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Applications being accepted for S3 clergy groups

published 6/21/2016
Looking for a group of men or women clergy with whom you can be completely honest? Looking for a group where you can laugh, cry, pray, study, and eat well together? What if somebody paid your way to do this for two years, with no strings attached except for some minor reporting? What if the group was self-selected … that nobody mandated who was in your group, when and where you had to meet or what you had to study or do or how to serve?  You can form just such a group, joining 12 other S-3 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 6/26/16

published 6/20/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, June 26 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...

2016 Annual Conference full of celebration and commemoration

published 6/13/2016
Bishop James King preaches during his eighth and final South Georgia Annual Conference session. By Kara Witherow, Editor Each year, Annual Conference is a time to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference. This year, South Georgia United Methodists also celebrated Bishop James King’s eight years of ministry as episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference and the conference’s 150th anniversary. It was a session full of celebration and commemoration, with an Evening ...

Annual Conference Wrap-Up Bulletin Insert

published 6/13/2016
Click on the link below to download the Annual Conference Wrap-Up Bulletin Insert (this will take the place of the June 19 Sunday Advocate). Annual Conference Wrap-Up Bulletin Insert The Annual Conference Wrap-Up Bulletin Insert is saved in a pdf format. This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. If you have problems opening the Sunday Advocate, please visit get.adobe.com/reader to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.

Bonaire UMC, Caroline Gowan receive award for laundry ministry

published 6/13/2016
During the 2016 Annual Conference session, Caroline Gowan, middle, and Bonaire United Methodist Church, represented by Rev. Scott Hagan, right, were presented with a an award from Discipleship Ministries for their Loads of Love laundry ministry. The 2016 Annual Conference session heard about an exciting laundry ministry, Loads of Love, during its Friday, June 10 plenary session. Started by Caroline Gowan, a teenager from Bonaire United Methodist Church, Loads of Love offers laundry service one...

Conference encouraged, given tools, to Testify and Multiply

published 6/13/2016
Rev. Jay Hanson, far left, moderates an evangelism panel featuring five South Georgia Conference pastors:  Rev. Antonie Walker, Rev. Leigh Anne Raynor, Rev. Hale Bishop, Rev. Matt Hearn, and Rev. Jim Cowart By Kara Witherow, Editor CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EVANGELISM PANEL With the theme “Testify and Multiply” from Acts 2:40-41, which says, “And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ So those who welcomed his message ...

Council President: Statement on the Orlando shooting

published 6/13/2016
Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida: United Methodists across the world are horrified by the despicable act of terrorism in Orlando, Florida, that took the lives of 49 individuals and wounded 53 others. We are in shock. We join those who grieve. We pray for the victims, their families, and the LGBTQ community targeted by this hateful attack. We stand against all forms of ...

Dancing into Annual Conference

published 6/13/2016
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK There were many delightful and inspiring moments as the South Georgia Annual Conference convened in Tifton this week. Coming shortly after the General Conference held in Portland, Ore., our delegates showed amazing perseverance from the tiring few weeks of travel, meetings and questions required by the lay and clergy delegation to Portland. If South Georgia delegates came to Tifton with heavy hearts and questions about the future of our church, our concerns ...

Denman Evangelism Awards presented

published 6/13/2016
Warren Jones, left, a member of New Covenant UMC in Savannah, was presented the Harry Denman Evangelism Award by Rev. Drew Young, a member of the Conference Witness Team.  Three South Georgia United Methodists have been awarded UM’s highest honor, the Harry Denman Evangelism Award.  The Harry Denman Evangelism Award program honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why), and Deed (how) – brings people into a ...

Mission, ministry, evangelism awards presented at Annual Conference session

published 6/13/2016
Evangelistic awards were announced during the 2016 Annual Conference session to churches in each district that charted the largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, and the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership. Harvest Church in Byron was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership. Gateway Community in Pooler led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith and the best ratio of professions of ...

Motion passed to “close loophole” in “Book of Discipline”

published 6/13/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor The South Georgia Annual Conference on June 10 passed a motion asking that their Resident Bishop not receive, for appointment or transfer, clergy who have publicly stated their intent to disregard the current language of the “Book of Discipline” regarding human sexuality. Submitted by Rev. Robert Beckum, senior pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, the resolution was made after four annual conferences – Baltimore-Washington, New York, Pacific ...

