Our Mission: To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Worship Preview

Traditional Service

This Little Light of Mine

Hope Kids Grades 1-5

Standing in the Need of Prayer

One and Done Choir

Traditional Service: Rev. Stephen Grantham

Scripture: Romans 14:1-12

"Living for the Lord"

Anchor Service


The Lion and The Lamb

No Longer Slaves

Come Lord Jesus (Even So Come)

Anchor Service: Rev. Meg Procopio

Philippians 1:21-30

Psalm 105; Matthew 20:1-16

"Where is Your Place in Line?"

Church News

Phone System Update

We apologize that our church staff is not able to receive or check voicemail messages at this time. We are in the process of updating our phone system and appreciate your patience.

Please feel free to email individual staff or our main account, info@iohumc.com, if you need assistance or have had trouble connecting with us.

Thank you.

Common Table

We have been enjoying a time of fellowship on Wednesday nights in a new and exciting format for all ages called Common Table. For 10 weeks, we are using creative ways to study the foundations of our Christian beliefs.

Join us on Wednesday evenings, through November 15th, as we share life and faith together, deepening our communion with God, each other, and the world.

Common Table Weekly Schedule

5:00 - 6:00pm: Church Family Dinner in the Ministry Center

Cost: $8 (adult portions only). Children ages 8 and younger eat free, but please include them in your reservation count so we are prepared.

5:30 - 6:00pm - Consider joining us for a time of prayer in the Sanctuary.

See below for more information.

6:00 - 7:00pm: Exploration/ Activities

Adults - Food for Thought

       Children - Mid-week Hope Kids Program*

       Students: 211 Worship in the Green House

*Children may begin arriving for their program at 5:45pm.

We will enjoy music, crafts, Bible stories, and more!

All reservations must be in by noon on Monday. Registration for 9/27 is open so click HERE!

Nursery is available for children under age 3, reservation required by emailing

Beth Parr, bparr@iohumc.com.

You are also welcome to come only for the study portion of the evening. No need to register.

World Communion Sunday - October 1

We will welcome guest speaker Marilyn Borst on October 1st in the Traditional service, as she shares with us “Mutually Encouraged: Why We Need the Global Church and Why the Global Church Need Us."

Marilyn recently wrapped up 13 years with The Outreach Foundation, a Presbyterian mission agency which just celebrated its 44th anniversary. She continues to work with churches around the United States to help them discern God’s call to global engagement while connecting them to that work alongside the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East---a particular area of specialty for her. She has traveled extensively, nurturing relationships with church leaders, assessing ministry initiatives and leading short-term vision teams especially to Cuba, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine. Her heart for the Church in difficult places has also brought her to Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea. She has led over 100 mission-vision trips.

Prior to joining The Outreach Foundation staff, Marilyn served for over 6 years as Director of Global Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta where she oversaw the international partnerships of this 8,000-member congregation in over 33 countries. Marilyn holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), an M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Theology from St. Thomas University (Houston). She has participated in four archeological digs in Jordan and Egypt and taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 20 years. She is ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and has been married to Mark Borst for 45 years. The Borsts reside in Savannah and are members of First Baptist Church.

Wednesday Prayer Meeting

"People ask, "Which is more important - private prayer or corporate prayer?" The answer is yes. This is like asking, "Which is more important for walking - your right leg or your left leg?" - Daniel Henderson

Prayer is a Christian's lifeline. Jesus tells us that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He will be there in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:-19-20) Each Wednesday evening you are invited to come to the Sanctuary at 5:30 PM for corporate prayer. You can come and go as the Holy Spirit directs you. You need not pray out loud. This is our opportunity to join together in prayer lifting up our Church, pastors, staff, world, and persons in need of healing, peace, strength, or comfort. If you cannot attend, but have a prayer request, you may contact the church office at (912)355-8527.

Music Ministries

One and Done Choir - This Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, September 24th, for The One and Done Choir! All are welcome - just show up at 8:30am and learn the easy, fun piece! It's a perfect way to give choir a try, or to enjoy singing when the choir's schedule doesn't fit yours right now.

All adults (college and beyond) are welcome, with or without previous choral experience.


Wesley Community Center

Wesley Community Center is in need of your help! When doing your own grocery shopping, please consider picking up canned chicken or spaghetti pasta. Thank you for helping others help those in need.


Come join us as we tour P.A.C.K and learn more about their ministry to school children. P.A.C.K  collects and distributes over 10,000 bags of weekend food for local children each month. During our visit, we will also help pack food and write notes of encouragement to the children that will be included in their bags.

Meet at P.A.C.K. (4 Mall Terrace, 31406) shortly before 10:00 AM on September 28th, and we will serve until 12 noon. Contact Julie Vann with questions (missions@iohumc.com).

Children's Ministry

We have some wonderful children in our church and I know you would like to meet them. We have opportunities for you to help with Children’s Church once a month, or as a substitute, or to help in our nurseries once a month or as needed. Maybe you would like to substitute in one of our Sunday School classes. I’m telling you … these are great kids, and you will be blessed by getting to know them. Just give me a call or email me - let’s talk. Beth Parr – 912-663-7466 or bparr@iohumc.com.

God Squad - Our 5th Grade Program

We had a great time last Sunday but missed those of you who couldn't join us. We played a dangerous balloon game, however no toes were lost! We hope to see everyone on Sunday at 5:00 in the main building, Room 15, ready to cross the Red Sea! Any questions, call or email Beth Parr, 912-663-7466, bparr@iohumc.com. 

Student Ministry

Awanita Fall Retreat

We are excited that our fall retreat is right around the corner, November 3rd - 5th! This year, we are going to Awanita Valley Christian Retreat Center in Marietta, South Carolina! Our leaders are planning a fun, action-packed experience for our students. 

Awanita Valley offers several recreational activities such as kayaking, archery tag, horseback riding, hiking, and so much more. 

I would love for your student to attend this retreat with us. We plan to grow closer to God and have fun in the process!

Please take a moment to check out the information and register your student for attendance, https://www.iohumc.com/ignite/awanita.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me, Andrew Parnell, aparnell@iohumc.com.

Other Church News

The Good Samaritan Circle

The Good Samaritan Circle invites all women to join them the first Friday of each month. The mission agencies we support include Wesley Community Center, Christ Child's Nest, and Adopt a Family.

To learn of each month's meeting location, time and the program, please contact Fran Johnson at (912) 655-6592. Hope to see you on October 6th!

Good News Sunday School Class

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join the Good News Sunday School Class in this 5-week Bible study to search for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés with the wisdom found in Scripture.

The clichés include:

Everything happens for a reason.

God helps those who help themselves.

God won’t give you more than you can handle.

God said it, I believe it, that settles it.

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

If you have questions, reach out to Donavan Eason at (229) 376-9017 or easondk@outlook.com.

Ways to Give

  • In Person - On Sunday mornings, before or after worship, place your offering in the designated box or basket at church.
  • Online - Visit our website to make a one-time donation or recurring gift.
  • Text GIVE to 855-712-6960
  • Automated - Have your donation given automatically by setting up electronic bill pay with your bank.
  • Mail - Mail your gift to Isle of Hope UMC, c/o Marla Grady, 412 Parkersburg Road, Savannah, Georgia 31406.
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