Augusta District



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Augusta District Newsletter


1.  Upcoming Events

Oct 21        6:30pm Ch Conf Putnam/Baldwin Counties at Milledgeville 1st

Oct 27        10-Noon  Dist. Meeting @ Gen. Conf. 2019; Eatonton First

Oct 28        7pm Ch Conf South Augusta at Hephzibah UMC

Nov 4         6:30pm Ch Conf McDuffie/Warren Counties at Thomson 1st

Nov. 4        Daylight Savings Time; fall back

Nov. 10      9:30am – Dist. UMW annual meeting, Mesena UMW

Nov 11        7:00pm - Ch Conf Augusta City at Trinity on the Hill

Nov 13        Dist. Leadership Team, Quest

Nov 18        7:00pm - Ch Conf Columbia County at Wesley UMC

2.  HealthFlex Annual election time is around the corner:  Oct 31-Nov 15.  If you are on the conference group insurance, Alex is available online to assist you with your annual choices.

3.  2019 Election of Lay Delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

Delegates to represent the North Georgia Conference at the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences will be elected by the lay members of 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference session. Persons interested in offering themselves as candidates for election must meet the qualifications as outlined in Paragraph 36 of the 2012 Book of Discipline:

“The lay delegates to the General and Jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and Jurisdictional or Central Conferences.”

It is the Board of Laity’s desire to offer this candidacy opportunity to all eligible lay members and to inform interested persons of the qualifications, expectations, and expense involved in the process. This advanced notification and information will hopefully provide opportunity for prayerful consideration of this important decision.

Self-nomination as a candidate requires preparation prior to the 2019 Annual Conference such as 300 word biographical sketch and application, speech preparation, attending the candidate forum prior to Annual Conference and the Laity Orientation Forum during Annual Conference.

Elected delegates can expect significant expenditures of time, work, study, and money in preparation for representing the North Georgia Conference.

General Conference consumes approximately two weeks of time including travel, followed by the North Georgia Annual Conference, which lasts three or more days and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference duration is approximately four days. Delegates must commit a minimum of four weeks within a three month period from April through July 2020.

·         There will be numerous meetings of the delegation (clergy and lay delegates), usually full day Saturday meetings each  month, during the year following election in preparation for General Conference.

·         General Conference, in particular, requires extensive preparatory study plus extended long hours of continuous daily meetings during the two weeks of the conference session.

·         Most delegates find that the per diem provided by the General and Jurisdictional Conferences does not cover all costs of being a delegate and have to use personal funds to cover additional expenses.

The Board of Laity appreciates all persons who give consideration to offering themselves for election. This is an important commitment.

A Laity Candidates Handbook is produced by the Conference Board of Laity and contains information about each candidate along with the candidate’s photograph. The form below provides information for submission of the required information and materials for inclusion in the Handbook. The Board of Laity requests this information be submitted between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2019.  All materials must be received by the Lay Election Committee not later than midnight on January 31, 2019 to be an official lay candidate and for the candidate’s information to be included in the Candidate Handbook. The Board of Laity will provide a copy of this handbook to each lay member to the 2019 Annual Conference in advance of the Conference.

Celeste Bush, Chair of the Lay Election Committee 

In case of any questions, please reach out to Celeste Bush at


4.  From the DS - Sermon Titles that Threw Me for a Loop

I have been taking notes on sermons since I went to Asbury College and attended mandatory chapel service three times a week.  Since then I have read sermons, listened to sermons on the radio, and received books of sermons from family and friends  Here are some sermon titles that locked themselves in my memory.  Some are funny; some are meaningful.

