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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 ...

Coastal 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 Coastal District’s Discipleship Form at www.coastaldistrictumc.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. ...

UMCmarket can help generate donations

published 9/25/2014
UMCmarket.org, presented by the General Council on Finance and Administration, allows online shoppers to donate a percentage of what they spend back to their church or the United Methodist ministry of their choice. GCFA estimates holiday shoppers can generate as much as $48 million in donations to ministry. Read pastor's letter on the program See video on how to get started

Denman Evangelism Awards presented

published 9/23/2014
Three South Georgia United Methodists have been awarded UM’s highest honor, the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Given through the Conference Witness Team, the Denman Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of evangelism.  Rev. Jimmy McIlrath, pastor of The Ridge in Columbus, is the 2014 clergy award recipient. The Ridge was also recognized at the 2014 Annual Conference session for being the South Georgia UM Church with the highest number of professions of faith. Larry Price, a member of...

South Georgia Eagles plan fall retreat

published 9/23/2014
The Eagles, better known as the retired ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, are gearing up for their annual Fall Retreat. Set for Oct. 27-29 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the retreat will be a wonderful time of renewal, reconnecting, and rediscovery. Dr. Bob Bone, a retired pastor in the North Georgia Conference, will lead the retreat. Fred Foster will lead silent and live auctions. This retreat is a great time for fun, ...

The pursuit of diversity

published 9/23/2014
Rev. J. Michael Culbreth Drastic changes are occurring around us constantly. One of the changes taking place in the United States is that our nation is becoming less homogeneous. Unfortunately our churches remain homogeneous. In fact most of our congregations consist of people from the same racial, economic and cultural background. Yet as we read God’s word we see a church that is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and economically diverse. Consider how the scriptures challenge the church to pursue ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/28/2014

published 9/22/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 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 ...

A minute of margin

published 9/17/2014
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON On a scale of one to 10, how busy are you these days? One represents being not busy and 10 represents insanely busy and completely overloaded with schedule demands. The answer to this question can be fairly simple or really complex depending on your day-to-day circumstances. There is a biblical mandate for all of us to engage in Sabbath rest. However, this is not a theological conversation but a mere practical inquiry. If your life is out of balance with the ...

Shop at Kroger and support The Methodist Home

published 9/9/2014
Here is an easy way to help The Methodist Home! You can register to earn rebate money for The Home when you shop at Kroger. After you register for the Kroger Community Rewards program, a percentage of your purchases for grocery items at Kroger will be credited to The Methodist Home account which will enable them to receive quarterly rebates through the end of August 2015.   Here's how to help: Register using this link: krogercommunityrewards.com You will need your Kroger Plus Card to complete ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 9/14/2014

published 9/8/2014
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, September 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 ...

Bishop King embraces the "Final Tithe"

published 9/3/2014
Bishop James R. King, Jr. has served as the episcopal leader of the South Georgia Annual Conference since 2008. In this interview, Bishop King celebrates the impact of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s ministry in equipping United Methodists to leave a lasting legacy. GUMF: How does the Foundation impact the life and ministries of the South Georgia Conference? BISHOP KING: After watching a presentation by Foundation Senior Vice President Rev. Wayne Racz on the concept of the “Final ...

GBOD offers free webinars for church leaders

published 9/3/2014
The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church is offering several free webinars this fall. As part of their 2014 Leadership Ministries Webinar Series, the GBOD is offering online training sessions topics such as Advent, lay servant ministries, stewardship, children's ministry, and much more. These webinars begin Wednesday, Sept. 3 and run through Thursday, Oct. 30. Click here to view a list of webinars Click here to register

On the heart of your Bishop - September

published 9/3/2014
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! This article features comments on the following: Apportionments Going deeper Power and prayer Communication Apportionments Big thanks!!! To you, pastors and congregations, for being faithful stewards as you continue to demonstrate commitment by supporting the apportionments with 100 percent giving. Some congregations have already paid their apportionments in full. How terrific!!! Going Deeper Nothing new … Over the last several years we have moved from...

Looney Named 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church

published 8/20/2014
The Foundation for Evangelism announces the selection of Bishop Richard C. Looney as the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church.    As a member of the Holston Annual Conference, Looney served appointments in Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, shared in Pulpit Exchanges in England and Australia, and work missions in Peru, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In July of 1988, he was elected by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and assigned as the first Bishop of the newly ...

CF&A releases “Budget at a glance”

published 8/11/2014
The Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) recently released the 2015 South Georgia Conference Budget for Mission and Ministry. It can be found online at www.sgaumc.org/conferencebudget. The “budget at a glance” provides a breakdown of the Conference budget into two parts to help pastors and congregants better understand how their apportionment dollars are spent. Type A budget items are paid based on expenses or vouchers incurred and include clergy support expenses (pensions, District ...

On the heart of your Bishop - August

published 8/4/2014
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia! This article features comments on the following: Five-Star Pastors The Transition Sabbath Communication The Five-Star System Thanks to the pastors and congregations who paid 100% of their apportionments:      15 congregations paid more than 100% of their apportionments.      425 congregations paid 100 % of their apportionments. More and more pastors and congregations are taking their stewardship commitment seriously....

South Georgia churches seeing fruit from SBC21 participation - Nahunta Circuit

published 8/4/2014
This is the fourth 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. One of the goals of the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) initiative is to help pastors and ...

You ARE a leader. So be a GOOD one!

published 8/4/2014
LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON You are a leader. You are a leader not because of the title you have or the position you hold but because God created each of us to be Christian leaders. Stop thinking of leadership as a position and start thinking of it as personal influence. Leadership is using your influence to make a difference in the lives of people around you. Good leaders leverage their relationships with others to move them closer to Christ. We are all leaders, ...

Methodist Home guest speakers available to preach

published 7/30/2014
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...

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 ...

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