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Ministry highlight video helps share good work of mission agencies

published 7/21/2014
The faithful people of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church are engaging in mission and ministry throughout the South Georgia area and beyond. Through the Conference’s mission agencies and backed by the care, generosity, support, and love of thousands of United Methodists, lives are being touched and changed in the name of Jesus Christ. To help tell the stories and share the impact of these ministries, the Office of Connectional Ministries has produced a 12-minute video ...

South Georgia churches seeing fruit from SBC21 participation - Speedwell UMC

published 7/21/2014
This is the third in a series of stories about South Georgia’s Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century initiative. Participating churches include St. Andrews UMC and Horse Creek UMC in Sylvania; Asbury UMC in Savannah; Haven Sheffield UMC, Nesby Chapel UMC and New Hope UMC (Nahunta Circuit); Speedwell UMC in Savannah; and Canaan Community UMC in Savannah. Like their namesake, the people of Savannah’s Speedwell United Methodist Church are tenacious and determined in their mission to ...

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 ...

Brunswick First UMC's Pedal Project gives wheels, hope to those in need

published 5/20/2014
Last fall, Shon Jones had a hard time finding a full-time job. With no car and without public transportation, the Brunswick resident had to walk or rely on friends or family to go anywhere. Without reliable transportation, he could only work a part time, seasonal position. “I was pretty much inaccessible,” he said. “I couldn’t rely on a ride and had to work my schedule around people I know who could give me rides. So that limited me in my activities and in looking for a job.” In December, ...

Richmond Hill's Waterfront Church constituted

published 4/7/2014
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, about 140 people joined Rev. Adam Ricker and his family as they launched The Waterfront Church. A little more than two years later, on Sunday, March 2, 2014, 235 worshippers, including 49 charter members, celebrated the Richmond Hill church plant’s official constitution into The United Methodist Church. Moving from St. Simons Island, where he previously served as Associate Director of Life Span Ministries for Connectional Ministries, to Richmond Hill to plant the ...

Waterfront Church has a heart for missions

published 4/7/2014
At just two years old, Richmond Hill’s Waterfront Church has already developed a heart for missions, both locally and abroad. In November 2013, seven members of the newly constituted church traveled to Chincha Alta, Peru. The trip was coordinated through Light For The Nations, an evangelism and missions ministry founded by Rev. Mike Ricker, senior pastor of Isle of Hope United Methodist Church and father of Waterfront Church’s pastor Rev. Adam Ricker. Located near Peru’s coast about 124 miles ...

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, ...

FaithWorks looks to create day center for homeless

published 2/17/2014
By Bethany Leggett, The Brunswick News* When an arctic blast slammed the nation this week and brought record-low temperatures that dipped into Coastal Georgia, volunteers went to work to make sure homeless people had a warm place to spend the nights out of the cold.  On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, First United Methodist Church in Brunswick opened its doors to host a makeshift shelter with the help of FaithWorks, a nondenominational social services ministry, bringing out donated beds, with ...

Epworth UMC delivers brown bag blessings

published 1/6/2014
Sometimes a smile and a turkey sandwich are all it takes to show you care. While other families gathered around dinner tables to partake in traditional Thanksgiving feasts, members of Epworth United Methodist Church in Jesup packed and delivered 48 sack lunches to people working on the holiday. Packed and delivered before noon, the brown paper bags contained a smoked turkey sandwich, sweet potato chips, carrot and celery sticks, a bag of dried cranberries, and a pumpkin muffin or piece of ...

The Foundery Coffee Pub serves caffeine, connections, community

published 12/16/2013
The Foundery Coffee Pub in Savannah is officially open for business. More than two years in the making, the downtown Savannah coffee shop, meeting place and church has been serving steaming cups of coffee since Saturday, Nov. 9. Located in an old furniture store across from Savannah College of Art and Design's Anderson Hall on the corner of Anderson and Habersham streets, The Foundery Coffee Pub offers everything from a quick caffeine fix to locally baked sweet treats to a refuge for those who...

Running for a reason

published 12/3/2013
Nine runners. 26.2 miles. Nearly $10,000 raised for Wesley Community Centers. A team of Savannah-area runners, several from local United Methodist Churches, recently competed in the third-annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and Half-Marathon. Dubbed “Wide Awake for Wesley,” the team ran to raise money for the inner-city Savannah ministry. Rev. Ashley Randall, senior pastor of Garden City United Methodist Church and an avid runner, completed his third marathon. He ran in memory and in ...

Richmond Hill UMC's new playground honors Marine's life, faith, service

published 11/14/2013
By Kara Witherow Just as they were throughout his life, during Capt. Matt Freeman’s last days, his thoughts were of others. Stationed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Freeman asked his mother, Lisa, to send school supplies so he could give them to local children. “His last words to me were, ‘Mom the people are so nice and the kids are so cute, but they’d rather have paper and pens than food and water. Can you get school supplies over here? “Those were his last thoughts to ...

Five Stars - Small Membership Church - The Coach

published 10/7/2011
Hello beautiful people of South Georgia. As we continue to focus on growing a Christlike world it is important that we affirm those reaching identified goals, treat everyone special and encourage disciples to become confident leaders. Highlighting the five stars, the small membership church and emphasizing the coaching role of a disciple will hopefully remind us that being Christlike requires us to be intentional. Five Stars The Five Star accountability system focuses on discipleship making ...

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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