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Georgia Pastors' School Invites Clergy to Consider the 'Inside Out Church'

Bishop's Panel at Georgia Pastors' School with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Bishop Lawson Bryan. Moderated by Rev. Matt Nelson. (Photo courtesy of the South Georgia Annual Conference) By JESSICA BRADFORD For many years, hundreds of active and retired clergy have convened near the banks of historic Frederica River at Epworth By The Sea for the annual Georgia Pastors’ School. Pastors’ School provides inspiration, education, worship, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia ...

North Georgia United Methodists Support One Another Through Partnerships and Connections

Photo: St. Paul UMC sanctuary. by REBECCA WALLACE One of the great things about being United Methodist is the ability to share best practices and information throughout our connection. Many churches in the North Georgia Conference demonstrate "being a part of something bigger" at its best.   St. Paul UMC in Atlanta benefits greatly from such a relationship with Peachtree Road UMC, just a few miles north. For two decades, Peachtree Road has been sending a team of its members to St. Paul every ...

Roswell UMC to Host Job Fair with Veteran Focus

Roswell UMC's Job Networking and America’s Warrior Partnership are hosting a mini job fair with a veteran focus on Monday, May 22, at 6:45 p.m. Atlanta-based payment technology solutions company First Data will provide hundreds of open opportunities both in the Greater Atlanta area and outside our immediate geography in sales, IT, communications, operations and marketing at the job fair. First Data has a company initiative dedicated to seeking and employing veterans. As with all Roswell UMC's ...

Druid Hills UMC Closes a Chapter, Embraces What’s Ahead in Palm Sunday Service

Sunday worship at Druid Hills UMC began like most Palm Sundays, but it held a greater meaning for a church that would soon celebrate Easter Sunday as a brand new church, merging with Epworth UMC in Candler Park. In fact, the congregation will temporarily be called New Church. Palm Sunday represents a time when people made way for something new, unknown, and promising. As palm branches waved through the morning worship service, children sang and danced, there was no a feeling of sadness. The ...

Dances with the Stars: Clergy Edition Embraces the Unexpected

Tonya Murphy, Alice Rogers and Denise Wilson Take Home the Night's Top Prizes Editor's Note: We received an update March 18 on the People's Choice Award. "Because of the tremendous effort of the LaGrange District on behalf of Denise Wilson, we decided to audit the votes and have discovered that the difference between Denise Wilson and Alice Rogers was fewer than 50 votes.  Therefore we have decided that this year the People's Choice Award is a tie and Alice and Denise will share the award." By ...

Doing Worship Differently

By Ansley Brackin Whether they’ve rearranged their current space or found new places and methods of worship, several of our North Georgia United Methodist churches have decided to look at worship in a new light. Sugarloaf UMC Sugarloaf UMC is one of several North Georgia United Methodist churches that use environmental projections. These projections are interchangeable to best fit the service at hand, and are displayed across the sanctuary wall. The church’s pastor, Rev. Matthew Mitchell, has ...

United Methodist Churches Supporting Mental Health

Several of North Georgia United Methodist churches and ministries connect mental health to spiritual health and healing. Through grants, counseling groups, therapies, and so much more, they are working to provide places for fearless and open discussions on mental health and illness.   Oak Grove UMC Partners with Care and Counseling Center When Rev. Glenn Ethridge of Oak Grove UMC in Decatur was approached by a member eight years ago who wished to start a counseling center in the church, their ...

Riverdale UMC Members Share Their Stories

Riverdale UMC decided to look into its past in order to enhance their future. Congregants gathered at the church Saturday, January 9th for Getting to Know Your Neighbor, an event that invited members of multiple ethnicities and generations to come share their stories of how they came to Riverdale UMC and how they’ve seen it change. “Church is like a bank,” one story teller explained. “You have to put something in it in order to withdraw something from it.” Another speaker told of her struggle ...

Chickamauga Elementary Students Learn to ‘LOL’

Christmas stockings for kids in the LOL Club at Elizabeth Lee UMC.  By Shane Foley Chattanooga Times Free Press   Students in Chickamauga are learning a new meaning for LOL, courtesy of a new outreach ministry being organized by Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church. For the ministry volunteers and students, LOL has come to mean Love Out Loud. “When we were trying to come out with a name, we were thinking of an acronym that kids use a lot,” said coordinator Connie Capehart, who helps organize...

Church Markets Fund Local and Global Missions

By Anne Nelson   Annual Christmas Marketplace for Local Missions Every first Saturday in November for the past 26 years, Fayetteville First UMC has hosted an Annual Christmas Marketplace to benefit local missions.    Over the years the marketplace has evolved. Early on, the United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Circles would make handmade crafts to sell, more like a traditional church bazaar. Today, it’s a bustling local market. On behalf of the circles, Carol Key, a church and UMW member, coordinates...

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