Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Worship Preview

Traditional Service

I Journey Through the Wilderness

The Old Rugged Cross

Spirit Song

Traditional Service: Rev. Meg Procopio

Scripture: Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11

Braving the Wilderness

Anchor Service

This is Amazing Grace

Gracefully Broken

Come as You Are

Reckless Love

Anchor Service: Rev. Stephen Grantham

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18-22

The Triumphs of God's Grace

Church News

Ash Wednesday Service

Tonight at 6:30 PM

The Imposition of Ashes will be offered in the Sanctuary.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes a duel encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in both Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes is a powerful experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation during the season of Lent.

One and Done Choir this Sunday

Come and join the "One and Done" Choir this Sunday, February 18h. Simply come to the choir room at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday to learn a simple and fun anthem that we will then share in Traditional worship -- One and Done!!

For more information, contact Jared Wilson (

Pray with the Staff During Lent

The staff will be gathering in the Sanctuary on Tuesdays during Lent from 9:00 - 9:25 AM for some quiet moments of prayer. You are all invited to join us. Slip in quietly and find a spot to breathe in God's Spirit together. Come as you are.... leave when you must. All are welcome!

40-Day Photo Challenge

We want to invite everyone to join our Lenten Photo-a-Day challenge. Each day, we will post a word on our social media pages for your consideration. Throughout the day, see how the word inspires you or shows up in your life. Share your thoughts by posting a picture. No explanation is needed in your post - after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

So make it a daily practice of checking for the word, and tag us on your own Instagram or Facebook, with @iohumc and #iohlent. Make sure to do both of those things so we can find all your awesome pictures!

February 14th's word is: Covenant

Coffee With the Pastors this Sunday

Interested in becoming a member of IOHUMC? Questions about what that means? Join us for Coffee With the Pastors this Sunday, February 18th, at 10:30 AM in the Connection Point room across from the office.

This will be an informal time to learn more about the ministries of Isle of Hope UMC, membership expectations, and to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, contact Rev. Stephen Grantham at

Church-Wide Lenten Study

Beginning February18th at 10:30 AM

Join one of our adult Sunday School classes during Lent for, “The Third Day: Living the Resurrection” by Tom Berlin. In this study, Bishop Berlin uses his gifts of storytelling and understanding the Scriptures to connect participants to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life and redemption rather than loss. Join Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as they feel the despair of losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them in the resurrection. This study traces events around these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives.

Tom Berlin was elected a Bishop of The United Methodist Church in 2022 by the Southeastern Jurisdiction and currently serves as the episcopal leader of the Florida Annual Conference. He is a native of Winchester, Virginia, and is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

For more information about this study, contact Rev. Meg Procopio or Rev. Jared Wilson.

Brunch with the Bishop

Sunday, February 25

Bishop Graves, the resident Bishop of the South Georgia Annual Conference, will join us for one combined worship service at 9:15 AM in the Sanctuary on the 25th of this month. Following the service, everyone is invited to join in the Ministry Center for brunc at 10:30am.

Bishop Graves has served as episcopal leader of the Alabama-West Florida Conference since 2016. In addition, he began serving South Georgia in 2021.

Come and welcome Bishop Graves to Isle of Hope!

Bishop Graves will have an opportunity to answer some of your questions and concerns. Please email your questions to Rev. Steve Grantham at

Children's Ministry

Lent for Children

We have Lenten devotional books for families available, including a calendar that invites families to donate coins to help fund the mission of P.A.C.K., a Savannah mission that feeds hungry children, as part of giving during Lent. The materials are outside Beth's office. This is not limited to only families with children. Anyone can participate.

Important Upcoming Dates

March 23: Pretzel Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

June 10-14: Preschool Camp

Registration opens March 25th

Ages 2-5, M-F; ages 6 - 24 months, T-TH

June 17-20: VBS "Camp Firelight"

Registration opens March 31

Ages 3-5th grade (by Sept. 1, 2023)

July 8-12: Epworth by the Sea Camp

Entering 4-5th grade

IOHUMC will provide transportation, if needed

Register online at:

Ignite Student Ministries

Student Ministry Night Out

Let's support Savannah's own Ghost Pirates Hockey Team!

March 29th (Good Friday) at 7:30pm

We will be in Section 228.

Cost is $26 per student. 

We have to submit our list by February 20th, so not much time to register for this really fun event! We only have 20 student spots available! Register HERE now!

Upcoming Events

This Sunday, Feb. 18th - No Breakfast Club or Youth Group since some of us wll be on the Winter Retreat.

Next Wednesday, February 21st - Our new Core Group study begins.

Sunday, Feb. 25th - One combined worship service with Bishop Graves in the Sanctuary, followed by a church-wide breakfast in the Ministry Center, so no Breakfast Club.

(But we will be back that night for Youth Group starting at 5PM.)

We are planning a St. Patrick's Day party for Sunday, March 17th, during Youth Group from 5-7 PM. Make sure to save the date and plan to bring a dish to share!


Did you know that… Two times a year, IOHUMC supports Family Promise by providing dinner for a week for the families enrolled in their program. Family Promise provides shelter, meals, and assistance finding employment and permanent housing to families with children in the Coastal Empire. IOHUMC will provide meals the week of March 17 and November 17, Sunday through Saturday. The meals are delivered to White Bluff Presbyterian Church, where the families will reside each night. If you are interested in helping, contact Dianne MacGuire at

Wesley Community Centers Love Walk

Thank you to everyone who supported Wesley Community Centers in their Love Walk on Saturday. It was a beautiful day, and the crowd was excited to be there and support Wesley as they celebrated 75 years of service to the Savannah area. We will let you know the grand total raised when it is available. Thanks again!

Saturday, April 27th

Onion Gleaning in Glennville, GA to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Come join us as we gather the "leftover" onions after harvest to share with our neighbors in need through Second Harvest. This will be a great church-wide activity.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and foreigner. I am the Lord your God."

Leviticus 19:10

Wednesday, March 6th, 3-7pm

Isle of Hope UMC

The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. Your blood donation is needed now to help alleviate the shortage and ensure life-saving medical procedures are not delayed. Click the link below to register, or contact Julie Vann at


Other Church News

Cub Scout Informational Meeting

Thursday, February 29th @7:00 PM

Do you have a son/ grandson, ages kindergarten - 5th grade, who may be interested in becoming a cub scout? If so, please join us in the Green House, Room 101, for an informational meeting on starting a pack here at IOHUMC. If you're an adult and interested in becoming a leader, please attend as well. We will have information on what the requirements are for the position.

Scouting teaches duty to God and country, and skills such as first aid, physical fitness, canoeing, and life saving. It's about learning important values and outdoor skills, all while having fun!

Good Samaritan Circle

Thursday, February 29th @ 10:00 AM

The Good Samaritan Circle will meet off site this month. Gather at P.A.C.K. (behind KFC on Waters Avenue) at 10:00 AM. We will have a tour of the facility, hear about the program's inception, and learn how to pack bags for the children. It will be a wonderful experience and hope you will all be there! We will plan on having lunch together after the tour.

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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