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2023 prayer emphasis: February focus

January 21, 2023
In a focused effort, the South Georgia Conference is centering itself around prayer in 2023. Each month a prayer guide will be developed that contains a specific focus, including a weekly scripture, a breath prayer, and a prayer prompt.  February’s prayer guide, written by the Revs. Michael Culbreth, Michelle Dailey, Cedric Jackson, and Precious Hawkins, is now available at www.sgaumc.org/year-of-prayer. Bulletin inserts are also available for local churches to use. Throughout the year, four ...

Service for Bishop Graves celebrates his return to South Georgia

Service for Bishop Graves celebrates his return to South Georgia

January 20, 2023
By Kelly Roberson In one of the the oldest Methodist churches in Georgia, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, Bishop David Graves and his wife, Nancy, were officially welcomed to the South Georgia Conference as the conference celebrated and gave thanks for his assignment to South Georgia. Bishop Graves was assigned as interim episcopal leader in September 2021 following the retirement of Bishop Lawson Bryan. During the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in November 2022 it was announced that ...

VSU Wesley Foundation offers hope one shoe at a time

VSU Wesley Foundation offers hope one shoe at a time

January 20, 2023
By Ashtyn Ray, Student, Valdosta State University   “Choose Hope. Take Action. Change Lives.” That’s the motto the Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation recently chose to embody through its partnership with Sole Hope, an organization that works in Ugandan villages.   Students from the VSU Wesley Foundation recently worked with Sole Hope to transform one of their worship services into a night of shoe-making. Altogether, they were able to make 50 pairs of shoes for the vulnerable populations...

United Women in Faith enjoy ‘family reunion’

United Women in Faith enjoy ‘family reunion’

January 18, 2023
By Tara Jones, South Georgia Conference UWF President   The gracious hostesses at Baxley First United Methodist Church in Baxley welcomed United Women in Faith members from across South Georgia October 15, 2022, for quite the celebration. After two years of virtual annual meetings, the women enjoyed a “family reunion” greeting sisters in person.    After beautiful opening music by Sandra Smith and an offering of prayer by Laurie Jo Upchurch, attendees were inspired by Dee Dee Salgado’s lovely ...

Wesley Glen’s Christmas spirit can’t be dampened

Wesley Glen’s Christmas spirit can’t be dampened

January 08, 2023
By Kelly Roberson, Director of Conference Ministries/Communications   Chris, Jesse, Nathan, and Brian got a big surprise for Christmas, but not one they put on their Christmas list.   Just two days after Christmas, the Macon house these four Wesley Glen residents call home - Vineville Home - found itself with major damage.   Following a cold snap in the middle Georgia area, the Vineville Home suffered a pipe break during the sub-freezing temperatures. To complicate matters, the pipe was part of ...

Dr. Brad Brady, Mrs. Rose King among notable UMs remembered in 2022

January 07, 2023
United Methodist News recently honored 40 notable church leaders and members who died over the past 12 months in an article, “2022: Noteworthy United Methodists remembered.” Among those remembered are Dr. Brad Brady, a clergy member of the South Georgia Annual Conference, and Mrs. Rose King, wife of Bishop James King, former episcopal leader in South Georgia. Read the full article here.  

Heritage UMC spreads love during Half Deep Dish Christmas event

Heritage UMC spreads love during Half Deep Dish Christmas event

January 07, 2023
By Raime Cohen, staff reporter for 13WMAZ in Macon, Ga.   Heritage United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga. celebrated their 11th annual Half Deep Dish Christmas on Sunday, December 25, 2022.   At least 40 different churches came together to make this event possible.   ‘Tis the season for unity.   "Love, fellowship, for the lonely lost and broken,” Director Ray Rover said.   "I know I could be doing other things but this is right where I want to be,” church member Diana Coady said.   Rover started ...

South Georgia United Methodists continue in disaster relief

South Georgia United Methodists continue in disaster relief

January 07, 2023
After the news stories subside it's easy to forget about the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole this fall. But South Georgia United Methodists haven't forgotten and keep showing up. Glenn Martin, the Northwest District disaster relief coordinator led a team to Ft. Myers November 28-December 1 to help with the relief efforts. Team members were Glenn Martin and Bob Gilstrap from Wynnton UMC in Columbus; Mike Tovey from Midland UMC; and Larry Thompson from Gray UMC.    The ...

Top Stories of 2022

January 07, 2023
You have been living out the mission of the church this year! Take a look at some of our top stories of  South Georgia United Methodists in 2022!    Quilters make more than 150 stockings for children at The Methodist Home 'Tin can miracle': Perry church builds mobile medical clinic ‘Hands on Homerville’ brightens up a community Pastor steps out in faith and discovers the promise of Ephesians 3:20 Wesley Glen is in the business of spreading joy Cooks Union UMC offers meals to nourish and bring ...

Quilters make more than 150 stockings for children at The Methodist Home

Quilters make more than 150 stockings for children at The Methodist Home

December 18, 2022
 By Kara Witherow, Advocate contributor    This Christmas, 172 children will smile a little brighter because of a group of South Georgia quilters.   For 15 years, the Stars and Stripes Quilting Guild has made stockings for children and youth at The Methodist Home. Since 2007, the group of about 25 women has made and given away more than 2,000.   While all the women love to quilt and sew, the stockings are more than just a craft project or hobby. The colorful socks, crafted from festive fabric, ...

Church court: No new elections needed for GC2024

December 16, 2022
By Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service Assistant Editor The United Methodist Church’s highest court ruled that new delegate elections “are not required” for the long-delayed and potentially pivotal General Conference, now set for 2024.  “The delegates duly elected to the 2020 General Conference for the 2020-2024 Quadrennium stand as submitted and certified by the annual conference secretaries,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1451.  In practice, this means that the same ...

Derek McAleer receives 2022 Denman Evangelism Award

Derek McAleer receives 2022 Denman Evangelism Award

December 15, 2022
The Rev. Dr. Derek McAleer has been awarded the United Methodist Church’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 for Evangelism recognize persons in each conference....

