Events in the South Georgia Conference – 8/1/2016 edition

8/1/2016

Albany First UMC Celebrates 175 Years: “Celebrate” Service with Rev. Mike McAfee – Aug. 14 
This year marks the 175th year of Albany First United Methodist Church in downtown Albany. To commemorate the anniversary, the church has planned four Unified Services, featuring guest speakers and followed by a covered dish meal. The Unified Services have unique themes and the services start at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s sanctuary. The remaining series services include Aug. 14: “Engage” with Rev. Cindy Autry and Dec. 4: “Anticipate” with Dr. John Horton. Contact Beth O’Brien for more information at bethrobrien@gmail.com. Albany First UMC is located at 307 Flint Ave., Albany, Ga.

Georgia Chapter PAUMCS Annual Conference – Aug. 18-21
The Georgia Chapter of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) is having their Annual Conference at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island on Aug. 18-21, 2016. All church secretaries, administrative assistants, financial secretaries, district secretaries, or those who work for United Methodist agencies are welcome to attend. Your position can be a paid or volunteer position. For more information and a registration form, visit www.ga-paumcs.org or call Charlene Carr at (229) 382-6100 (at Tifton First United Methodist Church). Additional Information

Pathways – Aug. 20
Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than the 2016 Pathways to Discipleship conference. Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants dozens of workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. South Georgia’s newly assigned bishop, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan, will be in attendance and will address attendees during Pathways’ opening worship service. The registration deadline has been extended to allow more congregations and individuals time to register. Visit www.sgaumc.org/pathways for more information, including workshop descriptions and registration.

Peer Pastor Network: A Conversation about PASSION – Aug. 25 
Congregational Development and the Board of Ordained Ministry are teaming up to sponsor a Peer Pastor Network designed to foster key conversations around selected crucial concepts dealing with LEADERSHIP. These “conversations” are being held at strategic locations across the conference, and pastors are invited to participate in one or all of them. PLEASE NOTE: These conversations are specifically designed for LEADERS. Congregational Development will be offering a different series of conversations designed to address the specific needs of pastors serving congregations that need a chaplain more than they need a visionary leader. (Note: both Visionary Leaders and Compassionate Chaplains are needed and important.) The Aug. 25 PPN conversation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (includes lunch) at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro and will be hosted by Rev. Bill Bagwell. Space is limited and will be given to those who register first. Click here to register

Warner Robins First UMC’s 75th Anniversary Celebration – Aug. 28
Save the date! Warner Robins First UMC will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 18 at its 10:30 a.m. worship service. Guest pastors Rev. Jimmy Duke and Rev. Tom Carruth will preach. Lunch will follow in Carter Hall. Lunch tickets need to be purchased in advance by calling 478-923-3737. Warner Robins First UMC is located at 205 North Davis Drive; Warner Robins, GA 31093. Visit them online at www.fumcwrga.org.

South Central District Camp Meeting at Camp Tygart – Sept. 11-15
South Central District Camp Meeting will be held at Camp Tygart Sept. 11 through Sept. 15.  Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Those attending will be asked to bring a covered dish. A detailed list by church will be published soon. Dr. Buddy Cooper, District Superintendent of the Northwest District, will be this year’s speaker. Contact the South Central District Office at 229-242-7470 with questions.

UMVIM Leader and Team Training – Sept. 17
Have you been on a mission journey and would you like to take others to a destination to serve? Have you led teams before and would you be interested in sharing your experiences in other local churches to help them engage in mission opportunities both at home and abroad by training team leaders? This training is designed for all who are interested in learning more about leadership and opportunities in missions. The cost is $30 per person, which includes materials and lunch. The training is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at St. Mark UMC in Douglas. Schedule: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Team Leader Training. Register here to attend this training. If your church would be interested in hosting an UMVIM training or for additional information, contact Dr. Gene Barber at hbarber781@bellsouth.net.

Welcome service and reception for Bishop and Mrs. Bryan – Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Conference will host a welcome service and reception for South Georgia’s new episcopal family, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and Mrs. Sherrill Bryan. It will be held at 4 p.m. at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon. All are invited and encouraged to attend. More information will be forthcoming.

Methodist Children's Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 18
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering to support the ministry of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. The Work Day Offering for the Methodist Home is a tradition from the 1900s, a time when people, mostly farmers, donated the equivalent of one day’s wages to the Methodist Home. Sometimes they would load a freight car with cotton or peanuts and send it to Macon. Today folks just use a calculator. The amount of the work day offering can be calculated quite simply: Divide your annual income by 365 (farmers didn’t take vacation days.) For example, if a person made $60,000 a year, it would be $60,000 divided by 365 = $164. Whether you give cotton or a check, be assured that your gift will bring hope and a new lease on life to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. To learn more about this incredible ministry of our conference visit www.themethodisthome.org.

KidzQuest – Sept. 23-25
KidzQuest is an annual fall weekend retreat for third through sixth grade students at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Sponsored by South Georgia's Connectional Ministries, KidzQuest offers a chance for children to take a break from school, spend time with friends, worship with church groups of all sizes and hear about the HOPE we have in Christ's unfailing love. Free time has been scheduled in to allow for groups to enjoy the island as well. Click here for more information. Registration is open. Space is limited to the first 500 complete registrations. Deadline is Sept. 12, 2016, or until event fills up.

Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 24-26
The South Georgia Eagles’ Fall Retreat is set for Oct. 24-26, 2016 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme is “A Silver Lining” with retired Bishop Richard Looney leading the sessions. He will address the following topics: 1) Engaging life –Learning from the humor of Jesus; 2) Dealing with personal loss and sorrow – we help others, can we help ourselves?; 3) The joy of planning one’s own funeral – this is not as heavy as it sounds. All retirees of the South Georgia Annual Conference, aka “Eagles,” are invited to the Fall Retreat. If possible, please bring a craft, canned food item, or something others might want to purchase for placement in the silent auction that’s held to help pay the retreat expenses. Each Eagle is responsible for making their own reservations. Call Epworth By The Sea at 912-638-8688 for rates and to make your reservation before Oct 12. Come to be rejuvenated!