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FROM THE BISHOP R. LAWSON BRYAN Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at Lovely Lane Chapel on the grounds of Epworth By The Sea. What an beautiful, worshipful setting. The ...
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Grace UMC celebrates successful SBC21 program, church sesquicentennial

November 04, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor On Sunday, Nov. 11, Grace United Methodist Church in Brunswick will celebrate its sesquicentennial with the theme, “Rooted in the past with a vision for our future.” They will celebrate with an anniversary banquet Friday, Nov. 9 and with a church anniversary worship hour Sunday, Nov. 11, with retired Coastal District Superintendent Dr. Wayne Moseley preaching. The church, which began Nov. 18, 1868, also has much to celebrate as they conclude their two-year involvement...

Register today for Encounter Youth Retreat, set for Nov. 16-18

Register today for Encounter Youth Retreat, set for Nov. 16-18

November 04, 2018
Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, and each in a very unique way. This retreat, set for Nov. 16-18, will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a meaningful time with other teens at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Click here for more information. I Click here to register your group.

Printable Oct. 16 South Georgia Advocate

October 15, 2018
Click here to view and print the October 16 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the October 16 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)

Two local church grant opportunities: Peace with Justice and Ethnic Local Concerns

October 15, 2018
The Office of Connectional Ministries has two grant opportunities for local churches:   The Peace with Justice Grant provides seed money for any local church, district, conference, or agency that has a desire to work and support mercy and justice efforts and who seeks to offer peaceful solutions through Christian discipleship and living out the love and grace of God. Examples include developing disciples who strive to end poverty, being graceful to those at the margins, connecting with people ...

Annual Conference 2019: Hotel room blocks now open

Annual Conference 2019: Hotel room blocks now open

October 01, 2018
We are busy preparing for the 2019 Annual Conference Session, which will be held at The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center set for June 2-5, 2019. Last year, Bishop Bryan led us in celebrating all the ways we are “Alive Together in Worship.” We also prepared for a year-long emphasis on being “Alive Together in the World” and will continue that celebration at the 2019 Annual Conference Session. I pray that you are finding many ways to reach out to the world in word and deed as you share ...

Printable Sept. 18 South Georgia Advocate

September 17, 2018
Click here to view and print the September 18 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the September 18 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 19 pages)

KidzQuest -

KidzQuest - "This Wild Life" - set for Sept. 21-23

September 04, 2018
KidzQuest, an annual children’s retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries, will be held September 21-23 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme, “This Wild Life,” will be the foundation of the weekend and will help show kids just how wild their faith journey can be! As Joshua 1:9 commands us to be strong, brave, and not afraid, kids will learn that “I [God] will be there to help you wherever you go.” What a promise!  Designed for students in third through sixth ...

Printable Sept. 5 South Georgia Advocate

September 04, 2018
Click here to view and print the September 5 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the September 5 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 19 pages)

KidzQuest -

KidzQuest - "This Wild Life" - set for Sept. 21-23

August 21, 2018
KidzQuest, the annual children’s fall retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries, is for students in third through sixth grades. This event typically sells out and brings so much energy (and noise!) to the grounds of Epworth By The Sea retreat center on St. Simons Island. 500 children and adult leaders come together with dozens of other church groups, learning how to worship, study God's Word, and understand what a relationship with Jesus really means. Beautiful coastal ...

Printable Aug. 21 South Georgia Advocate

August 21, 2018
Click here to view and print the August 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the August 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 18 pages)

Printable Aug. 7 South Georgia Advocate

August 07, 2018
Click here to view and print the August 7 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the August 7 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 24 pages)

Animated Wesleys share church history

August 06, 2018
NASHVILLE, TENN.: A new video resource from United Methodist Communications uses an animated John and Charles Wesley to share United Methodist history in an innovative and contemporary way. Created for use in confirmation classes, new member classes, Sunday school and small discussion groups, "The Wesleys Take the Web" is a series of three 1-minute episodes (also available as one 3-minute video) that aims to generate conversation about the history of The United Methodist Church and make it ...

