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Pastor’s Corner Dec. 8

Pastor’s Corner Dec. 8

This Sunday marks the third week of Advent and the theme of this week is joy. Traditionally, on this Sunday we hear Jesus’ mother Mary sing the Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-56 or we hear the voice of Isaiah proclaiming that God’s the whole of creation will be...

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Pastor’s Corner Dec. 1

Pastor’s Corner Dec. 1

Last week in worship we lit the candle of hope. As I talked about in our sermon, our hope isn’t just wishful thinking about how things might get better in the future. No, our hope is grounded in the reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and the promise of...

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Get to Know the Church: Anita Wiggins

Get to Know the Church: Anita Wiggins

Anita Wiggins and her husband Robert have been members at Pittman Park since 1967. You may see them in the traditional service at 11 or in the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Anita also attends the New Morning Circle UMW group at Pittman Park. If the Wiggins name...

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Pastor’s Corner THANKSGIVING DAY

Pastor’s Corner THANKSGIVING DAY

This is a big week in the Smith household! On Thursday, we will travel to Waycross and Richmond Hill to visit and celebrate Thanksgiving with both sides of our family. Then, on Friday, we will begin bringing our Christmas decorations down from the attic and preparing...

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Pastor’s Corner Nov. 17

Pastor’s Corner Nov. 17

It’s hard to imagine that 2022 is already winding down. There are six Sundays left this year. This Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday which is simultaneously the end of the Christian year and the beginning the beginning of the next. Advent follows the...

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Pastor’s Corner Nov. 10

Pastor’s Corner Nov. 10

One of my favorite, but less sung, hymns from our United Methodist Hymnal is number 383, “This is a Day of New Beginnings” by Brian Wren. The hymn reminds us that today is a gift and an opportunity through Jesus. The third stanza of the hymn says: Then let us, with...

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Pastor’s Corner Nov. 3

Pastor’s Corner Nov. 3

I love to learn. In fact, if I could have made a living by staying in college, I think I may have stuck around even longer than the 5 years it took me to complete my undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern. Back when I was in college, Georgia Southern was always...

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Get to Know the Church: The Nine Communion Table

Get to Know the Church: The Nine Communion Table

Pittman Park's Fellowship Hall is many things throughout the week. Often it's a dining hall or meeting space, and sometimes it's used as a party room, blood donation site or even voting precinct, but every Sunday the space becomes a Sanctuary for The Nine contemporary...

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Pastor’s Corner: Oct. 27

Pastor’s Corner: Oct. 27

What a Night! Our Treat Trail was a HUGE HIT again this year. Not only was it a great event, but it was an incredible opportunity for us to demonstrate God’s love and welcome to our community. Hundreds of families came through the trail, had dinner, and got to...

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Pastor’s Corner Oct. 20

Pastor’s Corner Oct. 20

It’s Fair Week! One of the great traditions of Pittman Park is our Missions Fair Booth. All week long we have been cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and fries to help support our missions projects at Pittman Park. I love that Pittman Park is intentional...

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Pastor’s Corner Oct. 13

Pastor’s Corner Oct. 13

A regular part of my weekly worship is time spent praying on Wednesday afternoons with my friends at The Chapel Online. Each week Anne Bosarge leads a time of prayer for and with people around the world. Yesterday, the passage of scripture shared was from Matthew...

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Ukraine Keychains Continue to Support Relief Efforts

Ukraine Keychains Continue to Support Relief Efforts

When Ukraine was invaded by Russia last Spring, Missions Committee Chair, Mickey Martin, organized a fund drive to support UMCOR relief efforts. The drive was unique because Martin made over 1,000 Ukraine-themed keychains to use as thank-you gifts for donors. Now,...

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Pastor’s Corner Oct. 6

Pastor’s Corner Oct. 6

October is a busy month at Pittman Park! We have lots going on in our children’s, youth, adult, and missions ministries, plus charge conference with other churches from around Statesboro. I hope that you will pay attention to our weekly email updates and listen for...

