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Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 1/3/16

published 12/27/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, January 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 ...

A special Christmas greeting from Bishop James R. King, Jr.

published 12/21/2015
Bishop King has recorded a special Christmas greeting as we draw closer to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Click here to watch

Conference Center Update - 12/21/2015

published 12/21/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady “Strangely Warmed” is an expression well known to United Methodists. Of course, it is John Wesley's heartwarming experience at Aldersgate when the Spirit of God touched his heart. But what about “Marvelously Warmed?” Here I am referring to the hearts of all of us who stay close to the Conference-wide campaign of raising funds to build the new Conference Center. Recently, our hearts were warmed by two special gifts that were given to help make the dream a reality. One of these...

Finding a moment of joy and hope

published 12/21/2015
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON I recently read an article entitled, “Is it too much pressure to be merry at Christmas?” The author, Lyda K. Hawkes, through her transparent struggles, encourages the reader to remain open to moments when the true meaning of Advent breaks through this season.  The Season of Advent is a time of awe, wonder, and expectant waiting. As Christians, we look back at the birth of the Christ and we look forward in anticipation of His second coming. There is hope, love,...

Mercy notes

published 12/21/2015
When you are sad or lonely PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK Mercy danced around me that day, but I was too preoccupied to notice. Mercy’s ballet was slow and beautiful, a soft melody preceding each step. Mercy was tender, kind and inviting. However, I had already given the key to my heart to grief, sadness, loss, and loneliness. Mercy would have to wait for better times, happier times. I did not want her to dance.  “Let me be,” I begged. “You cannot begin to understand the pain I feel, the ...

Pittman Park UMC gives backpacks full of grace and love

published 12/21/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor In August, Statesboro’s Pittman Park United Methodist Church began an outreach ministry focused on donating backpacks filled with common hygiene and household items to those who are homeless or otherwise in need. Since then, more than 200 of their navy blue nylon-string backpacks, emblazoned with a tree logo and the words, “Amazing Grace,” have been filled and distributed. “I was reading an article about homelessness one day and my thought was, ‘There but for the ...

Porterfield Memorial UMC members donate more than 3,000 cans of food to charity

published 12/21/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor  One person, one can. It may not seem like much, but when there are 2,562 people, the cans quickly added up. That was the idea behind Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church’s 2562 Challenge, a food drive that asked each member of the Albany congregation to donate just one can of food. One can could be a meal for someone, said Rev. Nate Lehman, Porterfield Memorial UMC’s associate pastor, especially if it’s a high-protein food like soup, beans, peanut butter, ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/27/15

published 12/21/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 27 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 ...

Wesley Glen Ministries tells the Christmas Story

published 12/21/2015
During this advent season, Wesley Glen has been sharing the story of the first Christmas in its local community and online. This agency of the South Georgia Conference serves adults with developmental disabilities through residential and day programs, providing 24-hour care and helping those they serve work toward greater independence. Earlier this month they participated in Riverside UMC’s Drive-Through Nativity program, silently presenting scenes of the story to thousands of Macon-area drivers...

What’s Christmas all about?

published 12/21/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady As someone suggested, “Charlie Brown isn’t the only one who asked, ‘what’s Christmas all about.’” Real people also ask it. Well, what is Christmas all about? Permit me to offer a few suggestions. Christmas is about God being with us! “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us …” (John 1:14). One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the little boy who was walking home one evening with his father from a Christmas Candlelight Service. This was in England during World War ...

Global Ministries to break new ground in Atlanta Jan. 19

published 12/17/2015
CLICK HERE TO RSVP In the fall of 2016, Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church, located in New York City for almost 200 years, will move to its new home in Atlanta, Ga. The move to Atlanta — a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission — is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people with whom it serves. With a programmatic scope encompassing the world’s major social and global health challenges, integrated with an ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/20/2015

published 12/14/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 20 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 ...

Can your pastor help save Park Grove Church? Nominate your pastor to appear on an episode of “The Committee”

published 12/11/2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 1, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries – The fictional Park Grove Community Church of the Chuck Knows Church series, “The Committee,” has lost its pastor and its way. It will soon close its doors unless it reinvents itself. Can your pastor help save Park Grove? The production staff and cast of “The Committee,” a humorous and thought-provoking online series produced by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is looking for a real pastor to make a cameo appearance...

