Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/15/2014 edition

12/13/2014

2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches – Jan. 8-10, 2015
The 2015 Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 though Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta. Visit www.theconvocation.net for more information.

A Worship Celebration: Welcoming GBGM to Georgia – Jan. 11, 2015
A service of celebration and hospitality to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia is set for Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Bishop James King of the South Georgia Conference will preach the service, which will include communion and will celebrate the opportunity for ministry that is truly global. Also participating in the service will be Bishop Mike Watson of the North Georgia Conference; Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries; and representatives from Global Ministries and both conferences.

Safe Sanctuaries Training – Jan. 18, 2015
The Office of Connectional Ministries will host a Safe Sanctuaries training at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18 at Deepstep United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.

Human Relations Day – Jan. 18, 2015
Human Relations Day (the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. Click here to download resources to use in your local congregation.

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 8, 2015
Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. Students are regularly invited to strengthen their Christian discipleship through weekly chapel services and participation in a myriad of religious offerings. Andrew Sunday seeks to gain support for the College and identify prospective students. To learn more about Andrew College – a United-Methodist affiliated institution in Cuthbert, Georgia – visit www.andrewcollege.edu.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 15, 2015
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the United States and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. They continually nurture their contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. You can help support the work of UMVIM in the South Georgia Conference by giving an offering to support this vital ministry on this special Sunday.

Join the Journey: “Westside” Confirmation Retreat – Feb. 20-21, 2015
This year, the South Georgia Conference will offer two Confirmation retreats – one on each side of the Conference – to allow for more participants to be involved. The Westside Confirmation Retreat will be held Feb. 20-20, 2015, at St. Mark UMC in Columbus. Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo as well as a "Holy Club" highlight. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complimentary to what a church is or will be doing. For more information and to register, visit www.sgaumc.org/confirmation, call 888-266-7642, or email Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com or Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.