Pray for Orlando

published 6/13/2016
The work and business we do at Annual Conference is important, but nothing is more important than loving, caring for, and serving one another. Let us remember and pray for our brothers and sisters in Orlando and around the country as they heal and mourn. Council President: Statement on the Orlando shooting Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.: United Methodists across the ...

Testify and Multiply

published 6/13/2016
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20) Recently, I informally approached clergy and laity across the annual conference and asked, “What will you remember most about the leadership of Bishop James King?”...

The South Georgia Conference’s Historical Moments

published 6/13/2016
During the 2016 Annual Conference session – the 150th session of the South Georgia Conference – retired pastor Rev. Dave Hanson, a well-known Wesleyan historian, shared his love and knowledge of the South Georgia Conference with attendees via six Historical Moments. These Historical Moments took us on a journey of history and faith and helped remind us that, “there is no limit to what God can do when the Methodists of South Georgia get united behind a worthy project.” By Rev. Dave Hanson ...

Florida bishop responds to massacre

published 6/12/2016
(UMNS) Florida Area Bishop Kenneth Carter Jr. is urging churches to share the message of God’s unconditional love after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The early-morning massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub has left at least 50 dead and 53 injured. Long before the tragedy, Florida United Methodists had planned to meet June 16-18 in Orlando for their annual conference session. Here is Carter’s statement: “Today I am lifting up the clergy and laity who will lead worship in our #‎Orlando ...

AC2016: Saturday, June 11

published 6/11/2016
Recap of Saturday, June 11 The Service for the Ordination of Deacons and Elders with Commissioning The Conference gathered for the service for the Ordination of Deacons and Elders with Commissioning. Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, episcopal leader for the North Alabama area, was the preacher for this service. Bishop Wallace-Padgett gave us four words to remember: Journey to the One. “Journey to the One who is our savior and redeemer,” she said. “And as you journey frequently to Jesus, you will ...

AC2016: Friday, June 10 Recap

published 6/10/2016
Recap of Friday, June 10 Business Session In the Business Session Friday morning, the conference:   was led in a teaching moment, “Evangelism for the 21st Century: Taking it to the Streets,” by Rev. Dr. Michael McQueen, senior pastor of St. James UMC in Alpharetta, GA. “It takes a disciple to make a disciple,” he said. “We are the light of the world… Don’t you give up. You’re here to be a witness. You’re saved for a reason.” approved a motion made by Rev. Robert Beckum, senior pastor at St. ...

AC2016: Thursday, June 9 Recap

published 6/9/2016
Recap of Thursday, June 9 Thursday morning began with the Laity Session at 8:30 a.m. in the John Hunt Auditorium and the Clergy Sessions at 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Conference Center. Laity Session Gloria Morgan, Conference Lay Leader, called the meeting to order.  Following the opening prayer by Robert Anderson, Northwest District Lay Leader, Jimmy Outlaw, South Central District Lay Leader, gave the greetings, welcoming lay members to Tifton for the 2016 Annual Conference. John Ray, ...

AC2016: Wednesday, June 8 Recap

published 6/8/2016
Recap of Wednesday, June 8 Business Session The Business Session of the 2016 Annual Conference opened with the historic hymn, And Are We Yet Alive. Bishop King called the 150th session of the South Georgia Annual Conference to order. This is Bishop King’s eighth and final Annual Conference to preside over as the resident bishop of the South Georgia Area. Mr. Lamar Martin, lay member of Tifton First UMC, welcomed South Georgia United Methodists to Tifton. Mrs. Julie Smith, Mayor of Tifton, ...

Annual Conference Banquets and Special Events

published 6/6/2016
Below are special events coordinated by various groups in our conference.  Gathering for Families of Deceased Clergy and Clergy Spouses On Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., prior to the Memorial Service, you are invited to greet the families of deceased clergy and clergy spouses in Room 14 at the Conference Center. Methodist Children’s Home BBQ The Methodist Children’s Home invites all clergy and lay members and guests for a complimentary dinner at the Conference Center on Thursday evening at 5 ...

Annual Conference materials available for download

published 6/6/2016
All documents for the 2016 Annual Conference Session are online and available for download and printing, if desired, at www.sgaumc.org/acdocs. You will need these documents as business is conducted. Please note that no copies of these documents will be available at Annual Conference.  Book of Recommendations and Reports Click here for various options to download, print or order the Book of Recommendations and Reports. Additional Documents Recommended to view before arriving in Tifton: Full ...

