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Kings Memorial UMC: Blessed by a Block Party

12/17/2015
By Rev. Emile Ennis Kings Memorial UMC is one of Atlanta’s oldest churches and is located in the heart of the Edgewood Community. Church membership has declined in recent years as older members passed away and others moved on to another community. Recently the Kings Memorial congregation and I decided to take a new approach and reach out to this transitioning community in a number of ways. The Evangelism Team went door to door and invited folks to both church school and Sunday morning worship ...



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...



Hartwell First UMC Small Groups Bring Generations Together

11/24/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist  Hartwell First UMC has always had a great attendance record during their three worship services, but they wanted to form a deeper connection between congregants across all services. Small Group Ministry Coordinator, Marci Garringer, discovered that members who went to different services didn’t know each other, and that only older adults attended Sunday School classes. She and her pastor, Allen Stewart decided to open up a new opportunity in the form...



Connect with Jasmine Smothers: Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Ministry Teams

11/23/2015
Fun Fact About Jasmine Smothers:  Photography was one of my favorite hobbies in high school and college. I’m now trying to relearn the art of photography in an effort to lift up my heart, mind and soul to see what God would have me see in the world.  What services does your position offer to local Churches? My main priority is church consultation through leadership and visioning training. The most impactful and wide-reaching way we are doing this work is through the Next Faithful ...

From New Identities to Breakfast Chaplaincies: North Georgia United Methodist Churches Are Creating 'New Places for New People'

11/5/2015
Roswell UMC's chapel converts from modern space for Chapel Roswell services to traditional space for communion services.  By Anne Nelson   Everyone has an innate need to connect and belong.  It’s an idea grounded in theology (think God’s radical connection with humanity in the person of Jesus) and in science (think Brene Brown‘s new academic research on how we’re wired for – and the importance of cultivating – connection).    Some churches are doing well engaging and connecting with their ...



Atlanta-Emory District Proves Church Can Happen Anywhere

10/6/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist United Methodist Churches across the Atlanta-Emory District are looking past the walls of their church building to find new, creative ways of worshiping and serving their communities.   Random Acts of Kindness and Community Connection McKendree UMC of Lawrenceville has a vast assortment of ministries, including a Popcorn Ministry where members hand out treats at local RedBoxes while inviting people to church, a bicycle repair co-op, bible studies with...



Buford First UMC Breaks Ground on Christian Life Center

8/19/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The buzz that overflowed the sanctuary on Ground Breaking Sunday for the new Christian Life Center at Buford First UMC was lively and jubilant. The service, which doubled as Homecoming Sunday, was filled with music and words of encouragement from Bishop Othal Lakey of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Gainesville District Superintendent Rev. Richard Chewning. “We need a place for people to live from moment to moment,” Chewning said in his ...



The Vine Hosts Successful First Sunday At Second Campus

8/13/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The Vine UMC in Braselton is taking a big step in its effort to make new places for new people by becoming a multi-campus church. The Springs UMC in Flowery Branch closed in 2014, but on Sunday, August 9, its building opened its doors again for the soft launch of The Vine’s second campus (new churches often have a “soft launch” before officially opening to the public, in order to best complete the finishing touches). About 180 worshippers plus more ...



Five Accomplished Speakers to Present at 4D Leadership Conference

8/6/2015
Impact UMC has secured five accomplished speakers for its powerful 4D Leadership Conference, which is set for Tuesday, September 15, with an encore presentation on Wednesday, September 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. David Walters, the founder and Lead Pastor of The Vine, a fast-growing, multi-site United Methodist Church, will present relevant discussions regarding business, ministry and education, along with other nationally recognized leaders of entrepreneurship and social change including ...



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