UMW to host School of Christian Mission July 12 - 15


“That All May Have Life” is the theme of the South Georgia Cooperative School of Christian Mission, to be held at Epworth By The Sea July Thursday through Sunday, 12-15.

In John 10:10, Jesus proclaims “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (NRSV) Throughout the four-day event participants will learn how to change what needs to be changed, say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done and love as Christ would have them love so that all may have life and have it abundantly.

A great line up of studies will help participants in their efforts and are right on target. The Spiritual Growth study which everyone takes is “Immigration and The Bible.” Everyone will share the story of the Bible as a narrative of immigrants and migration. Evelyn Fulmore, (a pharmacist from Florence, S.C. who many will remember from last year) will lead this study. Participants may then take one other class. “Poverty” is a human rights issue with grave impact on women and children. This study is designed to help participants recognize and claim for themselves the connections between Scripture, church tradition, compassion for the poor, social outreach, and social justice. Study Leaders will be Rev. Kim Jenkins, executive director of Open Door Community House in Columbus, Rev. Doreen Smalls, pastor of Asbury United Methodist in Savannah, and Rev. Michael Culbreth, pastor of Speedwell United Methodist Church in Savannah. Haiti, the geographic study, is being offered again this year.

Great teachers and leaders include Dr. Charlene Black, Jamie Gibson, Pat Hozey, and Tara Jones, who will teach Basic Spanish for mission outreach. 

Two classes on lay speaking will be taught, one by Rev. Tony Crosby of Alma United Methodist Church and one by Rev. Lisa Slaughter-Titus of Brooks United Methodist Church. Jared Middleton, youth pastor at Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Dublin, will teach the youth, and Allison Ross Lindsey will lead the children. Mary Crowson will lead the music with Betsy Moran on the piano. A nursery is provided for all class periods.

Participants are invited to share in missions with donations for UMCOR in the form of health, bedding, birthing, layette, school and sewing kits. Monetary offerings will be taken on

Saturday and during the closing worship service for UMW Mission Giving and the three South Georgia mission agencies: Open Door Community House, Vashti Center and Wesley Community Centers.

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