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July 12 lesson: No tolerance for corrupt leaders and prophets

published 7/6/2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. No tolerance for corrupt leaders and prophets Sunday school lesson for the week of July 12, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Micah 3:5-12 Today we are dealing with corrupt leadership and how Micah confronted those corrupt leaders. The main subject of Micah 3 is the injustice and leadership failures of the “heads of Jacob” (3:1). After dealing with leaders of all types – those perverting justice, in legal decisions favoring the rich, those ...

July 19 lesson: Justice, love and humility

published 7/6/2015
Click here for a print-friendly version. Justice, love and humility Sunday school lesson for the week of July 19, 2015 By Dr. Hal Brady Lesson scripture: Micah 6:3-8 In Micah 6, we see a series of indictments and promises of punishment. The initial call for Judah to plead its case, as if in court, sums of the disposition of this chapter. As we have been told, the Lord has a case against the people because they have disregarded the covenant. They have not worshiped God purely, and as a ...

Our sacred spaces

published 7/6/2015
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN The longer I serve in a local church, the more I become aware how much our physical spaces – the spaces we use for worship, teaching, fellowship, and service – say a lot about the souls of our congregational life. We may not always pick up on this, especially if we’ve been a member of a church for many years. A place can become home quickly and we grow accustomed to the feelings we gain by being present while missing the details of the space itself. Nonetheless, ...

Retired fire Captain says, “Yes, Lord, send me”

published 7/6/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor Rev. Lynn Martin is a living example of Isaiah 6:8 which states, “’Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” A second-career pastor, in April Rev. Martin retired as a Captain from the Columbus Department of Fire and EMS. After less than six weeks of not-very-relaxing retirement, a week of which was spent at “super intense” Local Pastors’ Licensing School at Emory University, in June Rev. Martin was appointed as a part-time local ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/12/2015

published 7/6/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 12 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 in ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 7/5/2015

published 6/29/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, July 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 in a...

A Great Dream

published 6/22/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady Recently, I read about a man named George Parkinson who dreamed for 40 years about earning a doctor of philosophy degree from the university. The First World War, however, took him as a chaplain. After that he experienced ill health, the Depression, and other professional responsibilities. All of that interfered, and it became necessary to postpone his plans. But he never gave up the idea. At last, at the age of 65, he stood on the platform of the University of Chicago on ...

Death ... I just don't get it

published 6/22/2015
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK I can’t watch the “Passion of the Christ” because it happened. It’s truth. Every spit on Jesus’ face actually happened. Every fist on his stomach actually pounded his flesh. Every strap of the whip on his back was real. The thorns on His head were real. All of it. Real. I just cannot watch those horrid parts of the “Passion of the Christ.” The part I liked best was Resurrection morning when Jesus awakes in the tomb. All of the blood is gone. He is dressed in a ...

South Georgia, North Georgia Conferences partner with Emory to form joint Local Pastors' Licensing School

published 6/22/2015
A partnership between the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, the North Georgia Conference, and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology has created a new educational program for the licensing of those who want to begin serving as local pastors. The inaugural joint Local Pastors’ Licensing School, held in May on Emory University’s campus, gave pastors the kind of practical, hands-on knowledge that’s vital in the day-to-day management and shepherding of local churches. A...

The Well helps meet basic needs, affirm worth of Brunswick's homeless population

published 6/22/2015
In biblical times, wells represented life. They provided water and were social hubs where people gathered to talk and socialize. Wells supplied physical water, but sometimes, like for the Samaritan woman, they also gave something even greater – living water and an encounter with Jesus Himself. At The Well, a new day center for homeless men and women in downtown Brunswick, patrons can shower, wash their clothes, use a computer to seek employment, drink a cup of coffee, and have a conversation ...

Statement from the SEJ College of Bishops - Prayers for Charleston

published 6/19/2015
In response to the murders of the pastor and eight others during a prayer meeting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015, the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops of the United Methodist Church offers the following response: "The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church stands with our Methodist family at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, with our brother Bishop Richard Franklin ...

A word from Bishop King: prayers for the people of Charleston

published 6/18/2015
Please join me in prayer for the victims and their families of a terrible crime, which happened yesterday, June 17, at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.  Nine persons were killed during a Bible study, including the pastor, who was a state senator. All of us are called to examine the thoughts and teachings that breed this kind of destructive behavior. Those of us who are believers know that God wins. However, the path to righteousness is filled with challenges to overcome before the ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 6/21/2015

published 6/15/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, June 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 in ...

