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Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

published 5/24/2016
Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows: “To the people of The United Methodist Church: The Council of Bishops brings you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop ...

Council of Bishops meets post-General Conference

published 5/24/2016
The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church. The Saturday meeting was planned prior to presenting “An Offering for a Way Forward” to the 2016 General Conference, but recognizing the importance of moving forward with the proposal, the council utilized the opportunity to discuss the possible framework for forming a commission and identify some of the qualities and ...

GC2016 approves Bishop's plan, votes to name a special commission; a note from Bishop King on Council of Bishop's plan

published 5/23/2016
Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the denomination's Council of Bishops on May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS. A note from Bishop King on the adopted plan, "A New Way Forward"  As the 2016 General Conference session concluded this past weekend, many in our denomination, as well as many of you back home, leave with questions about the approved Council of Bishops plan entitled, “A New Way ...

GC2016 passes $604 million general church budget

published 5/23/2016
Moses Kumar, top executive of the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration, views the vote adopting the budget May 20 at the denomination's 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS. A word from Dr. Derek McAleer, Conference Director of Administrative Services The General Conference passed a budget which is lower than what was originally proposed, but higher than what was finally recommended. The original proposal of $611 million for four ...

GC2016 wrap-up: debate, decisions, deferment

published 5/23/2016
By Joey Butler, UMNS Believe it or not, General Conference 2016 spent more than twice as much time debating a Rule of Order than the hot topic of human sexuality. After almost three days of considering an alternative method for discussing legislation, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body referred its most difficult subject – sexuality — to a study commission and moved on to other matters. A move to adjourn at 6:30 every night meant no late-night sessions and hopefully healthier, ...

GC2016: Live Stream Archives and Video Wrap-up

published 5/23/2016
Video Wrap-up, Reflections on United Methodist General Conference 2016 “God's not finished with us yet.” Participants talk about their experiences at the global church’s gathering in Portland and their hope for the future as a church united in mission. The video shared at the closing of General Conference 2016 is available to download for individual use or in worship settings. http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/reflections-on-united-methodist-general-conference-2016 Archived Sermons Bishop Stanovsky:...

GC2016: Snapshots from the South Georgia delegation

published 5/23/2016
The 2016 South Georgia Conference Delegation to General Conference. From L to R: Mr. Bill Hatcher, Mrs. Allison Lindsey, Rev. Don Adams, Rev. Jay Hanson, Mr. Carl Childs, Rev. Jim Cowart, Dr. Bob Moon, and Mr. Larry Price. The South Georgia Conference’s delegation to the 2016 General Conference returned to their homes this past weekend after spending two weeks serving as delegates in Portland, Ore.  “This has been a very interesting two weeks, and what an awesome opportunity for us,” said ...

Remember the Mission

published 5/23/2016
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON Psalm 96, The Message Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing! Sing to God – worship God! Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea, Take the news of his glory to the lost, News of his wonders to one and all! For God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs.  Psalm 96 is commonly known as a royal psalm. The psalm’s command to take the news to all reminds the reader of the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 12:1-3. In addition, the psalm ...

South Georgia historian, United Methodist presents report to General Conference

published 5/23/2016
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (left) introduces Gary L. Roberts, author of a report on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in which U.S. troops led by a Methodist preacher-turned-cavalry officer attacked unsuspecting Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. Roberts presented the report to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and tribal representatives who were guests of the conference in Portland, Ore., on May 18. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Historian and South Georgia United Methodist Gary L. Roberts, a member...

Standing in the Gap

published 5/23/2016
By Dr. Hal Brady A unique television program went on the air in 1968 and continued filming until the year 2001. The program was “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” This amazing TV program served as a role model not only for neighborhoods, but for businesses, corporations, communities, and even churches. The late Mr. Rogers was a source of endless comfort because he valued the supreme worth of all persons. He made the marginal people of the world feel valued and accepted and affirmed. For Mister Fred...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/29/16

published 5/23/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 29 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Votes of Note: Legislation from General Conference 2016 at a glance

published 5/23/2016
General Conference delegates acted on hundreds of pieces of legislation, taking part in heated debates, prayerfully discerning options, and sometimes simply voting yes to consent calendars. Some of the notable legislation from GC2016 is below. (Compiled from United Methodist News Service) Clergy-Related Petitions Several pieces of legislation related to clergy were passed by the General Conference. The Ministry Study Commission titled “Deepening the Theology of Ordination” passed, as did ...

