The South Georgia Annual Conference, meeting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Ga., gathered Sunday, June 5 for its opening worship service.
“This is a homecoming night!” said Bishop David Graves as he welcomed everyone and opened the annual conference session.
Bishop James Swanson, resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church who served as a pastor and District Superintendent in the South Georgia Conference until he was elected to the episcopacy in 2004, preached a rousing and inspiring message.
Reading several Psalms, he reminded those gathered that, despite circumstances , they are never alone.
“We often think we’re fighting this battle by ourselves. The psalmist tells us we’re never alone. Quit trying to fight by yourself! Our Father, through the Holy Spirit, lives in us. We’re never alone.
“You are never alone because God is with you and because you have each other,” he said. “Lift up the name of the Lord no matter what you do.”
The 2022 Special Offering for South Georgia’s mission partnership with the North Katanga Annual Conference was collected during the service totaling nearly $20,000. With the money, South Georgia United Methodists will help support two of the North Katanga Annual Conference’s ministries, Kamina Orphanage and Wings of the Morning Aviation.