2015 Annual Conference elects delegates; celebrates fellowship

published 6/8/2015
The 2015 South Georgia Annual Conference session was marked by ballots and bonding. Held June 3 through June 6 at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center, more than 1,000 South Georgia United Methodist clergy and laity gathered to conference in the Wesleyan tradition and elect delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Meeting under the theme “We’re Better Together” from Matthew 18:20, this year’s Annual Conference session emphasized the timeless value of ...

Motions approved at Annual Conference: fidelity in marriage emphasis, change in distribution of materials at annual conference session

published 6/8/2015
During the 2015 Annual Conference Session, members voted their approval on two motions brought to the floor of the Annual Conference. The first motion, made by Rev. Allen Cason, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Vidalia, called for a change regarding the distribution of materials for the Annual Conference Session. In making the motion, he asked to amend Standing Rule 3.1.5. The motion reads: All materials including the Book of Recommendation and Reports will be made available online on ...

Don Adams, Bill Hatcher to lead delegations

published 6/7/2015
During the 2015 annual conference session, held June 3 through June 6, South Georgia United Methodists elected delegates to serve at the 2016 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. In all, four clergy and four laity were elected to attend General Conference, the highest legislative body of the denomination, which will meet in Portland, Ore., May 10-20, 2016. In addition, the conference elected another four clergy and four laity to attend the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference,...

South Georgia United Methodists give generously

published 6/7/2015
With the warm South Georgia sun shining down on them, nearly 80 volunteers sorted and bagged 15,650 pounds of cabbage, cucumbers, corn and cantaloupes on Friday afternoon, June 5, during the Art Shoemaker Memorial Crop Drop mission event. A hands on mission project, the Crop Drop gave Annual Conference participants and guests an opportunity to live out the Annual Conference theme of “We’re Better Together” from Matthew 18:20. Four area farms, McClellan Organics in Cairo, Docia Farms in Tifton, ...

Annual Conference recap - Saturday, June 6

published 6/6/2015
Teaching Moment The morning began with a teaching moment led by Dr. Christine Pohl. Dr. Pohl spoke about hospitality. “Our hospitality reflects God’s greater hospitality and divine generosity,” said Dr. Pohl. Business Session  In the Business Session Friday morning, the conference:   heard a John Wesley moment in which Rev. Dave Hanson reminded us that John Wesley didn’t want to return to Root because he had a small group at Oxford; a group other students called Methodists because of their ...

Annual Conference daily recap - Friday, June 5

published 6/5/2015
Teaching Moment The morning began with a teaching moment led by Dr. Christine Pohl, who reminded us that every community is held together by the promises we make to one another. "Speaking truth in love means speaking of the goodness and grace we see," said Dr. Pohl. Business Session  In the Business Session Friday morning, the conference:   heard the results of the vote on the resolution from the Church Council of Asbury Memorial UMC in Savannah (page 156 in the Book of Recommendations). The ...

Clergy Delegates elected to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

published 6/5/2015
Elections for clergy delegates took place on Friday afternoon. The results are as follows: General Conference Don Adams Buddy Cooper Jay Hanson Bob Moon Jurisdictional Conference Jim Cowart Denise Walton Scott Hagan Robert Beckum Alternates Doreen Smalls Stacey Harwell-Dye

Annual Conference daily recap - Thursday, June 4

published 6/4/2015
Thursday morning began with the Laity Session at 8:30 a.m. in the John Hunt Auditorium and the Clergy Sessions at 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Conference Center. Laity Session Gloria Morgan, Conference Lay Leader, called the meeting to order.  Following the opening prayer by J. Knapp, Southwest District Lay Leader, Jimmy Outlaw, South Central District Lay Leader, gave the greetings, welcoming lay members to Tifton for the 2015 Annual Conference. Robert Anderson, Northwest District Lay ...

Lay Delegates elected to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

published 6/4/2015
Elections for lay delegates took place on Thursday afternoon. The results are as follows: General Conference: Bill Hatcher Allison Lindsey Larry Price Carl Childs Jurisdictional Conference: Marianne Wright Richard Shinhoster Kelly Roberson Miriam Hagan Alternates: Gloria Morgan Rus Black

Annual Conference daily recap – Wednesday, June 3

published 6/3/2015
Opening Worship During Wednesday afternoon's opening worship service, Bishop King introduced the Annual Conference session's theme of "We're Better Together" and emphasized the importance of Christian fellowship. "Our theme is 'We're Better Together.' Hear this - it's a big deal," he said. "Big deals are relative. For some, it's a big deal to learn to ride a bike. For others it's a big deal to learn to drive a car. For Christians, there's one thing that is a big deal that is the same for us ...