General Conference: Friday, May 20 Recap

published 5/20/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  Today The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body wrapped up its 10-day meeting in Portland, Oregon. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. This week the conference has revised church law as well as adopted resolutions on current moral, social, public policy, and economic issues. It has also approved plans and budgets for church-wide programs. **A full wrap-up of the 2016 ...

General Conference: Thursday, May 19 Recap

published 5/19/2016
Thursday, May 19 Highlights  General Conference Day 9 Front row, L to R: Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye, Rev. Denise Walton, Ms. Marianne Wright, Mrs. Allison Lindsey, Dr. Bob Moon, Mrs. Kelly Roberson. Back row, L to R: Rev. Don Adams, Rev. Scott Hagan, Mr. Bill Hatcher, Mr. Carl Childs, Mr. Larry Price, Rev. Jim Cowart, Mr. Richard Shinhoster. Not pictured: Rev. Jay Hanson, Rus Black 29 new missionaries commissioned at General Conference Bishop Hee-Soo Jung commissions Leo Garcia as a missionary ...

Watch video of Bishop James Swanson preaching at General Conference

published 5/19/2016
Bishop James Swanson, Jr., Mississippi Episcopal Area, preaches on May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.  Bishop James Swanson, bishop of the Mississippi Annual Conference, preached at General Conference, Wednesday, May 18, during the morning worship service. In his sermon Bishop Swanson said, "All have sinned and all are in need of cleansing and no one is exempt from actions that are inconsistent with God’s desire for them." ...

Council of Bishops offers a way forward, delegates approve plan

published 5/18/2016
Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the denomination's Council of Bishops on May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS. Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops and leader of the Minnesota Conference, addressed the General Conference today, May 18, 2016. He presented, "An Offering for a New Way Forward" to the plenary floor, as a follow up to yesterday's approved motion asking the...

General Conference: Wednesday, May 18 Recap

published 5/18/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

Council of Bishops supports unity, called to make a report Wednesday

published 5/17/2016
Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, addresses the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 17 in Portland, Ore., responding to social media posts claiming the church’s bishops are calling for a special General Conference in to discuss a possible split. Ough emphasized the bishops remain committed to the unity of the denomination. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops and leader of the Minnesota ...

General Conference: Tuesday, May 17 Recap

published 5/17/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Monday, May 16 Recap

published 5/16/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

Warren Plowden elected first lay alternate to Judicial Council

published 5/16/2016
On Thursday, May 16 during the morning plenary session of the 2016 General Conference, two clergy, three laity and six alternate clergy and laity were elected to the Judicial Council, the denomination’s “highest judicial body.” South Georgia Conference Chancellor and member of Vineville United Methodist Church Warren Plowden was elected as a lay alternate for a second quadrennium. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve again on the Judicial Council, and I look forward to the ...



General Conference: Saturday, May 14 Recap

published 5/14/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Friday, May 13 Recap

published 5/13/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Thursday, May 12 Recap

published 5/12/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Wednesday, May 11 Recap

published 5/11/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Tuesday, May 10 Recap

published 5/10/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body meets at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

2016 General Conference Information

published 5/9/2016
GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition - May 9 General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The 2016 General Conference will meet at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., May 10-20. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.  Throughout General Conference, the South Georgia ...

Follow General Conference Live

published 5/3/2016
There are multiple ways you can follow along with The United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016.  Live Stream: General Conference will be live streamed at http://umc.org/live  Daily SGAUMC e-newsletter: The South Georgia Conference will send a daily email from Portland. Subscribe at http://sgaumc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe  General Conference website: http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2016  General Conference App: App Store or Google Play South ...