2016-2017 appointment-making schedule released

published 12/7/2015
Bishop King and the Appointive Cabinet have released the 2016-2017 appointment-making schedule. Click here to view. 

Avalon UMC hosts Thanksgiving Day prayer vigil

published 12/7/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor Thanksgiving, traditionally a day of food, football, and family, was, for one Albany church, about something a little different this year. More than 100 people spent part of their Thanksgiving giving thanks at Avalon United Methodist Church’s Thanksgiving Day Prayer Vigil.  For nine hours, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., members of the church and others from the community prayed in shifts for at least 30 minutes. They prayed for the church, the city, their families, those...

John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience

published 12/7/2015
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON On Wednesday, May 24, 1738, a very troubled John Wesley awoke early in the morning. Around 5 a.m. he opened his Bible and read, “There are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, even that ye should be partakers of the divine nature.” He opened it again and read, “Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.”  That afternoon he visited St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. St Paul’s is a massive Gothic building which is 400 feet tall and dominates London’s ...

Nearly 6,000 donors gave $2.8 million through The Advance on Giving Tuesday

published 12/7/2015
United Methodists around the world demonstrated inspiring generosity through their contributions on Dec. 1, 2015 – UMC #GivingTuesday. Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated giving ...

Plans underway for 2016 Annual Conference session; new location announced for 2017 Annual Conference session

published 12/7/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor Plans are well underway for the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 8 through June 11 in Tifton at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.  “I am excited about the opportunity to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through conferencing together,” said Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia area. “Our Annual Conference is designed in the Wesleyan tradition to the extent that we include fresh...

Prepare

published 12/7/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!  Years ago, while serving as the director of a Wesley Foundation, I was blessed to work as the team chaplain of a college basketball team. I would often find myself reminding discouraged basketball players who did not get playing time in a game, “Listen, your time is coming. The light will turn green and your name will be called to go in the game and you need to make sure your attitude is right so you can play your ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/13/2015

published 12/7/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 13 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 ...

Joy in leadership

published 12/6/2015
LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS ANNE BOSARGE REV. JAY HANSON Last week I, Anne, attended a Children’s Ministry conference with two of my friends and coworkers from The Chapel Ministries. While there, we had the opportunity to ride in a limo bus. The three of us were visibly excited about this opportunity and were snapping pictures and laughing at the ridiculousness that we would be so excited about a limo with neon lights, curved pleather seats and way too many cup holders. After the bus started ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 12/6/2015

published 12/1/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, December 6 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 ...

Events in the South Georgia Conference – 11/16/2015 edition

published 11/23/2015
Free webinar: Local Church Treasurer 101 – Nov. 17 Are you a new local church treasurer or financial secretary? Do you wonder about the various forms you get from the conference office? Do CRSP-DB, CRSP-DC, and UMPIP confuse you? Are you unsure if you need to do a W-2 or 1099 for your church pianist? What sort of report should you give to the church board or finance committee? Would you like to know how your statistics impact your apportionments?  Get answers to all of these questions and more ...

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

published 11/16/2015
The President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued the following statement about the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris:  John 11:35 Jesus wept. This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are grieving, who are frightened, who are hurting. We weep for those whose hearts are breaking, in France and all over the world. As several world leaders have stated, this is an attack...

GCFA Reports on 2014 Church Statistics, UMData.org

published 11/16/2015
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has vetted and released the 2014 United States statistical data on local churches in the U.S. The Data Services Department holds the responsibility for receiving, vetting, and publishing the information each year. GCFA Data Services reports there are over 32,000 local churches. There is a slight decrease in African-American and White membership in the Church. The largest church in the U.S., Windsor Village, located in Houston, Texas, ...

Meaningful experiences and inspiring examples

published 11/16/2015
By Dr. Hal Brady A necessary ingredient of a good home is pictures – pictures placed by meaningful experiences and inspiring examples. I am a dog person, but I have had one cat in my life whose name was White Socks. She was a black cat with four white feet, and I really cared for that cat. When I was eight years old my father sent me to camp for two weeks at Bar Rest Boys Ranch in Warm Springs, Ga. It was basically where you go live with a horse for two weeks and learn to ride or you just don’...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/22/2015

published 11/16/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 22 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 ...

Wesley Foundations, campus ministries stand in the gap

published 11/16/2015
Rev. Michael McCord brings passion and expertise to his new position as Executive Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Photo credit: Joseph McBrayer By Kara Witherow, Editor The time between high school and adulthood can be tough, fraught with anxiety, indecision, and uncertainty. It’s a phase of life when young adults often question themselves and their faith and look to peers and friends for support and guidance. And when churches ...

