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Eastside Church Does Not Color Inside the Lines

7/16/2014
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist for The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church Tyler Jackson and wife, Natalie, longed to be included in a ministry that would restore the artistic path on which Christianity once thrived. They now find themselves cultivating such a ministry in Eastside Church, now merged with East Atlanta Village’s Martha Brown UMC. “Christianity used to be at the forefront of art,” Tyler explains. “Now, the arts are often more production-based, ...

7 Ways to Engage Kids in Worship

7/14/2014
Incorporating child-focused worship practices can help build a solid foundation for the faith formation of your youngest congregants.   By Rachel Reiff Ellis Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (Mk 10:14b NRSV) But when it comes to the children among us, churches can—and should—do more than just get out of the way.   Delia Halverson, internationally known author and Christian educator, has spent over 25...



Connexion Church Reaches Covington Community One Movie at a Time

6/20/2014
By Ansley Brackin  Communication Specialist for The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church Rev. Andrew Covington of Connexion Church beat the summer lull that many churches experience in their service attendance by creating a summer series with short commitments and multi-generational appeal. The subject: Movies “If people go on vacation and miss a Sunday they can become lost when they come back,” Covington says of why families often avoid attending a summer series. The lead...

Ordination Service Highlights Day One of North Georgia Conference

6/10/2014
On Tuesday, June 10, the North Georgia Annual Conference commissioned nine provisional members, ordained three full connection deacons, and ordained 16 full connection elders. Bishop L. Jonathan Holston was guest preacher for the service in the theater of The Classic Center in Athens. "Love from the center of who you are. Don't fake it," Holston said to the ordinands. "Let people see God living in you." Those licensed, ordained and commissioned were: Licensed Local Pastors Kathryn W. Bockman ...



North Georgia United Methodists Arrive in Athens

6/9/2014
(Photo of Young Adult Coffee House attendees by Rev. Joseph McBrayer) Monday, June 9, members of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church began once again to converge at the Classic Center in Athens for its Annual Conference Session. Many of the expected 2,000 attendees took advantage of afternoon registration and attended pre-conference meals and meetings, including the Deacon's Dinner, Covenant Bible Study leader training, and the annual Young Adult Coffee House.  "I pray ...



The 186th Camp Meeting at Salem Campground to Take Place in July

5/29/2014
Painting by recent LaGrange College graduate Sarah Gordon One of the most historic Camp Meetings in the North Georgia Conference will take place July 11-18 at Salem Campground between Covington and Conyers. Dr. Leslie Holmes of Erskine Theology School of Augusta and Dr. Alice Rogers, pastor of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church of Atlanta, will be preaching at 10:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. services.  Dr. Hal Brady, a retired pastor and noted United Methodist evangelist, will preach Sunday, July...



Native American Ministries Hosts Special Worship at Pine Log Campground

5/6/2014
Sunday, May 4th, 2014 was Native American Ministries Sunday. The day before this supportive offering, the Committee of Native American Ministries hosted its first Native American event at Pine Log Campground. Attendees gathered in Rydal, Georgia for coffee and fellowship before a unique worship service in the outdoor sanctuary. All were welcomed to witness elegantly woven prayers and rituals of Native American and Christian tradition. It was a morning of uplifting songs and educational sharing...

Mark Beeson and Marcia McFee Among Speakers at Georgia Pastors' School

4/15/2014
Georgia Pastors School is a place for pastors to receive inspiration, education, and fellowship with UMC clergy from North and South Georgia Conferences. During this family-oriented event you can enjoy quality family time and earn those much needed Continuing Education Unites (CEUs). Childcare is provided for the wee little ones and programs for children and youth during the school. The focus of our school this year is Worship. We are proud to host Dr. Mark Beeson as our featured preacher at ...

Third Annual 'Kindling The Fire' Event Builds Steam

1/16/2014
“This is hands-down the most effective session I have ever attended. Some of the most creative people in the conference were there. Getting different perspectives and sharing ideas was invaluable to me.” --Rev. John Merk, Lithia Springs UMC  In its third year, "Kindling The Fire" reading week for pastors, is becoming both an anticipated and invaluable annual event. This year's reading week will be Feb. 24-27 at Glisson Retreat Center in Dahlonega.  The retreat offers clergy time to listen to ...

'Biggest Loser' Finalist coming to Rome First

12/23/2013
Joe Ostaszewski, finalist from last season’s The Biggest Loser, will share his story as part of Rev. Chris  Barbieri’s sermon on January 5 at Rome First UMC.   Joe was a star football player at Florida State in the 80s. After his playing days were over, his weight ballooned and his health declined. Drawing on his faith and sensing he was called to take action, Joe applied for The Biggest Loser and was accepted on to last season’s show. He made it to the final episode and in the end lost nearly ...



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