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Finding friends for old country churches

published 2/3/2015
By Sam Hodges* Union United Methodist Church sits so far back in the southeast Georgia pines that the crackling report of a deer hunter’s rifle sometimes interrupts worship. It’s been known to happen as members kneel for communion. “All of a sudden they’ve got a grip on the altar rail and they don’t turn loose,” said Steve Brown, the church’s volunteer lay speaker. “It’s what we call white-knuckle prayer.” Though Union United Methodist is geographically obscure, it’s enjoying a raised profile ...

How leaders tackle HUGE problems!

published 2/3/2015
Remember it is not your battle.­ LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON Sometimes the challenges in ministry seem insurmountable. It feels like everyone is against us and there simply isn’t enough time or energy to handle everything that has to get done. So what are we to do when we honestly don’t know what to do? Let’s learn from Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, when he was confronted with a huge problem in 2 Chronicles 20. The Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites all rallied ...

John Wesley begins his ministry in Georgia and senses potential trouble

published 2/3/2015
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON After spending almost a month waiting for Rev. Quincey to leave Savannah, John Wesley became the pastor of Christ Church. He had waited on the ship “Simmons” and spent time with the Germans who came to Georgia with Oglethorpe. Finally, in early March 1736 he led his first worship service in the small public building on Bay Street. Almost at once he sensed potential trouble for himself and his ministry in Savannah. After that first worship service he wrote to his ...

March 2 deadline for resolutions

published 2/3/2015
March 2, 2015 is the deadline for all resolutions to be considered by the 2015 session of the South Georgia Annual Conference. The Resolutions Committee will consider only those resolutions received by March 2. Resolutions should be sent to Rev. Wayne Moseley, Chair, 10 Timber Trail Suite #101, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or coastalds@sgaumc.com. A copy should be sent to Rev. Craig Hutto, Conference Secretary, PO Box 420, Waynesboro, GA 30830 or hcraighuttojr@gmail.com. A digital copy should also ...

New Conference-wide database will consolidate data, increase efficiency

published 2/3/2015
On Friday, Jan. 30, members of the Administrative Services, Office of Connectional Ministries, Ministerial Services, Congregational Development and Pastoral Counseling teams met in Macon to collaborate and converse. The meeting developed after several conversations between department leaders focused on more collaboration and less redundancy in each conference ministry area. The recommendation made by the Conference’s Enhanced Technology Team to use new technology to increase efficiency, be ...

On the heart of your Bishop - February

published 2/3/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! Below I will address several subjects including the following: Apportionments The Influence of a Christlike life How to Protect Yourself The Natural Standard Apportionments A BIG thanks to you, South Georgia! Thanks, clergy and congregations, for being so generous in supporting our covenant together through the apportionments. Our giving percentage was the highest it’s been in the past eight years. We are greater ...

Pierce Chapel UMC wears pajamas to serve others

published 2/3/2015
On Sunday, Jan. 25, members of Pierce Chapel UMC traded their Sunday finest for pajamas and slippers. The congregation isn’t typically quite so casual – they were gearing up for their annual Global Impact Celebration (GIC), a weekend-long mission immersion experience. Leading up to the weekend, which will be held Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, Pierce Chapel has introduced congregants to their mission partners and asked for donations that each can use in their ministry. Fran Lynch, a deaconess and ...

South Georgia preps for 2015 Annual Conference session

published 2/3/2015
United Methodists from across South Georgia will converge in Tifton June 3 through June 6 for the 2015 Annual Conference Session. With a theme of “We’re Better Together” from Matthew 18:20 which says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,” this year’s Annual Conference session will focus on the timeless value of fellowship. “This theme … will help us celebrate the fellowship we share with Christ and with each other,” said Rev. Hutto, Conference Secretary.  The main ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 2/8/2015

published 2/3/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, February 8 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 2/1/2015

published 1/26/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, February 1 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Upcoming webinars focus on children, technology and safety

published 1/26/2015
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is hosting two important upcoming webinars, both focused on children, safety and technology. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, GBOD presents "Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World." Joy Melton and Michelle Foster will unpack their new book which addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology in the digital age. This interactive webinar will focus on how the virtual world impacts our ministry with children. The webinar...

Worship service marks beginning of Global Ministries' transition to headquarters at Grace UMC Atlanta

published 1/21/2015
By Sybil Davidson, North Georgia Conference When you are in ministry “from everywhere, to everywhere,” you become fluent in the language of hospitality and welcome. That is certainly the case with The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. In a special worship service on Sunday, Jan. 11, Global Ministries staff, missionaries, and directors joined members of Grace United Methodist Church, and North and South Georgia Conference clergy, laity, bishops and leaders at the...

"Behold the new thing God will do in your life" at the UMW annual retreat

published 1/20/2015
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 20-22 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Coming together under the theme of “Behold! I will do a new thing …” from Isaiah 43:19, retreat participants will hear well-known author and speaker Cathy Lee Phillips use personal experiences and her trademark humor to show how God guides and nurtures believers as they face new and sometimes unexpected events in their lives. ...

