Clergy and lay members have the opportunity to serve at conference

4/10/2013

United Methodists from across the South Georgia Conference have an opportunity to put their faith into action during the 2013 Annual Conference session.

As part of the Conference’s focus on justice ministries and in the spirit of the Annual Conference theme, “The Least of These,” the Office of Connectional Ministries has organized various mission opportunities for clergy and lay members to Annual Conference.  

“It’s always exciting to see the connection of The United Methodist Church at work, and this mission focus will allow that connection to be experienced in a unique way,” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “I believe this will be the highlight of this year’s Annual Conference session!”

Four service opportunities will be offered during the June 2-4 meeting in Macon:

1)      Prior to the 2013 Annual Conference Session, congregations are encouraged to receive a special mission offering to support the ministry of Stop Hunger Now (Advance #982795). This offering will then be presented during the opening worship service on Sunday evening, June 2.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources, Stop Hunger Now has coordinated the distribution of food and other aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Learn more about the ministry of Stop Hunger Now by visiting www.stophungernow.org.

2)      During the session’s lunch break on Monday, June 3, delegates and guests are invited to participate in a Stop Hunger Now mobile meal packaging session. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world. This will be a fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for all ages. Click here to register.

3)      Lives are being changed through the work done by the ministries and agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference. To show gratitude and support for the work they do, Conference members and guests are encouraged to bring donations on Tuesday, June 4. That morning, each of the agencies listed below will have a collection box set up on the main plenary floor. They have listed items that will help them better serve in their day-to-day operations. Please choose one or several and help fill up their boxes! 

Magnolia Manor: Classic DVDs (such as “I Love Lucy,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” historical DVDs, musicals, holiday programs, etc.) 

The Methodist Children's Home: Deodorant bar soap and facial soap

Open Door Community Center, Inc.: Toiletries

Vashti: School supplies (no crayons)

Wesley Community Centers: Hypoallergenic/unscented baby wipes 

Wesley Glen: Toothbrushes and toothpaste

4)      A youth mission emphasis component is being planned in the Macon area in conjunction with the Annual Conference Session. Those interested in participating should contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.

“From the hands on meal packaging to the special offering to the items that are collected for our Conference agencies, there is truly a way for everyone to participate,” Lindsey said. “The impact we make together will be far-reaching, not only across South Georgia, but around the world.”

Those who will not be in Macon for the Annual Conference session are being asked to participate by giving in advance or sending their donation(s) with their church’s Annual Conference lay member.

For more information and to register for the Stop Hunger Now mobile meal packaging session, visit www.sgaumc.org. For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com or (912) 393-5524