, associate minister of Marietta First UMC are the featured speakers Sept. 1 and 8 respectively on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. Matthews has served as senior minister of Marietta First for 10 years. A native Georgian, he is a graduate of Piedmont College in Demorest, ...

Bagging a World Record, Feeding Hungry Kids

7/2/2013
North Georgia United Methodists joined with corporate volunteers, Wesley Foundations, community members, public officials and others to pack more than 18,500 sandwiches in five cities on Saturday, June 29 -- all in support of Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.   The effort — in partnership with United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church and Action Ministries — aimed to bag a Guinness World Record and feed some hungry kids. All five locations appear to have bested the record for making the most ...

Social Media Broadens Conversation at #ngac13

6/14/2013
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram figured heavily into the conversation at North Georgia Annual Conference this week. Using hashtag #ngac13, members and guests debated, joked and shared information over the web. Bishop Mike Watson even inspired a hashtag of his own when he asked delegates to be thoughtful in their online posts. "Tweet Sweet," he said. Moments later #TweetSweet was adopted by the Twitter crowd! A highlight on Instagram was one pastor's log of all the babies she encountered in ...

UMR Communications, publisher of the North Georgia Advocate, to close May 31

5/16/2013
UMR Communications and the United Methodist Reporter have announced that they will cease operations due to financial pressures on May 31, ending a tradition of Methodist news coverage that began in 1847. UMR Communications (UMRC) publishes the North Georgia Advocate.   Staff of the North Georgia Conference learned of the closure today via email and the UMR Communications website.    In 2009 the North Georgia Conference formed a partnership with UMRC in which UMRC assumed the administrative ...

The United Methodist Church Places Ads in Boston Newspapers Wednesday

4/16/2013
As investigators search for answers, the people of The United Methodist Church offer prayer, comfort and resources for healing in the aftermath of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. “United Methodists from all over the world mourn with those who are mourning,” said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council of Bishops and bishop of the Germany Episcopal Area. “May God comfort and guide all who are troubled; and may United Methodists in Boston, in the U.S. and all over the world, ...

The Bible: As Seen on TV

3/7/2013
David Crumm, former religion editor for the Detroit Free Press and son of a United Methodist pastor in the Detroit Conference, is the co-founder of "Read the Spirit," an online spirituality magazine. The magazine's lead story this week is, "Everybody's Buzzing 'bout the Bible." David says this new 10-hour miniseries that launched on the History Channel March 3 is, "great for individual viewing and small-group discussion—if we watch with a bit of skepticism." He goes on to make available a ...

E-store offers United Methodist resources

2/27/2013
United Methodist Communications has launched a completely re-designed denominational e-store at shop.umc.org. The new store provides a one-stop shop for a variety of denominational resources, including local leadership products, resources and promotional materials -- including new product offerings. Members and leaders at all levels of The United Methodist Church can find a variety of multimedia resources, discounted technology products, worship and giving resources, publications, program ...

Decatur/Atlanta Cokesbury store announces closing date

1/8/2013
The Atlanta/Decatur Cokesbury Store has announced a close date of March 2, 2013. Cokesbury Christian Resources will continue to be available through the web at Cokesbury.com and by phone at 800-672-1789. Two Cokesbury Sales Representatives will soon be hired for the Metro Atlanta market. In anticipation of the close, the store is offering 30 percent off inventory. Hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. (Note: The sale applies to in-stock items only and ...

Final 'Cokesbury Christmas' at Stores, but Annual Conference Presence to Continue

12/6/2012
As Cokesbury stores celebrate their final "Cokesbury Christmas," we are happy to confirm that Cokesbury’s in-person presence will continue at North Georgia Annual Conference, as well as all of the Annual Conference sessions in the United States.  "Cokesbury has many ways to serve customers – a Toll-free Call Center, Cokesbury.com and sales reps serving 45 markets across the country, but we consider our attendance at Annual Conference the high point of our year," said Jeffrey Barnes, Executive ...

Reclaim Christmas features music download

12/6/2012
Reclaim Christmas: simplify the season and get a free song download from Rethink Church Free download of Joey + Rory’s “Away in a Manger” for RethinkChurch.org visitors This year, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $525 billion on Christmas presents. United Methodist Communications invites everyone to Rethink Church and Reclaim Christmas by simplifying the season and spending time helping others, instead of spending money. “Our hope is that we can all experience ...

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