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Bryan installed as bishop of South Georgia

published 9/19/2016
Photos Click here to view photos from the service taken by Cameron Bishop. Video of the Service By Kara Witherow, Editor In the oldest Methodist church in Georgia, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and his wife, Sherrill, were officially welcomed to the South Georgia Conference and Bishop Bryan was installed as resident bishop. Mulberry Street United Methodist Church’s historic sanctuary was filled with clergy and laity from around the conference who came to welcome the ...

It’s time for a strategy of investment

published 9/19/2016
The United Methodist Church is divided over the issue of human sexuality and the denomination seems to be at a crossroads. There is considerable disagreement among laity, clergy, and even bishops, so The South Georgia Advocate asked Bishop Lawson Bryan to address the concerns many have about the issue and to share where he thinks The UMC is headed and how the South Georgia Conference should respond or lead. By Bishop R. Lawson Bryan As I said in my statement on the SEJ website as part of the ...

Needed: Neighbor!

published 9/19/2016
Dr. Hal Brady While driving to a meeting not long ago, I passed a florist’s truck. I couldn't help but notice the advertisement on the side of the truck. The advertisement read: “Flowers whisper how you feel.” Undoubtedly, that’s true! Flowers do whisper how we feel. But perhaps even more, compassion whispers how we feel. In the familiar parable, the Good Samaritan, Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The answerer replied, “...

Statesboro United Methodists serve, heal in Haiti

published 9/19/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor Living in the United States it’s hard to imagine not seeing a medical professional in five or more years. Not a nurse, a doctor, a dentist, an optometrist, a pharmacist – no one. And it’s even harder to imagine walking three miles, barefoot, to see a medical provider when you do need one. That’s what life is like for many in Haiti, a country that was devastated by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in January 2010 and then hit by Hurricane Isaac in August 2012. There, ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/25/16

published 9/19/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 25 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 Congregational Development Corner: Raise the Bar

published 9/19/2016
The Congregational Development Corner: 10 for 10 (10 steps for 10 percent growth) During the 2016 Annual Conference session, action steps for congregational growth were shared during a Fruitfulness in Evangelism panel discussion, moderated by Rev. Jay Hanson, director of Congregational Development. Five clergy – Rev. Antonie Walker, Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Rev. Hale Bishop, Rev. Matt Hearn, and Rev. Jim Cowart – each shared two key tools for evangelism and growth and together gave clergy and lay...

Growing in Blessedness

published 9/18/2016
UMW Annual Meeting 2016 South Georgia Conference United Methodist Women has been “Growing in Blessedness” in 2016. The conference Annual Meeting, being held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah, will highlight the year’s work. “White Bluff UMC is hosting the meeting this year and we are really looking forward to a great day of celebration of the blessings God has bestowed on the work we have done all over South Georgia,” said Mary Exley, Conference UMW ...

Become educated about HealthFlex Exchange; 6 workshops offered

published 9/13/2016
In 2017, clergy and clergy spouses as well as conference lay employees currently enrolled in HealthFlex will have more choices for their health insurance as the conference moves towards a HealthFlex Exchange. The HealthFlex Exchange will allow participants to choose from among six different policies, and also have options for a more robust vision plan and for a dental plan.   The General Board of Pensions & Health Benefits and South Georgia has chosen to move to this Exchange to provide ...

Attention clergy: take the HealthQuotient by Sept. 30 for savings

published 9/12/2016
Attention clergy and clergy spouses who are HealthFlex active plan participants: the HealthQuotient is here; take it today! Deadline for savings is September 30. The WebMD HealthQuotient (HQ) online health risk assessment is a great step toward preventing disease and managing health risks. This online tool is a fast and easy way to evaluate how personal health factors, lifestyle habits, and family medical history may raise your risk for serious conditions like heart disease or diabetes. The HQ ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/18/16

published 9/12/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 18 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 ...

