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Pokemon Go and Your Church: Evangelism and Hospitality Opportunities Are All Around

7/19/2016
The game Pokemon Go is a phenomenon like we've never before seen! People of all ages are taking to their communities to play by “catching” Pokemon on their smartphones. Most local churches are part of the game as “PokeStops” or “Gyms” (or both), in other words, a destination for players. The assignment of “PokeStops” is made by the game maker, rather than the church or business, but there are ways local churches can take advantage of the opportunity to meet the neighbors. The game is played ...



Become a 'Church of Excellence in Outreach'

6/15/2016
At the 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference, Church of Excellence in Outreach awards were presented to: Cornerstone UMC, LaGrange District Douglasville First UMC, Rome-Carrollton District East Cobb UMC, Atlanta-Marietta District Kelley Chapel UMC, Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District Hoosier Memorial UMC, Atlanta-College Park District North Decatur UMC, Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District Northside UMC, Atlanta-College Park District Oak Grove UMC, Atlanta-Emory District University Heights UMC, ...

Surreal: Bridges Trip to Moscow in a Word

4/28/2016
By Rev. Jim Higgins Surreal. I am once again standing in Red Square looking over at the Kremlin. Ahead of me are the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral. Again, surreal. I am a child of the Cold War. At Winston Churchill Elementary School we used to "duck and cover" during drills. Because desks are such a defensive help during nuclear attacks. On Thursday afternoons in the summer we would run out of our house into the field beyond our backyards as the Nike missiles left their subterranean ...



Thanks to Your Giving: Strengthening Ministry in Latino and Korean Communities in our Conference

3/17/2016
By Sybil Davidson Twenty-five years ago The United Methodist Church created the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. The vision was for all cultures to hear the liberating acts of God, celebrate in their own languages and minister to the needs of others.   Supported by apportionments through the World Service Funds, our diverse North Georgia population has benefited from giving across the denomination.   The Mi Familia Center in Canton was started nearly 10 years ago by the ...

Dances with the Stars: Clergy Edition Embraces the Unexpected

3/14/2016
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 ...



Toward Tomorrow: The General Board of Global Ministries Breaks Ground in Atlanta

1/21/2016
Bishop Mike Watson welcomes Global Ministries to Georgia at the organization's ground breaking ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Grace UMC) By Anne Nelson   “It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center, but God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7, The Message   The North and South Georgia Conferences of The United Methodist Church, the City of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Gammon Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, and many, many ...



Chickamauga Elementary Students Learn to ‘LOL’

12/31/2015
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...



North Georgia Team Helps as Flood Recovery Continues in South Carolina

12/31/2015
Team leader Rev. Michael Dunar helping with Flood recovery at Canaan UMC. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference. By Matt Brodie South Carolina Conference It’s been more than three months since the congregation at Canaan United Methodist Church, Ridgeville, felt the devastating effects of the historic flooding in South Carolina. But even though the floodwaters have long since receded, the aftermath is still strongly felt. The congregation has been unable to worship at Canaan since the ...



Watkinsville First UMC Holds 'Worship Through Service' Sunday

12/31/2015
Watkinsville FIrst UMC spent the last Sunday in 2015 holding a special service -- "Worship Through Service" to be exact. Instead of their usual 11 a.m. worship service, they used the time to assemble 200 UMCOR Health Kits. This was the conclusion of a season of giving for the Athens-Elberton District church. "On Christmas Eve they literally donated The Coats Off Our Backs at the altar and we collected 178 coats," said church pastor Rev. Teresa Angle-Young. "We are giving the coats to ACTS and ...



Global Ministries Receives $500,000 Grant from the Pitts Foundation in Georgia

12/18/2015
(Global Ministries) The William I.H. and Lula E. Pitts Foundation awarded Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church a $500,000 grant in support of Global Ministries’ establishment of its new home in Atlanta. The grant will be used to support the renovation and construction project of Global Ministries’ new offices at Grace UMC in Atlanta. The move to Georgia—a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission—is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the ...

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