Rediscovering the awe of Advent

published 12/11/2012
BEYOND THE NEWS CREEDE HINSHAW Merchants have always touted shopping.  It’s de rigueur to complain about greedy moneymakers and aggressive, insane shoppers on the recently dubbed Black Friday.  Decry the madness if you must but remember that it’s not a recent phenomenon; shopping on the day after Thanksgiving has simply grown in a logical, efficient progression over the decades.  Internet shopping and increasingly earlier store openings were anticipated in a quainter way some 40 years ago by ...

White Bluff UMC's needlecraft ministry members create gifts of love

published 12/11/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor When Helen Norman’s husband Dale was diagnosed with cancer nearly eight years ago, he was given a prayer quilt by the women of White Bluff United Methodist Church’s Pins and Needles sewing and quilting group. He was so impressed by and appreciative of the quilt that he took it everywhere and even had it signed by his doctors, nurses and everyone who visited him at home and in the hospital. That quilt made such an impression on both Helen and Dale that after Dale’s death...

St. Marys Foundation announces grant recipients

published 12/3/2012
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2012 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $850,408 were made available to 18 charitable organizations the week of December 3, 2012. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant. You can also view a video presentation of grants awarded by visiting their website at  Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (

2013 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches set for January 9-11

published 12/1/2012
United Methodist Church announces the 2013 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches to be held January 9-11, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is “Shifting Wineskins”: Education, Adaptation and Transformation.  The Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches exists for the information, inspiration and encouragement of Pastors of Black Churches and those who support them. For over 10 years the Convocation has helped pastors: Learn from renowned pastors who are recognized for their ...

GA Give Day is Dec. 6; support a participating UM ministry

published 11/26/2012
Several ministries in the South Georgia Conference are participating in the inaugural Georgia Gives Day on Dec. 6, 2012.  Ministries include The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, Magnolia Manor, Wesley Glen, Open Door, Epworth By The Sea, Wesleyan College and Andrew College. This is a new thing for Georgia – trying to raise awareness and charitable giving.   How you can help:  Let folks in your church know about Georgia Gives Day via email, newsletter, and bulletin.  Many of your ...

Final Cokesbury Christmas for stores

published 11/25/2012
A UMNS Feature By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* a href="" title=" The Cokesbury Bookstore in Nashville, Tenn., hosts an open house with special savings on Christmas items. Nancy Sawyer from Pennington United Methodist Church, Nashville, shops for holiday gifts. UMNS photos by Kathleen Barry. " class="lightbox" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(85, 117, 161); ">img border="0" src="

Cordele First UMC puts faith into action

published 11/15/2012
Submitted by Rev. David Thompson, Cordele First UMC  The Church has left the building. And on Sunday, Oct. 14, their community was glad they did.  Cordele First United Methodist Church put their faith into action by canceling their three English and Spanish Sunday morning services to practice very purposeful acts of kindness throughout their community. More than 500 volunteers from Cordele First UMC, Cordele First Baptist Church, Pinecrest Baptist Church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, New ...

Nehemiah: God works in the delay

published 11/15/2012
LIVING THE VISION BRAD BRADY This is the second in a series of articles about the book of Nehemiah.  Bishop King is inviting all South Georgia United Methodists to join him in studying this book. Sometimes we read the Bible without full appreciation of the timeline of events because we are unfamiliar with the calendar of the day.  The transition to Nehemiah 2 is a perfect example.  The first words give us a time stamp that is important to the story for several reasons. What catches my eye is ...

Statesboro First UMC's Project Deer Share helps fight hunger with hunting

published 11/15/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Venison. It’s the other red meat. With Georgia’s deer season in full swing, many South Georgia hunters are starting to harvest some of the state’s abundant supply of whitetail deer. And with the liberal limit of 12 deer per season, many hunters are finding – or soon will find – themselves with an excess supply of venison that they and their families can’t consume. That was the case with Statesboro First United Methodist Church member Warren Ball, an avid hunter. A few ...

UMC high court upholds guaranteed appointment

published 11/15/2012
By Sam Hodges, Managing Editor, United Methodist Reporter The frustration level for reformers of the struggling United Methodist Church appeared to reach a new high as the denomination’s Judicial Council struck down the last major reform standing after General Conference 2012. The council, after an Oct. 24-27 meeting outside Chicago that considered 18 cases, ruled that legislation to end guaranteed appointment for ordained elders violates the church’s constitution. Retired Bishop Al Gwinn ...