Suzanne Jones named new Conference Director of Administration

Suzanne Jones named new Conference Director of Administration

December 15, 2022
The South Georgia Conference Council on Finance & Administration is pleased to announce the new Director of Administration and Treasurer for the South Georgia Annual Conference. Mrs. Suzanne Jones will begin her service to the conference on January 1, 2023.  Jones is currently the Director of Administration and Treasurer for the Alabama-West Florida Conference. She will continue working for Alabama-West Florida while also giving financial leadership to the South Georgia Conference as part of a ...

'Tin can miracle': Perry church builds mobile medical clinic

'Tin can miracle': Perry church builds mobile medical clinic

December 04, 2022
Rev. Bobby Gale was asked to build 10 OBGYN clinics for them to send to Ghana. He says the clinics help the indigenous, marginalized, and disenfranchised.  By Jessica Cha, WMAZ, Macon It can be easy to take our everyday access to health care for granted.  However, Unto the Least of His, a ministry in Savannah, is working to expand healthcare access in places that need it most, like a number of African countries.  So far, the ministry has formed 10 mobile OBGYN clinics. They've been working on ...

South Georgia pastor pens book on prayer

South Georgia pastor pens book on prayer

December 04, 2022
By Kelly Roberson Prayer changes us. That’s what the Rev. Dr. Ted Goshorn, senior pastor of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga., writes about in his new book. Goshorn grew up in Rome, Ga. and never expected to become a pastor. Having first pursued a career in higher education, he found a calling for helping individuals grow in their faith and churches to transform their communities. As a result of that call, Goshorn joined the ministry as an ordained United Methodist elder ...

Theme & adjusted dates announced for 2023 Annual Conference session

Theme & adjusted dates announced for 2023 Annual Conference session

December 04, 2022
Bishop David Graves announces that the 2023 Annual Conference session will be held Sunday, June 4, 2023, through Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The conference theme will be: When They Prayed, based on Act 4:31. “While it seems so obvious that prayer is the center of our work, sometimes we need to make intentional efforts,” said Bishop Graves. “It is easy to get sidetracked by the business and agenda items of our meetings. We add more to our plates; we find ourselves in a cycle of busy-ness; and we stay...

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth: Breanna & Noah tell their stories

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth: Breanna & Noah tell their stories

November 14, 2022
By the staff of The Methodist Home as published in the Gateway magazine Founded in 1872, The Methodist Home provides care for children and families in need across South Georgia including a continuum of residential care (Children’s Homes), community foster homes, specialized treatment programs and counseling services to better serve our community. The Methodist Home is a faith-based organization working to better equip at-risk youth and families for the future. Their mission is to be a model ...

Thank you, South Georgia delegation!

Thank you, South Georgia delegation!

November 13, 2022
We are thankful to our South Georgia delegation who faithfully served during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference Nov. 2-4 at Lake Junaluska, NC. Pictured: Top Row, L to R - Robert Beckum, David Thompson, Bill Hatcher, Chuck Cowart, Richard Shinhoster, Scott Tucker, & Steve Rumford; Bottom Row, L to R - Brenda Adams, Alaina Harrison, Doreen Smalls, & Scott Hagan. Rev. Robert Beckum served as the head of the delegation, and Rev. Don Adams and Mr. Bill Hatcher served as the South Georgia ...

Bishop David Graves assigned to South Georgia

Bishop David Graves assigned to South Georgia

November 04, 2022
Bishop David Graves has been assigned to the South Georgia Annual Conference and will serve as the Episcopal leader for the next two years. He will also continue giving oversight to the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. This announcement came on the final day of the 2022 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held Nov. 2-4 at Lake Junaluska, NC.  Bishop Graves was elected bishop in July 2016 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. He was assigned to the Alabama-West Florida ...

‘Hands on Homerville’ brightens up a community

‘Hands on Homerville’ brightens up a community

October 31, 2022
By Allison Lindsey, Advocate contributor   A drive through rural South Georgia where US Highways 441 and 84 intersect brings you to the heart of Homerville, Ga. in Clinch County. With a population of 2500, this town boasts of its hospitality, quality of living, and spirit of community expressed in their slogan, “There’s No Place Like Homerville.”    The residents take great pride in their town. This pride and the generosity of the people are now showcased through an event called “Hands on ...

FAQ document, Video, & Disaffiliation Timeline

October 31, 2022
The Bishop, Cabinet, Conference Staff, Conference Chancellor, and the Conference Trustees have worked together to develop a timeline around disaffiliations to help guide local churches. View the timeline here. In addition, Bishop Graves and conference leadership have put together a video as well as written FAQs based on questions received at the September gatherings across the conference with laity and clergy.  

Bishop Graves calls for special Annual Conference Session

Bishop Graves calls for special Annual Conference Session

October 28, 2022
Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Annual Conference, in accordance with ¶603.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the annual conference on Sunday, May 21, 2023. The meeting will begin at 4 pm using the Zoom Webinar platform in conjunction with an online voting system. The sole purpose of the special called session of the Annual Conference* is to complete the process of ratifying the current requests for disaffiliation of ...

Pastor steps out in faith and discovers the promise of Ephesians 3:20

Pastor steps out in faith and discovers the promise of Ephesians 3:20

October 16, 2022
By Allison Lindsey, Advocate contributor   Early each morning you will find Nick Pumfrey live on social media sharing God’s word, offering a word of encouragement, and issuing a challenge for the day. Until recently, as soon as he stopped the live feed he would hop in his car for his morning commute to his full-time job at Gulfstream in Savannah, Georgia.   As a bi-vocational pastor, Pumfrey enjoyed a solid career path in which, professionally, he worked his entire life to fulfill and had ...

Wesley Glen is in the business of spreading joy

Wesley Glen is in the business of spreading joy

October 16, 2022
A Word from Cameron Bishop, CEO, Wesley Glen Ministries   I have had the privilege of traveling to various churches and community groups over the past month to share about “what’s happening” at Wesley Glen Ministries. Aside from meeting some incredible people during my travels, I have been amazed to learn just how many individuals have a personal connection to someone with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Although the stories vary in terms of the who, what, when, and where, one...