Pathways to Discipleship is THIS SATURDAY!

published 6/1/2015
There's still time to register! Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways to Discipleship conference. Scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops, plus five all-day workshops, to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 6/7/2015

published 6/1/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, June 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 in a...

Live stream of Annual Conference session begins June 3

published 5/27/2015
Those who are not able to attend the 2015 South Georgia Annual Conference session may watch the conference in its entirety via live stream at www.sgaumc.org/aclivestreaming.    The live stream link will be available through the Annual Conference session’s duration, beginning at 2 p.m.on Wednesday, June 3 through the Ordination/Commissioning/Sending Forth Service on Saturday, June 6. Those with internet access can experience events, worship services, and plenary sessions as if they were attending...

UMCOR Supports Conference Flood Relief in Texas, Oklahoma

published 5/27/2015
After severe weather caused widespread damage and casualties, UMCOR has issued emergency grants to the responding conferences May 27, 2015—After torrential rain caused severe flooding in Texas and Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has issued emergency grants in support of relief activities undertaken by three of the affected United Methodist annual (regional) conferences. Greg Forrester, executive in charge of UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/31/2015

published 5/26/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 31 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 in a...

Iron sharpens iron

published 5/18/2015
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON Take a moment to consider the cast of characters you are privileged to call friends. How do those friendships add or detract from your Christian journey of faith? Recently, a dear friend of more than 30 years shared the devotional book “Experiencing God Day-by-Day” by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby. The authors speak often about the need for Christian friendship as support and accountability. “The Christian life is a pilgrimage. At times the road is ...

Young Clergy Academy launches in South Georgia

published 5/18/2015
Nurturing the next generation of clergy leaders through intentional mentorships Call. God has placed a call on each of our lives. However, between academics, family, and day-to-day concerns, it can often be difficult for a young person to discern if the call they feel is one into the ordained ministry. In an effort to address this reality, The Board of Ordained Ministry of the South Georgia Annual Conference announces the creation of the Young Clergy Academy (YCA). The 9-month academy is ...

"Crop Drop" mission event planned during Annual Conference session

published 5/17/2015
To complement the Annual Conference theme of “We’re Better Together” from Matthew 18:20, the Office of Connectional Ministries is partnering with the Society of St. Andrew to host a Crop Drop mission outreach event from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The Crop Drop will be a hands on mission project that will allow Annual Conference participants and guests to join together to make mesh sacks and sort and bag nearly 10,000 pounds of donated local produce. The food will be distributed by ...

Conference Center Update

published 5/17/2015
A minister wrote a wealthy and influential businessman requesting a gift to a worthy cause. He promptly received a rather curt refusal which ended by saying, “As far as I can see, this Christian business is just one continuous give, give, give.” After a brief interval, the minister answered, “I wish to thank you for the best definition of the Christian life that I have yet heard.” So many South Georgians understand the Christian life as giving, giving, and giving. God gave, Jesus gave, and God’s...

Whigham UMC's "book swap basket" helps bring Bible stories to life

published 5/17/2015
Five-year-old Jane Ann Cox’s favorite Bible story is the one about Noah, the ark, and the animals. She’s heard the story a handful of times, but it really came to life a few weeks ago when she borrowed a book from her church’s “book swap basket.” After being read Noah’s story again she emptied her mom’s laundry basket, dubbed it an ark, and loaded her animals – two by two, of course – into the hold. “I put 12 animals in the ark,” she said. “A warthog, a horse, pink frog, a ladybug, a monkey … ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/17/2015

published 5/11/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 17 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 in ...

Council of Bishops Elects New Officers, Bishop Watson to serve as Ecumenical Officer

published 5/4/2015
At a meeting of the Council of Bishops on May 2, in Berlin, Germany, Bishop B. Michael Watson was elected Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops.  "I have prayerfully decided to accept this election and to retire as an active Residential Bishop at the end of the present quadrennium," said Bishop Watson. "My years serving as the Residential Bishop in both the North and South Georgia conferences have blessed my life immensely. Margaret and I are, and will always remain, most grateful to ...

Four free tickets available to The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

published 5/4/2015
The Summer Institute on Theology and Disability brings together academics, theologians, practitioners and others - people with and without labeled disabilities - to explore the inclusive intersections of theology and disabilities. This year there is a community day, May 26, where people who are thinking about how to include folks with disabilities in their congregations can come together and talk. Erik Carter, author of "Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities," will speak during...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/10/2015

published 5/4/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 10 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 in ...

