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An Account of the Ministry and Mission
of the South East District 

October is a wonderful month of transitioning seasons in a haunting mix of beauty and mystery.  After the coolness of the night, early mornings emerge from fog covering the landscape in the dampness of dew while the birds call to one another and squirrels scamper around foraging for gifts dropped from trees nearing the end of another season of fruitfulness.  The days are still warm and sunny, yet with a crispness in the air that promises more comfortable hours for enjoying being outside with one another, still recommended as a safer way to gather. 
 
October also leads to the celebration of All Hallows’ Eve when we relish the spooky mystery of ghost stories and dress ourselves in costumes to enliven the mystery of fantasy and the ghosts and goblins of Halloween.  We imagine isolated cemeteries draped in cobwebs and shrouded in fog from which more menacing creatures than squirrels might emerge.  Fear can overwhelm our sense of the mystery in this season when the threat of COVID-19 still hovers around us like the darkness lengthening as the sun retreats and the beauty of fall leaves turns to the dry grey and brown of approaching winter. 
 
Especially now, our fear-filled culture is attracted to books, television, movies, and games that depict people working to solve the mystery of crimes, heal the destructive power of rampant disease or environmental disaster, or even do epic battle against forces of evil bent on annihilating the universe.  Human media may help us to work through our fear by vicariously or imaginatively doing something to defuse the frightening side of mystery. 
 
But, the God of the universe, Lord of all, and Holy Spirit of power gives us the eternal source of life that triumphs over every fear and makes this mysterious season beautiful.  The age-old media of Martin Luther’s hymn text says it well: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal. … And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him. 

We can never fathom the fullness of the mystery of God, but we can trust its ultimate goodness and power.  Let us join all creation in proclaiming the beautiful mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
 
Blessings in this meantime,


CHARGE CONFERENCE INFORMATION

 

The Southeast District will hold one "mega virtual" Charge Conference by Zoom Webinar  Sunday,
November 8 at 3:00 p.m.  Clergy, please review the Charge Conference forms by going to ngumc.org, logging in using your ngumc email address, then choosing your church number. Forms will need to be submitted electronically prior to the Conference.  Please contact help@ngumc.org if you need assistance logging into the conference database.

Ministry Reviews Due November 1

Ministry reviews can be completed online by logging into Data Services at ngumc.org and clicking Ministry Review.   SPRC Chairs can log in using the church account.  If their email is in the data base they have been given access.  While completing the review online is the preferred method, hard copies will still be accepted.  At this time it is optional to complete the forms online or email them to the District office.  We request all clergy (part-time and full-time) complete ministry reviews.  Part-time local pastors will meet with the DCOM in February.  Full-time and full connection clergy, contact Michelle Dodson (michelle@wesleyumc.net or 706-869-0888) to schedule a meeting time with Greg Porterfield.

Send  your church ministry celebrations to Beth Sanders by October 25th at beth.sanders@ngumc.net.  Please send photos or short video clips (no more than 3 minutes) with no audio.  These will be compiled for Charge Conference.

In the midst of a rapidly changing ministry landscape, Fresh Expressions invites North Georgia United Methodists to come together for a day of envisioning the unique ways the Holy Spirit might be inviting you to step deeper into mission. Cost is $15 for an individual or $100 for a church ticket (unlimited participants from a church). Click here to register.

*Begins October 19th*
House Church: Temporary solution? Experiment? The future of the church?
The North Georgia Conference "House Church Cohort" will unpack the nuts and bolts of this way of Christian Community while providing opportunities for peer learning and coaching to take steps toward starting a house church(es).

Dates: Meets Mondays, October 19-November 9
Time: 11 am -1 pm  
Follow-up Session: Monday, December 7
Contact:  Rev. Heather Jallad
Fee: $10 per person


LEARN MORE

Our Fall South East District UMW meeting will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m.  Please join us on Facebook Live from the Augusta District United Methodist Women page.  This is our first virtual meeting and we look forward to many from our district joining us for this event.

The United Methodist Men will be sponsoring our very first Igniting Faith Virtual Summit on October 16-17, 2020. Speakers include Bishop James Swanson, Bishop Gary Mueller, Gil Hanke and Rick Vance from the General Commission on United Methodist Men. This is a free event, see registration link below. 
Registration link

Thank you to churches that are current on your 2020 Apportionments and District Work Fund payments! You can verify 2020 payments on the Apportionment Payments page of the Conference website,  ngumc.org/payments, by entering your church number . The 2021 Apportionment and District Work Fund amounts for each church are also available on the Conference website.  For those churches who were in the former Augusta District and paid 100% of their 2019 Conference Apportionments; we have a certificate of appreciation for you! Please pick up yours at the District Office, or let Tina know if you would like it mailed.

October 17 - United Methodist Women Fall meeting on Facebook Live Augusta District UMW page 

October 19-21 – Cabinet Meeting


October 24 – Candidacy Summit 
 

October 25 - Church Ministries Celebrations due to Beth Sanders
 

October 27 – dCOM Zoom meeting


November 1 - Minister Evaluations due (online preferred)

 

November 3 - Charge Conference forms completed online

 

November 8 - Virtual Mega Charge Conference
3:00 p.m.

 

November 10 & 11 - Cabinet Meeting

 

November 15 - Move/Stay forms due into the District Office

 

December 1-3 – Cabinet Meeting

 

2021

General Conference ~ August 29-September 7, 2021

 

Congratulations to Rev. Tate (Wesley Foundation at GCSU) & Ashley Welling on the birth of their daughter, Hallie Reese born on September 14.


Happy Birthday to our Clergy born in October

Richard Jarvis 10/3
Rick Nevard 10/11
Rick Herring 10/18
Thomas Moon 10/23
Ben Strength 10/30
Clergy are strongly encouraged to check their ngumc.net email addresses directly through Gmail. However, some clergy prefer to forward their address to another account. Pastors who moved September 1 and forward their ngumc.net email should be sure to update the forwarding account. Access to your ngumc.net email is important for receiving district and conference communication.
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