September 21, 2022
ELEVEN DAYS! Eleven days until October 2nd when we return to the freshly renovated Sanctuary for worship. It will be a grand day of celebration and thanksgiving - much like the Psalmist who said, "I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” While we know the Church is the people, there are places that are special, even holy, because there we have strong memories of God at work. For 8 months, we’ve been waiting patiently (perhaps some more than others) to safely return to this sacred space, and in 11 days we will pull out all the stops and worship God with our Vineville family for one service at 11 am.

Following the service, lunch will be provided by the Bear’s Den, and it is free of charge. No worrying about where to go or what to cook for Sunday lunch; all you have to do is tell us you are coming by registering here on Realm or calling the office at 478-745-333.

If you’d like to help ensure this great day and luncheon is a success, consider helping with the set-up and decoration crew Thursday, October 29th in the CLC. If you have any questions or are willing to sign-up, reach out to Lynne Patterson with a call or text at 478-361-4666. Thank you for considering BEEing a part of the team and making this a grand celebration.

Grace and Peace,
I have the pleasure of introducing our two newest staff members at Vineville! I hope you enjoy getting to know them, as I know they will enjoy getting to know YOU!

Cass DuCharme
Hi! My name is Jenna Claire Gilmer, and I am so excited to be VUMC’s new Publisher. I have big shoes to fill, and I am grateful for the support and kindness that has been shown to me as I have been adjusting!

I am 24 years old, and I grew up in Macon. I went to the University of North Georgia and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, I worked as a Registered Behavior Therapist with Fusion Autism Center and eventually took on the role of Administration Assistant as well! I recently moved back home as I began my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program and started with VUMC as the Publisher. A few more fun facts about me – I love farmer’s markets, cooking, the color pink, my dogs, and my fiancé Corbin.

Thanks again for the support and kindness that I have received. I am excited to be here!

Jenna Claire
Hi I’m Diane Rankin and the new receptionist at this beautiful church. I actually retired four years ago from The Macon Telegraph after working there in various positions for 35 years. My resume consisted of being an Advertising Sales Associate to handling the newspaper’s Education program. I made many friends there and thoroughly enjoyed working with all aspects of the newspaper industry.

I lost my husband in April 2018 and decided to retire that following August. Fast forward to 2022, I found myself bored and wanting to find a part-time job. The receptionist position at the church was a perfect fit for me! The staff has been wonderful, and I am really enjoying getting to know the members. 

I have two adult daughters who have blessed me with 15 beautiful grandchildren who keep me busy in my spare time. I’m an animal lover and “mom” to two cocker spaniels and two cats.

I look forward to getting to know everyone! 


October 10th at
The Magnolia Manor
John R. Batts
Memorial Golf Classic
Since opening its doors in 1963, Magnolia Manor has been a leader in providing not just a place, but a loving place, for retirement. The mission of the Manor is to provide, as a ministry of The United Methodist Church, a variety of quality retirement communities throughout south Georgia. The Manor strives to be a leading provider of retirement living opportunities, bringing the best resources of staff, facilities, programs, and Christian compassion to focus on meeting the needs of its residents and their families. 
In 1983 Magnolia Manor expanded its ministry from Americus to Macon, building 120 apartments. In 1996 the Macon campus grew adding 16 villas. Later, 24 supportive housing apartments and a Resident Life Center were added, and in 2009 24 assisted living apartments were opened. Magnolia Manor has locations in Americus, Macon, Richmond Hill, Moultrie, St. Mary’s, Buena Vista, St. Simons Island, and Columbus. Every day, the organization's eight campuses meet the needs of almost 1,300 individuals in the areas of independent living, assisted living, catered care, skilled nursing care, and Alzheimer's and specialized dementia care.
For a number of Vineville members, the Manor is home. Through the 39 years of serving seniors in our community, a great number of our folk have lived there. That personal connection combined with Vineville’s generous nature is why year after year our church is among the top supporters of this important ministry. In 2021 Vineville was recognized as the largest supporter of the Manor in the North Central District and the second most generous in the entire South Georgia Annual Conference.
For many years one source of funding for the Macon Campus has been the annual golf tournament. The tournament is named for our own, Dr. John Batts. This year the tournament will be held Monday, October 10th at Idle Hour. This is a fun way to support the Manor, spend some time with Vineville folk, and enjoy a round of golf. If you are interested in playing, please call me or e-mail me immediately. I could use several more golfers to round out our teams. Registration and breakfast will be from 8:00 to 8:45 with a 9:00 shotgun start.
October 24th, The 14th Annual Crossroads Christian Counseling Center Tournament
Crossroads is a not-for-profit counseling and education center. Established in 1998 at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church, it is affiliated with congregations in the Middle Georgia area. Believing that wholeness is possible when the mind, body, and spirit work together, our staff of professionals is committed to a holistic approach to counseling.
All of the highly-trained, licensed, and experienced counselors at Crossroads Christian Counseling Center assess problems, explore solutions and provide a secure framework as you seek personal and spiritual growth in your life. The mission of Crossroads Christian Counseling Center, Inc. is to serve all people who are affected by life’s challenges through Christian-based counseling, support, and education. Crossroads is open Monday through Friday. Evening appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