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Pastor’s Corner Sept. 29

Pastor’s Corner Sept. 29

Who can escape the path of the storm? This week was an anxious time for most of us. We watched and monitored a major hurricane as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, then into the coast of Florida, and now we watch as the storm begins to impact our area. It’s been...

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Get to Know the Church: Munholland UMC Thank You Gift

Get to Know the Church: Munholland UMC Thank You Gift

In Pittman Park's main hall, a framed image hangs with the inscription "Munholland UMC Thanks Pittman Park UMC." Pittman Park was connected with Munholland UMC in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Pittman Park members wanted to aid...

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Pastor’s Corner Sept. 22

Pastor’s Corner Sept. 22

Over the past two weeks we have looked John Wesley’s advice on money from his sermon The Use of Money. There Wesley encourages his audience to “Earn all you can… Save all you can… and Give all that you can.” So far, we have looked at earning and saving in order to...

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Get to Know the Church: Bobbie Trowbridge

Get to Know the Church: Bobbie Trowbridge

If you attend The Nine on Sundays, you might be greeted by Bobbie Trowbridge, one of our mighty Grace Team volunteers. You might also know Bobbie from the Lectionary Sunday School Class where she recently transitioned to a teaching role. She also attends the Disciple...

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Pastor’s Corner Sept. 15

Pastor’s Corner Sept. 15

About two weeks ago a friend of mine, who is aware of the struggles within the United Methodist Church, recommended that I read “Not In It To Win It” by Andy Stanley. In the book, Stanley presents an insightful and convicting perspective on how we can learn to...

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Pastor’s Corner September 8

Pastor’s Corner September 8

Hi Church! This week we kick off a new sermon series that’s all about our relationship with money. Over the course of the next three weeks we will be diving into John Wesley’s advice on money from his sermon “The Use of Money.” There Wesley shows how money is a tool...

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Pastor’s Corner September 1

Pastor’s Corner September 1

Belonging is the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity for a member of a group. Belonging happens when an individual can bring their authentic self to the table without fear. I believe, as I said last week, that...

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Get to Know the Church: Kimberly Mitchell

Get to Know the Church: Kimberly Mitchell

Have you met Kim yet? It has been our pleasure to welcome Kimberly Mitchell to the team at Pittman Park. She has been getting to know our teachers and children as the new director of the Pittman Park Education Center (PPEC). She is herself a mother of three young...

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Pastor’s Corner August 18

Pastor’s Corner August 18

Members and friends of Pittman Park, As you may know, Pittman Park United Methodist Church is a part of the South Georgia Annual Conference, a connection of churches who work together to make disciples and transform the world. This Saturday, August 20, 2022 a special...

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Pastor’s Corner August 25

Pastor’s Corner August 25

Friends, we are having a great start to the fall! We’ve had great crowds for Open Table! We have nearly 40 people taking Disciple I on Wednesday and Sunday nights! Our choir and handbells are growing and have welcomed new members! Our youth and children’s ministries...

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Realm Software Coming Online at Pittman Park

Realm Software Coming Online at Pittman Park

Pittman Park will soon reap the benefits of a new software system for management called Realm. We look forward to leveraging this industry-standard ministry tool. As we transition to a new workflow, you may receive automatically-generated emails from the new system...

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Pastor’s Corner August 11

Pastor’s Corner August 11

Last night was an incredible kick off to our Wednesday night programming at Pittman Park! We gathered for Communion and Backpack Buddies at 5:00, Open Table at 5:30, and Small Groups for all ages and Choir at 6:30! I hope that you will make Wednesday nights at Pittman...

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A Note from the Williams Family

A Note from the Williams Family

We sincerely appreciate all of the visits and cards sent to Charlie Williams during his last few years and months at home and at Ogeechee Area Hospice Residential Care.  He enjoyed each and every visit and would tell us about them.  Also thank you so much for the...

