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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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