Wesley Monumental UMC’s Joy Circle shares joy of the Lord

published 11/16/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor About 15 years ago, a handful of women started Wesley Monumental UMC’s Joy Circle group as a way to serve others while socializing.  The group has grown to include more than 20 women, and each month they choose a different service, or mission, to support. “We named it ‘Joy’ because we wanted to have the joy of the Lord with our circle,” said Sue Ellis, an active member of the group. The women recently spent several weeks making washable feminine pads – called Luo ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/15/2015

published 11/9/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 15 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 ...

Update Your Church's Find-A-Church Profile on UMC.org

published 11/6/2015
Enhanced Find-A-Church features now available One of the most popular pages on our denomination's website, umc.org, is Find-A-Church. The search feature is used by 1,000 people each day looking for a United Methodist Church.  This service is a no-cost opportunity for your church to increase your web presence and outreach. It is well worth your time to update your congregation's Find-A-Church pages.  To make it easier to update your church's profile, United Methodist Communications is offering ...

2015 Advent Resources

published 11/2/2015
A Different Kind of Christmas from Rethink Church  Advent and Christmas are seasons that fill the church calendar with joyous events and services - events to which you want to invite neighbors and others seeking a faith community. Reach literally thousands of households in your community with direct mail customized postcards that carry an inviting and welcoming Advent message. Order yours through our online portal. We will print and mail them to the area you choose — at a fraction of the usual ...

A metric worth measuring

published 11/2/2015
GROWING IN GRACE BEN GOSDEN Church metrics continue to be a moving target of evaluating the health and effectiveness of our churches. I’m reminded of that fact today as our conference journals hit mailboxes and we were bombarded by statistic upon statistic from the local churches across our conference. These numbers (we believe) offer a snapshot of how healthy (or not) our churches are. We look at things like number of new members, professions of faith, baptisms, active small groups, pastor ...

Attention

published 11/2/2015
FROM THE BISHOP JAMES R. KING, JR. Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!  As I listened to scripture during my devotion time, I was led to tweet this response:  God’s plan is to speak through you today. Listen as the Holy Spirit tells you what to say and do. 1 Cor. 6:19  During my time of prayer and reflection I was reminded of how difficult it is today to get the attention of people even if you are offering them the good news. Historically, as civilization has evolved, options have ...

Court defers review of 'Plan UMC Revised'

published 11/2/2015
By Linda Bloom A ruling on the constitutionality of legislation for a proposed organizational plan for The United Methodist Church has been deferred until May. To make a declaratory decision about one specific piece of proposed legislation, the United Methodist Judicial Council said in Decision 1303, “could intrude” on the full legislative authority of General Conference. The denomination’s top decision-making body meets May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. Although it has the authority to do so, ...

Denman Evangelism Awards presented

published 11/2/2015
Two 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. Alan Miller, who retired in June 2015 after serving 38 years in the South Georgia Conference, is the 2015 clergy award recipient. He most recently served Sycamore and Ashburn UMCs. Rev. Miller and his wife, Sandy, now live in North Georgia and serve Mt. Pleasant ...

Pastor's wife gives gift of hope, life

published 11/2/2015
By Kara Witherow, Editor Kathy Roberson is a giver, but one of the best gifts she ever gave wasn’t wrapped in shiny paper or topped with a card.  Instead of bows and balloons, her gift came with needles and nausea, bloodwork and biopsies, a colonoscopy and a CAT scan.  It was the gift of a kidney, a lifesaving gift of hope given to a man she’d never met. Roberson, the wife of Ocilla United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Jay Roberson, first learned of Charlie Merwin’s plight when a mutual ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/08/2015

published 11/2/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 8 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is ...

The edge of Aldersgate

published 11/2/2015
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON John Wesley was convinced that a person could have a spiritual experience which would give them peace, joy, and victory over sin. His friend and fellow pastor, Peter Bohler the Moravian, had convinced him to study his Bible where he discovered numerous instantaneous conversions in the Book of Acts. Wesley then said, “I see it can happen, but that was back then in the Bible and I just don’t see it happening around me today.”  Peter Bohler said, “I can bring 10 ...

