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Cabinet Spends Day Serving at Conference Disaster Response Warehouse

11/1/2018
By SYBIL DAVIDSON With thousands of neighbors across the southeast recovering from fall hurricanes, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet set a day aside to serve at the Conference Disaster Response Warehouse at Impact UMC. (See photos from the work day here.) The warehouse facility is used for receiving UMCOR Relief Kits, verifying the contents of the completed kits, then shipping them to where they are most needed when they are needed. Impact offers the space to...



Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Bishop's Appeal for South Georgia Hurricane Recovery

10/22/2018
"I rejoice that the people of North Georgia are so generous and so willing and able to help in any kind of catastrophe."  —Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson​   As we partner with our neighbors in South Georgia recovering from Hurricane Michael, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson encourages North Georgia Conference churches to collect a special offering. Watch Video Message from Bishop Sue. North Georgia Conference Fund #3743 has been established specifically for our support of the South Georgia Conference ...



South Georgia Update: Extensive Hurricane Damage

10/18/2018
Photo: Mount Pisgah UMC ERT Team member at work in South Georgia. (sgaumc.org) The Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s wrath in our state as the storm slammed into the area October 11 as a Category 3 hurricane. Michael brought 115 mph winds and downed trees and power lines. Homes, churches, and businesses were damaged and destroyed. Cotton, peanut, and pecan crops, which were not yet fully harvested, were decimated. But through it all, many...



Thank You: Serving Our Neighbors After Historic Hurricanes

10/17/2018
Photo: A note of thanks on a napkin arrived in place of the bill after dinner for an ERT team from Mount Pisgah UMC serving in New Bern, NC. North Georgia Conference Early Response Teams (ERTs) were among the first on the ground in North Carolina and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence. They have already begun working side by side with neighbors in Southwest Georgia. And they are standing by to serve along the Florida Panhandle when they are needed. Thanks to our connectional system, ...



Our Prayers are With All in the Path of Hurricane Michael

10/10/2018
Hurricane Michael is most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. There is devastation across parts of the Florida panhandle and Southwest Georgia. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, North Georgia United Methodists are encouraged to pray, give generously, assemble Cleaning Buckets, and begin planning mission trips.  Our Response Our best first responses are prayer and giving. Mark gifts for NGUMC Fund #4390 for US Disaster Response. The Conference is also ...



Conference Collecting UMCOR Cleaning Buckets

10/9/2018
(Johns Creek UMC members assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Photo: Ansley Brackin) Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, there is a need for UMCOR Relief Supplies. The North Georgia Conference is collecting assembled Cleaning Buckets. Find instructions at www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. Completed buckets may be delivered to the Conference Disaster Response ...



Give, Train, Go! North Georgia Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/4/2018
Updated Oct 5 North Georgia United Methodists have a three part response plan as we respond to our neighbors who suffered damage from Hurricane Florence: Give, Train, Go. ERT Teams Needed The North Carolina and South Carolina Conferences have issued an invitation for ERT from North Georgia to help respond to hurricane damage. Only the ERT Team Leader should call or email the North or South Carolina Conferences as they will be the only point of contact. To Respond in North Carolina ...



Fund Number Set for Hurricane Florence Response

9/12/2018
As Hurricane Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas, the North Georgia Conference stands ready to help.  The Conference has set Fund Number 9431 for Hurricane Florence Relief. Any North Georgia United Methodist can give directly to their church, designating their gift for Fund #9431 or Hurricane Florence Relief. Churches should send gifts to the North Georgia Conference, indicating the above fund number. If your church or church property is damaged, make two phone calls: Church Trustees ...



Send Me! Where to Help After Completing UMCOR ERT Training

3/7/2018
Hundreds of North Georgia United Methodists have gotten certified as UMCOR Emergency Response Team members this winter. For those with new ERT badges and others who'd like to serve their neighbors, there is great need. We checked in with Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator to find out "what next"? While there's not any early stage response, there are plenty of opportunities to help others, to get experience as a team, and to help with later stage Disaster Response. ...



More Than Building Homes: Update from Our Partners in Lumberton, NC

2/20/2018
(Photo collage courtesy of Wesley UMC, Augusta)  We checked in with our partners in Lumberton, NC, where work is still underway from Hurricane Matthew. Since late 2016 a number of North Georgia Conference teams, including Conference staff, cabinet members, and Bishop Sue, have traveled to this community that greatly needs our help. "Wesley UMC from Augusta is here again being led by team leader Dan Armstrong," said Ann Wade, site manager for the North Carolina Conference in Lumberton. "They ...



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