Advocacy: ONE Campaign: Poverty is Sexist

July 23, 2018
Each year the Advocacy team selects an area of focus from among the four members' deepest cares and concerns. This year, the Advocacy team is focusing on ending extreme poverty worldwide. By Tammy A.K. Mixon-Calderon, Executive Director, Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. Overwhelmed and at her wit’s end, Sharon arrived for an appointment with Wesley’s Family Advocate in dire need of help and a plan. Sharon is 26 years old and the single mother of six children. The needs were many – ...

Printable July 24 South Georgia Advocate

July 23, 2018
Click here to view and print the July 10 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 24 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Pathways Training Event 2018 is this weekend!

Pathways Training Event 2018 is this weekend!

July 09, 2018
Registration is still open for Pathways 2018, to be held at Trinity UMC in Warner Robins, Saturday, August 25. Download the brochure for a list of workshops and gather a group from your church to "divide and conquer" the many great offerings. After the event, come together to learn from each other. You will find something for everyone to equip, encourage, and empower both clergy and laity in ministry! For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.  Download the brochure I Register...

Printable July 10 South Georgia Advocate

July 09, 2018
Click here to view and print the July 10 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 10 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 18 pages)

Printable June 26 South Georgia Advocate

June 26, 2018
Click here to view and print the June 26 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 26 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Advocacy: Poverty is sexist

June 25, 2018
Each year the Advocacy team selects an area of focus from among the four members' deepest cares and concerns. This year, the Advocacy team is focusing on ending extreme poverty worldwide.   By Kim Jenkins, Executive Director, Open Door Community House   Women and children disproportionately make up the largest population of persons living in poverty around the world and here at home. Many programs around the globe seek to alleviate the problem by offering, for example, training for women to sell...

Printable June 11 South Georgia Advocate

June 11, 2018
Click here to view and print the June 11 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 11 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 32 pages)

Vital Signs highlight ways Conference is Alive Together in Worship

Vital Signs highlight ways Conference is Alive Together in Worship

June 11, 2018
During the 2018 Annual Conference session, delegates heard Vital Signs moments from the Office of Congregational Development and Connectional Ministries. These Vital Signs moments highlighted areas in the South Georgia Conference that are alive and vital and ways the conference is “Alive Together in Worship.” During the Monday, June 4 afternoon business session, Rev. Jay Hanson, director of Congregational Development, highlighted a couple of the Conference’s churches that are seeing increases ...

South Georgia churches are Alive Together in Christ through mission, ministry and evangelism

June 07, 2018
Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together in Christ through mission, ministry and evangelism.  Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ.   Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s ...

Printable May 29 South Georgia Advocate

May 29, 2018
Click here to view and print the May 29 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 29 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

Help Conference agencies by giving

May 28, 2018
Agencies within the bounds of our Annual Conference are changing lives. They are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as they help to meet the most basic of needs. We are grateful for their work and want to show our gratitude. Each of the agencies listed below will have a collection box in the lobby. They have selected an item that will help them in their day-to-day operation. So choose one or choose several and let’s help fill up their boxes!  Magnolia Manor: Jigsaw/word search puzzles, hardback ...

Live stream of Annual Conference Session begins June 3

May 28, 2018
Those who are not able to attend the 2018 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 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 through the Fixing the Appointments/Sending Forth Service on Tuesday, June 5. Those with internet access can experience events, worship services, and plenary sessions as if they were attending in ...

Printable May 15 South Georgia Advocate

May 14, 2018
Click here to view and print the May 15 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 15 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Ethnic Local Church Concerns grants available

April 30, 2018
The South Georgia Conference Ethnic Local Church Concerns (ELLC) fund provides small seed money for United Methodist local church ministries that have a desire to enhance discipleship-making efforts. We are now offering this ELLC fund opportunity.  To request an application, contact Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.com or visit www.sgaumc.org/advocacy for more information.

2018 Book of Recommendations & Reports

2018 Book of Recommendations & Reports

April 27, 2018
Business items for the 2018 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, reports, and resolutions prior to arriving at conference. A good delegate is a prepared delegate. The 2015 Annual Conference session voted that all Annual Conference materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports, be made available online on the conference website and through ...