Finance agency asks for East Africa funds cutoff

published 11/14/2012
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How South Georgia is supporting East Africa missions and ministries

published 11/14/2012
I am honored to represent South Georgia serving as a director for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). During our organizational meeting in October, the suspension of funds to East Africa was discussed and it was again reported that all donations for projects in East Africa continue to be held until such time as sound practices are put into place for the accounting of funds given that would result in the suspension being lifted. Our Conference established a special partnership years ...

South Georgia Drop-off Locations for Cleaning Buckets

published 11/14/2012
There continues to be a great need for Cleaning Buckets. Instructions on assembling UMCOR kits can be found at  We have six locations within our conference where you can take your completed cleaning buckets. The buckets will then be taken to a designated location where UMCOR can disperse the buckets. Brunswick First UMC - 912-265-4313 (1400 Norwich Street, Brunswick, GA 31520) Valdosta First UMC - 229-242-4050 (220 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA 31601) Cordele First UMC - ...

Connectional Table Names the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker as Executive Secretary

published 11/7/2012
The Connectional Table (CT) is pleased to announce the hiring of the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker as executive secretary, effective January 1, 2013. She will provide administrative leadership for the CT as it coordinates the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church.  “Amy’s experience as a leader in The United Methodist Church, along with her vision and passion for Christ expressed through our Wesleyan tradition and her administrative skills are just what the Connectional ...

UMPH Board Approves CokesburyNext Plan

published 11/7/2012
The Board of Directors of the UM Publishing House (UMPH) met in Nashville Oct. 29–31. The Board reviewed UMPH’s FY12 results and learned that sales of $86.1M were up 2.2% over the previous year and that the House achieved its budgeted net operating revenue. But the Board also discussed future economic challenges related in part to decreased church worship and Sunday school attendance, steadily increasing costs for local store operations, changes in publishing technologies and the use of digital ...

20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day

published 11/5/2012
A UMNS report by Barbara Dunlap-Berg and Kathy L. Gilbert*  Veterans Day – Nov. 11 — is just a week away. The observance began almost a century ago. In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allied nations and Germany declared an armistice — a temporary cessation of hostilities — in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice Day the next year, Nov. 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became ...

Inaugural Dublin District Small Church Leadership Academy helps train and empower laity

published 11/5/2012
The inaugural Dublin District Small Church Leadership Academy, held Saturday, Sept. 22 at Twin City United Methodist Church, was designed to bring together leaders of small congregations (less than 60 in average worship attendance) for leadership training, sharing of ministry ideas, and spiritual development. While clergy were invited and welcome to attend, the training focused more on laity leadership. “While the districts are designed to focus on clergy leadership development, the design team...

Morgan's Chapel UMC's silent witness

published 11/5/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor  Morgan’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall proclaims a loud but silent witness to everyone who walks through its doors. That wasn’t the case a few weeks ago, though. Just a few weeks ago it was a typical fellowship hall, with empty walls, nondescript décor and trim in need of repainting. But church leaders and members realized that they had a huge opportunity to tell their story – and the wonderful news of God’s love – to their daily and weekly guests ...

Some dos and don'ts for young adult ministry

published 11/5/2012
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN I currently serve as an associate pastor at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon. One of my primary responsibilities is young adult ministry. During the past two years I’ve learned a good deal about what ministry with young adults is like and I’d like to take a moment to share a few ideas with you. Take them, leave them, question them, it’s up to you. Do NOT over-generalize the demographic. Statements like “all young people want…” are simply not ...

United Methodist Women gather for their 40th annual meeting

published 11/5/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor More than 260 women from across the South Georgia Annual Conference gathered together for the 40th annual meeting of the South Georgia United Methodist Women. Meeting under the theme “That All May Have Life,” on Saturday, October 20, UMW from across the conference celebrated 143 years of mission and ministry at Savannah’s White Bluff United Methodist Church. “You are a mighty force for God,” said keynote speaker Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South ...

