Augusta District


Augusta District Newsletter, 3-1-18
1.  Upcoming Events:

Mar 3         Fresh Expressions Day, Lewis Memorial UMC, 9am-3pm

Mar 3         Emergency Response Team Training, Trinity, 9am-5pm

Mar 9-11    “Collide” Youth Conference at Quest

Mar 10       9am – 4pm  Basic Lay Servant Training, Cokesbury UMC

Mar 13       dCOM – Annual Re-licensing of Local Pastors

Mar 17       9am – 4pm  Basic Lay Servant Training, Cokesbury UMC

Mar 17       9:30am - Dist. UMW Spiritual Day Apart, Shiloh UMC

Mar 19       6:15-8:15pm  - Children’s Ministry seminar/Wesley UMC

Apr 10        Clergy Day Apart, Impact UMC

Apr 14        9am – 4pm  Adv. Lay Servant, “Preaching,” Harlem UMC

Apr 16        Dist UMW Day of Service, New Beth. Comm. Ctr., time TBA

Apr 17        Clergy Day Apart, Dunwoody First UMC

Apr 18        Building Worship Bridges, Hickory Flat UMC – see below

Apr 21        9am – 4pm  Adv. Lay Servant, “Preaching,” Harlem UMC

Apr 22-23  District Retreat 

Quest UMC, 5001 Gateway Blvd., Grovetown

Sun. April 22, 3:00-5 pm, Mon. April 23, 9:00-4 pm

Speaker:  Dr. Anthony Headley, Asbury Seminary

"From the Inside Out - How Personal Sanctification leads to Effective Leadership"

Catered Lunch Included ~ $10 pay at door

Who should attend:  Clergy, staff and lay people in leadership

May 10       7pm–Single Board Training, Kay Kotan, Quest UMC; see below

2.  New Calendar Events:

Building Worship Bridges Seminar  led by Cathy Townley

April 18, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hickory Flat UMC
4056 East Cherokee Drive
Canton, Georgia

·         Why worship, Why care about it

·         The pre-worship gathering

·         Digital Impact: the first 10 minutes of your service

·         No Burnout Worship Design

·         How to Bring People Back Next Week

·         Technology use that SCALES from smaller to larger churches

THE REVEREND CATHY TOWNLEY is a worship specialist, coach and consultant in new starts and existing churches around the country, as well as in her home territory of Minnesota and the Dakotas.  A former church planter and worship leader, Cathy’s heart and passion is to help churches return to the heart of worship in a way that connects with the very persons in their neighborhood that they want to reach.  Cathy’s newest project is Building Worship Bridges (BWB), book and workbook, written to provide practical content for worship-outreach, with co-authors Kay Kotan and Bishop Robert Farr (Missouri). 

Click here to register:

Single Board Workshop, led by Kay Kotan

May 10th, 7pm, Quest UMC

3.  From the DS

For years, I attended a UM Church whose stained glass window – which faced the congregation – carried these three words:  Come, Tarry, Go.  Sunday after Sunday, I could not stop meditating on those words.

Come, take up your cross, and follow me, Jesus said.  Come and receive my grace, my presence, my Word.  Come and be my disciples.  Come, take my yoke upon you and learn from me.

Tarry in the city until you have been endued with power from on high; stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit has been poured out on you

And then…Go, Go and make disciples, go and proclaim my gospel to the nations, Go and love and serve and give.  As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.  Go and be fishers of men and women.  Do not just stay in the pew, in the building, in your comfort zone.  Launch out into the deep, where the fish are!  I call you to move from discipleship to apostleship – to be the “sent ones,” the ambassadors of the kingdom.  Shine.  Be salt and light, a city set upon a hill.  Be my witnesses.

Here is my concern – and I aim this at myself!  I/we have gotten so good at the “coming to Jesus” part, the student part, that our tarrying is simply bellying up to the feed trough to eat our fill…to fill our notebooks and our filing cabinets, to fill our spiritual tummies, to satiate our curiosity…and we have failed to receive the in-filling of the Holy Spirit, who would then - in turn - kick us forward to go into the world as witnesses.

I am excited about the Vision Day on Saturday.  I want to get kicked out into the world to shine Christ’s light.  But if we attempt to do His mission without His Spirit, then we will fail.  “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing.”  David Seamands used to say, “We send out half-filled Christians who try to over-flow.”

So I challenge you to read with me the words of the late Leonard Ravenhill on prayer, and I ask you to join me and we tarry in prayer, seeking God’s face and God’s Spirit, before we embark on Fresh Expressions.  Then, our going will be fruitful!

 “You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gospel of Prayer. It's the prayer life of Jesus. The other evangelists say that Jesus was in the Jordan and the Spirit descended on Him as a dove - Luke says it was while He was praying that the Spirit descended on Him. The other evangelists say that Jesus chose 12 disciples - Luke says it was after He spent a night in prayer that He chose 12 disciples. The other evangelists say that Jesus died on a cross - Luke says that even when He was dying Jesus was praying for those who persecuted Him. The other evangelists say Jesus went on a mount and He was transfigured - Luke says it was while He was praying that He was transfigured…. The Scriptures say that the disciples went to bed, but Jesus went to pray - as was His custom. It was His custom to pray. Now Jesus was the Son of God - He was definitely anointed for His ministry. If Jesus needed all that time in prayer, don't you and I need time in prayer? If Jesus needed it in every crisis, don't you and I need it in every crisis?”

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
(706) 651-8621

Contact Information

Office Address:
3332 West Cliffe Court
Augusta, GA 30907

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

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