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit South Georgia, U.S., global health initiatives

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit South Georgia, U.S., global health initiatives

April 17, 2018
United Methodists are committed to health, wholeness, and offering hope. Local congregations offer feeding ministries to help children receive nourishing food when they aren’t at school, mission teams travel overseas to help dig and install water wells in faraway countries, and United Methodists from around the conference faithfully give to assist clergy when they are faced with special needs. During this year’s Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists have the opportunity to...

Peace with Justice grants available

April 17, 2018
The South Georgia Conference Peace with Justice grant fund provides seed money for United Methodist local church, district, conference, and agency ministries that have a desire to work and support mercy and justice efforts. We are now offering Peace with Justice grant opportunities for these groups interested in seeking peaceful solutions through Christian discipleship and living out the love and grace of God.​ To request an application, contact Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.com or ...

Printable April 17 South Georgia Advocate

April 17, 2018
Click here to view and print the April 17 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 17 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Printable April 3 South Georgia Advocate

April 03, 2018
Click here to view and print the April 3 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the April 3 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 20 pages)

Printable March 20 South Georgia Advocate

March 19, 2018
Click here to view and print the March 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the March 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 22 pages)

SBC21 hosts second annual leadership conference

SBC21 hosts second annual leadership conference

March 19, 2018
Submitted by Rev. Earnestine Campbell   Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), a leadership and church development partnership between the National SBC21 and the South Georgia Conference, celebrated its second annual Leadership and Development Conference Saturday, March 10 at Grace Corner United Methodist Church in Macon.   The conference focused on several leadership laboratories facilitated by SBC21 national coaches.   The Christian Education laboratory was facilitated by...

Still time to register for Elementary Camp!

Still time to register for Elementary Camp!

March 19, 2018
Don't miss out on the opportunity for your child to spend a week away from normal everyday life in the beauty of God’s creation with people who seek to share Christ in the everyday. Register today for Camp Connect Elementary Camp, the camping ministry of the South Georgia Conference.  With a “Blueprints” theme this summer, a week at Camp Connect will teach campers what God’s design for their life looks like. Diving into scripture and sharing life stories will show them they are created in God’s ...

Advocacy: Toxic Charity

March 06, 2018
Each year the Advocacy team selects an area of focus from among the four members' deepest cares and concerns. This year, the Advocacy team is focusing on ending extreme poverty worldwide. Over the next year we will share how we can engage with this issue from various perspectives.  By Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye Just the words toxic charity may be enough to make you question the very premise of this article. After all, how can charity, which comes from a good place in our hearts, ever be toxic? ...

Printable March 6 South Georgia Advocate

March 06, 2018
Click here to view and print the March 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the March 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 30 pages)

UMCOR Sunday is this Sunday!

UMCOR Sunday is this Sunday!

March 06, 2018
We cannot all be present when disaster strikes. However, on March 11, we will equip others to go. UMCOR Sunday allows The United Methodist Church to respond when disaster strikes. Think of UMCOR as our “Go Team” who can be present when help is needed. South Georgia churches will join thousands of others across the United States by participating in a United Methodist churchwide special Sunday with offering. Together, we will help fund the critical disaster-relief efforts of the United Methodist ...

Printable February 20 South Georgia Advocate

February 20, 2018
Click here to view and print the February 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the February 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 23 pages)

Advocacy: ONE voice can change the world

February 19, 2018
Each year the Advocacy team selects an area of focus from among the four members' deepest cares and concerns. This year, the Advocacy team is focusing on ending extreme poverty worldwide. Our Advocacy point of contact for this issue is Rev. Ashley Randall who has done extensive work on the issue with the ONE Campaign. Over the next year we will share about how we can engage with this issue from various perspectives. If you have any questions or would like to join us in this work, please contact ...

Printable February 6 South Georgia Advocate

February 05, 2018
Click here to view and print the February 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the February 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Multicultural Luncheon Worship Workshop set for Feb. 3

January 22, 2018
The Second Annual Multicultural Luncheon will be held February 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centenary UMC, Macon. The 2018 theme is Worship, celebrating and engaging in diversity through worship and music development. The workshop presenter will be Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Assistant General Secretary, Leadership Ministries. There is a small cost of $6 for lunch. Register here. The Workshop flyer is attached here; please share it with congregations. For more information, contact Earnestine ...