“The Sermon on the Amount” (on tithing)

“A Nude Dude in a Rude Mood” (sermon on the Gadarene Demoniac; another on this topic was Deviled Ham)

“The Man in Hell is a Mission Minded Man” (Lazarus and Dives – the rich man in torments said, “Can’t we send someone to tell my brothers on earth about this place?”  Abraham said, “Well, they have the prophets…”)

“The Little Red Devil behind the Pearly White Gates” (the power of the tongue)

“Wait Watchers” (Advent Sermon)

"My God Is a Party Animal" by Tony Campolo

“The Most Unpopular Subject in the World,” DJ Kennedy, on hell

“The Causes of Spiritual Stupidity,” George MacDonald (Jesus was frustrated with the disciples on the boat, and they were daft in the extreme – which reminds me that I am often just that dim and foolish, missing the point of the Lord’s instruction – “How is it that you still do not get it?)

“The Duty of Reproving our Neighbour,” John Wesley

Here is one that got all up in my face.  I was raised as an American.  I want to live my life and let you live yours, and the notion that I need to tell you if you are endangering your soul – well, this is not on my priority list.  But like Ezekiel’s watchmen on the walls, responsible for the blood of those they do not warn, our covenant as family includes the ministry of warning – “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins (James 5).” I want you to safeguard my soul, and to tell me if I am veering over a cliff.  I owe you the same courtesy – or is it love?

Here is Wesley’s introduction to this sermon.  You can find the entire sermon online:

"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him." Lev. 19:17.

A great part of the book of Exodus, and almost the whole of the book of Leviticus, relate to the ritual or ceremonial law of Moses; which was peculiarly given to the children of Israel, but was such "a yoke," says the apostle Peter, "as neither our fathers nor we were able to bear." We are, therefore, delivered from it: And this is one branch of "the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free." Yet it is easy to observe, that many excellent moral precepts are interspersed among these ceremonial laws. Several of them we find in this very chapter: Such as, "Thou shalt not gather every grape of thy vineyard: Thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger. I am the Lord your God." (Lev. 19:10.) Ye shall not steal, neither lie one to another. (Lev. 19:11.) "Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee till the morning." (Lev. 19:13.) "Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind; but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord." (Lev. 19:14.) As if he had said, I am he whose eyes are over all the earth, and whose ears are open to their cry. "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: Thou shalt not respect the person of the poor," which compassionate men may be tempted to do; "nor honour the person of the mighty," to which there are a thousand temptations. (Lev. 19:15.) "Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people" (Lev. 19:16.) Although this is a sin which human laws have never yet been able to prevent. Then follows, "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: Thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him." [Lev. 19:17]

In order to understand this important direction aright, and to apply it profitably to our own souls, let us consider,

I. What it is that we are to rebuke or reprove; What is the thing that is here enjoined,

II. Who are they whom we are commanded to reprove, and,

III. How are we to reprove them.

(And finally, the close of this sermon -)

I have now only a few words to add unto you, my brethren, who are vulgarly called "Methodists." I never heard or read of any considerable revival of religion which was not attended with a spirit of reproving. I believe it cannot be otherwise; for what is faith, unless it worketh by love. Thus it was in every part of England when the present revival of religion began about fifty years ago: All the subjects of that revival, -- all the Methodists, so called, in every place, were reprovers of outward sin. And, indeed, so are all that "being justified by faith, have peace with God through Jesus Christ." Such they are at first; and if they use that precious gift, it will never be taken away. Come, brethren, in the name of God, let us begin again! Rich or poor, let us all arise as one man; and in any wise let every man "rebuke his neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him!" Then shall all Great Britain and Ireland know that we do not "go a warfare at our own cost:" Yea, "God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him."


Yours for the Kingdom,


Terry Fleming

Augusta District Superintendent

PO Box 204600
Augusta, GA  30907

Office:  706-651-8621

Fax:  706-651-8622

Cell:  678-447-6034


"Jesus is not coming back for the buildings." - Anon.



District Superintendent

Terry Fleming
(706) 651-8621
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Administrative Assistant

Tina Lancaster
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Contact Information

Office Address:
3332 West Cliffe Court
Augusta, GA 30907

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 204600
Augusta, GA 30917

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