Georgia UM Foundation Offers Highest Certificate Rates in the Last 10 Years

October 15, 2022
Churches, nonprofits, individuals, and families have an opportunity to elevate and advance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church across Georgia through investments in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Certificate Program. Loan demand is growing as churches renovate and expand existing facilities and as Methodist churches work with the Foundation to refinance with favorable terms. When you purchase 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-year fixed-rate certificates, you earn higher returns than ...

UMCOR helps local partners respond to Hurricane Ian

UMCOR helps local partners respond to Hurricane Ian

October 10, 2022
Hurricane Ian, whose maximum sustained winds of 150 mph tied it as the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States, made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28, 2022. Prior to the hurricane’s arrival, UMCOR and its local partners used a preemptive approach to storm response and recovery. Staff were in close contact with conference disaster response coordinators in states where an impact was expected and helped them plan their response.  As Ian struck Florida, the magnitude of the ...

Hurricane Ian Update

Hurricane Ian Update

October 03, 2022
On September 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast. Storm surges and Category 4 winds caused significant flooding and damage, devastating the southwest area of the state and beyond. Immediately, UMCOR sent supplies to Florida and initial solidarity grants were issued to both the Florida and South Carolina Annual Conferences to address immediate needs. UMCOR and its local partners have been hard at work preparing the storm response and recovery. How to Help Give ...

New Wesley at Frederica UMC ministries aim to help the community

New Wesley at Frederica UMC ministries aim to help the community

October 03, 2022
By Taylor Cooper, The Brunswick News   Two new ministries of Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island aim to help different people with different issues.   Wesley Arbor gives people with dementia a chance to have some fun while giving their caretakers a break, with the Norma Lucas Academy of Fine Arts at Wesley offering a chance for people with special learning needs and tuition assistance to learn to play a wide array of instruments.   Beth King, the director of Wesley Arbor, started...

Cooks Union UMC offers meals to nourish and bring hope

Cooks Union UMC offers meals to nourish and bring hope

October 02, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Advocate Contributor   Food sustains, nourishes, gives life.    It can also connect, bring hope, and convey love.    Since last September, that’s what Cooks Union United Methodist Church, through its Meals of Love ministry, has delivered to about 20 people each week.    Every Wednesday, Rev. Jean Watson, pastor of Cooks Union UMC in Colquitt, Ga., and church member Kaye B. Cook dedicate their entire day to cooking, baking, packing, and delivering meals. Both women enjoy cooking...

Disaster response team travels to Kentucky to help rebuild veteran’s home

Disaster response team travels to Kentucky to help rebuild veteran’s home

September 18, 2022
By Kelly Roberson, Director of Conference Ministries/Communications  When disaster strikes, United Methodists have a long legacy of being present to help their neighbors and communities from day one until the very last nail is put in place. At the core of this legacy is the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.   In December 2021, after a massive high-end EF4 tornado tore directly through the center of Mayfield, Kentucky, members of Mayfield First United Methodist Church reached ...

Dr. Derek McAleer to retire, new Administrative Services director sought

Dr. Derek McAleer to retire, new Administrative Services director sought

September 18, 2022
By Kelly Roberson, Director of Conference Ministries/Communications  Overseeing the finances of an entire United Methodist Annual Conference is a high calling.   The Rev. Dr. Derek McAleer has faithfully lived out this calling as the Director of Administrative Services/Treasurer for the South Georgia Conference, where the amount of information and responsibility is constantly growing and the load of financial, legal, and administrative decision making is a large task.    This week, after 8 ...

LaGrange College enrolls large freshman class

LaGrange College enrolls large freshman class

September 18, 2022
LaGrange College welcomed its largest freshman class since 2019, the school announced earlier this month. Final numbers show 226 new first-year students enrolled on campus, an increase of 94 from last year’s freshman class and 48 from the 2020 cohort.   “This influx of new students is a promising sign that we are beginning to return to pre-pandemic numbers after two COVID-19 influenced years,” said college President Susanna L. Baxter. “Our Admissions team and coaches have worked tirelessly to ...

Where Does the Dollar Go?

September 18, 2022
By Dr. Derek McAleer, Conference Director of Administrative Services/Conference Treasurer   One of the questions I heard as a pastor and often get in my role as Conference Treasurer is: “Where does the money I give to my local church go?”   People are interested in how much stays in the local church and how much goes beyond the local church.  People also want to know what the funds sent beyond the local church go towards.  If you gave a dollar to your local United Methodist Church in South ...

Isaac and Paty Salgado find ‘esperanza’ on mission trip to the DR

Isaac and Paty Salgado find ‘esperanza’ on mission trip to the DR

September 05, 2022
By Allison Lindsey, Advocate Contributor   When Rev. Isaac and Mrs. Paty Salgado boarded the plane for the Dominican Republic early one morning in late July 2022, they carried extra baggage. Not baggage in the form of luggage but baggage in the form of worry, busyness of work, church activities, family, and the growing uncertainty of The United Methodist Church. All of this weighed heavily upon them. Leading right up to the time of departure, they even questioned whether now was the appropriate ...

Wesleyan College partners with Duke Divinity School

September 04, 2022
Committed to the shared values of educational opportunities and excellence, Wesleyan College and Duke Divinity School have joined together to offer a program that provides a unique combination of liberal and professional education well suited for those desiring entry to the fields of ordained and lay ministry.  This pathway is designed for highly qualified Wesleyan College students to accelerate their course of study by completing both their bachelor’s degree while taking graduate level courses...

Conference votes on church disaffiliations, adjusted 2023 budget

Conference votes on church disaffiliations, adjusted 2023 budget

August 22, 2022
By Kelly Roberson, Director of Conference Ministries/Communications During a special called South Georgia Annual Conference session on August 20, 2022, clergy and lay members voted on matters related to disaffiliation, including ratifying the disaffiliation of 62 congregations and approving an adjusted budget for the 2023 calendar year.  Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, opened the 157th session of the South Georgia Annual Conference with a centering moment...

Revised budget approved, missional apportionment numbers to be sent to churches

August 22, 2022
At the called session of Annual Conference on August 20, 2022, a revised 2023 Conference budget was approved. This budget is $223,000 lower than the budget approved at the June Annual Conference session for the 2023 year.   “We did not want those churches which have faithfully remained to bear an extra financial burden,” Rev. Robert Beckum, budget committee chair for the conference’s Council on Finance and Administration (CFA), said in his presentation during the online session. “We lowered the ...