Printable January 23 South Georgia Advocate

January 22, 2018
Click here to view and print the January 23 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the January 23 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 32 pages)

Campus Crawl: A United Methodist College Tour for High School Students

Campus Crawl: A United Methodist College Tour for High School Students

January 17, 2018
NEW! The Campus Crawl begins in a few short weeks. Space is limited to the first 50 students who register. Refer a friend and get a $10 Amazon gift card for each friend you bring along. Register before February 9 and get a Campus Crawl t-shirt. Reserve your seat on the bus today!   Campus Crawl is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th through 12th grade students to United Methodist campus ministries featuring our Georgia United Methodist Colleges and Universities.   In one weekend, high school ...

Attend a Connecting Neighbors training to better prepare and respond to emergencies

January 08, 2018
The Office of Connectional Ministries is hosting three one-day Connecting Neighbors training events, designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. "Connecting Neighbors” is UMCOR’s recently-updated program that gives congregations the tools and information they need to guide the development of their disaster-response ministries. Congregations that invest their time in “...

Printable January 9 South Georgia Advocate

January 08, 2018
Click here to view and print the January 9 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the January 9 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 27 pages)

Applications now available for the Carl and Ruth Looney Scholarship

December 18, 2017
The Carl and Ruth Looney Scholarship was established by Bishop Richard C. Looney,  who was elected the first bishop of the South Georgia Annual Conference in 1988 and where he served for 12 years.  After retirement, he served as President of The Foundation for Evangelism and as the Episcopal Director of the Foundation. He continues to serve as Episcopal Director Emeritus for the Foundation since his retirement.  The scholarship funds, up to $1000 per application, are available to South Georgia ...

Printable December 18 South Georgia Advocate

December 18, 2017
Click here to view and print the December 18 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the December 18 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 24 pages)

There's still time to register for the 2018 Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat!

There's still time to register for the 2018 Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat!

December 04, 2017
The 16th Annual South Georgia Conference Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat will be held March 2-4, 2018. Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo as well ...

Printable November 20 South Georgia Advocate

November 20, 2017
Click here to view and print the November 20 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the November 20 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 32 pages)

2018 Special Sundays

November 06, 2017
Human Relations Day – January 14 * Andrew College Sunday – February 11 ** Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – February 18 ** Kingdom Builders Promotion – February 25 ** UMCOR Sunday – March 11 * Native American Awareness – April 15 * Magnolia Manor Sunday – May 13 ** Peace With Justice – May 27 * Wesley Glen Day – June 17 ** Golden Cross Sunday – July 1 ** Christian Education Sunday – August 19 ** Methodist Children's Home Word Day – September 16 ** World Communion Day – October 7 * Vashti ...

Peace with Justice grants available

November 06, 2017
Program funding opportunities The South Georgia Conference Peace with Justice grant fund provides seed money for the United Methodist local church, district, conference, and agency ministries that have a desire to work and support mercy and justice efforts. Peace with Justice grant opportunities are now being offered for groups that are interested in seeking peaceful solutions through Christian discipleship and living out the love and grace of God. What is its purpose? Assists United ...

Printable November 6 South Georgia Advocate

November 06, 2017
Click here to view and print the November 6 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the November 6 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

SEJ Black Methodists for Church Renewal gather for 49th annual meeting

November 06, 2017
By Rev. Earnestine W. Campbell The Southeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal (SEJ BMCR) 49th Annual Meeting was held Oct. 19 through Oct. 21, 2017, in Atlanta. This year’s event theme, “Communion: Holy or Unholy? The Messy Truth!” was undergirded by 1 Corinthians 11:18 which states, “For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent, I believe it.” The theme appears, at first sight, to be only an ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/12/17

November 06, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 12 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...

There's still time to register for Encounter youth retreat!

There's still time to register for Encounter youth retreat!

November 06, 2017
Encounter, the annual youth retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Office of Connectional Ministries, is set for Nov. 17-19 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Designed for 6th - 12th grade students, Encounter will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study, and a meaningful time away from home with other teens. The theme “One.,” taken from John 14:6 where Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” will ask students “What if we...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/29/17

October 23, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 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 ...

Printable October 16 South Georgia Advocate

October 16, 2017
Click here to view and print the October 16 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the October 16 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 21 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/22/17

October 16, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 22 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 ...