Welcome service and reception for Bishop and Mrs. Bryan set for Sept. 18

published 9/7/2016
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the South Georgia Conference will host a welcome service and reception for South Georgia’s new episcopal family, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and Mrs. Sherrill Bryan. It will be held at 4 p.m. at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon. The special service is a time for our Annual Conference to gather for worship and to welcome Bishop Bryan and his family and to give thanks for his assignment to the South Georgia Conference. Bishop Bryan will preach, the Mulberry Street...

Alive together in Christ

published 9/6/2016
FROM THE BISHOP R. LAWSON BRYAN Thank you, South Georgia Conference, for the warm welcome you have given us. Sherrill and I will forever be grateful for the cards, letters, prayers, visits, and delicious food with which you have sustained us in this transition. From the laity and clergy in our local churches and extension ministries to the district superintendents and the conference staff, you have surrounded us with amazing grace and extravagant generosity.  As Paul said to the church in ...

Bishop R. Lawson Bryan begins serving as South Georgia’s bishop

published 9/6/2016
Bishop Robert Lawson Bryan began his role as South Georgia Conference’s episcopal leader Thursday, Sept. 1 and will serve as the conference’s bishop for the next four years. He succeeds Bishop James R. King, Jr., who retired after serving eight years as South Georgia’s episcopal leader. Bishop Bryan was elected bishop Wednesday, July 13 at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference’s quadrennial meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. On the tenth ballot, Bishop Bryan, 66, received 256 of 375 votes ...

Growing in holiness as we use social media

published 9/6/2016
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN Social media - it’s the double-edged sword of our time. It’s great because it lets us connect with others. It’s a way to keep up with old friends and even make new ones. It’s a powerful tool for communication. But as Spiderman reminds us, “With great power comes great responsibility.” If we’re being honest, social media is also a source for a lot of meanness, ugliness, and hurt – even if it’s all masked with “well, that’s my opinion” or “it’s my freedom of speech.”  ...

John Wesley, musician

published 9/6/2016
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON Did you know that John Wesley introduced hymn singing into the English-speaking Church? When John was in Georgia he took some of the German hymns, added several others, took them to Charleston, and had them printed in 1736. It was probably the first hymn book in the Anglican (Church of England) denomination. Before John Wesley, English-speaking congregations chanted psalms, but did not sing hymns. Wesley enjoyed the hymn singing of the German Moravians on the ...

KidzQuest offers kids messy fun, spiritual truths

published 9/6/2016
“The kids at our church look forward to this event every year and even try to figure out ways to come past sixth grade. It is such a blessing!” - St. Marys UMC chaperone KidzQuest, the annual children’s retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries, is getting “Messy” Sept. 23 – 25 at Epworth By The Sea. The theme, taken from Psalm 40:1-3, will show students in third through sixth grades that God truly will lift them out of the pits, the mucky mud, and the mire as they put ...

Q & A with Bishop R. Lawson Bryan

published 9/6/2016
Episcopal leader of the South Georgia Area “God’s prevenient grace has met me at every turn of the road …” As Bishop Bryan begins his service as the new episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, the Advocate asked him a series of questions to get to know him and his guiding principles. ADVOCATE: Welcome back to South Georgia! You spent part of your childhood in Bainbridge. What’s it like to return to South Georgia? BISHOP BRYAN: I am grateful to have spent the first 12 years of my ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/11/16

published 9/6/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 11 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 Congregational Development Corner: Using every tool in the toolbox

published 9/6/2016
10 for 10 (10 steps for 10 percent growth) During the 2016 Annual Conference session, action steps for congregational growth were shared during a Fruitfulness in Evangelism panel discussion, moderated by Rev. Jay Hanson, director of Congregational Development. Five clergy – Rev. Antonie Walker, Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Rev. Hale Bishop, Rev. Matt Hearn, and Rev. Jim Cowart – each shared two key tools for evangelism and growth and together gave clergy and lay attendees 10 action steps for 10 ...

