I can't hold this one in for another year. So, would you stretch Christmas a little further, and indulge me as I share what happened when I brought the story of the Wise Men to our children's sermon this past December?
Connectional Ministries, in partnership with Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will again offer youth from around the Conference the opportunity to learn, worship and fellowship at their annual Confirmation Retreat.
The 2012 South Georgia Ministers’ Spouses’ Retreat, "I don’t have baggage – I have designer luggage," is set for March 16 - 18, 2012, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island.
Rev. Gene Cariker, a retired United Methodist pastor now living on St. Simons Island, was one of my early mentors in ministry. Gene often used gardening terms when describing the process of forming disciples. “Cultivating” was one of his favorite terms, or at least it is the word that has had the most influence on my ministry.
The early church was built on relationships. Jesus talked to people. He listened. He ate dinner with sinners. He was a friend and He loved people. The Foundery is building its faith community in much the same way.
On Sunday mornings, Pastor Tom Anderson is usually preaching at his Presbyterian church, Strong Tower Fellowship, in the Pleasant Hill community of Macon. But recently he found himself, instead, standing in a class at Vineville United Methodist Church just a few blocks up the road. Pastor Anderson was there to accept help from this congregation for the surrounding neighborhood they are both a part of.
The 2011 financial books have closed, and the story is a slightly more positive one than in recent years.
We live in a society where we are inundated with information. There are millions of books that lend us instruction. There are a plethora of Internet sites that offer suggestions. Most of us have persons in our lives that give us solicited and unsolicited advice. We are constantly receiving and sending messages with each sender trying to impart knowledge and wisdom.
From Genesis to Galatians, from Old to New Testament, our walk with God is always centered on God’s trustworthiness, and the confidence created in us to trust God absolutely – in everything! So faith is not a topic to be discussed. Faith is a divine attribute to praise, and a gift to receive graciously. Faith enables us to live at peace with God and one another.