Leesburg UMC helps send students back to school with confidence

Leesburg UMC helps send students back to school with confidence

August 15, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Advocate contributor  Thanks to Leesburg United Methodist Church, more than 200 Lee County schoolchildren walked into school Friday, Aug. 5 with full backpacks, fresh haircuts, and new-to-them clothes.  The church’s inaugural Community Back to School Bash, held Sunday, July 31, was a fun family event designed to help relieve some of the back-to-school burden families may feel.  “We realize that preparing for school can be financially challenging,” said Leesburg UMC Children’...

Wesley Monumental Youth give sweat equity to serve their community

Wesley Monumental Youth give sweat equity to serve their community

August 15, 2022
By Allison Lindsey, Advocate contributor  Soaking up one of the last weeks of summer vacation for youth at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church meant serving God and giving sweat equity for the kingdom through their Local Missions Week. Around 30 middle and high school students and their adult volunteers spent a week doing service projects around Savannah. They sweated through hot days and put in hard work as they put their faith into practice. “The Local Missions Week is great for our ...

Called Annual Conference Session is this Saturday, August 20

August 14, 2022
In February, Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, announced there would be a special session of the Annual Conference held on Saturday, August 20, 2022. The meeting will begin at 10 am and will be held via Zoom and is anticipated to last no longer than one hour.    The purpose of the special session is to vote on any matters related to local church disaffiliations within the South Georgia Annual Conference. Only matters pertaining to the call made by Bishop ...

Asbury UMC in Columbus hosts job-readiness program, graduation

Asbury UMC in Columbus hosts job-readiness program, graduation

August 01, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus recently held a graduation for the first 11 graduates of Columbus’ inaugural Jobs for Life program. Part of the Chattahoochee Valley Poverty Reduction Coalition (CVPRC), Jobs for Life is an 11-week evangelical job-readiness program to help those who are unemployed and underemployed find work. Rev. Mike Powell, pastor of Asbury UMC and Stephen’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lumpkin, is a member of the CVPRC and served as ...

Ellabell UMC shares God’s love through brown bag meals

Ellabell UMC shares God’s love through brown bag meals

August 01, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Ellabell United Methodist Church has taken to the streets to share the love of Jesus. Every weekday during the third week of each month, church members stand on a busy street outside the local Dollar General and hand out sacks of food. It’s a way to take church to the community, said volunteer and Ellabell UMC member Marilyn Page. Knowing people might be reluctant to go to a church, the Fishes and Loaves ministry team decided to hand out the food bags about a half ...

Heritage at Houston UMC’s longstanding breakfast ministry serves spiritual food and physical food

Heritage at Houston UMC’s longstanding breakfast ministry serves spiritual food and physical food

August 01, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor “Some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers…” Others pancake flippers, some egg scramblers, bacon fryers, or coffee pourers. Maybe that’s not exactly how it’s written in scripture, but that’s the gist of it at Heritage at Houston United Methodist Church. For 884 Sundays – 17 years – the congregation has served breakfast to anyone and everyone who has walked through the Macon church’s doors. The ministry, named Scrambled Eggs ...

Bemiss UMC reaches out to community with hot dogs, prayers

Bemiss UMC reaches out to community with hot dogs, prayers

July 18, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Hot dogs are synonymous with summer. Long associated with baseball games and summer celebrations, hotdogs are now, at least in one South Georgia town, quickly becoming associated with a United Methodist church. At Bemiss United Methodist Church in Valdosta, the last Saturday of each month is “Hot Dogs and Jesus” day. From about 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., folks can drive up to the church and receive a free hot dog with all the fixings, snacks, drinks, prayer, ...

Cordele First UMC bridges gap between underserved community, healthcare

Cordele First UMC bridges gap between underserved community, healthcare

July 18, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Cordele First United Methodist Church recently hosted a health fair to help bridge the gap between healthcare providers and underserved people by bringing the two together for a three-day event. From cholesterol screenings to COVID-19 tests and car seat checks, Cordele First UMC’s health fair provided free care for those who need it most. “Many people not in the Church think of the Church as only a place to praise God and to read the Bible,” said Rev. Tania Montero, ...

Isle of Hope UMC VBS raises $3,000 for Wesley Community Centers

Isle of Hope UMC VBS raises $3,000 for Wesley Community Centers

July 18, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Mission work – serving the least, the last, and the lost – is integral to the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church congregation. Whether youth, children, women, or men – all ministry groups are encouraged to be involved in missions. Vacation Bible School is no exception, and the 200 children and 80 volunteers who attended the church’s recent VBS, held June 20-23, raised a total of $3,115 for Wesley Community Centers, Inc. in Savannah. The children raised more than ...

Brunswick couple shares love of Christ through daily waves, smiles

Brunswick couple shares love of Christ through daily waves, smiles

July 05, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Nearly every weekday, from August 2021 through May 2022, a “cute little old couple” sat in their front yard in a pair of green Adirondack chairs, drinking coffee and waving at passersby. Cars, buses, construction vehicles, and landscape trucks would slow as they drove past, honk, wave, and smile. What started as a one-day sendoff to middle school for grandson Jax grew into something much bigger than Janie and Fred Alexander ever imagined. “This is just a way to ...

Methodist Home celebrates 150 years of helping children and youth

Methodist Home celebrates 150 years of helping children and youth

July 05, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Edwin arrived at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth as a 9-year-old. A “wild creature” with no significant parenting, he was failing school and fighting during recess. At The Methodist Home, he found structure, order, and values. He was no longer able to wander neighborhoods and alleys at will. He found adults who set limits and cared. Today, more than 70 years later, Dr. Edwin Chase credits The Methodist Home for saving his life. “The Children’s Home saved ...

Videos highlight ways God is faithful

Videos highlight ways God is faithful

July 05, 2022
During the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, attendees watched videos highlighting areas in the South Georgia Conference that are thriving and vital and ways our South Georgia United Methodists are faithfully serving their communities and one another. Ministry Moment Snapshots Through several Ministry Moment Snapshots led by Anne Bosarge, Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources, the Conference was able to see the fruit of God’s faithfulness in various ways ...