Wrightsville First UMC meets community need with preschool

published 9/6/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor For years, Janibeth Outlaw knew that Wrightsville needed a church-based preschool.  It became a pressing reality, though, when she had to drive to Sandersville to take her oldest son, Judson, now 4, to preschool.  Spending hours in the car wasn’t ideal for either of them, and they weren’t the only ones doing all that driving.  Residents of Wrightsville, a small community of about 2,200 people, had to drive nearly 30 miles to Dublin, Sandersville, or Swainsboro if ...

Hurricane Hermine Update - 9/2/16

published 9/1/2016
Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just east of St. Marks, Florida, at 1:30 a.m. EDT Friday. Wind gusts over 50 mph continued in parts of south Georgia and north Florida early Friday morning. Heavy rain from Hermine will continue to impact areas from Florida to Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday. Tropical storm-force winds, isolated tornadoes and storm surge flooding are also threats in that same area.   Yesterday, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 56 counties in ...

September 1 marks the "First Day of Bishop"

published 9/1/2016
Your news feed has probably been filled with hundreds of back-to-school photos over the past few weeks. We couldn't help but share one of our own! Today is the official “First Day of Bishop” for Bishop R. Lawson Bryan in the South Georgia Conference and other new Bishops around the connection in the United States. Bishop Bryan comes to us from the Alabama-West Florida Conference where he was senior pastor of Montgomery First UMC. We welcome Bishop Bryan to South Georgia!

Update on Commission on a Way Forward

published 8/31/2016
Overwhelming response delays appointments Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of Commission members. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration. Following their July meeting, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee asked all current residential and retired bishops to nominate up to five persons by Aug. 15. At that time, they ...

Picnic on the Beltline: Welcome Global Ministries to Georgia

published 8/30/2016
On Saturday, Oct. 22, you're invited to join United Methodists from across the state to welcome the board and staff of Global Ministries to Georgia. A welcome picnic featuring music, food, games, and a time of celebration will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. on the Atlanta Belt Line directly behind Ponce City Market (Green Space C) .  Dignitaries from the State of Georgia, the Carter Center, Emory University, and Gammon Theological have been invited to join us. Bishop Sue Haupert Johnson will serve...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/4/16

published 8/29/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 4 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 ...

UMCommission: Georgia's Collegiate Ministry Gets New Name

published 8/22/2016
Since the summer you may have noticed a new name for our Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministries, now the Georgia UMCommission. And along with a new name came a new logo and new website! There were a few reasons for the change, according to director Rev. Michael McCord.  "We wanted to honor our name and yet come up with a newer, simpler identity," he explained. "The name (connecting UM and Commission) demonstrates our desire to be deeply connected to the...

Children’s ministry and the mission of the Church

published 8/15/2016
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON How many of you remember the classic children’s book, “The Lorax,” a picture book by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1971? The book has a strong moral story about the care of the environment. The story follows the Lorax, the character who speaks for nature, and the Once-ler, the character who represents greed. Here’s a classic line from the book where the Once-ler reflects on the aftermath of a series of acts related to greed and growing bigger without ...

Columbus congregation stocks school clinic

published 8/15/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor Thanks to generous children and a congregation that cares, Columbus’ Allen Elementary School is stocked with necessary clinic supplies for the entire school year. The creative mission project was part of Epworth United Methodist Church’s focus during Vacation Bible School this summer, but the response was so strong that it was extended into June and July.   Children and church members donated sandwich bags, adhesive bandages, tissues, cotton balls, hand sanitizer, and...

Connectional Ministries welcomes new leaders

published 8/15/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor  Summer is a time of transition for many ministries across the Annual Conference. The Office of Connectional Ministries is no exception, as it welcomed three new associate directors following the 2016 Annual Conference session. Rev. Earnestine Campbell joins the Connectional Ministries team as associate director after having served as associate pastor of South Columbus United Methodist Church for the past two years. A passionate teacher and preacher, Rev. Campbell ...

