Stand at the Wesley monument
FROM THE BISHOP R. LAWSON BRYAN On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I found myself seated beside a Jewish rabbi from Philadelphia. When he asked about my group’s itinerary, I ...
Excel in the grace of giving
OUR CONNECTION MATTERS NITA CRUMP​ At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. (2 Corinthians 8:14, NIV) ...
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One Great Hour of Sharing is March 15

February 16, 2015
One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. A special offering is taken on this day to support humanitarian aid through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can be assured that when catastrophes cause suffering, your church, impelled by Jesus' love and compassion, will be in the lead to ease the pain. Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering...

March 2 deadline for resolutions

February 03, 2015
March 2, 2015 is the deadline for all resolutions to be considered by the 2015 session of the South Georgia Annual Conference. The Resolutions Committee will consider only those resolutions received by March 2. Resolutions should be sent to Rev. Wayne Moseley, Chair, 10 Timber Trail Suite #101, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or coastalds@sgaumc.com. A copy should be sent to Rev. Craig Hutto, Conference Secretary, PO Box 420, Waynesboro, GA 30830 or hcraighuttojr@gmail.com. A digital copy should also be...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/3/2015 edition

February 02, 2015
Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 8 Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. ...

Pierce Chapel UMC wears pajamas to serve others

February 02, 2015
On Sunday, Jan. 25, members of Pierce Chapel UMC traded their Sunday finest for pajamas and slippers. The congregation isn’t typically quite so casual – they were gearing up for their annual Global Impact Celebration (GIC), a weekend-long mission immersion experience. Leading up to the weekend, which will be held Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, Pierce Chapel has introduced congregants to their mission partners and asked for donations that each can use in their ministry. Fran Lynch, a deaconess and ...

Methodist Home guest speakers available to preach

January 18, 2015
Guest speakers from The Methodist Home for Children and Youth are available to preach and share with local congregations the vital ministry they are providing to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. As a mission agency of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Methodist Home is helping restore childhoods and strengthen families. Partnering with local United Methodist congregations and individuals is vital to The Methodist Home's ministry. Call ...

Warner Robins First UMC member receives Arthur J. Moore Award

January 16, 2015
On Sunday, Jan. 11 at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church, Ellen Reynolds received the Arthur J. Moore Award for Historic Preservation. Margaret Mathews and Rev. Jimmy Duke from the Conference Archives and History/Museum Committee presented Ellen with this award for her outstanding work on the recently published history of Warner Robins First UMC. This award is given annually to someone who has exemplified the spirit of Bishop Moore in searching out, recording and preserving the story of...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 1/20/2015 edition

January 14, 2015
Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 8 Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. ...

Epworth By The Sea hiring

January 05, 2015
Epworth By The Sea, Inc. is accepting resumes for the three following positions: a Chief Executive Officer, a Director of Spiritual Formation and Church Relations, and a Director of Development. For more information or job descriptions, contact Mr. Scott Turner (srturner@rose.net), Mr. Bill Harris (harrab@gmail.com), or Dr. Charles Adams (cadams@epworthbythesea.org). You may mail your resume to Epworth By The Sea, Search Committee, PO Box 20407, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.  

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 1/5/2015 edition

January 05, 2015
2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches – Jan. 8-10, 2015 The 2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 though Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta. Visit www.theconvocation.net for more information. A Worship Celebration: Welcoming GBGM to Georgia – Jan. 11, 2015 A service of celebration and hospitality to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia is set for Sunday, Jan. ...

Winter Camp Meeting set for Feb. 8-11

January 05, 2015
The annual Winter Camp Meeting, held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, is set for Feb. 8-11, 2015. "Shall We Gather At The River" for Winter Camp Meeting 2015! It's one of the finest events of the year at Epworth! Days are packed with spirit filled sermons, in-depth Bible studies, fabulous music and better than ever Christian fellowship. Make your plans to join old friends and new by registering today. Bishop James R. King, Jr. will open the gathering with the "Bishop's Hour" on Sunday...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/15/2014 edition

December 13, 2014
2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches – Jan. 8-10, 2015 The 2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 though Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta. Visit www.theconvocation.net for more information. A Worship Celebration: Welcoming GBGM to Georgia – Jan. 11, 2015 A service of celebration and hospitality to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia is set for Sunday, Jan. ...

News from the Muse: Bishop's Room exhibit opened

December 12, 2014
On Thursday, Dec. 4, the annual meeting of the Friends of Methodist Heritage was held at the Moore Methodist Museum. Bishop James King and Mrs. King gathered with supporters to discuss all that has been accomplished in 2014 and all that is planned for 2015. The highlight of the evening was the opening of a new exhibit dedicated to the work and ministry of the bishops of the South Georgia Conference. This collection includes vestments and stoles worn by the bishops, handmade croziers and canes, ...