United Methodist Committee on Relief Responds to Hurricane Sandy

published 10/30/2012
As Hurricane Sandy bared down on millions of people, The United Methodist Church is helping respond and cope with the storm's effects. Through local United Methodist churches and trained disaster response workers, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides immediate relief, assistance with cleanup and rebuilding, pastoral counseling and support for children and youth who have been through trauma. "As large as the monster Sandy is, the church is larger and more powerful in its ...

Andrew College's AndrewServes program impacts students, community

published 10/18/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor A special program at Andrew College is helping develop young men and women into servant leaders who are ready to make a difference in the lives of others. The AndrewServes program’s mission is to develop a spirit of servant leadership that nurtures the college’s academic mission through community involvement. Each semester, the program’s participants – called Servant Leader Scholars – are required to complete 60 hours of community service work. This is in addition to ...

Campus Ministry helps students tell the story of God's love in their lives

published 10/18/2012
Let the Redeemed Say So - Psalm 107:2 A Note from Rev. Cindy Autry Executive Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry  ( or 770-854-7283) Do your high school students a favor! Take them to visit a UM college campus or get them in touch with a Wesley Foundation director. Be sure they have the information they need to choose a college where they can learn, find encouragement, and grow in faith. Be sure they will have a supportive ...

Wesleyan College prepares students for seminary, ministry

published 10/18/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Wesleyan College and its Wesleyan Disciples ministry are helping shape the Church’s next generation of young leaders. In the past five years, eight Wesleyan Disciples graduates have gone on to seminary at such prestigious schools as the Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and Divinity School at Duke University. Formed in 2005 with six ...

Georgia Florida United Methodist Federal Credit Union Changes Name

published 10/10/2012
Members of the Georgia Florida United Methodist Federal Credit Union might notice something different in the coming days and months. As a result of unparalleled growth and new service to the Alabama-West Florida Conference, the credit union is changing its name to the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union, which better represents how it is connected to the United Methodist community and how its members are connected to one another.  "Members won't have to do anything, and it doesn't...

Bishop King to deliver keynote address at UMW annual meeting

published 10/4/2012
United Methodist Women in South Georgia will celebrate 40 years of mission work on October 20 in Savannah at White Bluff United Methodist Church. Bishop James R. King, Jr. will deliver the keynote address to women from across South Georgia with delegates from all nine districts attending. “White Bluff is working hard to get ready for this big event,” said Mary Exley, UMW Conference Vice President. “The program committee met in February to plan for this meeting, and the ladies and church ...


published 10/4/2012
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! Over the years I have spoken to thousands of young people and mature adults in conference settings. Sometimes I asked those gathered what one word they would use to describe the kingdom of God in heaven. I found it amazing that with few exceptions the same words appeared. What was not surprising is that when I asked for a show of hands the word love outnumbered all the other words every time. I believe that love is such...

Mizpah UMC is sharing Christ's love, one load at a time

published 10/4/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Washing loads of clothes takes lots of detergent, water and electricity, which, these days, tend to cost loads of money. One South Georgia church is helping ease that burden and share the love of Christ through their Loads of Love laundry ministry. Once a month, the Mizpah United Methodist Church’s youth group meets at a local Laundromat and offers to pay and do people’s laundry. They hand out quarters to everyone who walks in the door, regardless of need.  Sometimes ...

The enduring influence of Clarence Jordan

published 10/4/2012
By Sam Hodges, Managing Editor, United Methodist Reporter What were the odds that a white Southern Baptist preacher would start an interracial Christian community in the rural South in 1942, long before federal court decisions and legislation began to dismantle legal segregation? Throw in that this preacher would be openly pacifist, right in the middle of World War II, and the prospect seems even more far-fetched. But this happened. The Rev. Clarence Jordan and his wife, Florence, and a Baptist...

Volunteer Disaster Response Teams Needed in Louisiana

published 9/26/2012
By Betty Backstrom* The Rev. Dave Carlton, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Buras, La., watched television news reports of Hurricane Isaac’s devastating impact on Plaquemines Parish from a hospital room in Natchez, Miss.  Carlton was on an overnight trip to Birmingham, Ala. and stopped to eat lunch in Mississippi. When he stood up from the meal, Carlton felt dizzy. “Although it turned out to be a minor health issue, I wound up in the hospital. I felt helpless as I watched reports ...