Rhodes newly appointed United Methodist Men’s president

published 8/15/2016
By Kara Witherow, Editor Donald Rhodes is the newly appointed president for the United Methodist Men of the South Georgia Conference. He has served in various capacities in the local UMM unit at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church, including two years as president. This is his first Conference level service with UMM. The native and lifelong resident of Warner Robins was introduced during the 2016 Annual Conference session and began his four-year term of service July 1. He and his ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/21/16

published 8/15/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 21 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 Congregational Development Corner

published 8/15/2016
10 for 10 (10 steps for 10 percent growth) During the 2016 Annual Conference session, action steps for congregational growth were shared during a Fruitfulness in Evangelism panel discussion, moderated by Rev. Jay Hanson, director of Congregational Development. Five clergy – Rev. Antonie Walker, Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Rev. Hale Bishop, Rev. Matt Hearn, and Rev. Jim Cowart – each shared two key tools for evangelism and growth and together gave clergy and lay attendees 10 action steps for 10 ...

Wesleyan President Ruth Knox announces retirement

published 8/15/2016
Ruth Knox will retire from Wesleyan College effective June 30, 2017, after a 15-year tenure as president. Ruth Austin Knox announced Thursday, Aug. 11 that she will retire from Wesleyan College effective June 30, 2017, after a 15-year tenure as president. “This is a natural time for fresh leadership,” said Knox, citing the completion of the College’s current strategic plan. “I have never felt more confident in our mission, in the quality of the Wesleyan Experience, and in the people who are ...

Why a Hispanic ministry in South Georgia?

published 8/15/2016
HISPANIC NEWS DANIEL MEDINA This is the second in a series of monthly columns written by Revs. Felipe Ricardo and Daniel Medina, associate directors of Connectional Ministries for Hispanic Ministries. The Hispanic ministry of the South Georgia conference is an intentional response to the commandment of Jesus Christ when He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The Holy Spirit, who in the day of Pentecost, in downtown Jerusalem, allowed people from everywhere to hear ...

Wild Animals

published 8/15/2016
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK You know how you’ll be reading something you’ve read before in the Bible, and certain words jump out at you with new meaning? That happened for me this morning when I was reading in Mark and saw these words, “He was with the wild animals, and the angels attended Him.” (Mark 1: 13) The reference is to Jesus when he was led by the Spirit into the desert after his baptism. God had just voiced these beautiful words, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well...

Churches embrace Pokémon Go craze

published 8/1/2016
Will Medders, left, and Mason Schneider, right, both members of The Chapel in Brunswick, play Pokémon Go and appreciate how churches have opened their doors to players. By Kara Witherow, Editor They come on bikes, in cars, and on foot. They are young and young at heart. And they’re usually looking down at their phones as they wander onto church property. Who are they and what, exactly, are they doing? They’re Pokémon Go players, out trying to capture Pokémon (which means pocket monsters in ...

John Wesley: Art Critic?

published 8/1/2016
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON John Wesley was a man of many interests. He read everything he could find about electricity, medicine, and numerous other subjects. He was interested in architecture and art. Here is a quote from Wesley about art: “Of pictures I do not pretend to be a judge, but there is one, by Paul Rubens, which particularly struck me, both with the design and the execution of it. It is Zacharias and Elizabeth, with John the Baptist, two or three years old, coming to visit ...

New Wesley Foundation will launch this month in Brunswick

published 8/1/2016
The Watering Hole, a summer worship service in Glynn County, will help launch the new Coastal Wesley Foundation. Photo by Sarah Spivey with The Darkroom Photography. By Kara Witherow, Editor What began 20 years ago when a few young adults gathered in a small room at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island has laid the groundwork for a campus ministry in Brunswick. The Watering Hole, a summer worship service for college age young adults in Glynn County, has been a popular ministry since its ...