2015's Top Ten

published 1/20/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady David Letterman, on The Late Show, made it famous. Of course, I'm referring to “The Top Ten.” With great fanfare, every night Letterman presents the Top Ten direct from the “home office.” Sometimes Letterman’s Top Ten are way out, but they always draw considerable laughter and are usually quite entertaining. Over the years I have noted numerous other Top Ten list from other sources. These Top Tens have included the “Top Ten Liar's Lies,” the “Top Ten Recipes for Reindeer ...

Conference Center Task Force update

published 1/20/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady, Conference Center Task Force chairman Even though we in the South Georgia Conference did not meet the challenge gift goal of raising $330,000 by Dec. 15, 2014, there is still much about which to rejoice. Since the challenge gift was extended in October, $13,225 was raised, which represents 15 donations, and we are most grateful for those gifts. Another benefit of the challenge gift is that it raised the visibility of the new conference center throughout our Annual Conference. ...

Trinity UMC opens doors to local musicians, bands

published 1/20/2015
For more than 200 years, Savannah’s Trinity United Methodist Church has welcomed sinners and saints into its sacred sanctuary. These days, songwriters and singers are regulars, too.  For the past couple of years, Trinity UMC – located in the heart of Savannah’s vibrant and eclectic downtown – has hosted the Trinity Sanctuary Concert series, including its current Thursday Night Opry performances. The church’s beautiful sanctuary provides an intimate, listening-room environment for music lovers ...

Warner Robins First UMC member receives Arthur J. Moore Award

published 1/20/2015
On Sunday, Jan. 11 at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church, Ellen Reynolds received the Arthur J. Moore Award for Historic Preservation. Margaret Mathews and Rev. Jimmy Duke from the Conference Archives and History/Museum Committee presented Ellen with this award for her outstanding work on the recently published history of Warner Robins First UMC. This award is given annually to someone who has exemplified the spirit of Bishop Moore in searching out, recording and preserving the story ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 1/25/2015

published 1/19/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, January 25 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Important changes made to Local Pastors' Licensing School

published 1/15/2015
Changes have been made to the South Georgia Local Pastors’ Licensing School. The Conference is partnering with the North Georgia Annual Conference and the Emory University Course of Study School to provide a combined licensing school for both conferences. Instead of operating independent schools, the two conferences will work together to train local pastors making use of the faculty, facilities, and resources of Emory University and its Course of Study Program. The first session of the newly ...

Clergy Compensation List now available online

published 1/13/2015
The 2015 Clergy Compensation List is now available online to view: http://www.sgaumc.org/clergycompensationlist.

Methodist Home guest speakers available to preach

published 1/13/2015
Guest speakers from The Methodist Home for Children and Youth are available to preach and share with local congregations the vital ministry they are providing to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. As a mission agency of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Methodist Home is helping restore childhoods and strengthen families. Partnering with local United Methodist congregations and individuals is vital to The Methodist Home's ministry. Call...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 1/18/2015

published 1/12/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, January 18 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations will be elected during 2015 Annual Conference session

published 1/8/2015
The South Georgia Conference will elect its delegation to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2015 Annual Conference Session in Tifton, Ga., June 3-6. The General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for possible revisions. The General Conference is the policy setting body of United Methodism. The 2016 General Conference will be held May 10-16, 2016, ...

Happy New Day and Happy New Year!

published 1/7/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Greetings, beautiful people of South Georgia! The beauty of life is the gift of choice today. Each day is an obvious gift of grace. We awaken with the fresh opportunity to begin anew. The old has passed away. The past is like a two-sided coin. On one side, the past problems can define us and help shape a negative view about the future. Past experiences that have been successful or favorable in some way can support a general attitude of entitlement. Very few ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 1/11/2015

published 1/7/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, January 11 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/28/2014

published 12/22/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 28 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/21/2014

published 12/14/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 21 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Two Trees

published 12/14/2014
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK The Christmas carolers sing out on a cold winter’s night: “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas Tree afforded me the greatest glee; O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Much pleasure thou can’st give me.” It is a message of hope and joy. In the distance, another tree is honored, the church choir lending their lovely sounds to this tree’s message. “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/14/2014

published 12/9/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 14 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Conferences plan welcoming service for GBGM

published 12/5/2014
A service of celebration and hospitality to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia is set for Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta.   Bishop James King of the South Georgia Conference will preach the service, which will include communion and will celebrate the opportunity for ministry that is truly global. Also participating in the service will be Bishop Mike Watson of the North Georgia Conference; Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/7/2014

published 12/3/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 7 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Hagan, longtime Director of Administrative Services, set to retire

published 12/2/2014
For more than 14 years, Miriam Hagan has faithfully served the South Georgia Annual Conference as Director of Administrative Services and Conference Treasurer. Set to retire Dec. 31, 2014, on Thursday, Nov. 20, family, friends and colleagues gathered in Macon to honor her. “Miriam has given 14 and a half years of service to our annual conference,” said Rev. Jimmy Cason, chairman of the Conference’s Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A). During the celebration, Rev. Mike McAfee, chairman...

