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Work Teams Needed for North Georgia's #SheetrockArmy

12/5/2019
Your church is invited to send a team to join the North Georgia Conference #SheetrockArmy to provide help and hope to neighbors across the southeast. There is an overwhelming need for Disaster Response teams and we in North Georgia are perfectly positioned to help. We were among the first to get there after hurricanes struck and we've promised to be among the last to leave. Here are some of the nearby needs and how a team from your church can connect and serve: Alabama-West Florida Conference  ...



Hurricane Recovery: North Georgia UMs Have Strong Ties to The Bahamas

9/12/2019
September 1, the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island experienced “unprecedented devastation" as a category 5 hurricane stalled over the northern islands of the Bahamas. But even before Hurricane Dorian had run its course, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) was connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.  The North Georgia Annual Conference has strong ties to our neighbors in the Bahamas, and many churches have already begun collecting special offerings to ...



Responding to Hurricane Dorian

9/5/2019
Updated September 10 As rescue and recovery efforts begin following Hurricane Dorian, our prayers are with all impacted by the storm and with our neighbors in the Bahamas. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) has awarded a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Bishop Theophilus Rolle, president of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands Conference of the Methodist Church, said that the hurricane's force has ...



North Georgia Responds to March Tornadoes

3/19/2019
There was heartbreaking news of devastation after severe storms and tornadoes swept through Alabama and into parts of Georgia on March 3. "I am praying for the families of those who lost their lives in Alabama, and for these dealing with wreckage in Alabama and South Georgia," said Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson. "Prayers also for the first responders and those helping directly, including Rev. Robin Wilson, pastor at First UMC, Opelika, Rev. Jeff Wilson, Opelika District Superintendent, and North ...



Must Read: International Mission Trip Tips

1/14/2019
North Georgia Conference churches send youth, adult, and intergenerational teams on international mission trips every year. The good work of the teams (and within the teams) is multiplied when our United Methodist best practices are in place. Adequate insurance, following Safe Sanctuaries policies, and taking other planning and protection into account mean that best-case scenarios are even better and worst-case scenarios aren't a crisis. United Methodist Volunteers in Mission is our partner in...



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 ...



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