Augusta District


Augusta District Newsletter  1/8/19

1.  District Training Event, 1-13-19, Thomson First UMC, 3-5pm

We will NOT be having a gathering time before the workshops.  Arrive before 3pm to get a name tag and a graph of where each of these workshops will be held.  Each one will be offered twice, once at 3pm and again at 4pm.

·        "Creating a Culture of Hospitality in Your Church”  - Rev. John Kenney and Sara MacDonald

·        Trustee Training - Rev. Dr. Mike Cash

·        Staff Parish Relations Committee Training - Rev. Terry Fleming

·        What are Fresh Expressions? - Rev. Dr. Beth Sanders and Rev. Scott Parrish

·        Foster Care and How Your Church Can Help  - Rev. Lindsey Solomon

·        Aging for Actively Adventuresome Seniors - Rev. Karen Kagiyama; for senior citizens as well as for those who offer care for them.

For Finance Committee members, there are webinars at

2.  Other Upcoming Events:

Jan. 25-26th, Hoosier Memorial UMC – UMW EVENT

The North Georgia Conference UMW along with a number of concerned organizations will host a 2-day event. The campaign is called “Running Out the Clock on Human Trafficking.” A tailgating event will be held on Friday, January 25th starting at 5:00 p.m.  A focus on awareness and action will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

We can all get educated on the issue, become aware of warning signs and get involved in the fight against human trafficking.  It is a despicable crime and all of us need to be aware and help bring it to an end.  Everyone is invited - you, your neighbors, your sorority, fraternity, lodges, etc.

This is a FREE event, however registration is required at the UMW website 

Questions, contact Jessica Godfrey,

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 – Winter Conference with Bishops Sue, Carter, Swanson, Bryan - Epworth by the Sea -

Jan. 31st - Complete Year-end Reports online

Feb 5th - dCOM at Thomson First – recertify all part time licenses

Feb. 16th - North Georgia Disaster Academy
The North Georgia Conference is offering a day for Disaster Response badging, training, and networking Saturday February 16 at Salem Campground in Covington. Trailer Displays will include shower trailer, tool trailers, communication trailer. Classes will range from Basic Early Response Team Training to Advanced half-day classes for experienced ERT members. Cost is $10. Registration is required.

Feb 23-26th - Called General Conference, St Louis, Missouri

Feb. 23rd, Douglasville First UMC Fresh Expressions Event

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Mar. 21-23rd - A Weekend with Diana Butler Bass, Lake Junaluska.

During this 2-night event in Western North Carolina, award winning author and thought leader on spirituality and culture, Diana Butler Bass will explore why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offer practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminate how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls. The event will include 4 sessions with Diana, worship, and optional workshops. 1 CEU Credit available.  Learn more at:  See attachment. 

Mar. 30th, Fresh Expressions Dinner Church Encounter, Covington UMC


3.  A change in addresses - 

Effective January 1, 2019, District Work Fund payments will be received and accounted for by the North Georgia Conference.  Pastors, PLEASE provide the change in remittance address to the proper person at your local church!

North GA Conference Treasurer’s Office
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417

4.  FYI – 

Any lease of church property for a term of thirty days or more requires charge conference action as well as written approval of the pastor and the District Superintendent (2016 Book of Discpline para 2540 and 2541). 

5.  Request for Resources 

Would anyone be interested in sharing Cokesbury VBS decorations and supplies this year?  Martinez UMC's VBS will be June 3 - 7 and we could pass them on to your church after ours.  Please let me know if interested: Sherri McWhorter text at 706-231-3864. 

Is any church not currently doing these studies and willing to share the DVD resource?

Disciple Fast Track - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study DVD


Disciple Fast Track - Into the Word, Into the World DVD

Nichole Kuehl, Program Director, St. John UMC


6.  Augusta District Lay Servants – from Terry Hale 

First of all - “Happy New Year”! 

Psalm 19:7-13 “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.  The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”  Wow! 

I wanted to let you know the 2019 Lay Servant schedule.


Basic March 2, 9

Living our United Methodist Beliefs March 23, 30 


Free workshop (optional) on Writing Sermons August 17

This class is not an official class, but it is a need in our district.  This does not count for any credit but will be a benefit to strengthen anyone who teaches Sunday school or may occasionally fill a pulpit.  We will have several guest speakers! 


Basic September 14, 21

Leading Worship October 5, 12 

All of these classes will be held at Young Memorial UMC in Thomson, Georgia.  This location is close to I-20, somewhat in the middle of our district, and close to several good eating establishments.  All classes are 9-4 with a lunch break around noon   

After looking over all of the Augusta District Lay Servant information turned in at Charge Conference I want to clarify two points.

You have to take official Lay Servant classes to be called a Lay Servant.  If you serve your local church that is wonderful, but service alone does not qualify you for the official title of Lay Servant.  

If you have not taken a class in the last three years, you are no longer an official Lay Servant.  Please check the date of your last class.  If it has been more than three years, you will need to retake the basic and hopefully continue with us in some of the advanced classes (leading worship, leading prayer, polity, preaching, United Methodist beliefs, and spiritual gifts).  

There is information at the Augusta District web site ( under Lay Servant ministry.  Also, some of you may be interested in checking the North Georgia web site ( for information about taking a class on-line.  

Terry Hale (706) 860-8186 (home phone/with answering machine) 

FYI - Lay Servants are required to attend basic lay servant classes every three years to maintain their certification.  Any laity should be a servant; but certified lay servants are held accountable to this higher standard. 

7.  From the DS – A Challenge 

 “Christendom is gone forever and there is no point in wishing it would come back. The Christendom model can only work, as far as any political model works (i.e., imperfectly), in certain kinds of society, but such societies no longer exist and will not do so again. The church is called to get on with being the people of God rather than wishing things had turned out differently.”    - From “Deep Church Rising” by Walker and Parry 

I love old wineskins; hymnbooks and 11am worship and organ music.  They speak to me of the faith of my parents and their generation.  But it was not these wineskins that led me to Christ.  I was led to Christ by the heart-felt preaching of a pastor and then an evangelist in a high school gym (!), and the adults who spent hours on their knees praying for me and with me at Camp Glisson, and of course worshiping Jesus with guitars over campfires.  The Spirit moved through these new wineskins in the 1970’s and I was asked to open my heart to the indwelling Christ.  But I realize that today the Spirit might use other wineskins to confront a new generation with the gospel and the presence of Jesus.   

Church, many of us are in a rut.  I hear that there is a sign on an Alaskan road that says, “Choose your rut carefully – you will be in it for the next fifty miles.”  Sometimes we act as if the 1950’s never ended.  The fact is - the old ways are defunct.  

My challenge to you pastors and churches is simple – this year, utilize Fresh Expressions (or some other new wineskin; I do not CARE what you call it!) to witness for Jesus outside the old ways.  Find someone not currently of your tribe and love them into the circle of God’s love.  Be the people of God, witnesses for Christ, in a world that is post-modern, post-Christian, but ripe for the love of God. 

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


"Failure to plan on your part does not constitute a emergency on my part."



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

(706) 651-8621 Phone
(706) 651-8622 Fax