Wesley Community Centers' "Love Walk" set for Feb. 14

December 12, 2014
Wesley Community Centers' annual "Love Walk" fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. “It’s a Love Thang!” Located in inner-city Savannah, Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. has been providing services to homeless and low-income women, children, and families since 1949 – serving more than 8,050 last year. All services including the nationally-accredited Early Childhood Center, youth services (spring and summer camp), and Women’s Center (crisis intervention, food pantry, financial ...

North Georgia Conference Enters Agreement To Sell Simpsonwood Property

December 02, 2014
The North Georgia Conference has entered into contracts with Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners for a total of $16 million for the sale of the Simpsonwood property to Gwinnett County for use as a passive park. Simpsonwood has been a sacred and beautiful place for the North Georgia Conference to work and serve others for more than 40 years. It will now be a pleasant place for the enjoyment of the Peachtree Corners and Gwinnett community for many years to come. The North Georgia ...

Today is #GivingTuesday - multiply your impact!

December 02, 2014
On December 2, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million.* *Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/2/2014 edition

November 25, 2014
Giving Tuesday – Dec. 2 This year’s UMC #GivingTuesday will be on Dec. 2. Last year on UMC Giving Tuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million online through The Advance. 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world. On Dec. 2, ...

Chapel students sign commitment to live, lead by 1 Tim. 4:12

November 17, 2014
On Wednesday, Sept.17, 55 fourth and fifth grade students made commitments and signed pledges to live their lives by 1 Timothy 4:12 and be leaders in life, love, faith, speech, and purity. Members of The Chapel, a United Methodist congregation in Brunswick, the students make up the church's TLT, or Treehouse Leadership Team. They meet with Paige Madden, The Chapel's children's director, twice each month to learn about what it means to be a servant leader. During the church's weekend worship ...

Cloud of Witnesses

November 15, 2014
When arriving for church on All Saints Sunday, members of Macon’s Riverside United Methodist Church were greeted by an unusual sight. In front of the altar one saw an easel, paints, drop cloths and an artist busy at work. Andrea Pitts, a Studio Art major at Wesleyan College, was starting on a journey not knowing where it would take her. When speaking with her just before she started, she was asked if she knew what she was going to do. She answered that she had no idea and was going to let the ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 11/17/2014 edition

November 15, 2014
United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 30 The Student Day Special Sunday Offering helps provide funds for scholarships and loans for United Methodist students. Student Day gifts make a real difference for those who hope to attend college. Ninety percent (90%) of the offering goes toward funding the many scholarships and loans administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (www.gbhem.org) and ten percent (10%) stays within our state and goes to Georgia UM-related schools for ...

Ethnic/Minority Young Adult Summer Internship deadlines

November 03, 2014
Deadlines have been announced to apply for a 2015 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in social justice placements in the U.S. capital. The EYA program is for persons, ages 18-22 from United Methodist racial/ethnic minority caucuses and Central Conferences, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) and the denomination's Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, the summer...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 11/3/2014 edition

November 03, 2014
Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 9 Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering on Sunday, Nov. 9 to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit www.wesleyancollege.edu. Encounter – Nov. 14-16 Set for Nov. 14-16 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for students in grades six through 12. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study ...

Methodist Home guest speakers available to preach

October 20, 2014
Guest speakers from The Methodist Home for Children and Youth are available to preach and share with local congregations the vital ministry they are providing to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. As a mission agency of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Methodist Home is helping restore childhoods and strengthen families. Partnering with local United Methodist congregations and individuals is vital to The Methodist Home's ministry. Call...

Arthur J. Moore History Award presented

October 17, 2014
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Day of Study in the Southwest District

October 17, 2014
From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, the Southwest District will host a Day of Study in the District. Rev. Dr. Loyd Melton, the John Montgomery Bell Professor of New Testament and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Erskine Theological Seminary, will lead a study of the gospel of Mark. Lunch will be provided. The cost for the day will be $10. Registration is required. Please call (229-273-3119) or email the district office at swdistrictoffice@mediacombb.net to register....

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 10/20/2014 edition

October 17, 2014
Akin Memorial UMC Revival – Oct. 25-28 Akin Memorial UMC will host a revival Oct. 25-28. The revival will begin with a trunk or treat and a dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Rev. Jim Rush will preach at 7 p.m. He will also preach at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, and at 7 p.m. on both Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28. Special music by the church choir and special guest singers will round out the revival. w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSe...