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Get to Know the Church: Dave and Sandy Macdonald

Get to Know the Church: Dave and Sandy Macdonald

You might already know Sandy Macdonald. If you've had the privilege of hearing an oboe performance during a service, that was Sandy. You may have even been to her house if you were a part of the youth group. She and Dave hosted Park Students twice this summer. The...

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Pastor’s Corner August 4

Pastor’s Corner August 4

Hi Church, I want to take a moment to ask you to pray. First, because we are invited by Jesus to be people who regularly enter into God’s presence. Second, because prayer deepens our connection with God, God’s purpose for our lives, and helps us better understand how...

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Pastor’s Corner July 28

Pastor’s Corner July 28

Last night, leaders from our Church Council gathered for an onboarding session in the fellowship hall at Pittman Park. The focus of this session was to discern who we are and who God is calling us to be as a church. It was an excellent time during which the Church...

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Onboarding for Pastor Jonathan

Onboarding for Pastor Jonathan

Thursday Night, July 17, Pastor Jonathan Smith participated in an Onboarding session along with church staff and leadership. The session was facilitated by Anne Bosarge, Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources from the South Georgia Conference. In...

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Pastor’s Corner July 21

Pastor’s Corner July 21

Summer is drawing to a close! In just two weeks our children will return to school, students will return to their apartments, and we will all be adjusting to new schedules, and developing new rhythms of life. As we head toward this time of transition, I would like to...

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Pastor’s Corner July 14

Pastor’s Corner July 14

I want to start by saying thank you for your generosity in supporting our REACH fund. Your gifts are helping us help others in their moments of deepest need. I also want to encourage you, if you haven’t yet given, to partner with us as we seek to serve some of the...

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Pastor’s Corner July 7: Summertime Fun!

Pastor’s Corner July 7: Summertime Fun!

Summer is in full swing here at Pittman Park! I want to share with you some great ways for you to plug in and enjoy the community here at Pittman Park during July! Last night we celebrated a special Mid-Summer Open Table. We had 90+ people come out for spaghetti,...

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Get to Know the Church: Gary and Kim Mikell

Get to Know the Church: Gary and Kim Mikell

Gary and Kim Mikell have been members at Pittman Park for 35 years. You might know them from their participation in the Lectionary Sunday School class or through their extended family. Their two sons, Bob and Scott attend with their families, and their daughter-in-law...

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Pastor’s Corner June 30

Pastor’s Corner June 30

This coming Monday is Independence Day which is celebrated annually on July 4. The Fourth of July is the day that we remember the founding of our nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4,...

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GET TO KNOW THE CHURCH: Dan and Miriam Hagan

GET TO KNOW THE CHURCH: Dan and Miriam Hagan

If you haven't met Dan and Miriam Hagan yet, you probably will soon. They faithfully attend the Lectionary Sunday School Class each week, they hosted a pool party for Park Students earlier this summer, and they are involved in several other ministries and groups. If...

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Pastor’s Corner June 23

Pastor’s Corner June 23

A few years back I learned about a man named Thomas Thwaites who decided to build a toaster from scratch. Not just from parts, but from scratch. What he embarked on was a roughly nine month journey to recreate the 400 parts of a toaster from 100 different materials....

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A Letter to the Congregation from Bill and Sue

A Letter to the Congregation from Bill and Sue

Dear Church Family, We want to express our gratitude for the beautiful way you said good-bye to us on our last Sunday. We were overwhelmed with the generous love offering, some great beach supplies …and a fishing rod! Most of all we appreciate the many notes of love...

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Pastor’s Corner June 16

Pastor’s Corner June 16

Hello Pittman Park! I am so glad to be reappointed to be a part of this community of faith! Stephanie, Addie, Lily Grace, and I are excited to be your pastoral family and to come along side of you as you live out your faith here in Statesboro. As we begin this new...

