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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...

God opens and shuts doors

published 4/19/2015
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK I love the way our mighty God makes Himself available to us. He is holy and powerful yet He comes to our side as our dear friend to whisper His comfort, peace and guidance. This next line is one of my favorite. “God can open doors that no man can close, and close doors that no man can open.” I love this thought. It leaves nothing out, nothing to chance. It is clear and concise and looks to God as being completely in charge. If God wants a door to close in ...

Preparations continue for Annual Conference 2015

published 4/19/2015
More details for the 2015 South Georgia Annual Conference session have been announced and pre-conference materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports and the Lay Delegate Interest Brochure, are now available for download at www.sgaumc.org/acprintedmaterial. With a theme of “We’re Better Together,” times of worship, teaching, business and fellowship will celebrate what can be accomplished because of the connected nature of The United Methodist Church.  Set for June 3-6 in ...

VSU Wesley Foundation celebrates Discipleship House groundbreaking

published 4/19/2015
What began almost three centuries ago at Oxford University in England continues today at Valdosta State University’s Wesley Foundation. There, a small group of students devoted themselves to lives of service, faith sharing, witnessing, and holy living. They prayed together, studied scripture, and applied what they learned to their daily lives and to social justice. In much the same way, this fall 12 VSU students who are dedicated to lives of discipleship will move into a new discipleship house...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 4/19/2015

published 4/13/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, April 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 in...

A Journey to Belonging: Including Persons with Disabilities in Faith Communities

published 4/6/2015
Part 2 in a 3-part series on inclusion Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye With Excerpts from Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities by Erik W. Carter In the last article we talked about barriers to full participation in our churches for people with disabilities. We talked about both physical barriers, like lack of ramps and bathrooms, and attitudinal barriers. This article is going to talk about how we can get folks active in the life of the church. The first and most important lesson ...

All for me!

published 4/6/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! After celebrating Easter in 2015, what does it mean to be an Easter people? God sent Jesus into the world to love me, teach me, die for me, and to save me … all this for me! For those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we become a good news people – an Easter people. God overcomes our sins, death loses its power over us, and life eternal is our gift by God’s grace. What, then, is the earthly journey to be ...

Camp Connect Spotlight - Ben Barron

published 4/6/2015
Ben Barron, 12, is a homeschooled sixth grader from Swainsboro. He and his family are active at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church. Tell us a little bit about yourself and one cool or neat fact. I do YouTube videos. I’m a YouTuber. I have a channel where I do challenge videos, like the Ice Bucket Challenge and a bunch of others. I also do vlog videos where I vlog about my day and what I’m doing. I upload about one of those a day. My mom and my granddad both went to Epworth when they were ...

Focus

published 4/6/2015
LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON Bishop King took this picture of me in Antioch on a hill that houses a cave called St. Peter’s Church. It was in this cave that the early followers of “The Way” would secretly meet with Peter, Paul and Barnabas to worship God. It was in this place that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. Right below me is this field with sheep that appears unchanged by the centuries. In front of me, sprawled out as far as I can see, is the...

Ground can be broken on new Conference Center if 5,000 people each give $100

published 4/6/2015
At the heart of United Methodism is the concept of connectionalism, a system which “enables us to carry out our mission in unity and strength” (Book of Discipline, ¶701). Basically, it means that together we can accomplish far more than any one church or person could alone. That connectionalism is at the heart of the South Georgia Conference Center Task Force’s latest fundraising effort for the new Conference Center. They’re asking 5,000 South Georgia United Methodists to support the ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 4/12/2015

published 4/6/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, April 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...

UMW host Spiritual Growth Retreat, consecrate new communion sets

published 4/6/2015
In Isaiah, chapter 43, God offers promises of restoration and redemption, and hope of new life. “Behold! I will do a new thing,” proclaims Isaiah 43:19. The United Methodist Women used that verse as the theme for their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat, held March 20-22 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. “Our theme was about starting new again,” said UMW Conference President Mary Exley. After more than a year of meetings, planning, and the hard work of redistricting as the Conference ...

Petition Submission Begins for General Conference 2016

published 4/3/2015
Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through Oct. 13, 2015. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...” Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at gc2016.umc.org. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted through the General Conference ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference

published 3/31/2015
Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: 28 recorders, 10 channel “B” identifiers and 20 verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned ...

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