Perry UMC releases "Give Us Day By Day Our Daily Bread" cookbook

October 15, 2014
Whether you want good food fast or slow; cooked on the stove top, oven-baked, or slow-cooked, you’ll find many new dishes to add to your family’s table in the newly arrived Perry United Methodist Church cookbook currently available at the church office and at several local businesses. A total of 976 favorite tried-and-true recipes priced at $15 – a terrific value and an opportunity to get part of your holiday shopping done early! Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...

Asbury UMC hosts youth explosion

October 06, 2014
Savannah’s Asbury United Methodist Church, along with SHADOWS youth organization, hosted a youth exposition on Aug. 9, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eighty youth and family members were present. The event focused on children 8 years and older. It was intentionally held close to school openings to remind children and youth to remain focused. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden=...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 10/6/2014 edition

October 06, 2014
Effective Communication Webinar – Oct. 14 On Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., Revs. Scott Hagan and Jonathan Smith will share best practices and ideas for effective communication in working with group ministries. Communication is the key for successful ministries, and this webinar will give you a variety of tools to help your group get off to a great start and keep everyone “plugged in.” Visit www.sgaumc.org/webinars for more information and to register. w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnh...

Warner Robins First UMC releases history book

October 06, 2014
The Warner Robins First United Methodist Church History Team is excited about the release of the first edition of “First: The History of First United Methodist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia; Its People and the Power of God's Work Through the Years 1941-2014.” Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> ...

Cairo First UMC Sunday school class celebrates golden anniversary

September 12, 2014
Current and past members of Cairo First United Methodist Church’s Burleigh Law Sunday school class recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the “young married couples” class. Click here to view a photo of current and past members Shown are, front row, l-r: Herbert W. (Billy) Wind, Mary Wind, Pat Weber, Donnis Ward, Carolyn Trawick, Lynn Robinson, Monteen Stewart, Sara Jane Cannon, Jerry Joyner and Marilyn Joyner; second row, l-r: Larry Cliett, Ellen White, Beverly Cliett, Edna...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 9/15/2014 edition

September 12, 2014
Methodist Children’s Home Sunday – Sept. 21 Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering on Sunday, Sept. 21 to support the ministry of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. The Work Day Offering for the Methodist Home is a tradition from the 1900s, a time when people, mostly farmers, donated the equivalent of one day’s wages to the Methodist Home. Sometimes they would load a freight car with cotton or peanuts and send it to Macon. Today folks ...

South Georgia Eagles plan fall retreat

September 12, 2014
The Eagles, better known as the retired ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, are gearing up for their annual Fall Retreat. Set for Oct. 27-29 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the retreat will be a wonderful time of renewal, reconnecting, and rediscovery. Dr. Bob Bone, a retired pastor in the North Georgia Conference, will lead the retreat. Fred Foster will lead silent and live auctions. This retreat is a great time for fun, ...

Museum hires new director, assistant director

September 02, 2014
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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 9/1/2014 edition

September 01, 2014
We are Connectional webinar – Sept. 3 This webinar, led by Rev. Denise Walton, will explore the connectional system all the way from the local church - where the heart of making disciples takes place - to the district, conference and up to the general church level. Knowing more about the connectional structure will help to equip and resource participants in their various ministry roles. Starts at 10 a.m. Visit www.sgaumc.org/webinars for more information and to register. w:LatentStyles DefLocke...

Free worship & music planning calendar

September 01, 2014
Start the new school, music and church year right with a free planning calendar from GBOD for your leaders, choirs, committees and people. Includes seasons, special days, celebrations and observances of both the church and civil calendars, plus lectionary reading citations for the entire year.  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" Lat...

First Hispanic Local Church Basic Lay Servant Course held

August 18, 2014
The Office of Connectional Ministries recently hosted an Hispanic Local Church Basic Lay Servant Course. Held during Mission u, July 18-20 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the course was taught by Rev. Isaac Salgado and Rev. Daniel Medina. 22 participants from across South Georgia shared in a time of worship, learning and fellowship. They closed their weekend with worship and a service of Holy Communion at Lovely Lane Chapel. “The leaders returned to their local churches very happy ...

Gethsemane UMC fills "love boat" full of school supplies for Methodist Home

August 18, 2014
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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 8/18/2014 edition

August 17, 2014
Covenant Bible Study training/experience session – Aug. 23 On Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Bainbridge First United Methodist Church will host a Covenant Bible Study training session. Covenant Bible Study is an opportunity for participants to share in the special relationship that is “Covenant,” the unique relationship that God chooses with us as God's people. Covenant Bible Study is a video-based study with hosts and contributors that cross denominational lines (www.covenantb...