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VBS Camp Update

VBS Camp Update

Welcome to the Family VBS Camp still has one more day left, but I couldn't wait to share some of the spontaneous delights that have happened this week! My list of highlights includes: Awesome Park Students Helpers We had several volunteers from Park Students at VBS...

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Annual Conference Update

Annual Conference Update

Each year—traditionally in June for the South Georgia Conference—all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session and meet together to worship, fellowship, and conduct the...

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Pastor’s Corner June 2

Pastor’s Corner June 2

...from Pastor Bill...and Sue Dear Pittman Park Family, It was June of 2013 that we moved to Statesboro. Bishop King had no idea he was appointing us to the very church in which we had been married – and for Sue, the church her father had pastored when she was in high...

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Pastor’s Corner May 26

Pastor’s Corner May 26

...from Pastor Jonathan Dear church family, This week I was anticipating the opportunity to spend time with my family and friends celebrating Memorial Day. That anticipation was shattered by the news of yet another mass shooting, this time in Uvalde, Texas. In all,...

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Pastor’s Corner June 9

Pastor’s Corner June 9

Get Ready Pittman Park! VBS Camp is next week! I can’t wait for us to welcome our children and children from across our community to VBS Camp! VBS Camp is always a major event for our church and for our community and I am excited for the ways our church is coming...

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Get to Know the Church: Gwen Yarbrough

Get to Know the Church: Gwen Yarbrough

If you attend the traditional service, you enjoy the gifts of Gwen Yarbrough most Sundays. She sings in the Chancel Choir. You may also know her from the Lectionary Sunday School class or the Susannah Wesley Circle groups that she attends. To help you get to know Gwen...

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Pastor’s Corner May 19

Pastor’s Corner May 19

...from Pastor Bill Dear Pittman Park family, In the book, Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers, Elizabeth Newman shares her belief that the church, without meaning to, tends to trivialize hospitality. Newman suggests that true Christian hospitality...

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Get to Know the Church: Hannah Weaver

Get to Know the Church: Hannah Weaver

Even if they don't know Hannah Weaver, many church members at least know someone in the Weaver family. Hannah is the youngest of four children who all grew up at Pittman Park. Her mother, Wendy has lead bible studies over the years, and her older brother, Ian, works...

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Pastor’s Corner May 12

Pastor’s Corner May 12

...from Pastor Jonathan Graduation season has begun! This past week, Georgia Southern University held commencement in Paulson Stadium and in Savannah. This afternoon, Ogeechee Technical College will hold their commencement ceremonies in Hanner Fieldhouse, and two...

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Get to Know the Church: Cathedral Windows

Get to Know the Church: Cathedral Windows

We all know Pittman Park's colored, art glass cathedral windows are a pretty feature of the building, but few know they were featured in a Statesboro Herald article in 1979. The article ran in the November 29 edition and told how the church added extra decorative...

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Pastor’s Corner May 5

Pastor’s Corner May 5

...from Pastor Bill Dear Pittman Park family, What a wonderful thing to welcome the life of a newborn child! In worship these past three Sundays we have celebrated infant baptisms and another is planned for May 22nd. The parents of these little ones approach the altar...

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Pastor’s Corner April 28

Pastor’s Corner April 28

...from Pastor Jonathan What an incredible start to The Nine! Our new contemporary service began with an amazing breakfast and fellowship time, great worship, and a fun crowd! I’m excited to see this service take shape over the summer and for the new opportunity we...

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Get to Know the Church: Jamie and Matthew Elliott

Get to Know the Church: Jamie and Matthew Elliott

If you were attending the traditional service at the end of February, you may have seen Jamie and Matthew Elliott join Pittman Park. They have visited both the traditional and contemporary services in person, but they were joining us online before we even knew it! To...

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Pastor’s Corner April 21

Pastor’s Corner April 21

...from Pastor Jonathan Hi Church! Easter Sunday was amazing! We had beautiful worship with infant baptism, confirmands professing their faith in Christ, and our whole church celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! God is truly at work at Pittman Park! And the...