Annual Conference Mission Emphasis

published 6/6/2016
Agencies within the bounds of our Annual Conference are changing lives and are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as they help to meet the most basic of needs. Each of the agencies listed below will have a collection box in the lobby at the 2016 Annual Conference session. They have selected an item that will help them in their day-to-day operations. So choose one or choose several and let’s help fill up their boxes!  Magnolia Manor: large print word search/crosswords, adult coloring books, ...

Annual Conference session just two days away

published 6/6/2016
The 150th session of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church will convene June 8 through June 11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga. The conference theme of “Testify and Multiply,” based on Acts 2:40-41 (NRSV), lends itself to the celebration of good news, and attendees will be led in moments of inspiration and reflection around significant moments in mission and ministry throughout South Georgia’s 150 years as an annual conference. ...

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit GBGM, welcome agency to Georgia

published 6/6/2016
Each year, the Annual Conference Special Offering is gathered and used to advance the good news of Jesus Christ. This year the offering will be used to welcome the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) to Georgia. The offering will support the agency’s ministries and mission efforts.  Located in New York City for 200 years, GBGM will move to Atlanta this fall. The move is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people they serve, and will be a catalyst for envisioning new ...

Congregations raise more than $1,600 to help send students to camp

published 6/6/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor This summer, eight students from Ray City and Community United Methodist Churches will attend Camp Connect summer camps at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. It will be each student’s first time attending church camp, and through fundraisers, a lot of hard work, and the generous support of the congregations and communities, they’re able to go with little or no cost to them. Two fundraisers – a spaghetti supper and a chicken supper – were held to raise the money...

From a visitor’s perspective

published 6/6/2016
By Dr. Nita Crump, Southwest District Superintendent* One of the responsibilities of the Superintendent’s job is visiting churches on Sunday mornings. Jackson and I have visited approximately three-quarters of the churches in the Southwest district and will continue working toward our goal of worshipping with every church in the district. There are many things that I notice as we worship with the congregations throughout the district. I’m going to make several suggestions that perhaps will ...

John Wesley visits General Conference

published 6/6/2016
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON General Conference of The United Methodist Church met recently for 10 days in Portland, Ore. Someone asked me what I thought John Wesley would say about the Conference. I know exactly what John Wesley said about another Conference held in 1764. He wrote in his journal: “I spent some hours at the General Assembly, composed of about a hundred and fifty ministers. I was surprised to find, one, that anyone was admitted, even lads 12 or 14 years old; two, that the ...

Live stream of Annual Conference session begins June 8

published 6/6/2016
Those who are not able to attend the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference session may watch the conference in its entirety via live stream at www.sgaumc.org/aclivestreaming. The live stream link will be available through the Annual Conference session’s duration, beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 through the Fixing the Appointments/Sending Forth Service on Saturday, June 11. Those with internet access can experience events, worship services, and plenary sessions as if they were attending ...

Multimedia at Annual Conference

published 6/6/2016
Live Stream Those who are not able to attend the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference session can watch the conference in its entirety via live stream at www.sgaumc.org/aclivestreaming. The live stream link will be available through the Annual Conference session’s duration, beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 through the Fixing of Appointments/Sending Forth Service on Saturday, June 11. Those with internet access can experience events, worship services, and plenary sessions as if they were...

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

published 6/6/2016
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 ...

Summary of ministry in South Georgia

published 6/6/2016
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!  Every four years each bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church is asked to give a report to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference summarizing ministry in the area they served. Below is my report:   SOUTH GEORGIA AREA REPORT Bishop James R. King, Jr. Over the past eight years, I have had the blessing of working together with the Beautiful People of South Georgia. Our emphasis has ...

You’re more creative than you think!

published 6/6/2016
LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON God is creative. I don’t think any of us would argue with this statement. As a matter of fact, the very first thing we read in the Bible is a narrative of God’s creativity – how He created something from nothing and called the world into being with nothing more than His Words and His breath! And did you know God’s creating wasn’t finished? Thousands of years later, God told Isaiah that He is continuing to create… For I am about to do ...

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

published 5/27/2016
(UMCom) The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. The plan would more fully integrate the work of the Council’s Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, based in New York, and its staff in Washington D.C. Under the plan, all staff will be centralized and housed in the United Methodist Building in...

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 ...

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