The clinical staff includes licensed marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, a clinical psychologist, and an adult psychiatrist. Crossroads is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The funds raised from the tournament will enable Crossroads to continue to meet the clients’ needs and serve their families by keeping its current location at 144 Pierce Avenue, replenishing the benevolent fund, and assisting with the other designated ministry needs. We have had members on staff, have several members on the board, and have had individuals and families cared for by their team. This is another cause worthy of our support.
Even if you don’t play golf, or can’t play these days, you can still help. The secret to a successful fundraising tournament is sponsors. Many of you know the people who make the decisions about charitable contributions at area offices and businesses. Many of you are the people who make those decisions! Help us help the Manor and Crossroads by sponsoring a hole. There are opportunities for sponsorship, both large and small. If you need more information, reach out to me, and I will get it lined up. 
As a congregation let’s rise to the challenge and continue to support these great ministries. Let me know if you can help. (
Be Made Well - a study of healing stories in the Gospel of Matthew
When: Wednesdays at 10:30 am -- Sept 21-Oct 31
Leader: Teresa Edwards

Every day we pray and hope for healing: for our loved ones, ourselves, and our world. Matthew reveals to us a messiah who cares about the body, mind, and soul of all people by offering healing and new life. What better source of hope for us today than spending time with these stories of Jesus’ healing encounters. Over six weeks, we will consider how Jesus healed the blind, the paralyzed, the demon-possessed, and the broken of mind, body, and soul. Resources needed are simple--a Bible and an open heart. 
To register, ask questions or find out more, contact
Teresa at  
Digging Into the Enneagram
When: Sundays at 5:00-6:30 pm -- Sept 18 - Nov 13 
Leader: Ann Smith

Using the book, The Enneagram of Discernment, by Drew Moser, we’ll explore the enneagram as a means to discover who God created us to be and the ways God’s calling helps us to cultivate wisdom and develop habits that help us grow in faith and living. By learning more about our predispositions and personalities, we can make informed choices that maximize our spiritual growth and wise living. Even if you are new to the Enneagram, you’ll find the material helpful in living the life that God wants to live out in you. This study will take place on Sundays from 5:00-6:30, beginning September 18 and running through November 13 (with October 2 and 23 off).
You’ll need to read the introduction and Chapter 1 for our first meeting. To register, ask questions, or find out more, contact Ann at
Present Over Perfect - A Women’s Intergenerational Book Club
When: Mondays at 10:30 -- Sept 26-Oct 31
Leaders: Ann Smith & Teresa Edwards

Immerse yourself in this compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with God and the people that matter most to you. In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. Leaning into the gift of no leads to the gift of yes to the presence of God. Our hope is that this experience will help us find the path to richer faith, more joy, and the holy peace that Christ offers to all which we crave. 

You will need to read Section One: Sea Changes before our first session together. To register, ask questions or find out more, contact Teresa Edwards ( or
Faith and Fire: Elijah -- A Women’s Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer
When: Wednesdays at 6:00-7:00 pm -- Sept 28 - Nov 2
Leader: Vanda Asbell

Every serious believer longs to summon up the kind of boldness and faith that can stand firm on Mount Carmel and pray down heaven into impossible situations. Yet few are willing to go through the process required to get there. Strength of faith, character, and boldness can only be shaped in the hidden fires of silence, sameness, solitude, and adversity. Those who patiently wait on God in the darkness emerge with their holy loyalty cemented, their courage emblazoned, and their confident belief in Him set afire.

Vanda Asbell will lead this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine and how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now. Workbooks are provided for purchase ($17.00) at the first session. To register, ask questions or find out more, contact Vanda Asbell at
Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m.
Prayer Center

Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 18
9:00: 96
11:00: 114
Online: 99
September 23-25
Rev. Jon Brown

Sunday, September 25
Given by the Nations family in memory of John and Nancy Nations' anniversary.

Kay Green, Brenda Hutcheson,
Jean McLendon, Ellen Thompson

Chris Yawn

to Laurie Kay upon the death of her husband, Ferd Kay.

Ferd Kay
May 29, 1918 - September 14, 2022

Julie Middlebrooks
Nancy Bailey

Patsy Hopkins
Dr. and Mrs. William W. Baxley, Jr.
Sally Heard

Emma Jo Ploeger
Dr. and Mrs. William W. Baxley, Jr.
Sally Heard

Ferd Kay
Anita B. Etheridge
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