Children have a wild time at Richmond Hill UMC's VBS

August 03, 2014
During the week of June 23-27 at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, 297 children learned that Jesus' love is one of a kind! Led by more than 100 volunteers, they enjoyed games, story time, science experiments and unforgettable music. Click here to view photos of the fun. Click here to watch a video.

Riverside UMC sponsors mission trip to Uganda

August 03, 2014
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Ruth's Chapel UMC's seniors enojy fellowship, fun

August 03, 2014
A group of seniors from Ruth's Chapel UMC meets every third Tuesday of the month at the church. The group, called the Tag-A-Longs, comes together at noon for a covered dish lunch and great fellowship.  They enjoy conversation and fun games. Ms. Sue Lamb leads the ministry and all seniors are welcome. Click here to see photos

Calvary UMC dedicates water well

July 30, 2014
For the past several years, Calvary United Methodist Church in Swainsboro has worked with Rev. Bobby Gale and Unto the Least of His Ministries to fund water wells in Africa. They recently dedicated their third well, at Kimpanga United Methodist Church of the North Katamga Annual Conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click here to view photos.

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 8/4/2014 edition

July 30, 2014
Southwest District United Methodist Men’s Rally – Aug. 8 All men from the churches in the newly formed Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference are invited to attend and bring a guest. There will be a time for sharing, singing, and fellowship. Dress casual and bring your pastor. Click here for more information. Contact Larry Price (229-883-3302, 229-317-3900, or price2406@bellsouth.net) or Gene Trulock (229-246-0294, 229-254-3926, or trulockinsurance@bellsouth.net) to reserve your ...

Reynolds Chapel UMC offers CPR training class

July 30, 2014
In her capacity as Parish Nurse at Reynolds Chapel UMC, on May 22 Dr. Debbie Weaver conducted CPR training for several individuals and plans to continue instruction classes for church members and community residents in the future. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The training covers adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and choking. Those interested in future classes are invited to contact Dr. Weaver at 861-3916 or dlweaver52@windstream.net. Dr. Weaver ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 7/21/2014 edition

July 20, 2014
Southwest District United Methodist Men’s Rally – Aug. 8 All men from the churches in the newly formed Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference are invited to attend and bring a guest. There will be a time for sharing, singing, and fellowship. Dress casual and bring your pastor. Click here for more information. Contact Larry Price (229-883-3302, 229-317-3900, or price2406@bellsouth.net) or Gene Trulock (229-246-0294, 229-254-3926, or trulockinsurance@bellsouth.net) by Aug. 5 to reserve...

UMVIM Leader Training and "Train the Trainer"

July 20, 2014
Have you been on a mission journey and would you like to take others to a destination to serve? Have you led teams before and would you be interested in sharing your experiences in other local churches to help them engage in mission opportunities both at home and abroad by training team leaders? An UMVIM Leader and "Train the Trainer" training is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Tifton First United Methodist Church. Led by Paulette West, Executive Director of UMVIM Southeastern Jurisdiction, ...

Grants Available to Churches for Creative Older Adult Ministries

July 18, 2014
Local churches with ideas for creative ministries involving older adults can apply for a limited number of special Aging in Poverty Ministry grants from the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries (OAM). Grants totaling $75,000 will be awarded to churches later this fall. "The grants from OAM and the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) will be made for the fourth consecutive quadrennium to help churches develop new ministries for older adults, especially programs for seniors who ...

The Methodist Home seeks Director of Church Relations

July 18, 2014
A note from Alison Evans, President/CEO of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth: The Methodist Home is searching for someone special to help us continue our strong relationships with our churches, their members and our conference. New opportunities enabled us to look carefully at our extension ministry position and a new job description has emerged (click to download). We are looking for a faithful pastor who is eager to work among our churches and children – one who is able to travel ...

Wesleyan College offers scholarships to United Methodist students

July 18, 2014
Wesleyan College is a small, liberal arts, private college located in Macon, GA. Wesleyan is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers scholarships to members of this faith. The United Methodist Student Scholarship is awarded to all incoming Wesleyan students of the Methodist faith. This $1,000 annual scholarship is renewable for eight semesters. Wesleyan also offers scholarships that cover the cost of tuition! The Margaret Pitts Endowed Scholarship is valued at $19,750 per year and...

UMW's Summer Tel-A-Woman available

July 07, 2014
Click here to download the 2014 Summer Tel-A-Woman, the quarterly publication of the South Georgia Conference United Methodist Women. The issue includes a message from UMW President Mary Exley, an article about the recent Spiritual Growth Retreat, information about the upcoming Mission u, and much more.

