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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 10/1/2019 edition

September 30, 2019
Annual SBC21 Leadership & Development Conference – Oct. 5
The 2019 SBC21 Annual Celebration of Leadership and Development Conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 5. Questions? Contact Rev. Earnestine Campbell, associate director of Connectional Ministries, at earnestine@sgaumc.com

World Communion Sunday – Oct. 6
World Communion Sunday is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Our church is at its best when we reach out to sisters and brothers in need. World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. United Methodists relate to World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday. Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support scholarships for ethnic undergraduate and graduate students. Our gifts often enable first-generation students to attend college.

Lay Speaking Class (Basic), Statesboro – Oct. 11-12
A lay speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent. Registration fee for the class is $25. This fee covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 19
The 2019 South Georgia UMW Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 in Columbus, Ga.

Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 21-23
You are invited to join the Eagles, the retired clergy of the South Georgia Conference, for three wonderful days at beautiful Epworth By The Sea as they meet to sing together, enjoy great programs, host an auction of members’ creations, share meals in the dining hall, and close on Wednesday with a service for those whom we have lost the previous year. The names of those who have passed away will be read under the Live Oak trees with the ringing of the bell for each name. It is a most holy and moving moment for all Eagles. This year's keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Don Adams. The dates will be October 21-23. The retreat begins on Monday afternoon with registration beginning at 3 pm. There is a special rate at Epworth for all Eagles.

Lay Speaking Class (Basic), Waycross – Oct. 25-26
A lay speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent. Registration fee for the class is $25. This fee covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining

UMW Sunday in Purple – Oct. 27
Sunday in Purple, sponsored by South Georgia's United Methodist Women, is a day to focus on increasing awareness of domestic violence in the United States and to be in solidarity with our sisters in South America where domestic violence often involves horrific murders. October is domestic violence awareness month in the U.S., and purple is its color. You are encouraged to wear something purple on Sunday, Oct. 27 (a ribbon or other item), take a photo, and send it to cybanks1946@gmail.com, or text it to 229-868-0381. Get your congregation to participate! Ask your pastor to include a special prayer for domestic violence victims and those trying to combat it. Download a bulletin insert.

Lay Speaking Class (Advanced), Statesboro – Nov. 1-2
A lay speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent. Registration fee for the class is $25. This fee covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining

Wesley Glen’s Golf Tournament – Nov. 4
One game of golf can make a big difference! Tee off at noon at the beautiful Brickyard Golf Club in Macon to support Wesley Glen Ministries. Lunch is provided and you’re guaranteed to have a great afternoon! www.wesleyglenministries.com

Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 10
Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit www.wesleyancollege.edu.

Lay Speaking Class (Advanced), Waycross – Nov. 15-16
A lay speaker is a professing member of a local church who is ready and desirous to serve the Church, and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay speaker has completed the required training courses in lay speaking and has been approved by a district or annual conference committee on lay speaking. Lay speakers serve the local church by witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and caregiving ministries. When certified, the lay speaker may conduct services of worship, preach, and lead study sessions as requested by the pastor or the district superintendent. Registration fee for the class is $25. This fee covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining

SEJ Clergywomen’s Retreat – Nov. 18-21
Calling all SEJ Clergywomen! Register now for Uncharted: Adventuring the Wilderness with God, Nov. 18-21, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. Registration: $225; At-the-Door: $250. More information and registration: www.unchartedconference2019.com/

Encounter Youth Retreat – Nov. 22-24
Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for 6th - 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, and each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and a meaningful time with other teens at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Click here for more information

United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 24
The United Methodist Student Day Special Sunday Offering helps provide funds for scholarships and loans for United Methodist students. Student Day gifts make a real difference for those who hope to attend college. Ninety percent (90%) of the offering goes toward funding the many scholarships and loans administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (www.gbhem.org) and ten percent (10%) stays within our state and goes to Georgia UM-related schools for merit scholarships.  Contact the Georgia Commission on Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry  (770-854-7283 or www.umcommission.org) or click here for more information and promotional materials.

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