Events in the South Georgia Conference - 3/3/2014 edition

2/28/2014

South Georgia Ministers’ Spouses’ Retreat – March 14-16
The 2014 South Georgia Minister’s Spouses’ Retreat, “Joy in the Journey,” is set for March 14-16 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. All clergy spouses are encouraged to attend this uplifting weekend of fun, fellowship and faith. Letters will be sent out by District Superintendents to each church's PSPR Chairperson requesting the church cover the expenses for their clergy spouse to attend the retreat. Scholarships are available upon request and/or need if your church is not able to cover expenses. Please contact your District Superintendent’s spouse for scholarship resources. Click here for more information and to download a brochure and event registration form.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – March 21-23
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 21-23 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Click here to download the retreat brochure. Click here to download the retreat registration form.

Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race – March 22
Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at Howard Middle School. Racers can choose to participate in the 1 mile walk/run, the out and back 5K, or the 10K. Held on flat and scenic courses through the horse farms of Rivoli, proceeds from this race support Wesley Glen Ministries' mission to developmentally disabled adults in Macon, Middle Georgia, and South Georgia. For additional information and to register, visit www.cherryblossomroadrace.com.

Rethinking Welcome evangelism/mission training event – March 29
The World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI) announces: RETHINKING WELCOME in the Methodist/Wesleyan Movement in North America. This evangelism/mission training event for clergy and laity will be held at Epworth By The Sea on Saturday, March 29 from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clergy, lay leaders, usher boards, worship teams, welcome stewards, church council teams, committee chairpersons, etc. are encouraged to attend. Help your congregation welcome and incorporate visitors, reach new members, and face outward to your multicultural community. Expose leaders to new thinking and practices of evangelism in our Methodist heritage. Click here for more information.

One Great Hour Of Sharing – March 30
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.

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Annual Fish Fry – April 12
On Saturday, April 12, Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon will hold their Annual Fish Fry.  They will also present Gospel Praise 2014 featuring local praise and worship groups.  This year’s special attraction will be Wesley Glen's very own Indoor Marketplace. All activities will take place at the Wesley Glen Ministries Life Skills Center at 4580 North Mumford Road in Macon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fish fry plates are available for $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Come and take part in this great event benefiting a great ministry. Bring the whole family and a heart ready to worship!  For more information, call 478-471-3711.

UMM Spring Retreat – April 25-27
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather together for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Gathering under the theme "God's Men - Sharing the Good News," men from around the Conference will worship, fellowship and learn together. Click here for more information and to download a retreat brochure.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – April 29
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled for April 29, 2014, at Vineville UMC in Macon. This workshop is required every three years for persons serving under appointment by the Bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). Cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. To register, email cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. This event is sponsored by the Conference Commission on Pastoral Counseling. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.