Teams needed from Texas to Florida

October 16, 2017
The South Georgia Conference has received requests for ERTs (Early Response Teams) and mission teams from Annual Conferences affected by recent storms. Coastal communities here at home and in Texas and Florida can use our help, as can communities affected by Hurricane Matthew last year. Remember that when you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a mission team, each requesting Annual Conference controls the process and coordinates the United Methodist response.   Want to Serve in ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/15/17

October 10, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 15 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 ...

Printable October 2 South Georgia Advocate

October 02, 2017
Click here to view and print the October 2 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the October 2 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 17 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/8/17

October 02, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 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 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/1/17

September 25, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 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 ...

After Hurricane Irma: Early response teams now needed

September 18, 2017
The Conference Disaster Response Team is currently assessing how we as South Georgia United Methodists can be of assistance, both in our own conference and the Florida Conference, following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We were fortunate as we witnessed a significant downgrade in Irma before reaching South Georgia. We will be gathering damage assessments and mobilizing resources as needed throughout South Georgia in the days to come. Thank you for the many ways the connection continues to ...

Connecting Neighbors: UMCOR’s Disaster Response Leadership Training Program

September 18, 2017
Over the past year - through Hurricane Matthew, the Albany tornadoes, and most recently Tropical Storm Irma - United Methodists across South Georgia have stepped up and shown what it means to be “Alive Together In Christ.” Local churches and individuals have been involved in their communities, offering feeding ministries and sheltering programs to providing comfort and early response teams and much more. Stories continue to bubble up of creative ways neighbors are helping neighbors and examples...

Hispanic congregations gather for time of fellowship, worship on St. Simons Island

September 18, 2017
HISPANIC NEWS REV. DANIEL MEDINA On the second week of July the Hispanic congregations of Warner Robins and Macon traveled to Epworth By The Sea for four days of Bible study, fellowship, and rest. 46 people decided to get out of their homes and facilities to praise God and live as Christian community in our beautiful conference retreat on St. Simons Island. Some of the activities during these days included playing different sports, riding bikes, swimming at the pool, or simply walking at the ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/24/17

September 18, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 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 ...

Conference Disability Ministries Committee seeks passionate volunteers

September 05, 2017
By Christy Odum, member of the Advocacy Team and chair of the Ministry with People with Disabilities subcommittee Hello, South Georgia, I had the privilege of traveling to Atlanta Sunday, Aug. 13 to attend a worship service and meeting for the Disability Ministries Committee. The worship service was filled with God’s presence and grace. My friend Mark Crenshaw of the North Georgia Conference brought the message and others with disabilities were involved with every aspect of the service. I ...

Disaster Response: Responding to Hurricane Harvey

September 05, 2017
September 1, 2017 To the South Georgia Conference: I have said before that it is times like these that we see just how very "Alive Together in Christ" we are! Thank you for the outpouring of prayer and support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are seeing a tremendous response across South Georgia in very tangible ways. The Bishop has encouraged local churches to take up a special offering, which will be sent to the Texas conferences experiencing this devastation. The following inserts ...

Printable September 5 South Georgia Advocate

September 05, 2017
Click here to view and print the September 5 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the September 5 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/10/17

September 05, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 10 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 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/3/17

August 28, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 3 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 ...

Conference updates mobile app

Conference updates mobile app

August 21, 2017
The South Georgia UMC mobile app has gotten a facelift. The convenient app – available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones/tablets – recently underwent a redesign and was launched last week. Those who have already downloaded the app need only update it to get the latest version. “We are continuously looking for ways to enhance how we share news with the clergy and laity of our Annual Conference,” said Kelly Roberson, Director of Communications. “Moving to an updated platform for our ...

Printable August 21 South Georgia Advocate

August 21, 2017
Click here to view and print the August 21 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the August 21 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 18 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/27/17

August 21, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 27 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 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/20/17

August 14, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 20 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 ...

Printable August 7 South Georgia Advocate

August 07, 2017
Click here to view and print the August 7 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the August 7 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 15 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/13/17

August 07, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 13 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 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 8/6/17

July 31, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, August 6 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 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/30/17

July 24, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 30 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...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/23/17

July 17, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 23 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...