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 7/7/2014 edition

July 04, 2014
Indian Springs Holiness Campmeeting – July 10-20 For 10 days each year, Christians from all over the world gather in Flovilla, Ga., to attend Indian Springs Holiness Campmeeting. At Indian Springs Holiness Campmeeting, you can experience powerful worship services based on unchanging Biblical truths from nationally prominent evangelists and Bible teachers. Children experience the best of ministry programing that will introduce them to Christ and prepare them for a lifetime of godly living. Indian...

Kingsland FUMC plants garden for food pantry

July 04, 2014
The congregation at Kingsland First United Methodist Church has a heart for missions. When they saw members of their community struggling to feed themselves, a cadre of dedicated volunteers went to work. They cleared out a space and opened a food pantry (two days a week) serving those in need. As the need for food grew, so did the service. The food pantry crew now distributes food three days a week. They minister not only to the physical bodies of those they encounter, but also to their ...

Events in the South Georgia Conferece - 6/23/2014 edition

June 22, 2014
Camp Connect Elementary 2 – July 7-11 Camp Connect is the summer camp program provided through the Connectional Ministries office of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Campers engage in a week of fun, friendship, and close encounters with our amazing God! Camp Connect’s Elementary 2 camp runs July 7-11 and is designed for children entering fourth through sixth grades. It’s held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The cost is $250 per person. For more information...

Southwest District United Methodist Men's Rally

June 22, 2014
The Southwest District United Methodist Men will host a rally on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Climax United Methodist Church. All men from the churches in the newly formed Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference are invited to attend and bring a guest. There will be a time for sharing, singing, and fellowship. Dress casual and bring your pastor. 9 a.m.: Gather for donuts and coffee 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Speakers, Music Noon: Lunch - Grilled pork chops and all trimmings Walter Powell, a farmer ...

Annual Conference in pictures

June 08, 2014
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S3 small group applications available; deadline July 1

June 08, 2014
S3 is a collaborative, small group, action-learning experience for clergy that helps sustain and promote excellence in ordained ministry. Participants develop and implement a two year small group learning experience focused on three areas: Sabbath, Study, and Service. S3 groups are self-selected and self-directed: participants choose the members of their group and develop their group’s S3 learning project (with direction from the S3 project committee). Normal 0 false false false EN-US ...

Vienna UMC honors long-time church musician

June 07, 2014
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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 6/9/2014 edition

May 29, 2014
Camp Connect Mid-High 1 – June 9-13 Camp Connect is the summer camp program provided through the Connectional Ministries office of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Campers engage in a week of fun, friendship, and close encounters with our amazing God! Camp Connect’s Mid-High 1 camp runs June 9-13 and is designed for children entering sixth through ninth grades. It’s held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The cost is $250 per person. For more information and ...

UMM distribute 2200 pounds of tomatoes during annual retreat

May 19, 2014
During their annual Spring Retreat, held Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, South Georgia's United Methodist Men distributed 2,200 pounds of tomatoes to people in Brunswick. Click here to see pictures from their mission day. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleC...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 5/19/2014 edition

May 18, 2014
Purpose Driven Leadership Conference – May 20-21 Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation in Byron, is hosting a Purpose Driven Leadership Conference May 20-21. Speakers include Jennifer and Rev. Jim Cowart, pastors and founders of Harvest Church; David Chrzan, Saddleback Church chief of Staff; and, via Skype, Rev. Rick Warren, pastor and founder of Saddleback Church. Sessions on Tuesday, May 20 include “Vision and Leadership” and “Bring the Whole Team.” Sessions on Wednesday, May 21 ...

Fergus receives archivist award

May 18, 2014
Judi Fergus, director of the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, has been selected to receive the 2014 Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P. Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists, this award was created in 1974 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyl...

Centerville UMC raises awareness of human trafficking

May 04, 2014
On the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 2 – also known as Super Bowl Sunday – about 60 members of Centerville United Methodist Church participated in a human trafficking awareness initiative. Using it as an opportunity to educate the congregation and community about this form of modern-day slavery, Centerville UMC’s congregation made signs and banners and stood in front of the church to let passers-by know of the issue. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 5/5/2014 edition

May 04, 2014
Columbus District Conference – May 6 The Columbus District Conference will be held Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Wynnton United Methodist Church in Columbus. w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="false" DefSemiHidden="false" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99" LatentStyleCount="371"> w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" QFormat="true" Name="heading 2" /> w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="9" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUs...

Harvest Church to host Purpose Driven Leadership Conference

May 04, 2014
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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 4/21/2014 edition

April 20, 2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Eagles’ Annual Picnic – April 24 The Eagles, better known as the retired ministers of the South Georgia Conference, will have their annual picnic on April 24 (the Thursday after Easter) at McRae United Methodist Church. The Eagles will start gathering at 11:30 a.m. A brief business session will be held at noon, followed by a fish fry (with all the trimmings) provided by the church’s United Methodist Men. Reservations ...