Bishop Graves sets 2022-2023 pastoral appointments

June 13, 2022
On Wednesday, June 8, during the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, Bishop David Graves fixed the 2022-2023 pastoral appointments for the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. 2022-2023 Appointments Click here to download and view the list of appointments by district. For full Annual Conference coverage, visit www.sgaumc.org/annualconference.

Conference approves three resolutions

June 13, 2022
During the 2022 Annual Conference session, three of seven resolutions presented to the Conference Committee on Resolutions for consideration and vote by the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference were approved.  In the Monday morning, June 6 business session, the conference approved Resolution 1, “Say ‘No’ to Single-Use Plastic” and Resolution 2, “Resolution on Wage Equality.” Later that afternoon, Resolution 6, “Resolution to Amend the Disaffiliation Policy of the South Georgia Conference,” was ...

Conference votes on disaffiliation matters

June 13, 2022
During the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, clergy and lay members voted on several matters related to disaffiliation.  On Monday afternoon, June 6, Conference members approved a report from the Conference Trustees in which a process was affirmed that extends the terms of South Georgia’s current disaffiliation policy through December 31, 2024. Already voted on and approved by the Trustees, the resolution states, “the Trustees wish to provide a means for local churches desiring to ...

God’s faithfulness felt amid much-anticipated annual conference session

God’s faithfulness felt amid much-anticipated annual conference session

June 13, 2022
Detailed recaps of each day’s events, including listings of who was ordained and commissioned, those who retired, and the ministers and spouses who were remembered during the memorial service, as well as the appointment list, photos, and bulletin insert can be found by clicking here. For the first time in three years, nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists gathered to worship and conduct the business of the annual conference as Bishop David Graves led his first annual conference session ...

South Georgia Conference approves establishment of Retiree Health Care Trust

June 13, 2022
South Georgia retirees and those approaching retirement can breathe a little easier.  During the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, delegates approved the establishment of a Retiree Health Care Trust. This trust helps secure retiree healthcare funding as the denomination moves into an uncertain future. It will benefit all clergy and conference staff currently receiving retiree healthcare funding and will also secure funding for those clergy and staff who are 55 and older and who have...

Celebrating Ministry Milestones and Achievements at Annual Conference

Celebrating Ministry Milestones and Achievements at Annual Conference

June 12, 2022
Annual Conference is a special time to celebrate ministry milestones and achievements, from those just entering the ministry to those taking the next step of their journey into retirement. During the Board of Ordained Ministry report Monday afternoon, individuals were recognized for achieving milestones and achievements. Received into their new relationship with the conference as Elders and Full Conference Members were Jonathan William Beckum, Nathan Christopher Lehman, and Jeremiah Haynes ...

Memorial Service 2022: ‘Hope is in our job description’

Memorial Service 2022: ‘Hope is in our job description’

June 12, 2022
A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who served in the South Georgia Annual Conference was held Tuesday afternoon, June 7, at 2 p.m. as conference members gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga. Rev. Bill Bagwell, outgoing pastor at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro who retired at this year’s Annual Conference session, reminded those gathered that hope is an important work.  “Hope is in our job description,” he said. “I dearly need hope. Do you? It is the essence ...

South Georgia United Methodists give more than $22,000 for North Katanga partnership

South Georgia United Methodists give more than $22,000 for North Katanga partnership

June 12, 2022
At the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists gave $22,708 to support two North Katanga Conference ministries: Kamina Orphanage and Wings of the Morning Aviation.  On Monday morning, Rev. Garth Duke-Barton, conference secretary of Global Ministries and senior pastor of Epworth UMC in Jesup, presented a check to the Kamina Orphanage and the Wings of Aviation ministry of the North Katanga Conference. Receiving the check on behalf of Global Ministries were ...

Meaghan Blight selected as Wesleyan College’s 26th president

Meaghan Blight selected as Wesleyan College’s 26th president

May 31, 2022
The Wesleyan College Board of Trustees proudly announces the appointment of Meaghan Blight as the institution’s 26th president effective July 1, 2022. President-elect Blight comes to Wesleyan from Huron University College, a small liberal arts institution in London, Ontario, Canada. She has spent the last 13 years as an executive in higher education, partnering with industry, private donors, and foundations to identify advancement opportunities for students, faculty, and community and since 2016...

Riverside UMC organist retires after 50 years

Riverside UMC organist retires after 50 years

May 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor For nearly 51 years, Gail Pollock was Riverside United Methodist Church’s organist. For more than 2,600 Sundays she sat at the church’s Schantz organ and played beloved hymns, soaring symphonies, and moving melodies. Sunday, May 15 was Pollock’s final performance, a swan song to cap off five decades of service to a congregation and church she dearly loves. Her final Sunday morning playlist included “All Creatures of Our God and King,’’ a duet accompanied by Helen ...

South Georgia prepares for 2022 Annual Conference session

South Georgia prepares for 2022 Annual Conference session

May 31, 2022
ALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION For the first time in three years, nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists will gather June 5-8 at The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center to worship, fellowship, and discuss the future of the South Georgia Conference. Meeting under the theme, “Great is Your Faithfulness,” attendees at the 2022 Annual Conference session will worship five times in four days, will see friends, and make new ones. It will be a homecoming of sorts, conference leaders ...

UMC Bishops agree to call regular sessions of jurisdictional conferences in 2022

May 31, 2022
In response to Judicial Council decision 1445, the Council of Bishops (COB) has formally set the dates for regular sessions of the Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened November 2-5, 2022. During a special COB meeting held today, the bishops approved a motion that the jurisdictional conferences will meet for purpose of the election and assignment of new bishops for the limited purpose of effectuating the continuance of the episcopacy in The United ...

Centerville UMC serves community with bi-weekly food bank

Centerville UMC serves community with bi-weekly food bank

May 16, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Last month, a handful of men biked 15 miles to Centerville United Methodist Church’s food bank. The food bank closest to their homes had closed, and they couldn’t afford groceries or gas. Inflation and high gas prices are driving more people to Centerville UMC’s bi-weekly food bank, said Cheri Cox, a member of the church and a food bank volunteer. Wednesday, May 11 was a record day, with volunteers serving more than 300 people. “I think the economy is getting bad. It’...

Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally

May 16, 2022
By Heather Hahn, UM News U.S. annual conferences have no authority under current church law to withdraw from The United Methodist Church, the denomination’s top court ruled. “There is no basis in Church law for any annual conference to adopt stopgap policies, pass resolutions, take a vote, or act unilaterally for the purpose of removing itself from The United Methodist Church,” the Judicial Council ruled in Decision 1444. The church court said only General Conference — the denomination’s top ...

Conference Trustees to extend disaffiliation deadline

May 16, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor While seven resolutions have been presented to the Conference Committee on Resolutions for consideration and vote by the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference, there’s an eighth - and perhaps less obvious - resolution contained in the 2022 Book of Recommendations and Reports. Written into Recommendation 1 of the Conference Board of Trustees’ report is a resolution stating the intent of the Conference Trustees to extend South Georgia’s current disaffiliation policy ...

Guyton UMC gives $7,500 to support Ukrainian orphans

Guyton UMC gives $7,500 to support Ukrainian orphans

May 16, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Guyton United Methodist Church is a small church with a big heart. The congregation, which averages between 40-50 people a week in worship, recently raised 150 times that to support Ukrainian orphans. In just one week, church members gave $7,500 to support St. Paul United Methodist Church’s Ukraine Orphan Ministry. Familiar with the ministry through former pastor Rev. Daryl Brown’s connection and his past mission trips to the country, the congregation gave generously...

Annual Conference Updates - May 12, 2022

Annual Conference Updates - May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022
Dear Lay and Clergy Members of the Annual Conference, Conference and Agency Leaders, Thank you again for the attention you are paying to all of the many details of the 2022 Annual Conference session set for June 5-8 in Columbus. Below is highlighted or new information you will find helpful as you prepare for Annual Conference, including:   Timeline and Agenda Report from the Board of Trustees Updates to the Board of Pension and Health Benefits Report Updated Covid Safety Protocols Childcare ...

Task Force on Hispanic-Latino Affairs meets, plans, resources congregations

Task Force on Hispanic-Latino Affairs meets, plans, resources congregations

May 02, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Georgia is home to nearly 1 million Latinos. But the Church hasn’t done a great job to reach out and welcome them, said Rev. David Thompson, superintendent of the South Georgia Conference’s Coastal District and chairman of the Conference’s Task Force on Hispanic-Latino Affairs. “This isn’t just a Methodist problem; the Church in general isn’t great at recognizing the sojourner in their midst,” he said. Originally formed in 2016, the Task Force on Hispanic-Latino ...

The Chapel’s new playground honors life, legacy of student leader

The Chapel’s new playground honors life, legacy of student leader

May 02, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Landon Martinez was bright, vibrant, fun. He loved to serve and give back to the community for which he cared so deeply. Landon’s Landing, the new playground at The Chapel Midtown in Brunswick, bears his name and honors his life and legacy. With bold, colorful murals from artist Bongang as a backdrop, the playground invites children to run, play, imagine, and enjoy God’s creation. Landon would have loved it, said his mom, Nicole Wright. “Landon loved The Chapel and...

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2022 Annual Conference Session now available

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2022 Annual Conference Session now available

April 25, 2022
2022 Book of Recommendations and Reports Business items for the 2022 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 BOR is now available* for download as a PDF file at no cost in its entirety or in sections. You can also purchase it for $7 (plus tax and shipping) as a...

Dr. Don Wood inducted into UMAC Hall of Fame

Dr. Don Wood inducted into UMAC Hall of Fame

April 18, 2022
Compiled from UMAC publications During the 2022 United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) Annual Meeting, Dr. Don Wood, an ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, was inducted into the UMAC Hall of Fame. From 1977 until his retirement in 2012, Dr. Wood served as executive director of Good News Television (GNTV), a media ministry within the connectional structure of the South Georgia Conference. During his tenure, he helped steer the ministry ...

South Georgia Conference, churches respond after destructive tornadoes hit region

South Georgia Conference, churches respond after destructive tornadoes hit region

April 18, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor In what was the most significant tornado outbreak in Georgia since April 2020, at least 25 tornadoes were produced in the destructive storms that crossed the state April 5-6. The most damaging tornadoes occurred in Bryan, Houston, and Dooly counties, and the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church responded immediately to assess, respond, support, and meet needs. “This is the worst disaster that I’ve ever been a part of,” said Coastal District ...

Effingham County’s Encounter Church constituted

Effingham County’s Encounter Church constituted

April 17, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor On Sunday morning, April 3, 2022, 87 people gathered to worship and celebrate Encounter Church’s founding and constitution into The United Methodist Church. The mood in the room was expectant and excited as those gathered anticipated an announcement that had for several weeks been teased during worship services and via social media. Preaching on 1 Kings 8 which tells of Solomon dedicating the temple, pastor Damon Hubert told the congregation its purpose is to point ...

Andrew College professor awarded grant for sustainable agriculture workshop

Andrew College professor awarded grant for sustainable agriculture workshop

March 31, 2022
Andrew College sustainable agriculture program director Dr. Adam Redhead will receive a grant in the amount of $3,000 to fund an agricultural training program.  The grant was awarded by the southern division of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants and outreach program. The overall objective of SARE, according to their website, “is to ...

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit North Katanga partnership

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit North Katanga partnership

March 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Over the past two years, South Georgia has helped the North Katanga Annual Conference build and reconstruct several local churches, host empowerment training events and leadership training conferences, and train local farmers. The mission partnership that began three years ago when a team of six South Georgia United Methodists traveled to the North Katanga Annual Conference, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continues to develop. During the 2022 Annual ...

Conference to consider, vote on seven resolutions

March 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Seven resolutions have been presented to the Conference Committee on Resolutions for consideration and vote by the 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference. Resolutions, if approved by the Annual Conference, are statements that represent the position of the conference on a subject. Two resolutions, submitted in 2020 by members of the Advocacy Committee and its ad-hoc teams, will be considered and voted upon by the 2022 Annual Conference session. Discussion and voting on ...

Please welcome Reverend Lynn Meadows-White to The Methodist Home!