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Get to Know the Church: Amazing Grace Bags

Get to Know the Church: Amazing Grace Bags

Amazing Grace Bags are a ministry that supplies local churches and social services agencies with necessities to hand out to people who are in acute need. Volunteers gather items and fill bags for distribution each month. Places that distribute Amazing Grace Bags: the...

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Pastor’s Corner April 7

Pastor’s Corner April 7

...from Pastor Jonathan “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” Sometimes moments in life trigger verses from Scripture in my mind....

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Pastor’s Corner April 14

Pastor’s Corner April 14

from Pastor Bill... Dear Pittman Park family, Interesting isn’t it that in the first chapter of the Gospel According to John, Jesus is described in this way… “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness...

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Pastor’s Corner March 31

Pastor’s Corner March 31

from Pastor Bill... Dear Pittman Park family, I remember as a child, my mother took two empty soup cans, tapped a hole in the bottom of each and threaded a string between the two to serve as a “connection”. For me—at the age of 4—this seemed to be the most remarkable...

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GET TO KNOW THE CHURCH: Steve and Denise Lynch

GET TO KNOW THE CHURCH: Steve and Denise Lynch

Steve and Denise Lynch have been attending Pittman Park's contemporary service since last fall. They officially joined the church on April 3. To help you get to know them a little better, we asked them a few questions:   What is your favorite thing about Pittman...

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Get to Know the Church: Russ and Jan Persson

Get to Know the Church: Russ and Jan Persson

After moving to Statesboro in the fall, Russ and Jan Persson recently joined Pittman Park. Their daughter, Megan Hopkins, is Pittman Park's Children's Director, so you may see them helping out with Park Kids, or you may recognize Jan singing in the choir. We asked...

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A Letter from Leadership

A Letter from Leadership

Dear Pittman Park community, Over the past few weeks we have had several people ask us how denominational decisions may impact the future of Pittman Park. Most of these questions arise from the announcement on March 3rd that the 2020 UMC General Conference would be...

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Pastor’s Corner March 24

Pastor’s Corner March 24

from Pastor Jonathan... This week I had the privilege of being the Chaplain of the Day at the Georgia House of Representatives. It was day 34 of the session and the Capitol was buzzing with life. My daughter Addison and I talked with representatives, lobbyists, and...

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Pastor’s Corner March 17

Pastor’s Corner March 17

From Pastor Bill... Dear Pittman Park family, Through the years I have come to understand that much of life has to do with waiting. I saw someone today with a t-shirt emblazoned with that classic Nike slogan “Just Do It.” I suppose, when it comes to sports or...

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Floor Upgrade Coming Sooner than Planned

Floor Upgrade Coming Sooner than Planned

People weren't sure where to step as they made their way to the sanctuary on Sunday morning, March 13. Carpet squares had been pulled up in front of the children's wing and restrooms. Staff and volunteers had determined that the carpet needed to go after one sunday...

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Get to Know the Church: Woody Powell

Get to Know the Church: Woody Powell

Dr. Woodrow "Woody" Powell was certainly special to Pittman Park, Georgia Southern University and the Statesboro community. His residence was rather small, but his giving spirit was so large that memories live on today. ROSES Powell had more than 200 rose bushes...

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Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner

from Pastor Jonathan... Hello Church! This season of reflection, fasting, and prayer readies us for Easter and resurrection! I pray that you will find some time throughout these days to reconnect with God, search out those broken places in your heart and life, and...

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Get to Know the Church: Larry and Shirley Walton

Get to Know the Church: Larry and Shirley Walton

You'll often see Larry and Shirley Walton together as they attend Sunday services or Wednesday suppers. You may also recognize them from their time on the Grace Team. We asked this couple a few questions to help people get to know them: Q: What is your history with...

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New Campaign from the United Methodist Church

New Campaign from the United Methodist Church

Several members of Pittman Park joined hundreds of others for a worldwide Zoom meeting to unveil a new campaign from the United Methodist Church for 2022. The campaign is called #BeUMC and offers resources for local churches to modify and use how they see fit. The...