General Conference Reflections

published 5/2/2016
Flo Sapp Martin is pictured above during the 10th anniversary celebration of DISCIPLE, which was celebrated at the 1996 General Conference in Denver, Colo. Pictured, left to right, are Cheryl Rude, Ellsworth Kalas, B. Davie Napier, Zan Holmes, Flo Sapp Martin, and Tony Nancarrow. By Kara Witherow, Editor A friend from North Georgia once told Flo Sapp Martin that her middle name should be “Connectional.” Martin loves The United Methodist Church. She loves its people and the connectionialism ...

General Conference: A Time to Listen?

published 5/2/2016
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN “The entire assembly fell quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God did among the Gentiles through their activity.” (Acts 15:12) It seems like the lead up to our General Conference every four years mirrors that of each presidential election cycle – it gets loud, divisive, angry, and ugly. I think much of that is due to the fact that there’s a direct correlation between the two events. Both events seem to ask us to “take ...

John Wesley preaches at his home church

published 5/2/2016
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON John Wesley had his “Heart Warming Experience” on May 24, 1738, on Aldersgate Street in London at a German prayer meeting. It transformed his understanding of salvation. Soon he was preaching all across England and Scotland in churches, parks, and wherever a crowd could gather.  He returned to Epworth, his home town, and attended St. Andrew Church, his home church. His father, Samuel served this church for 39 years. John was baptized in St. Andrew Church. He ...

Kina S. Mallard inaugurated as 20th President of Reinhardt University

published 5/2/2016
Kina S. Mallard, Ph.D. was inaugurated this month as Reinhardt University’s president.  The daylong events on April 15 included a prayer service, the inauguration ceremony, and an evening gala which also recognized Reinhardt’s alumnus of the year, Dr. Brian V. Hightower (’83), who was recently named Superintendent of the Cherokee County (Ga.) School District. The inauguration ceremony, held at Reinhardt’s Falany Performing Arts Center, was the official installation of Dr. Mallard who became ...

Musician Buddy Greene to perform free concert honoring Kings during Annual Conference

published 5/2/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor On Thursday evening, June 9, musician Buddy Greene, best known for co-writing the Christmas favorite, “Mary, Did You Know?” and for touring with gospel greats Gloria and Bill Gaither, will perform a live concert at 7 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. This free event is open to the surrounding community and all are encouraged and welcome to attend. The “Evening of Entertainment” will be held during the South Georgia Conference of The ...

South Georgia historian writes detailed report for General Conference

published 5/2/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor Historian Gary L. Roberts, a South Georgia United Methodist, has devoted more than 50 years to studying the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, a battle in which United Methodist pastor-turned-commanding officer Colonel John Chivington led a regiment of the U.S. Cavalry in an attack on unsuspecting Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians.  Nearly 200 Indians were killed, many of them women, children, and the elderly. Col. Chivington and his men scalped and committed other atrocities on the...



Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/8/16

published 5/2/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 8 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Wesleyan College announces availability of full-tuition scholarship

published 5/2/2016
Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the availability of a full tuition scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.   The Mary Knox McNeill Scholarship is one of Wesleyan College’s most prestigious scholarship programs provided annually to first-year applicants for admission who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement along with a commitment to faith and community service. This scholarship is in memory of Mary Knox McNeill who served her church and community with a strong faith and ...

Who’s in control?

published 5/2/2016
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!  We are in a season where it is difficult to find people who are not anxious about the future, angry about the status quo, or generally find it difficult to have a deep sense of peace and joy about life.  I believe the reason is because we are a society that is filled with change. It is challenging to have a sense of certainty in the world today. There are changes in the church and threats of more change. There are ...

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2016 Annual Conference Session now available

published 4/29/2016
Business items for the 2016 Annual Conference session are contained in the Book of Recommendations and Reports (BOR). One of the purposes of the BOR is to encourage delegates to read the recommendations and reports prior to arriving at conference. A good delegate is a prepared delegate. The 2015 Annual Conference session voted that all 2016 Annual Conference materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports, be made available online on the conference website and through other ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/1/16

published 4/25/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 1 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Chaplain dedicated to serving, tending to needs of public safety departments

published 4/18/2016
By Brittany Tate, The Brunswick News* Applying God’s words to everyday life has always been a mission of the Rev. Charles Houston, even if that meant delivering the word of God within the confines of the state’s police departments. With nothing more than a welcoming smile — one hand extended for shaking and the other firmly clasped around author Charles Ferrara’s book, “Beyond the Badge: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Cops and Their Families” — the retired minister has traded in his vestment ...