South Georgia returns to East Africa, provides funding for eight projects

published 8/1/2016
Rev. Denise Walton, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries in the South Georgia Conference, left, and Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa Annual Conference, sign a Memorandum of Understanding. By Rev. Denise Walton, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries The South Georgia Annual Conference has a long history of partnership, mission, and ministry with the East Africa Annual Conference. Two of our primary points of focus have been Humble United Methodist School ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/7/16

published 8/1/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 7 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 Congregational Development Corner

published 8/1/2016
10 for 10 (10 steps for 10 percent growth) During the 2016 Annual Conference session, action steps for congregational growth were shared during a Fruitfulness in Evangelism panel discussion, moderated by Rev. Jay Hanson, director of Congregational Development. Five clergy – Rev. Antonie Walker, Rev. Leigh Anne Raynor, Rev. Hale Bishop, Rev. Matt Hearn, and Rev. Jim Cowart – each shared two key tools for evangelism and growth and together gave clergy and lay attendees 10 action steps for 10 ...

We love you, South Georgia!!!

published 8/1/2016
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! This is our last article for the Advocate. Some of you are old enough to remember the chorus sung at the end of the Mickey Mouse show. It began with these words: “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company.” Well, Rose and I are not saying goodbye, but we are at a time in our lives where we are turning to another page and so are you as you receive a new episcopal family. We will always have space in our hearts ...

Council Executive Committee affirms unity, moves forward

published 7/25/2016
Nashville, Tenn.: Meeting in Chicago July 19-20, the Council of Bishops' Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council's proposal in May, but re-affirmed their commitment to lead the church forward. "The reported declarations of non-compliance from...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/31/16

published 7/25/2016
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 31 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...

American Family Life

published 7/18/2016
By Dr. Hal Brady Who is the enemy anyway? Whites, blacks, Latinos, straights, gays, Muslims, Christians, immigrants, others … who? If what Congressman John Lewis said the other day is true, none of the above. Congressman Lewis stated, “We all belong to the same house.” Now, that statement has strong ramifications, and I may add, positive ramifications. The image here is that all Americans are part of the same family, with the same heritage, freedoms, and rights. Granted, all the family in ...

Bishop King preaches opening message of love, unity, fruitfulness

published 7/18/2016
Photo by Matt Brodie, SCUMC Bishop James R. King, Jr., who will retire Sept. 1 after serving 16 years as an episcopal leader – eight in South Georgia and eight in Kentucky – preached the opening worship service of the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and greeted those gathered in Lake Junaluska, N.C. with his trademark, “Hello, beautiful people!” His sermon, “Focus on love,” emphasized unity and fruitfulness. Speaking to a Church that has been mired in rumors of schism for several...

Bishop R. Lawson Bryan assigned to South Georgia

published 7/18/2016
Bishop Robert Lawson Bryan has been assigned to the South Georgia Conference and will serve as the conference’s bishop for the next four years. The assignment begins Sept. 1. He will succeed Bishop James R. King, Jr., who is retiring. Bishop Bryan was elected bishop Wednesday, July 13 at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference’s quadrennial meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. On the tenth ballot, Bishop Bryan, 66, received 256 of 375 votes cast. He is currently serving as senior pastor of ...

South Georgians elected to serve on general church boards

published 7/18/2016
Two South Georgia United Methodists, Dr. Brad Brady and Kelly Roberson, have been nominated and elected to serve on general church agency boards by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Dr. Brady, senior pastor at Perry United Methodist Church, has for a second quadrennium been elected to serve on the Connectional Table. Established by the 2004 General Conference, the Connectional Table oversees the coordination of mission, ministries, and resources across the denomination. The purpose of...

Southeastern Jurisdiction plans missional initiative

published 7/18/2016
Bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction are launching a missional initiative that will focus on the following: new forms of church beyond the walls; children and poverty, unity and human sexuality; making disciples; and finally structure, finance and the future church. The hope is that this work will help guide the human-sexuality commission that the Council of Bishops is forming. Southeastern Jurisdiction delegates, by voice vote, affirmed the initiative late July 14. A Missional Initiative ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop James R. King, Jr. - July 16, 2016

published 7/16/2016
A Pastoral Letter from Bishop James R. King, Jr. July 16, 2016 Dear Beautiful People of the South Georgia Conference, 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. There is confusion, pain, and grief all around us. I know many of you have questions about the action taken by the Western Jurisdiction in electing an openly gay bishop. Indeed, ...

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