Events in the South Georgia Conference – 2/6/2017 edition

2/6/2017

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training – Feb. 11
An ERT and Chainsaw Training will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Vienna UMC. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the chainsaw training time is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost.  *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be six participants for a chainsaw course to make. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 12
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.

Harper Chapel UMC's annual Black History Celebration - Feb. 12
The community is invited to attend Harper Chapel UMC's annual Black History Celebration, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is “Don’t Lose Hope," and Rev. Ken Nelson, a native of Beaufort, S.C. and an Elder in Full Connection in the South Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be the speaker. For more information, contact the church at (912) 367-6247 or HarperChapelpastor@gmail.com.   

SBC21 Celebration of Leadership Development Conference – Feb. 18
An SBC21 Celebration of Leadership Development Conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Dublin. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. This event is being sponsored by the Office of Connectional Ministries. For more information or if you have questions, contact Rev. Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.comClick here to register.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 19
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./

Sexual Ethics Workshop at Epworth By The Sea – Feb. 23
The Thursday, Feb. 23 Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Nalls Building at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is required every three years for any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). The cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to the South Georgia Conference. Click here to register for the February 23 workshop. For questions, email cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training – Feb. 25
An ERT and Chainsaw Training will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at Gray UMC. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the chainsaw training time is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost.  *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be six participants for a chainsaw course to make. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday – Feb. 26
Kingdom Builders help support new church development and the ministries of Congregational Development. Click here for more information and to download a support form.

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat – March 3-5
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 Holy Clubs throughout the weekend. 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, visit www.sgaumc.org/confirmation or contact Event Coordinator Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com or (912) 638-8626. Click here to register your church group.

Open Door 5k – March 4
The 2017 Open Door Classic Walk and 5k Run is a fundraising event benefiting Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia. Set for Saturday, March 4, 5k registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race starts at 9 a.m. Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The event supports Open Door's programs of ministry including Circles in Columbus, Matthews Promise Academy, The Open Door Institute, the Virginia D. Jackson Home for Women, and much more. For questions, call 706-323-5518. For more information and to register, visit joinus.odch.org.
Click here to view a brochure.

2017 Clergy Spouse Retreat – March 17-19
How-dee Pardners! Gitty up to Epworth By The Sea March 17-19 and gather with clergy spouses from South Georgia. This rootin’-tootin’ retreat will be filled with fun, faith, and laughter as we circle our wagons with Jesus as our Sheriff and Joanna Underwood and Sunshine Bird as our Faithful Trail Bosses! Click here for more information.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training – March 18
An ERT and Chainsaw Training will be held Saturday, March 18 at Centerville UMC. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the chainsaw training time is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost.  *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be six participants for a chainsaw course to make. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – March 24-26
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 24-26  at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The retreat leader will be Rev. Nita Crump, and Ivy Kratzer will serve as the Teen Women's Retreat Leader. Susan Beverly will be the praise and worship leader. Click here for more information.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training – March 25
An ERT and Chainsaw Training will be held Saturday, March 25 at Porterfield UMC in Albany. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the chainsaw training time is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost.  *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be six participants for a chainsaw course to make. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

One Great Hour of Sharing – March 26
One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. A special offering is taken on this day to support humanitarian aid through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can be assured that when catastrophes cause suffering, your church, impelled by Jesus’ love and compassion, will be in the lead to ease the pain. Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering underwrite UMCOR’s “costs of doing business.” That helps them keep their promise that 100 percent of every other gift you make to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project - not on home office costs. To learn more about UMCOR or to order resources to promote the offering, visit www.umcor.org or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.

Save the date for #millennial: opening our doors – May 4-6
The Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference and Next Step Ministry will sponsor a conference at Veterans Memorial State Park in Cordele, Ga., for clergy and laity May 4-6, 2017. The purpose will be to aid churches in attracting and engaging young people in our congregations. For more information visit the event website at www.swdistrictumc.org.