As we begin a new year and a new decade, we want to give thanks to you, the faithful members of our local churches, for partnering with us to do the ministry we’ve been called to do. Because of your prayers, support, and gifts, we are able to minister to people all across South Georgia - and beyond - in the name of Jesus Christ.
A note from Bishop Bryan
I am so very grateful for the privilege of serving with you in the South Georgia Conference. The power and hope of the connectional system is found in the annual conferences. This is where we know each other, work with each other, and care for each other. Thank you for being Alive Together!
Thank you, South Georgia, for the privilege of serving you and sharing your stories. It is an honor to hear and share what God is doing in and through you and how you are open to God’s call on your lives to love, serve, and make disciples. Thank you for reading and for sharing your stories with and through The Advocate!
Thank you, South Georgia congregations, for giving so many of your children and youth the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Connect this summer. Our heart’s desire is to connect kids with Christ in whatever means we can, from the silliest skits or games, to times of worship, cabin devotions or meals shared with friends, both new and old.
We recognize that you are putting your trust in us to take care of that which is most valuable to you, and that is our greatest honor!
We are so grateful to count each of you as a part of our larger camp family.
Suzanne Akins, Director of Camping and Retreats
Connectional Ministries / Advocacy / Multicultural Ministries
Thank you to the congregations and churches of the South Georgia Conference for allowing us to be a part of your church family and ministry. We rejoice for our partnership and the many opportunities to share and provide training opportunities for awareness, education, and participation, celebrating and embracing our strength and love through diversity and inclusion. I am reminded of Acts 2:1-4 as an example of the power of our uniqueness through the Holy Spirit. We look forward to the new year and are excited about doing more ministry together in 2020 as we work together as the Body of Christ and to reach and make disciples for Jesus Christ!
Epworth By The Sea
2019 was a great year to be Alive Together in Christ with the South Georgia Conference. Summer camps, Confirmation Retreat, KidzQuest, and Encounter were very successful events hosted by South Georgia’s Camping Ministries. Winter Conference, Clergy Spouses, the Eagles, Spiritual Growth, Mission U, Mission Teams, the United Methodist Women and Men, along with many South Georgia churches and youth groups, held retreats at Epworth. In today’s society, it is so easy to become anxious and isolated, with virtual relationships substituted for real connection. We are better together, and Epworth is a place to find peace, connection, and beauty with God and one another. Thank you to the South Georgia Conference for making Epworth truly holy ground.
GNTV Media Ministry
GNTV Media Ministry is thankful for the people of South Georgia. Our ministry to use technology has allowed us to support you in local churches, at Annual Conference, Pastors’ School, KidzQuest, and the Encounter Youth Retreat. Together we have helped spread the gospel of Christ to our communities. With you, we are focusing our energies to assist in creating redemptive relationships with our communities, state, and world. We are grateful that you trust in us to be your technology partner!
Without you, Magnolia Manor would not exist. We were born of a vision by our Church to meet the needs of senior adults. For more than half a century, you have helped us do just that. When we tell a resident that they don’t have to leave Magnolia Manor even though they can no longer afford to pay, we do it in the name of Christ and our South Georgia Conference UMC family. When we pray with a resident who’s grieving the loss of a spouse, it’s in His name and yours. Thank you for allowing us to minister!
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Dear Friends in Christ,
YOU bring blessings of hope and healing to so many children across our conference. We are so GRATEFUL for your incredible generosity and deep commitment to our boys and girls. Because of YOU, The Methodist Home for Children has expanded our reach to even more children and families. While many highlights of the year stand out, one is especially precious: more than 15 of our young people were baptized, including one mother and daughter! We are “ALIVE TOGETHER IN WITNESS WITH YOU.” Thank you for your prayers and loving support as we continue in this ministry TOGETHER! May God bless you in 2020 and keep His guiding presence and peace on The Methodist Home!
Warmly, Alison Evans, President and CEO
Moore Methodist Museum
The Ministry of Memory and the Moore Methodist Museum are alive and well in 2020, and it is all thanks to the generosity and devotion of the South Georgia Conference. More than 5,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum this year with hundreds of confirmation tours, games of Methodist Jeopardy, and research requests. We look forward to even great numbers in 2020 by hosting the National and Jurisdictional Historical Societies for a weeklong event in August entitled “Walking in the Footsteps of John Wesley.” Thank you for making it possible for us to continue the Methodist movement and outreach for God.
Open Door Community House
Open Door Community House is exceedingly grateful to SGAUMC for your leadership, prayers, and support of our mission to empower impoverished people in our community to realize their full potential as children of God as we create long-term solutions to poverty. You are providing vital resources, hope, and opportunities to children, women, and families for their journey to leave poverty behind. By God’s grace and your prayers and support, we see transformation occur every day. Thank you for helping make this possible!
South Georgia’s Disaster Response Ministries
The South Georgia Annual Conference is blessed to have such a growing number of disaster relief volunteers! This past December, right before Christmas, a tornado struck parts of Ben Hill and Irwin Counties and many of our United Methodist ERTs came to help. We had volunteers from the Northeast District, South Central District, and Coastal District serving with us, and they were great! Thank you to all who came to help. The South Georgia Annual Conference is in good, trained hands when a disaster strikes!
We at the Vashti Center offer our heartfelt thanks to The United Methodist Church community in the South Georgia Conference. Thank you for giving your time, talents, and treasure which have given some of the most vulnerable children in Southwest Georgia hope for a better future and the opportunity to have an encounter with our Lord. We are especially grateful to the United Methodist Women who embody Love in Action, as well as for the United Methodist Men, United Methodist churches and youth groups, the NOMADS, those who serve on our board and volunteer, and the Methodist-affiliated foundations who support our work. God bless you all!
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.
From the Board of Directors, staff, and families at Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc., we are grateful for the support of the members of the South Georgia Conference United Methodist members and United Methodist churches. Your support through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service allows us to continue to enhance the economic, educational, and spiritual growth of the women, children, and families who come to us for their basic needs. Thank you for being a blessing and a vessel to care for “the least of these.”
Wesley Glen Ministries, Inc.
We at Wesley Glen Ministries would like to say a big “Thank You” to the congregations of the South Georgia Annual Conference for partnering with us in 2019. With your help, we have been able to provide excellent support to the wonderful persons with developmental disabilities under our care, which includes 24-hour a day medical, residential, spiritual, mental, and communal care. This is a sacred privilege for the staff of Wesley Glen and is one that we would not be able to accomplish without your support. We appreciate all that you do for us at Wesley Glen!
Dr. Tyler Plaxico, President/CEO