Discipleship and The Book of Discipline

published 4/18/2016
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church provides both law and doctrine. This week the relational passage of scripture in John 13:34-35 speaks to discipleship and the new commandment given to love others as Christ loves.  As we grow in our discipleship another...

How is the Christian life like a lemon meringue pie?

published 4/18/2016
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK To me, the best part of making a lemon pie is the meringue. After whipping the egg whites with a mixer, adding vanilla and cream of tartar, I watch for small peaks to form. Then, I dip a generous portion into the pie and spread that. More and more of the glossy whipped froth goes on top of that until the whole pie is covered with the soft, cloud-like white substance. But, now we come to my favorite part, that of playing gently in the meringue with a stainless ...

Laity encouraged, empowered at Brunswick’s Grace UMC

published 4/18/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor The lay members of Grace United Methodist Church have a renewed passion for service and ministry. They’ve been encouraged and empowered to discover their gifts, graces, and talents and use them to the glory of God and for the betterment of their community, and, emboldened, they’ve started new ministries and helped bring about revitalization to their congregation. As a participant in the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, or SBC21, initiative, Grace ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 4/24/16

published 4/18/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, April 24 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is ...

The Well shares food, hope, love with Macon homeless

published 4/18/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor Leftovers. The forgotten stepchild of the food world, they’re usually banished to the back of the refrigerator and left to sit and spoil unless grudgingly eaten for lunch. But leftovers have become a big deal for one Macon small group, so much so that its members purposefully overcook so that enough extra food is on hand after each month’s “Family Feast” potluck meal that they can go out into the community and serve those who are less fortunate. The Well’s ...

United Methodist Connectional FCU college scholarships available

published 4/18/2016
Are you or do you know a member age 17-35 who is attending or planning to attend college and attend church in in one of the four conferences? If so, please let them know about your Credit Union’s college scholarship program. Four winning applicants, one from each of our four conferences, Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia, and Alabama-West Florida, will receive a $1,000 scholarship each. Applicants will need to meet the following requirements: 1.    Be a Credit Union Member in Good Standing:...

7 Ways to Lead Meetings that Motivate

published 4/4/2016
LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON WOW! The other day at The Chapel Ministries we had the best board meeting! We had fun together, we remembered why we’re in ministry, we solved a few problems, listened to people’s experiences, and learned more about what it means to join God in ministry to our community through this church. We left refreshed and renewed with a clear direction and purpose. Are you wondering how you can have uplifting meetings that motivate people to action? ...

Centenary UMC ministry helps music bring back memories to Macon seniors

published 4/4/2016
Rufus Jones, a resident of Blair House Senior Living Community, a senior living facility in Macon, became emotional when he first heard rhythm and blues and soul music on his new iPod. By Kara Witherow, Editor There’s something about music that can instantly change a mood or transport a person to another place and time, rekindling memories long forgotten.  There’s also evidence that music helps people suffering from dementia. As theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Music . . . in time of ...

First round of projected appointments announced

published 4/4/2016
During the appointment making season, we invite the prayers of the annual conference as the Bishop and Cabinet engage in the holy but challenging ministry of appointment making. Follow the appointment process here. As appointments are firmly projected between now and the 2016 Annual Conference Session they will be posted on this page.

General Conference Reflections – 1976

published 4/4/2016
Rev. C.E. Cariker sits in his study and shares his memories of the 1976 General Conference delegation. By Kara Witherow, Editor The more things change, the more they stay the same. 40 years ago, The United Methodist Church’s legislative body met in Portland, Ore., also the site of the 2016 General Conference. During the 1976 General Conference, held April 27 through May 7, the conference established the Commission on the Status and Role of Women and established the office of diaconal ...

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