Kingsland First UMC plants garden for food pantry

April 20, 2014
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News from around the connection - 4/7/2014

April 07, 2014
UMNS Weekly Digest April 4, 2014 NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for March 31 - April 4. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at umc.org/news. News around the connection United Methodist presence strong in Chicago rally CHICAGO (UMNS) - Bishop Sally Dyck became the third ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 4/7/2014 edition

April 02, 2014
Wesley Glen Ministries’ Annual Fish Fry – April 12 On Saturday, April 12, Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon will hold their Annual Fish Fry. They will also present Gospel Praise 2014 featuring local praise and worship groups. This year’s special attraction will be Wesley Glen's very own Indoor Marketplace. All activities will take place at the Wesley Glen Ministries Life Skills Center at 4580 North Mumford Road in Macon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fish fry plates are available for $8 for adults and ...

Magnolia Manor celebrates mothers in a big way

April 02, 2014
Join United Methodists across South Georgia in honoring or remembering your Mother this Mother’s Day with a special contribution to Magnolia Manor. Magnolia Manor was founded on the promise that no one should be denied care because of their inability to pay. Fifty years later that promise remains, but we need your help. With eight locations across South Georgia, Magnolia Manor is sure to impact your community or loved ones in some way. Lib Wilbanks is a resident at Magnolia Manor on the Coast ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 3/17/2014 edition

March 16, 2014
UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – March 21-23 The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 21-23 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Click here to download the retreat brochure. Click here to download the retreat registration form. Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race – March 22 Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at Howard Middle School. Racers can choose to participate in the 1 ...

News from around the connection - 3/17/2014

March 16, 2014
UMNS Weekly Digest March 14, 2014 NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for March 10 - March 14. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at http://umns.umc.org. The church and homosexuality  New York Conference resolves Ogletree case  WHITE PLAINS,N.Y. (UMNS) – The announcement of a ...

Riverside UMC celebrates Scout Sunday

March 16, 2014
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country ... Those words were part of the opening liturgy for Riverside United Methodist Church's worship services on Scout Sunday, Feb. 9. Cub Scout Pack #8 participated in the church's contemporary service while Boy Scout Troop #8 participated in the traditional service with the Trooping of the Colors, leading the congregation in the Pledge of Allegiance to both the American flag and the Christian flag, and acting as ushers during the ...

News from around the connection - 3/3/2014

March 03, 2014
UMNS Weekly Digest February 28, 2014 NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Feb. 24 - Feb. 28. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at http://umns.umc.org. News around conferences South Carolina church makes a comeback GEORGETOWN, S.C. (UMNS) - Herbert Memorial United ...

UMM Retreat set for April 25-27

March 03, 2014
DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather together for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Gathering under the theme "God's Men - Sharing the Good News," men from around the Conference will worship, fellowship and learn together.  The retreat's speaker and music leader is Eddie Middleton, a Georgia-based evangelist. The Retreat will begin at noon on Friday, April 25 with a ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 3/3/2014 edition

February 28, 2014
South Georgia Ministers’ Spouses’ Retreat – March 14-16 The 2014 South Georgia Minister’s Spouses’ Retreat, “Joy in the Journey,” is set for March 14-16 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. All clergy spouses are encouraged to attend this uplifting weekend of fun, fellowship and faith. Letters will be sent out by District Superintendents to each church's PSPR Chairperson requesting the church cover the expenses for their clergy spouse to attend the retreat. Scholarships are available upon...

Partner with NRCD in 2014

February 15, 2014
By Karen Hahn, NRCD Assistant Director of Development So, how are your New Year’s Resolutions working out? A group of friends and I decided to start Rick Warren’s “The Daniel Plan” in January. Rick talks about the Holy Spirit dwelling in our bodies and how we should treat our body. One friend decided she was not quite ready to join us and that she was going to continue to show the Holy Spirit a good time! All kidding aside, I am thankful to have my small group joining me to be healthier in ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/17/2014 edition

February 13, 2014
SEJ Disaster Academy – Feb. 17-20 Make plans now to attend the 2014 Southeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy, Feb. 17-20, at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross. Whether you’re new to disaster ministry, an experienced responder or somewhere in between, there’s something for you. Training workshops will focus on preparing and equipping the church, individual volunteers and district and conference leadership. It’s a great opportunity to expand your skills, learn new ones and ...

News from around the connection - 2/3/2014

February 02, 2014
UMNS Weekly Digest January 31, 2014 NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Jan. 27 - Feb. 3. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at http://umns.umc.org. The Super Bowl and the church Denver, Seattle United Methodist pastors use Super Bowl to fight hunger NASHVILLE, Tenn. ...