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth announces Macon residents as recipients of highest award

published 11/2/2015
Macon residents Rev. Don and Mary Dale Kea are this year’s recipients of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth’s Heroes, Saints, and Legends award given at Evening of Hope. The award is the highest honor given to those supporters who are instrumental in The Home’s success. Rev. Kea is a graduate of Emory University. As a minister, he served at St. Luke UMC in Columbus, Waverly Hall UMC, Epworth UMC in Columbus, Isle of Hope UMC in Savannah, and Porterfield Memorial UMC in Albany before ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 11/01/2015

published 10/26/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, November 1 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is ...

Fried chicken love

published 10/19/2015
PATHWAY TO HIS PRESENCE B.J. FUNK Having fried chicken once a week was a given at my house. How well I remember coming in from school, starting my homework, and hearing the first sounds of grease popping on the kitchen stove. Soon, the smell of mama’s chicken permeated the air, filling every available space with its mouth-watering aroma. My sister and I practically raced to get the table set, put the ice in the glasses, and pour our sweet tea. I remember which piece each of us liked the best. ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/25/2015

published 10/19/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 25 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is ...

United Methodist Women gather for 43rd annual meeting

published 10/19/2015
“South Georgia, you are special!”  Those words echoed throughout UMW National President Yvette Richards’ keynote address to the more than 200 women who gathered on Saturday, Oct. 17 for the 43rd annual meeting of the South Georgia United Methodist Women.  “You have a great and wonderful firm foundation that has been laid here in South Georgia,” she said. Speaking to a group who was meeting for only the second time as a six-district organization and who is still feeling the effects of ...

What do we believe?

published 10/19/2015
FOCUS ON THE VISION DENISE WALTON The Apostles’ Creed is the affirmation of faith most widely used by United Methodists. The Apostles’ Creed derives its name from its use in the Christian church from as early as A.D. 150 and the early belief that it was used by the apostles. Beginning in the third century, this creed was used at baptisms by the Roman Catholic Church. Through the years it has been used widely by both Roman Catholics and Protestants as the formative statement of the faith into ...

What illness teaches

published 10/19/2015
Dr. Hal Brady Some years ago noted football coach Lou Holtz said something that most of us can relate to. He was speaking of the troubles we face in our lives. Holtz stated, “I know God doesn’t send us more troubles than we can handle, but sometimes I think he overestimates my ability.” I suppose we all feel that way at times. In our illnesses or troubles, who of us has not wondered if God hasn’t overestimated our ability? Like Lou Holtz and like you, at times, I’ve wondered about that during ...

Sunday Advocate Bulletin Insert - 10/18/2015

published 10/12/2015
Click on the link below to download the Sunday Advocate. Sunday, October 18 The Sunday Advocate is a weekly printable bulletin insert and supplement to the South Georgia Advocate online newspaper. Loaded with South Georgia Conference and UMC news, event information, tips and more, the Sunday Advocate is a printable PDF that can be printed and distributed through local church communication pieces. It will be published and available for download each Monday afternoon. The Sunday Advocate is ...

2015 Conference Journal now available

published 10/8/2015
Redesigned book includes conference business, directories, appointments, reports, and statistical tables The 2015 Journal of the South Georgia Annual Conference is now available for purchase. New this year, those wishing to purchase a Conference Journal will order their copy(ies) online directly from the printer. The cost of the Journal is $20 each plus tax and shipping. Click here to order your copy of the 2015 Journal of the South Georgia Annual Conference.* In addition, the Journal ...

A deeply troubled John Wesley

published 10/5/2015
JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS DAVE HANSON John Wesley returned from Georgia a deeply troubled young minster. His life had been shattered and he felt that he had no faith. Upon his arrival back in London he found a group of German Moravians. The Moravians had impressed him during a storm at sea and had blessed him while in Georgia. He befriended a young Moravian pastor, Peter Bohler. Bohler was 10 years younger than John. He spoke German and a little English. John Wesley spoke English and German. But they...

Bishop Holston urges prayer, giving after historic flooding

published 10/5/2015
South Carolina is feeling the effects of an unprecedented weather event that has caused extensive flooding in the Low Country, Midlands and Pee Dee regions of our state. Interstate closings, failing dams, disintegrating roads, city curfews and extensive evacuations provide an indication of the widening scale of this natural disaster. Under the leadership of Kathy James (Director of Connectional Ministries) and Gregg Varner (Disaster Response Coordinator), our Disaster Response Team has been ...

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