South Georgia Annual Conference

Social Concerns
Camille Cody (left), a volunteer with Centenary Community Ministries Inc. in Macon, Ga., looks over paperwork while talking with a man about the U.S. government’s stimulus check program. Volunteers have to date helped more than 50 homeless and poor people fill out the complicated tax forms and applications required to receive a check. Photo courtesy of Centenary Community Ministries Facebook page.

Churches extend helping hands to homeless

United Methodists keeping in touch with homeless, vulnerable while staying safe during pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects pews to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, May 10, 2020, after online worship, which was recorded in the sanctuary. As churches consider returning to in-person worship, cleaning measures are one of many factors leaders will need to consider. “I believe my job, my part in this, is to make sure people are safe in here,” Jimmerson said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches have much to consider before reopening

As many states’ shelter-in-place orders are being lifted, churches contemplate how — or whether — to return to in-person worship.
General Conference
Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Exiting congregations face hefty price tag

U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation approved by General Conference 2019. The big cost will be pensions.
Mission and Ministry
The candles on the altar at First United Methodist Church in Opelika, Ala. represent the 23 people killed in a March 3 tornado that hit Lee County, Ala. The remembrance service was held on Ash Wednesday. Photo courtesy First United Methodist Church, Opelika.

Pastors became counselors after deadly tornado

'Please come,' hospital chaplain told United Methodist clergywoman in Opelika, Alabama.

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