UMM Spring Retreat set for April 25-27

UMM Spring Retreat set for April 25-27

February 02, 2014
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather together for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Gathering under the theme "God's Men - Sharing the Good News," men from around the Conference will worship, fellowship and learn together.  The retreat's speaker and music leader is Eddie Middleton, a Georgia-based evangelist. The Retreat will begin at noon on Friday, April 25 with a golf tournament at ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/3/2014 edition

January 26, 2014
Building Community In and Outside the Church: An Asset Based Approach Webinar – Feb. 4 On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., Rev. Stacey Harwell will present the “Building Community In and Outside the Church: An Asset Based Approach” webinar. Where some may see a dry and barren land, God's great abundance is dwelling.  An asset based approach looks at the glass half full and wonders what are the gifts of the community and how can we create an economy of gift. This approach is for everyone and every ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 1/20/2014 edition

January 18, 2014
Trustees Training Webinar – Jan. 21 This training will look at how to manage church property, equipment, and investments to support the vision and ministry of your church. Led by Conference Chancellor Warren Plowden, this one-hour webinar will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Finance Training Webinar – Jan. 23 Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, this one-hour training, led by Rev. Jimmy Cason, will look at ways to provide financial direction for your congregation and examine ways to help your ...

News from around the connection - 1/20/2014

January 18, 2014
UMNS Weekly Digest January 17, 2014 NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Jan. 13 - Jan. 17. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at http://umns.umc.org. News around conferences Trial set for theologian who officiated at son’s wedding NEW YORK (UMNS) — A United Methodist ...

Tifton First UMC's UMW Circle 2 supports Wesley Glen

January 06, 2014
The women of Tifton First United Methodist Church's UMW Circle 2 have faithfully supported Wesley Glen Ministries for 15 years by preparing Christmas gifts for approximately 50 residents of the ministry's homes in Macon, Byron and Saint Marys. The 40 women of Circle 2 are "pen-pals" with these residents and communicate by mail with them throughout the year. In the spirit of Christmas, the project of filling huge bags for each person was adopted. After filling the "wish list" bags, the ladies ...

Transition Team to hold listening session Jan. 28 at Epworth

January 03, 2014
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, all active and retired clergy and all laity are invited to attend a Transition Team listening session. Held during Winter Camp Meeting and set for 2 until 4 p.m. in Epworth By The Sea’s Pioneer Room, the listening session will give interested persons the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from the Conference’s Executive Transition Team. As they work to reduce the South Georgia Conference’s districts from nine to six, as voted on by the Annual Conference ...

UMC FCU expands scholarship eligibility to include graduate students

January 03, 2014
The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union is now accepting applications for the 2014 UMC FCU Scholarship. In an effort to include our many graduate students, we have expanded the age eligibility to ages 17-35. The application must be received in our offices by April 30, 2014. The UMC FCU will award four $1,000 scholarships again this year. Four winning applicants will be chosen – one from each of our four conferences: Alabama-West Florida, Florida, North Georgia and South Georgia. ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 1/6/2014 edition

December 31, 2013
Leadership Toolkit Webinar – Jan. 7 Set for Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training webinar is designed for everyone in leadership and provides practical tools for leading as well as sharing resources that are available through the connection, to gain confidence and support in your role. Click here to register. Contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com for more information. Leading Change and Transition Webinar – Jan. 9 Knowing that change and transitions are a normal part of ...

Union Grove/Midville MYF host free community spaghetti supper

Union Grove/Midville MYF host free community spaghetti supper

December 16, 2013
Union Grove and Midville United Methodist Church's Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) group held a Thanksgiving "Spaghetti Supper" for the entire community on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The MYF fed the community by serving everyone who attended a spaghetti meal with all the trimmings. The dinner was held at Midville UMC and everyone in the community was invited to come and enjoy a free meal. After the success of thier first spaghetti dinner, the churches are praying that it will become a tradition ...

2014 Young Adult Clergy - GBCS Leadership Forum

December 15, 2013
Young Adult Clergy GBCS Leadership Forum Jan. 26-29, 2014 The 2014 Young Adult Clergy-General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) Leadership Forum, set for Jan. 26-29, 2014 in Washington, DC, will provide Elders or Deacons serving full time in local congregation age 35 or younger the opportunity to network, fellowship, study and worship with other Young Clergy from across the United Methodist connection; conversation with Jim Winkler, GBCS General Secretary and other GBCS staff; advocacy on key ...