10-Fold. 1 Click. Be Counted!

published 9/21/2012
Mark your calendar and spread the word! What began as a 10-day event has grown into a month-long event throughout October. Beginning October 1, this online event will mobilize passionate people to stand up and be counted for causes they believe in, known as 10-Fold. Each week will feature a different United Methodist ministry supported by Global Ministries and UMCOR. Through live webcasts, streaming video, online chats, and other media, participants will learn about these ministries that are ...

Hugo Magallanes Named Director of Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions

published 9/20/2012
Rev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, associate professor of Christianity and Cultures, has been named director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He succeeds Dr. David Maldonado, who retired as founding director of the Center in 2011. An ordained elder in the South Georgia Annual Conference UMC, Magallanes is a native of Cd. Juarez, Mexico. He earned Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees from Drew University, an M.Div. from ...

South Georgia family is passionate about helping end childhood hunger

published 9/20/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor One family’s passion for helping end childhood hunger is making a difference in children’s lives throughout South Georgia and in cities across the United States. Lindsey Buck, wife of Sandersville United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Joe Buck, helps run Operation Hungry Child, Inc., a non-profit organization she and her mother formed to promote awareness of childhood hunger and to provide assistance to child hunger relief organizations. Buck’s mother, Melanie Brooks, a ...

South Georgia UM churches take action against hunger

published 9/20/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Nearly 49 million people in America face hunger. That’s one in six of the United States population – including more than one in five children. And a record 46.7 million Americans—one in five– now collect food stamps, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And since September is National Hunger Action Month, as dubbed by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, we wanted to highlight what a few local South ...

Trinity UMC's 2012 Choir Tour and Mission Trip

published 9/20/2012
By Alyssa Lorenz, Trinity UMC The Trinity United Methodist Church’s New Horizons youth choir and hand bell choir tour kicked off at the crack of dawn on Thursday, June 7.  We got to see our choir director, Vicki Slavik’s, smiling face at 2:30 a.m. I don’t think many of us went to bed the night before.  We had to be there that early to load the bus and drive to our first concert in Memphis.  It is about an eight-hour drive from Warner Robins to Memphis, our concert was at 4 p.m., and Vickie likes...

"Happiness" is the theme for South Georgia Eagles' fall retreat

published 9/6/2012
The South Georgia Eagles, a group of retired South Georgia United Methodist pastors and spouses, will gather October 29-31, 2012, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, for their annual fall retreat. Leading several sessions during the retreat on “John Wesley and Happiness” will be retired pastor Dr. Burrell Dinkins, who is also writing a book on the same topic.  A member of the North Georgia Conference, Dr. Dinkins is a former teacher at Asbury Seminary and Oral Roberts University.  Also ...

Americus FUMC's Nimble Fingers share stitches of love

published 9/6/2012
Submitted by Judy Tott Expressions of creativity combine with laughter, fun and fellowship every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at Americus First United Methodist Church on South Lee Street.   For the past 26 years, a group of women has been gathering with the specific purpose of sharing their love of quilting with each other and as an expression of their love for others in their church family. Since 1986, the Nimble Fingers have hand quilted dozens of beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilts and presented ...

Equipping students for a successful school year

published 9/6/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor For students, starting a new school year can be pretty intimidating. Even some teachers and parents share the same feelings.  From donating school supplies to praying over backpacks and schools to meeting with students each week before class, many United Methodist churches in South Georgia have helped prepare students, teachers and families holistically for their new school year. Supplying their needs For some families, the back-to-school anxieties that are already ...

Living as disciples in the middle of an election season

published 9/6/2012
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN I guess I can’t really help it, but every four years I follow political races like they’re sporting events. Now you must know that my interest comes from the fact that my background was in political science. Before I was called into the ministry, I majored in political science in undergrad and planned to go to law school. My great hope was to work in politics or cover politics as a journalist. So I admit that I can be a bit of a political junkie at times. There is, ...