Printable July 10 South Georgia Advocate

July 10, 2017
Click here to view and print the July 10 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the July 10 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 14 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/16/17

July 10, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 16 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...

New UMC Handbook now available

June 26, 2017
The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new members. “The United Methodist Church Handbook is one of the most appreciated resources generated in the church, and rightly so,” said Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and ...

Printable June 26 South Georgia Advocate

June 26, 2017
Click here to view and print the June 26 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 26 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 19 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/2/17

June 26, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 2 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 ...

Why the “Resolution in support of a Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors” is important

June 26, 2017
HISPANIC NEWS REV. DANIEL MEDINA The Hispanic caucus and its friends of the South Georgia Conference presented a document called “Resolution in support of a Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors” to the 2017 Annual Conference session gathered at Jekyll Island. Such document considers that the social reality, the scriptures, our Wesleyan theology, and our historic practice of taking care of our neighbors calls us today to intentional and meaningful actions for the wellbeing of ...

Printable June 12 South Georgia Advocate - Annual Conference edition

June 12, 2017
Click here to view and print the June 12 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the June 12 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 32 pages)

Annual Conference bulletin insert

June 10, 2017
Click here to download a bulletin insert to help tell the story of Annual Conference in your local church. This bulletin insert 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.

2017 Denman Evangelism Awards presented

June 09, 2017
From L to R: Mrs. Teri Nave, Rev. Matt Hearn, Mrs. Karen Forrester Two South Georgia United Methodists have been awarded UM’s highest evangelism 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 life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year Annual Conferences and the Foundation ...

Vital Signs moments highlight ways Conference is alive

June 09, 2017
From L to R: Rev. Earnestine Campbell, Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye and Rev. Carrie Myers share a Vital Sign moment about the ministry foci of the Conference Advocacy Team. A highlight of this year’s Annual Conference session were the Vital Signs moments. These brief, interactive snapshots of ministries showed the various ways we are Alive Together in Christ in the South Georgia Conference through our various agencies, ministries, and people. Rev. Jonathan Smith, Campus Minister at the Georgia ...

Printable May 15 South Georgia Advocate

May 15, 2017
Click here to view and print the May 15 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 15 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 28 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/21/17

May 15, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 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 saved ...

The Immigrant’s Creed

May 15, 2017
HISPANIC NEWS REV. DANIEL MEDINA Rev. Daniel Medina, pastor of Nueva Vida United Methodist Church in Macon and associate director of Connectional Ministries for Hispanic Ministries, presents the text below as a Christian reflection and statement in the midst of the political conversation in which we live. This creed has been part of the Hispanic liturgy in the recent years and expresses hope in a future where we all live in reconciliation and peace, “as it is in heaven.” Rev. Medina prays that ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/14/17

May 08, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 14 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 ...

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit disaster relief

May 01, 2017
South Georgia has seen its share of storms – and then some – in the past year. In early September 2016 South Georgia was hit by Tropical Storm Hermine and then its coastal communities were pounded again in October by Hurricane Matthew. In January, devastating storms ripped through the area, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The most affected areas of the South Georgia Conference were the South Central and Southwest Districts. The same area was again impacted in April when a tornado ...

Printable May 1 South Georgia Advocate

May 01, 2017
Click here to view and print the May 1 issue of the South Georgia Advocate. This is a link to a printable PDF file that contains all of the news and stories from the May 1 South Georgia Advocate. This file may be printed and given to those in your congregation who might not have access to a computer, printer or the Internet. (Length: 25 pages)

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/7/17

May 01, 2017
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 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 saved ...

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2017 Annual Conference Session now available

April 28, 2017
Business items for the 2017 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 Annual Conference materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports, be made available online on the conference website and through other electronic ...

A United Methodist understanding on immigration; an act of Christian compassion

April 17, 2017
HISPANIC NEWS REV. DANIEL MEDINA The “Book of Resolutions” of The United Methodist Church states: “The Bible is full of stories of sojourners, strangers without homes, immigrants whom God called people to protect. God did not let the Israelites, after their exodus from Egypt, forget that they had been without a homeland for such a long time; the ethic of welcoming the sojourner was woven into the very fabric of the Israelite and early Christian culture, religion and law.” Jesus exemplified the...

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