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Peachtree City United Methodist Church is Expanding

6/30/2016
Peachtree City UMC members representing three generations broke ground for the construction of a new church building. Pictured from L-R (Greg and Sandy Whittle, Connor Whittle, Jean and Steve Petty) Sunday, June 26th marked the historic groundbreaking for a new 22,000 square foot multipurpose building at Peachtree City UMC. Dr. Steve Dodson, senior pastor at the Peachtree City church, said that “adding this building to our existing structure is the fulfillment of the church’s dream since 1999; ...



4 Things Every Church Can Learn from a 150 Year Old Church

4/11/2016
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Churches that survive and thrive for 150 years or more are by no means formulaic in their approach to ministry, but they do share a common trait: staying power. What are the lessons to be learned from these long-standing congregations? Four NGUMC pastors weigh in on what has buoyed their churches through the test of time.   1. Church is a family, not a business   Rev. Emily Case serves Eliam UMC in Elberton, Georgia, a congregation approaching its 200th year. Case says one...



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

3/23/2016
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 ...



Doing Worship Differently

3/7/2016
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 ...



Rev. Byron E. Thomas of Ben Hill UMC Receives the 2015 Malone Dodson Award

3/3/2016
Congratulations to Rev. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor at Ben Hill UMC, and 2015 Malone Dodson Award recipient. Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Award is given annually by Wesley Woods Senior Living to the clergy person of the North Georgia Conference who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults.   Rev. Thomas was presented with the award at a ceremony in recognition for his incredible support of Wesley Woods through the annual Mother’s Day Offering. Ben Hill...



5 Things Every Church Can Learn from a New Church Start

2/25/2016
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Whether your church began gathering in a high school gym last month or has had a pastor in the pulpit since 1850, your mission as a congregation of The United Methodist Church is the same: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Three pastors leading new church starts in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference share what they’ve learned about being the church while starting a ministry from the ground up.   Maintain your sense of urgency...



United Methodist Churches Supporting Mental Health

2/24/2016
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 ...



County Line UMC, Ellenwood, Establishes GED Program

2/18/2016
Dr. Betty Jones, senior pastor of County Line UMC in Ellenwood, reports that the church's GED program has been approved and is now listed on the National Literacy Directory. The program officially began on January 13, 2016, and will run in 18-week increments. Classes are currently offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. led by professional committed staff and dedicated church members. Registration for the program is ongoing. The GED program is “free” to students except for a ...

Riverdale UMC Members Share Their Stories

1/13/2016
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 ...



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 ...



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