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New UMC Handbook available

published 7/1/2014
Have you seen the new UMC Handbook? The new United Methodist Handbook is now available in an easy-to-read and share digital format.   The Handbook is among the best resources for laity providing leadership, people new to The United Methodist Church and clergy who occasionally get stumped by a question. It includes: • United Methodist teachings, • church structure and organization, • denominational initiatives, • what it means to be a worldwide church, • connectional giving information, • a ...

Bishop King introduces 20.1.5 discipleship initiative

published 6/22/2014
During their baptismal covenant, each person who becomes a member of The United Methodist Church makes known his or her desire to live their daily life as a disciple of Jesus Christ and commits themselves to grow in their faith. In South Georgia terminology, this is known as “growing Christlike.” While thousands make the commitment – there are more than 120,000 United Methodists in the South Georgia Annual Conference – many don’t fully understand what it means or exactly how to become more ...

UM Giving helps local churches exercise generosity & faith together with new website

published 6/18/2014
United Methodist Communications has launched an all-new, redesigned website at UMCGiving.org. The new site offers Biblical perspective to help United Methodists across the globe align their giving practices with their personal faith. With easy navigation, there is a section dedicated specifically for church leaders and pastors that offers tools and downloadable resources to help inspire giving within local churches. It also highlights necessary information to equip leaders to discuss giving with...

Connectional Ministries launches Sunday Advocate

published 6/17/2014
The Office of Connectional Ministries introduces the Sunday Advocate, a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon at www.sgaumc.org/advocate. "We are continuously looking ...

South Georgia Conference releases new mobile apps for Android and iPhone

published 3/6/2014
Download Android App on Google Play Download Apple App for iPhone Now you can easily stay up to date on breaking conference news and upcoming events with the newly released South Georgia mobile app. The new mobile app is available free of charge for iPhone and Android phones/tablets.  In addition to the calendar and news, features include connections to both the church locator and the clergy Locator.  Users can easily view and interact with conference social media: Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram, ...

Shopping and selling with a purpose at Lyons First UMC

published 3/2/2014
It’s not often that shopping and service come together, but that’s exactly what happens each time a purchase is made at the Wings of Hope Thrift Store. A new ministry of Lyons First United Methodist Church, the thrift store is just one component of the church’s Wings of Hope Missions Outreach Center. Opened on Dec. 7, the center also includes a food pantry and monetary assistance ministry. Open every Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the ...

2014 Statistical Tables Now Online

The 2014 Statistical Tables are now available: http://ezra.gcfa.org/login.aspx.   The following was an email sent out by Dr. Derek McAleer, Administrative Services Director: If you are serving as pastor of a local church, please note: Statistical Tables 2014 Statistical Tables are now available: http://ezra.gcfa.org/login.aspx.   Login Information Your username is the 6-digit general church number found in parenthesis on your church's apportionment bill. For pastors you will add a "p" to the ...

Annual Conference Session: Recap of Day 2, June 4

L to R: Alaina Harrison (full deacon), Shannon Baxter (provisional deacon), David Cott (provisional elder), Susan Beverly (provisional elder), Thomas Anderson (provisional elder) Debora Richards (provisional elder), Jamie Bone (provisional deacon), Grace Guyton (full deacon).  Morning Liturgy The morning liturgy was led by Revs. Anthony McPhail, Alaina Harrison, Greg Harrison, and Robert Wood. The first reading was from Psalm 103:1-18, and the second reading was from 1 Peter 2:21-5. Business ...

From Bishop Bryan: Disaster response update; The United Methodist Church is at work

January 10, 2017 To the South Georgia Conference: I had the opportunity to go to Albany yesterday to see firsthand the widespread damage caused by the storms that hit the Southwest District last week. Thanks to Nita Crump, Thad Haygood, Leigh Ann Raynor and Debbie Cone for taking me through the area. Hundreds of trees were blown down, often onto the rooftops of houses. Many streets were impassable last week, and many residents, churches, and businesses are still without power. But I also saw The...

General Conference: Monday, May 16 Recap

GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Thursday, May 12 Recap

GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

General Conference: Thursday, May 12 Recap

GC2016 Update: South Georgia Edition  The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body is meeting at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, from May 10-20, 2016. General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which convenes once every four years.The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for ...

S3 applications now available

Applications are now available for clergy wanting to participate in an S3 group. S3 is a collaborative, small group, action-learning experience for clergy that helps sustain and promote excellence in ordained ministry. Participants develop and implement a two year small group learning experience focused on three areas: Sabbath, Study, and Service. S3 groups are self-selected and self-directed: participants choose the members of their group and develop their group’s S3 learning project (with ...

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