March 31, 2022
Written and submitted by The Methodist Home Beginning this summer, Reverend Lynn Meadows-White will be officially joining our ministry as the Vice President of Church Relations and Chaplain for our Carpenter’s Way Ranch and Americus sites! She will be available to speak on behalf of The Methodist Home in churches across Georgia and work with folks who want to support our mission in the Columbus area. As a Full Elder, Pastor Lynn has faithfully supported The Methodist Home for many years. Her ...

UMW change name, keep mission

UMW change name, keep mission

March 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor New name, same mission. For 153 years, women united by their shared love of Christ and desire to serve women, children, and youth have put their faith into action. Over the years, what was first known as the Methodist Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society became known as the Woman’s Society of Christian Service and then eventually United Methodist Women. Today, the organization has rebranded itself again, this time to “United Women in Faith.” The new name, which was ...

Annual Conference Update: Special Offering, Resolutions, Basic Agenda

Annual Conference Update: Special Offering, Resolutions, Basic Agenda

March 29, 2022
The following is an email sent out by Meredyth Earnest, Conference Secretary, with updated details about the 2022 Annual Conference Session set for June 5-8 in Columbus. Dear Lay/Clergy member to Annual Conference, Our 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference Session is set for June 5-8 in Columbus, Ga. All Sunday activities and all business sessions will be held at The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center, a wonderful venue along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The memorial service ...

Conference’s Confirmation Retreat at Epworth is “the best weekend”

Conference’s Confirmation Retreat at Epworth is “the best weekend”

March 14, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Epworth By The Sea is quiet no more. The serene, peaceful campus along the Mackay River was once again filled with laughter, activity, and music as the 21st annual Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat returned after a one-year hiatus. More than 400 youth and their adult volunteers gathered to worship, learn, and play together during the March 4-6 weekend retreat that teaches confirmands about prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace as well as their ...

South Georgia UMs raise $75,000 for tornado relief in Kentucky, Tennessee

South Georgia UMs raise $75,000 for tornado relief in Kentucky, Tennessee

March 14, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor South Georgia United Methodists have raised more than $75,000 to help the Kentucky and Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conferences in their relief and recovery work following a string of deadly December tornadoes. This is in addition to a $20,000 donation of disaster response funds given to the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference in the immediate aftermath of the storms. In December, an appeal was made to South Georgia United Methodists requesting monetary donations for ...

St. Paul UMC supports, loves, helps Ukrainian orphans

St. Paul UMC supports, loves, helps Ukrainian orphans

March 14, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor “Tammichka, it’s happening.”   “Tammichka, pray for us.” Tammy Reynolds – affectionately called Tammichka by her Ukrainian friends – read the texts pouring into her phone from her friends in Ukraine. As explosions rocked Kyiv, Reynolds’ heart broke, knowing homes and lives were being destroyed. Minutes later, a flood of new texts came in, this time from Columbus friends, neighbors, and fellow members of St. Paul United Methodist Church. “What’s going on?” “What’s ...

Bishop Graves announces new Conference staff positions

Bishop Graves announces new Conference staff positions

February 28, 2022
Bishop David Graves, resident bishop of the South Georgia Conference, has announced three conference staff positions.  Mrs. Kelly Roberson will become the new Assistant to the Bishop & Director of Conference Ministries/Communications. She will continue her duties as communications director and connectional ministries team leader with additional responsibilities to assist Bishop Graves. Roberson is a lifelong United Methodist and has worked for the South Georgia Annual Conference since 2001. She...

Dr. Jay Harris’ new book helps people read the Bible, connect with God through scripture

Dr. Jay Harris’ new book helps people read the Bible, connect with God through scripture

February 28, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Dr. Jay Harris has been hungry for God’s Word since he was a teenager. Baptized at age 8, he gave his life to Christ a few weeks before he turned 14 while on a youth group outing at a Christian concert. Given a New Testament and told to start reading at the Book of John, Dr. Harris’ faith has been grounded and formed in scripture ever since. “I realized that this was instruction for me in that God, through the Bible, was instructing me how I was to live as a ...

Wesley UMC builds wheelchair ramp, porch for Macon homeowners

Wesley UMC builds wheelchair ramp, porch for Macon homeowners

February 28, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Louis Miller had been homebound for nearly three months. A disabled Vietnam veteran, he doesn’t walk well anymore and uses a walker to get around. His wife, Patsy, has stage four metastatic breast cancer and is currently under hospice care. The Millers use a ramp to get in and out of their Macon home, but it needed repairs to be safely used. They paid a contractor about $400 to fix it, but the work wasn’t done properly and their ability to get out of the home was ...

United Methodists respond to invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022
By Sam Hodges, UM News Russia’s invasion of Ukraine brought calls for prayer and statements of deep concern from United Methodists, as well as a first-hand account from a denomination member in harm’s way. “We were awakened from deep morning sleep by the sound of explosions and many phone calls from friends,” said the Rev. Oleg Starodubets, a district superintendent who messaged UM News from Kyiv on Feb. 24. “People took their beloved and tried to leave the cities.” Starodubets said United ...

Bishop David Graves calls for special session of the South Georgia Annual Conference

Bishop David Graves calls for special session of the South Georgia Annual Conference

February 23, 2022
Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, in accordance with ¶603.5 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the annual conference on Saturday, August 20, 2022. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. EST and, at this time, is planned as a virtual session.   The purpose of the special session is to vote on any matters related to local church disaffiliations within the South Georgia Annual Conference. According to the current South Georgia Conference...

Brunswick First UMC continues ministry despite fire

February 14, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor After a Feb. 1 fire destroyed Brunswick First United Methodist Church’s electrical system, the congregation will worship in a warehouse for the next several months, said senior pastor Dr. Wright Culpepper. The fire, which started outside, did little actual physical damage other than breaking windows and melting blinds, but critically damaged the church’s power supply. The fire filled the entire church with smoke. Carpets, ceiling tiles, pews – anything with a soft ...

