Bishop King to deliver keynote address at UMW annual meeting


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 officials at White Bluff started getting ready soon after.”

The annual meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the Procession of Presidents, led by Conference President, Sara Bankhead. District Presidents will participate in the procession and each will place a flower on the altar for the Memorial Service dedication. Susan Roberson, president of Valdosta District, will sing, “Standing Before Us,” the traditional processional song, as the procession proceeds down the aisle. The meeting will be joyful and uplifting as the year’s work in mission is reviewed and celebrated. Sara Bankhead, serving her third year as president, will welcome guests and preside at the business session. The meeting will adjourn by 12:30 p.m. after communion, and lunch will be served in the church’s dining room by the ladies at White Bluff.

The annual meeting is honored this year to have Bishop King as keynote speaker for this 40th year celebration. Bishop King was assigned to South Georgia in 2008, and has been a supporter of United Methodist Women during all of his time in South Georgia.

So, make plans now to visit beautiful, historic Savannah on October 20. White Bluff United Methodist Church will be looking for you.

Registration forms can be obtained from local presidents through each district president, or can be downloaded from the South Georgia Conference website (


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