Conference Center Update

published 5/3/2015
There’s a meaningful story of a little boy who was raising money in the neighborhood by selling pencils door to door. At one of the houses, an adult asked the boy what he was raising funds for. “I'm going to raise $6 million and build a hospital in our community,” the youngster replied. The adult responded, “That's a pretty big task for one little boy, don’t you think?” “Oh, no sir,” the boy spoke up, “I have a friend who’s helping me.” Wow! Fantastic! Sensational! Great beginning! No question, ...

From the Bishop: There is always something

published 5/3/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! Did you know your gift of $100 could help provide a home base for our conference and save us over $50,000 a year? Have you ever thought, “When I finish this project … or, when I graduate … or, when I get married … or, when I get this job … or, when I retire … everything will be okay,” only to discover that there is always something else you yearn for to make you feel content? I am writing this article from Berlin, ...

What the clergy in Baltimore can teach the Church everywhere

published 5/3/2015
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN By now, we’ve all seen clips of the ongoing struggles plaguing Baltimore, Maryland following the tragic death and funeral of Freddie Gray. 24-hour news coverage has a way of emotionally wearing viewers out, and maybe that’s why we in South Georgia probably feel a little of the strain of the civil unrest. Rather than exhausting us more by offering some sort of trite reasons for one “side” or the other, I want to instead point us to one of the many rays of hope that has...

A Word from Bishop King: Prayers for the People of Nepal

published 4/30/2015
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia. Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake this weekend in Nepal that claimed over four thousand lives and thousands more injured, I know that you, the Beautiful People of South Georgia, join me in extending prayers and heartfelt sympathy to the victims of the earthquake and their families.   We pray for the search and rescue operations being undertaken and the longer-term relief and mission work that will be needed in the coming weeks, months, and even ...

Swamp Gravy to perform free folk life play during Annual Conference session

published 4/29/2015
On Thursday, June 4, Swamp Gravy, the Official Folk Life Play of Georgia, will present a one-hour performance for South Georgia Annual Conference session attendees and guests.  This free event is open to the community. The special theatrical presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center in Tifton, Ga. Sponsored by the citizens of Tifton, the performance will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. While steeped in Southern tradition, Swamp ...

The United Methodist Church giving app rebranded and now available for Android and iOS operating systems

published 4/29/2015
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working in partnership with Vanco Payment Solutions has developed and improved the convenient mobile-device app that will allow members and visitors to make donations to the church while they are at church or if they are away.   The newly branded “Joyfully2UMC" has a scriptural reference, 2 Corinthians 9:7, and serves as a reminder that the app is another option to give cheerfully to the church of choice. The app is now available as a ...

United Methodists Respond to Nepal Quake

published 4/28/2015
April 27, 2015—The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, through its disaster-relief arm and in conjunction with longtime local and international partners and Nepal-based Global Ministries missionaries, is responding to the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal April 25.   Today, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Global Ministries’ relief and development unit, approved a grant of $90,000 for international partner GlobalMedic to bring sorely needed ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 5/3/2015

published 4/27/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, May 3 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 in a ...

Honor your mother with a gift to Magnolia Manor

published 4/24/2015
As we approach Mother’s Day here at Magnolia Manor, we have chosen two special ladies to represent us in our annual Mother’s Day Giving Campaign. Mrs. Marianne Griffith and Mrs. Laverne Horton come from two entirely different states but share a common thread. Mrs. Laverne’s daughter, Patti, is married to Mrs. Marianne’s son, Jim, who is the Vice President of Information Technology at Magnolia Manor. Moving to Magnolia Manor has given these ladies the care and security they need, not only for ...

The United Methodist Church Contributes $9.6 Million to Fight Malaria in Africa

published 4/24/2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The people of The United Methodist Church today will make a historic donation to the Global Fund with a gift of $9.6 million, the single largest contribution made by a faith organization to the Geneva-based institution. United Methodists throughout the world contributed to the Imagine No Malaria initiative through donations and grassroots fundraising efforts, ranging from pancake breakfasts to 5K runs to lemonade stands. “It is on behalf of and with much appreciation to the ...

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed for General Conference

published 4/23/2015
Volunteers can apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Preference will be given to applicants who can serve throughout the entire conference. Marshals are responsible for assisting visitors and special guests in the visitor and reserved ...

Praying for Others

published 4/20/2015
There is a cartoon of a little boy who seems out of sorts with the Almighty kneeling in prayer. In his prayer, he says, “Aunt Stella isn’t married yet, Uncle Hubert doesn’t have a job yet, and Daddy’s hair is still falling out. I’m tired of saying prayers for this family without getting any results.” The current issue of “The Christian Century” magazine has a report about a new social survey that was funded by the National Science Foundation. Supposedly, this multi-million-dollar study gives us ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 4/26/2015

published 4/20/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, April 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 in...

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