South Georgia apportionment giving remains steady

South Georgia apportionment giving remains steady

February 14, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor The 2021 financial books have closed, and the story is much the same as last year.  United Methodist churches in the South Georgia Conference paid 85.16 percent for total 2021 giving, compared to 2020’s 84.21 percent, according to the unaudited figures. The amount collected was, however, a $319,006 decrease from the amount collected in 2020 because last year’s budget was $735,096 lower than 2020’s budget. That translates to $7.5 million of the Conference’s $8.8 ...

United Methodists extend BSA charters through June 2022

February 14, 2022
(UMCom) United Methodist leaders have reached an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to extend existing UMC-sponsored Scouting charters through June 30, 2022 to provide for uninterrupted ministry with young people through Scouting. The charters were previously extended to March 31, 2022 as legal proceedings continue in the BSA's bankruptcy case, particularly as the trial for confirmation has now been postponed until March 9, 2022. Churches do not need to take any action to extend ...

Historically Black churches, their clergy, and members

Historically Black churches, their clergy, and members

February 13, 2022
By Anne Packard, Conference Historian While the Moore Methodist Museum was closed to the public in 2020 and 2021, exciting exhibits were created to better tell the story of the Methodist movement in the South Georgia Conference. One of these wonderful collections includes an entire room in the Strickland Wing dedicated to historically Black churches, their clergy, and members. This new display shows the strong ties that bind in families and communities and both the struggles and successes of ...

Jurisdiction mourns the death of Rev. Dr. Brad Brady

February 13, 2022
The Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church mourns the death of SEJ Conference Secretary and retired South Georgia Conference clergyperson Rev. Dr. Brad Brady. Dr. Brady was a pillar of SEJ Methodism and a trusted and gifted leader known and respected throughout our Jurisdiction. “I knew Dr. Brady as a wise and dedicated servant leader,” said Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia and Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences. “He loved the Lord, loved ...

40-year-old kneeling cushions get new life at Wilmington Island UMC

40-year-old kneeling cushions get new life at Wilmington Island UMC

January 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor So often these days, when an item has reached the end of its usefulness or when it’s a bit worn or dated, it’s tossed aside, thrown in the trash, or shoved in the corner of an attic, never to be seen again. But at Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 16 kneeling cushions, lovingly hand-stitched 40 years ago, have received new lives. In January 1982, 18 women from the Wilmington Island UMC congregation began a project to create needlepoint covers for new altar ...

Conference Board of Pension presents proposal for Retiree Healthcare Trust

January 31, 2022
The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits will present a proposal for a Retiree Healthcare Trust during the upcoming 2022 South Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 5-8 in Columbus. This proposal aims to secure healthcare coverage for retired clergy and conference staff of the South Georgia Conference no matter what happens in the denomination or annual conference.  “You are probably aware of the discussions going on in our denomination about what our future looks like - ...

General Conference Update and FAQs

January 31, 2022
In a November 18 virtual meeting, the Commission on General Conference – the group tasked with planning The United Methodist Church’s quadrennial global gathering – said they would decide in the first three months of 2022 whether The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly can go ahead as scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6 in Minneapolis. General Conference is the only body that can officially speak for the church. The coming gathering has 862 voting delegates – 55.9% come from the U.S., 32% ...

Waynesboro First UMC builds beds for children

Waynesboro First UMC builds beds for children

January 31, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Every child needs a bed. That’s the driving force behind a new ministry at Waynesboro First United Methodist Church.   The church’s bed ministry, launched in December, aims to give children without beds a good night’s sleep by providing them with new beds and bedding, said Bill Tinsley, Waynesboro First UMC’s chair of missions. “If there are children in our community who have to sleep on the floor, what are we doing? As a church, if we’re not meeting the needs of our...

Cordele Ukulele Band spreads joy, happiness with music

Cordele Ukulele Band spreads joy, happiness with music

January 17, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Churches tend to be known for their spectacular pipe organs, beautiful pianos, or accomplished hand bell choirs. It’s rare, outside of Hawaii, perhaps, to hear a ukulele band. But a group in Cordele is doing its best to change that. Known as the CUBs – the Cordele Ukulele Band – the group of about 10 musicians has been strumming and singing together for nearly a decade. The group was formed after Phil Davison and his wife, Cathy, returned from visiting Phil’s native ...

Thomasville First UMC members give time, serve others during Advent

Thomasville First UMC members give time, serve others during Advent

January 17, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor For the past 14 years, Thomasville First United Methodist Church’s congregation has celebrated Christmas differently. Since 2007, church leaders have challenged members to spend less during the Christmas season and put the money saved towards a mission project. Called Advent Revolution, the mission project focuses on remembering why Christmas is celebrated and on making an eternal difference in the world. Over the years, the congregation has built homes for orphaned ...

Bishop Graves: A look forward into 2022

Bishop Graves: A look forward into 2022

January 04, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Bishop David Graves doesn’t know what 2022 holds, but one thing he knows for certain: God is faithful. “I don’t know what 2022 is going to bring to us. It could be challenging in many ways,” he said in a new video. “There have been many years (in history) that have been challenging, but God’s faithfulness has always been there and God’s faithfulness will be with us. And I want us to lean into that.” As he looks forward to the new year, Bishop Graves acknowledges the ...

Central UMC’s Work-Out Bible Study aims to firm body, mind, soul

Central UMC’s Work-Out Bible Study aims to firm body, mind, soul

January 03, 2022
By Kara Witherow, Editor Like many at the beginning of a new year, in 2021 Kindall Strahan resolved to take her health more seriously. The wife and mother of four had battled a long-term infection and various health issues since her second daughter was born eight years ago. A former dancer, she was tired of being sick and tired. “I knew I had to be wholly healthy,” said Strahan, the secretary at Central United Methodist Church in Fitzgerald. “I had to turn to God to be healthy.” A busy mom, ...

Wesley Glen Ministries announces Cameron Bishop President and CEO

Wesley Glen Ministries announces Cameron Bishop President and CEO

January 03, 2022
The Board of Wesley Glen Ministries is pleased to announce that Cameron Bishop has joined the organization as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am thankful and excited to announce that Cam Bishop has been appointed by the Board as the new CEO of Wesley Glen Ministries,” said Robin Hughes, chair of the Wesley Glen Board of Trustees. “Cam has a long history of serving those in need. We look forward to him assuming his new role on January 24, 2022.” Wesley Glen Ministries is a ...

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