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Pastor’s Corner FEB 24

Pastor’s Corner FEB 24

From Pastor Jonathan... The season of Lent is upon us. As we enter this season we remember Jesus’ forty day journey into the wilderness that preceded his ministry, how he was tempted by Satan, and how those moments prepared him for his mission and ministry. These are...

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Pastor’s Corner FEB 17

Pastor’s Corner FEB 17

From Pastor Bill... Dear Pittman Park family, The humor is somewhat twisted, but I smiled when I saw a t-shirt imprinted with the words, “I’m giving up hope for Lent.” Of course, the thought is ridiculous. Lent is all about hope! It is about our hope in Christ …and...

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Pastor’s Corner Feb 10

Pastor’s Corner Feb 10

...from Pastor Jonathan This week Pittman Park lost one of its ministers and founding members. Rev. Dr. Remer “Brad” Brady guided our church from 1995-2000.  During Brad’s time at Pittman Park helped us build a fellowship hall and establish missions around the world....

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Get to Know the Church: Amy Wallace

Get to Know the Church: Amy Wallace

Most Sunday mornings, you can find Amy Wallace sitting near the Park Kids check-in desk, ready to welcome our infants and toddlers. She works at Pittman Park's childcare center, PPEC (Pittman Park Education Center), during the week and runs the church nursery on...

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Pastor’s Corner Feb 3

Pastor’s Corner Feb 3

...from Pastor Bill Dear Pittman Park family, It was August of 2018 when we began thinking of our Wednesday night meals in a different way. With the help of about eight cooking teams, we set out to redefine our gatherings by preparing the meals ourselves. Immediately,...

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Anchoring in the Word

Anchoring in the Word

...from Pastor Jonathan / Over the past few weeks I have been challenged and convicted in the way that I am studying scripture. Many of us began a journey through the scriptures on January 1, some of us are reading through the Bible in a year, or through the Old...

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Pastor’s Corner JAN 13

Pastor’s Corner JAN 13

...from Pastor Jonathan This past Sunday began a new season in the life of our church as we began Confirmation with our students.  I’m excited for the opportunity to dive deep into who God is, what the Bible is about, God’s plan for the world, and how these young...

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Resolution Check-In

Resolution Check-In

...from Pastor Jonathan So…how’s it going? We are three weeks into the new year and this is usually the point where resolutions and new habits get hard. So, if that’s where you are I want to share with you a verse that has become an anchor point for me in my life and...

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Sewing for Missions Throughout the Pandemic

Sewing for Missions Throughout the Pandemic

There is a little room on the left before you get to the Fellowship Hall. Inside are the sewing machines, rotary cutters and fabric of the Sewing for Missions group at Pittman Park. The group gathers on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. to create...

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A Letter to the Congregation From the Church Council

A Letter to the Congregation From the Church Council

As you may know, Bill Bagwell has announced his intention to retire in June. What a blessing he and Sue have been to Pittman Park!  As we get closer to the summer, there will be opportunities to express our love for them and our appreciation for their service at...

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The Reach Fund helped 86 families in 2021

The Reach Fund helped 86 families in 2021

Pittman Park’s Reach Fund is money designated for people who find themselves in urgent financial need. In 2021, 86 families received assistance totaling $9,150.70. Donations specifically to the Reach Fund made up 65% of that total. When an individual or family...

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Pastor’s Corner JAN 6

Pastor’s Corner JAN 6

…from Pastor Bill Dear Pittman Park family, As we enter this new year, it occurs to me that it is possible for us to spend a lot of time trapped in yesterday. I know this because I’m still trying to process some of the things that transpired in 2021! You may have your...

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Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner

It is certainly the most wonderful time of the year!  Over the course of the past week I’ve been able to see Christmas lights, attend wonderful Christmas gatherings with our staff and groups in our church.

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