Andrew College professor elected to Georgia Humanities Council board of directors

December 11, 2013
Andrew College Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of International Travel Claudia Seyle was recently elected to the Georgia Humanities Council (GHC) Board of Directors. Her three-year term begins Jan. 1. The Board oversees the direction of the Council, including the administrative and infrastructural support of the New Georgia Encyclopedia—a free, online resource that chronicles the people, places, and events that have shaped Georgia’s history. Professor Seyle moved to Cuthbert with ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/16/2013 edition

December 10, 2013
Leadership Toolkit Webinar – Jan. 7, 2014 Set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training webinar is designed for everyone in leadership and provides practical tools for leading as well as sharing resources that are available through the connection, to gain confidence and support in your role. Contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com for more information. Leading Change and Transition Webinar – Jan. 9, 2014 Knowing that change and transitions are a normal part of ...

Advent Lecture Series

December 02, 2013
Brunswick's College Place UMC will host an Advent lecture series Dec. 13-15 on "The Infancy Narratives." Presented by Dr. Jim Fleming, the director of the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Ga, and a Biblical Archeologist, the series will weave the story of Advent with the people, the setting, and the culture. Through his eyes we hope to look anew at this story of faith this Advent season. Friday, Dec. 13 7 p.m.: "The Waiting on Mary and Joseph" Saturday, Dec. 14 7 a.m. breakfast: "...

Asbury UMC church member recognized as cancer survivor of the month

December 02, 2013
Henrietta Taylor, a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Savannah, was recently recognized as the November Survivor of the Month for Susan G. Komen's Coastal Georgia affiliate.  Asbury UMC recognized cancer survivors during their Oct. 28 worship service http://www.komencoastalgeorgia.org/about-us/news/2013-survivors-of-the-month/november-survivor-of-the.html Sometimes the most difficult stories to tell are the ones that are the most important for others to hear.  The story of November’s ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/02/2013 edition

November 26, 2013
Giving Tuesday - Dec. 3 With its Giving Tuesday initiative, set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, The United Methodist Church is inviting everyone to begin their Advent season by giving monetary gifts to any project through The Advance. Every gift up to $10,000 made online on Tuesday, Dec. 3 through The Advance will be matched dollar for dollar by the General Board of Global Ministries. Several missionaries supported by South Georgia UM churches are among the more than 850 United Methodist-related Advance ...

McAfee received Order of Andrew; earned college's most prestigious award

September 16, 2013
Former Board Chair Emily Jean McAfee received the Order of Andrew award at Andrew College’s annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. The Order of Andrew is the College’s most prestigious award and is bestowed upon those persons who have demonstrated a tireless dedication to the education and enrichment of the men and women Andrew serves. A handmade glass sculpture featuring a butterfly and caterpillar accompany the award, symbolizing the enormous variety of human talent in the ...

Scams Target United Methodists

September 03, 2013
Unfortunately scam phone calls and emails are not unusual, but several scams lately are specifically targeting United Methodists.   One scam has been reported by United Methodist pastors across the denomination. A person claiming to be a United Methodist bishop (Bishop Bledsoe, Bishop King and Bishop Holston's names have been used) calls to say that his daughter, niece, or friend has broken down in your town. He needs your help getting them a prepaid credit card to get back on the road. Please ...

Simplify Your Life With a 2014 Program Calendar

August 29, 2013
The 2014 Official United Methodist Program Calendar – now available from United Methodist Communications – offers the fastest and easiest way to keep church leaders on track with church business through a variety of convenient, durable, attractive options both for the office and on the go. This year’s calendar features Imagine No Malaria, a denominational initiative to eliminate deaths from malaria, a preventable disease that claims more than half a million lives every year. The ever-popular ...

Lyman Coleman to lead Eagles' Retreat

August 17, 2011
The South Georgia Eagles, a group of retired South Georgia United Methodist pastors and spouses, will gather November 7-9, 2011, at Epworth By The Sea, for their annual retreat. Rev. Dave and Kay Hanson, Eagles’ co-presidents, are happy to announce that Rev. Lyman Coleman, a world-wide leader in small-group ministries, will lead the retreat. “Lyman Coleman has more fun leading a retreat than anyone I know!” Rev. Hanson said. Dr. Coleman has trained more than 500,000 small group leaders in his ...

South Georgia United Methodist Women prepare for annual meeting

August 17, 2011
On Saturday, October 15, United Methodist Women from around the conference will gather together to celebrate 39 years of mission work in South Georgia and around the world. Meeting at Macon’s Vineville United Methodist Church under the theme, “Finding Peace in a Busy World,” this year’s annual meeting and celebration will feature the work of the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Ga., one of the South Georgia mission agencies supported by the Women’s Division. Cathy Snook, Vashti’s director of ...

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