Bishop Bryan's calendar
It’s now easier than ever to find out when and where Bishop Bryan will be preaching in your district and around the conference. Visit the updated calendar and events page
on the conference website and look for the red highlighted dates.
Church Security Workshop - Nov. 28
The Office of Connectional Ministries is hosting a one-hour workshop that will provide practical steps a church can take to reduce the risk of an incident occurring as well as how to be prepared if an event should occur. The training is set for Tuesday, November 28, at 10:00 am at Forest Hills UMC in Macon. Brent Loeffler, a member of Bainbridge First UMC who also serves with the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, will lead the training. There are three ways clergy and church leaders can participate:
#GivingTuesday - Nov. 28
It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. That means it’s time once again for UMC #GivingTuesday. On Nov. 28, United Methodists have the opportunity to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season through gifts to one of the more than 600 church-related Advance projects and more than 300 United Methodist missionaries. And to make a big day even BIGGER, Georgia Gives Day has joined forces with Giving Tuesday. Support South Georgia United Methodist ministries through Georgia Gives Day/Giving Tuesday by searching for “United Methodist” or "Methodist" at the Georgia Gives website.
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United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Sunday – Dec. 3
Established in 2004, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund's (UMGAF) purpose is to stem the tide of HIV and AIDS around the world, and strengthen The United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to this deadly pandemic. UMGAF supports programs that focus on prevention, advocacy, testing, and counseling for people living with HIV and AIDS. Through the generosity of United Methodists and others, UMGAF has supported more than 200 HIV/AIDS church-oriented programs in over 35 countries. In the United States, 25 percent of all donations to UMGAF through a local United Methodist church remain in the annual conference for AIDS ministries. Click here for resources and more information.
Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training, Roberta – Dec. 9
An ERT and Chainsaw training will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 at Roberta UMC. Register here. 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 6 participants for a chainsaw course to make. ERT training time: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Chainsaw training time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In person at Forest Hills UMC in their fellowship hall. Forest Hills UMC is located at 1217 Forest Hill Road, Macon GA 31210.
Watch the live stream of the training. A link will be posted the morning of the training at www.sgaumc.org/churchsecurity.
Stay tuned for a recording of the webinar that will be made available following the training for viewing at your convenience at www.sgaumc.org/churchsecurity.
Human Relations Day - Jan. 14, 2018
Sunday, Jan. 14, is Human Relations Day, one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings for The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youths. Click here to learn more.
Praying Our Way Forward: South Georgia Conference Week of Prayer - Jan. 14-21, 2018
The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The South Georgia Conference's week of prayer will be January 14-21, 2018. *Thanks to the deacons of our annual conference, led by Rev. Meg Procopio, resources will be available soon to guide our week of prayer. Visit umcprays.org to sign up to receive daily prayers.
Winter Conference - Jan. 28-31, 2018
Winter Conference, sponsored by Epworth By The Sea, is set for January 28-31, 2018. Bishop James Swanson and Bishop Lawson Bryan will participate in leading the conference. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the Bible teacher. More information:epworthbythesea.org/events/.