Pastor and wife of 60 years pen devotional book

published 9/6/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Retired South Georgia pastor, author and cancer survivor Rev. Hamp Watson has teamed together with his wife and partner of 60 years, Day Wilson Watson, to write “Day’s Devotionals,” a collection of 80 inspiring and uplifting devotionals designed to encourage readers and bring them into a closer relationship with God. “I hope that these devotions will be helpful and will inspire readers to seek a time of quiet with God,” said Day Watson. “We pray that they will help them...


published 9/6/2012
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! What is your favorite sporting event in the Olympics?  Regardless of a particular Olympic event I find it exciting to watch the competition between some of the greatest athletes in the world. Many of these athletes have been in training since they were very young. They have spent hundreds of hours conditioning themselves for this one great moment in their lives when they will offer their best to the world as they ...

Sweetwater UMC is small in size but great in spirit, generosity

published 9/6/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Sometimes it doesn’t take a big crowd to make a big impact. Jesus was one man. He only had 12 disciples. While few in numbers, the influence of those 13 men shaped the course of history and mankind. Through its generous spirit and faithful giving, tiny Sweetwater United Methodist Church is doing its part to help transform and shape the lives of children at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. During the past 10 years, the 16-member congregation has given more than...

Certified chainsaw operators help clean up after storms

published 8/16/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor The loud whir of a chainsaw is a sound that’s often heard after a tornado or other storm devastates a neighborhood, town or city. Rick Dorer knows the sound well. As the only certified chainsaw instructor and one of only about 30 certified chainsaw operators in the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dorer is often called to serve in the wake of disaster. He and other South Georgia Early Response Team (ERT) volunteers were very active in the ...

South Georgia UMs serve at home and abroad

published 8/16/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor One of the core beliefs of The United Methodist Church is that each person is called to participate in the ministry of Jesus Christ. John Wesley described this work in simple, practical terms: “Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.” South Georgia United Methodists have taken Wesley’s words to heart and have put their faith into action this summer by participating in short-term mission trips. Whether traveling to Peru or staying ...

The Calvary-Bethel-Centennial Charge helps change the world

published 8/16/2012
By Rev. Sue A. Jackson Mother Teresa said “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” This reflects the spirit of the three churches on the Calvary-Bethel-Centennial Charge.  On Saturday, May 19, 2012, in the spirit of cooperation, the churches united forces and washed cars for the community from noon until 3 p.m. They had all the right ingredients for a good car wash:  warm weather, a servant’s heart, water, soap, sponges, music and the church was open for ...

Join Bishop King for the Bishop's Hour this Fall

published 8/7/2012
Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, will again be visiting all nine districts this fall for the 2012 Bishop’s Hour.   These Bishop’s Hours are designed to be an intentional time for Bishop King to be in each district sharing with both laity and clergy.    “The purpose of the Bishop's Hour is for me to come out and be with the people, to draw close to them and to teach and to care for them,” said Bishop King.  “The role of a Bishop is to continue to learn ...

Four Years in South Georgia - Reflections from the Bishop

published 8/3/2012
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. July 20, 2012 marked the end of another Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. I would like for the members of the South Georgia annual conference to know what I wrote as my report in summary of our work in the South Georgia Area during the last four years.  South Georgia Area Report Bishop James R. King Jr. The South Georgia Area is filled with clergy and laity who are excited about the gospel of Jesus Christ and are engaged in making disciples of Jesus ...

South Georgians elected to serve on general church boards

published 7/31/2012
By Kara Witherow, Editor Two South Georgia United Methodists, Dr. Brad Brady and Allison Lindsey, have been nominated and elected to serve on general church agency boards by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Dr. Brady, assistant to the bishop for Connectional Ministries, has been elected to serve on the Connectional Table. Established by the 2004 General Conference, the Connectional Table oversees the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination. The ...

2012 Black Church Summit explores 21st Century model of ministry

published 7/26/2012
The 2012 Black Church Summit, a gathering for clergy and laity from black churches across the South Georgia Conference, is set for Sept. 21-22, 2012, at New Covenant Church in Savannah. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Real, Relevant and REVIVED: Creating a 21st Century Model of Ministry,” based on Mark 9:50, which says, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”  “Since its inception, the Black...

Can you dig it? KidzQuest helps students live life 'to the max'

published 7/26/2012
Christians are called to “have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). At this year’s KidzQuest retreat, set for Sept. 28-30 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, students will discover how to do just that – they’ll learn how God has called them to live life “to the max!” Designed for students in the third through sixth grades, this annual children’s retreat promises to be hip, groovy, far out and bursting with learning, worship and fun. This year’s event, with the theme, “Give Me: ...

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