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Bridges Philippines: Thanksgiving Day With Our Mission Team

12/10/2015
In the coming weeks we will share reports from the North Georgia Conference Bridges Philippines team.  By Rev. Scott Parrish Usually on Thanksgiving Day I’m at my home where we host our extended family. The kids would have had the week off for fall break and we would have spent days preparing the house, and the food, so that the Thursday would be a fun, festive time for a mini-family reunion. Like many U.S. families it’s a tradition of too much food and certain routine and expectations as we ...



Church Markets Fund Local and Global Missions

12/10/2015
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...



Atlanta Roswell District UMCs Provide In-Home Care Program to Older Adults

12/9/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist During his 24 years of preaching at Dunwoody UMC, retired pastor Rev. Wiley Stephens expressed a desire to provide more aid and activities for older adults. This request eventually transformed into Perimeter North Villages: a “virtual retirement village” of sorts, formed by six Atlanta-Roswell District UMCs. The communities surrounding Dunwoody UMC, Kingswood UMC, St. James UMC (Atlanta), Sandy Springs UMC, Chamblee UMC, and Winters Chapel UMC have...



Thanks to Your Giving: Valuable Demographics Info Available to North Ga United Methodist Churches

12/8/2015
When you give to your local United Methodist Church, much of the gift stays with that church to cover mission, ministry and expenses, but a small percent from your church is put together with gifts from other United Methodist churches in our Conference (and around the world) to fund in-part our work together as a Conference and as a denomination. We call that apportioned giving. (Read more about apportionments and your church's giving at http://www.ngumc.org/giving.) Over the next few months we...



Calling All NGUMC Life-Changers: Action Ministries Sunday is Dec. 6

12/3/2015
Action Ministries is excited about this special annual opportunity to share the stories of hope and engage the North Georgia United Methodist Conference with their neighbors in need. Did you know that in Georgia, we have the third highest overall poverty rate in the nation? We rank sixth for food insecurity, and we have the tenth highest homeless rate for children. The homeless, hungry and vulnerable are literally our neighbors. The mission of Action Ministries is to lead people out of poverty....

Rabun County UMC Connectional Group Celebrates Clothing Closet Ribbon Cutting

11/18/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist On Thursday, November 5, the Rabun County UMC Connectional Group held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location of First Impressions: A Work Ready Clothes Closet. More than 60 people attended the celebration of the ministry’s new, larger space, including Gainesville District Superintendent Richard Chewning. The dream of First Impressions began in Dillard UMC in 2011, a church who sponsors local employment fairs. Ministry coordinator, Janine ...



The Wesley Fund to Provide Need-Based Financial Support so all Children and Youth Can Experience Camp

11/18/2015
At its November meeting, the Conference Board of Trustees approved plans to establish The Wesley Fund through the North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries.   The Wesley Fund will go toward financial assistance for children and youth who would otherwise not be able to attend North Georgia Conference Summer Camps. This assistance - called “Camperships” - is also available to those whose families are experiencing short-term financial difficulties.    Made possible by the former Board of...

KSU Wesley Foundation Connects Undergrads to Job Opportunities

11/12/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The Wesley Foundation at Kennesaw State University is helping to solve a very common problem that graduates face, especially those majoring in a creative field. The job world tends to seek the impossible: recent college graduates with career experience. With that in mind, KSU Wesley Director Evan Deyoung and Creative Director Nick Smith created a program that pairs the marketing and advertising needs of local churches and businesses with students ...



Wake Forest Student and Football Star Gives Back Through UM-Ministry

11/11/2015
Thousands of volunteers fuel the H.O.P.E. Ministry in North Carolina to bridge the food gap between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday.  One dedicated United Methodist volunteer, Brandon Chubb, uses his status as an on-field local celebrity to lead others in the fight against hunger.  Brandon Chubb is an active member of Ben Hill UMC and captain of the Wake Forest University football team. Heidi Robinson tells the story in this United Methodist News Service video. See the ...

Bridges Mission Partner Visits North Georgia from Moscow

11/4/2015
Rev. Larisa Parker of Faith UMC reads the words of "And Can It Be" and Rev. Ludmilla Garbuzove of Moscow First UMC  explains the tune she used to help better share the message in the Russian context. Photo: Rev. Scott Parrish This week the North Georgia Conference welcomed our Bridges partner Rev. Ludmila Garbuzove who serves at pastor of First UMC Moscow, Russia. While she is visiting our Conference, she is spending time at Roswell UMC, Sandy Springs UMC, Faith UMC, Marietta First UMC and St ...



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