BUSINESS SESSION

Members were led in Bible Study by Dr. Steven Manskar.  Dr. Manskar talked about the importance and role of small groups and spiritual formation.

“Small groups are the way that congregations make disciples for the transformation of the world,” said Dr. Manskar.

“Making disciples doesn’t just happen.  It takes intentionality.” 

In the Business Session Tuesday morning, the conference:  

·      were reminded by Rev. Dave Hanson in a John Wesley moment that if John Wesley were speaking to us he would tell us to invite, convince, offer Christ, and build up.

·      approved the report of the nominations committee and nominated from the floor those who will serve as at-large members of the Nomination Committee (to be voted on later).

·      heard the report of the Conference Personnel Committee and recognized the 25 years of service of Mrs. Cathy Crawford (Connectional Ministries) and the 20 years of service of Mrs. Eleanor Dickson (Administrative Services).  Rev. Adam Ricker was thanked for his years of dedication and hard work as the Associate Director of Life Span Ministries.  Mr. Jim Towson is the new Associate Director. 

·      voted on an updated and amended church professional misconduct policy.

·      took action on the church closings of the following churches, while also celebrating the impact these churches have had on many people in the South Georgia Conference: Hardwick UMC, Liberty Hill UMC, Carnegie Chapel UMC, Lilly UMC, Manassas UMC, Hannatown UMC, Woodlawn UMC, and North Glynn UMC.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who have served in our Conference was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00. 

Dr. Hal Brady was the preacher for the service and in honoring the deceased, said, “Life in Christ, death in Christ…we can trust it all in God.

“Wherever heaven is, there Jesus is.  We don’t know exactly what is beyond the grave, but we know exactly who is beyond the grave.” 

Speaking to the families of the deceased Dr. Brady said, “Every last one of your loved ones has made a contribution.  They really can’t die; otherwise the universe wouldn’t make sense.” 

Those being remembered included:

Ministers
Harold W. Hankins

Norma Jean Thomas

Curtis Creed Roberts

James Redding Webb, Jr.

J. Parke Renshaw

Dan Vernon Gates

Joseph Allen Newton

Freddie L. Wheeler

Bishop Marion Edwards

Jonine Northrip

J. Hyatt Smith

David L. Rooks

 Spouses

Jane Sloat

Wynelle Brazell

Wilda M. Wilson

Jeanette Morgan

Jennie Nexsen Reed

Cecilia Hankins

Elizabeth B. Freeman

Mary Dot “Dottie” Edmundson 

Mollie P. Cyree

Alice Chaphe Alsobrook

Doris Crawford Lance

Novella R. McClellan

Vera Belle Morgan

Pauline Hearn

Anna U. Smith

 

BUSINESS SESSION

In the Business Session Tuesday afternoon, the conference:  

·      celebrated through “commercials” the following: Conference Confirmation Retreats, Epworth By The Sea, the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Wesley Community Centers, Open Door Community Center, Higher Education and Clergy S3 groups.

·      heard a preliminary report from the Council on Finance and Administration that showed the current financial reality in the United Methodist Church as a denomination and the current realities in the South Georgia Conference.

·      learned about the Ambassadors for Epworth By The Sea program, in which every local church is asked to name one person who will come learn more about the ministry Epworth.

·      recognized Four Star and Five Star clergy. Bishop King presented the Five Star clergy with a Five Star medallion.  

Elections

The following were elected to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation.  The laity balloting has concluded.

CLERGY

General Conference

Robert Beckum (Monday)

Bob Moon (Monday)

Ben Martin

Jim Cowart

LAITY

General Conference

Larry Price (Monday)

Carl Childs (Monday)

Bill Hatcher (Monday)

Kelly Roberson (Monday)

Allison Easton

Jurisdictional Conference

J. Taylor Phillips

Miriam Hagan

Sunshine Bird

Richard Shinhoster

Marianne Wright

Alternates to Jurisdicitonal Conference

Gloria Morgan

Charlene Black


TUESDAY EVENING

Conference members were invited to the Agrirama for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. Agrirama is Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and Living History Museum.  With authentic structures and furnishings, the attraction gave visitors the opportunity to experience 19th century-style farm-like activities, from planting and harvesting to cooking, spinning, quilt making, and more.