Make sure your donations are tax deductible

published 12/2/2014
By Derek W. McAleer, Transitional Director of Administrative Services Local churches and charities are grateful for the generous support of their donors. Many of those donors assume their gifts are tax deductible. But are they? Assuming the church/charity meets the standards for receiving tax-deductible charitable contributions (and most do), the church must still take two steps to insure the gifts meet IRS standards. Contemporaneous Acknowledgement For individual gifts that are more than ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/30/2014

published 11/25/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 30 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Federal Court Rules on Housing Allowance Case

published 11/17/2014
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church have both issued updates explaining that a federal court has ruled to dismiss a case that claimed the clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional. Last year, a federal district judge in Wisconsin held that Internal Revenue Code Section 107(2) (the clergy housing allowance) was unconstitutional. The government appealed the case to the Seventh Circuit Court of ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/23/2014

published 11/17/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 23 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/16/2014

published 11/10/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 16 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved...

Conference Center Task Force receives challenge gift; races to raise $330k in six weeks

published 10/29/2014
The South Georgia Conference’s Conference Center Task Force has received a challenge gift of $100,000. The gift, which is contingent upon the Conference raising $330,000 by Dec. 15, 2014, will help fund the Conference’s planned 8,000 square foot Conference Center. With just six weeks to raise $330,000, Conference Center Task Force chairman Dr. Hal Brady urges all South Georgia United Methodists to take part in the campaign. To date, nearly $1.3 million in cash and pledges has been collected. ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/2/2014

published 10/27/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 2 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/26/2014

published 10/21/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 26 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

United Methodist Women gather for 42nd annual meeting

published 10/21/2014
Nearly 250 women – and a handful of supportive men – gathered at Porterfield United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 18, for the 42nd annual meeting of the South Georgia United Methodist Women. They came from across the South Georgia Annual Conference to celebrate 145 years of mission and ministry. Meeting under the theme, “A Calling for This Time,” they met for the first time as a six-district organization. As they entered the sanctuary, each attendee was presented a pin highlighting the new ...

Mission agency to open 3 global offices, Atlanta HQ

published 10/13/2014
By Linda Bloom, UMNS Within two years, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will permanently vacate its longtime headquarters at the Interchurch Center in New York and move south to Atlanta. That decision was approved in a closed session Oct. 3 by the mission agency’s board of directors, but was not made public until its 160 employees in New York were officially informed Oct. 6. In a new configuration for the agency, staff will be assigned to three new regional offices in Asia, ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/19/2014

published 10/13/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 19 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

The times (and the district askings), they are a'changing!

published 10/8/2014
By Derek W. McAleer, Transitional Director of Administrative Services As we continue to live into the transition from nine districts to six districts, it appears that changes keep rolling out. Some of these changes are exciting (being part of a new district ministry); others rather mundane. (Closing two old bank accounts and opening a new one with the new district name will not make anyone’s top 10 list for the year!) And some changes may turn out to be unexpected, or at least, not fully ...

20-1-5 - What? Why? How? When?

published 10/7/2014
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! What? Simply stated, 20-1-5 is a goal of the South Georgia Annual Conference to focus on growing in our understanding of Jesus Christ in order to become more like him as his disciples. This goal was presented at the 2014 annual conference session. Since our next gathering as an annual conference will take place in 2015 we connected the goal with the year. The 20 represents 20,000 members of our annual conference. There...

Mission agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

published 10/7/2014
The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Marie Kuch-Stanovsky, who chairs the communication and development committee of Global Ministries’ board of directors, expressed enthusiasm about last year’s record $6.5 million raised online through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday. “It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant ...

UMW annual meeting will celebrate 42 years of mission and ministry

published 10/7/2014
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 42 years of mission and ministry on October 18 at Albany’s Porterfield United Methodist Church. Dr. Charlene Black will deliver the keynote address to hundreds of women from across South Georgia. “It is an exciting time for us,” said Conference UMW President Mary Exley. “We are about to do a new thing! This year's annual meeting will be a time for us to look back to where we have been and an opportunity to think about the future. The new six ...

Northeast District launches new Discipleship Form

published 9/29/2014
As part of the South Georgia Conference’s transition to six districts, a new, streamlined Discipleship Form has been created and launched. The new Discipleship Form, which will collect the same information from each church in the Conference, replaces individual district evangelism forms. Access the Northeast District’s Discipleship Form at www.northeastdistrict-umc.org/discipleshipform.   This updated tool was created with collaboration and input from each district and includes the 20.1.5 ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/5/2014

published 9/29/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 5 The Sunday Advocate is 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. The Sunday Advocate is saved ...

Life-saving Ebola messages in 160 characters or less

published 9/25/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert Amid the most horrific Ebola outbreak in history, The United Methodist Church is sending out hope and life-saving information to Africa twice daily – in 160 characters or less. Hope is in desperate demand in the Ebola outbreak and so is a clear message about what the disease is, how to prevent it, and how to avoid spreading it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts the highly contagious and deadly virus could infect 1.4 million by the end of January. ...

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