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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 12/02/2013 edition

November 26, 2013

Giving Tuesday - Dec. 3
With its Giving Tuesday initiative, set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, The United Methodist Church is inviting everyone to begin their Advent season by giving monetary gifts to any project through The Advance. Every gift up to $10,000 made online on Tuesday, Dec. 3 through The Advance will be matched dollar for dollar by the General Board of Global Ministries. Several missionaries supported by South Georgia UM churches are among the more than 850 United Methodist-related Advance project and 300 missionaries that have been reviewed and approved by Global Ministries. To learn more about them and to give on Tuesday, Dec. 3, visit

Leadership Toolkit Webinar – Jan. 7, 2014
Set for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training webinar is designed for everyone in leadership and provides practical tools for leading as well as sharing resources that are available through the connection, to gain confidence and support in your role. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Leading Change and Transition Webinar – Jan. 9, 2014
Knowing that change and transitions are a normal part of congregational life, this one-hour training webinar, led by Debbie Hudgins and scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, will look at some transferable lessons from the Exodus story that will help you lead your church through change. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Lay Leader Training Webinar – Jan. 14, 2014
This training will provide much needed resources by looking at the key roles of the Lay Leader: fostering awareness of the role of the laity, advising the church council on needs of the laity, serving as one of the communication links within the church, and representing the laity in many areas of ministry within the local church. Led by Lois Duncan, this webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

PPR/SPRC Training Webinar – Jan. 16, 2014
Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training, led by Rev. Tommy Martin, will look at how to effectively support your pastor, staff and congregation as a chair or member of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee/Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Human Relations Day – Jan. 19, 2014
Human Relations Day (the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. Click here to download resources to use in your local congregation.

Trustees Training Webinar – Jan. 21, 2014
This training will look at how to manage church property, equipment, and investments to support the vision and ministry of your church. Led by Conference Chancellor Warren Plowden, this one-hour webinar will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Finance Training Webinar – Jan. 23, 2014
Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, this one-hour training, led by Rev. Jimmy Cason, will look at ways to provide financial direction for your congregation and examine ways to help your congregation grow in its understanding of Christian stewardship.

Epworth Winter Camp Meeting – Jan. 26-29, 2014
Epworth By The Sea presents “Shall We Gather At The River” for Winter Camp Meeting 2014. It's one of the finest events of the year at Epworth! Days are packed with spirit- filled sermons, in-depth Bible studies, fabulous music and better than ever Christian fellowship. Make your plans to join old friends and new by registering today. Bishop James R. King, Jr. will open the gathering with the “Bishop's Hour” on Sunday evening. Rev. Mike Ricker will preach the remaining sermons and Dr. Arun Jones will lead the Bible study. Rev. Tony Crosby will lead the hymn singing and provide special music. Area choirs will sing in the evenings. Visit for more information and to register.

Cuba Mission Trip – Jan.-Feb. 2014
Rev. Eddie Braswell will co-lead a mission team to Cuba Jan. 30 – Feb. 10, 2014. This UMVIM-sponsored and supported trip will be a construction-related trip in Havana. Participants will stay at the Methodist Center in Havana and will help construct a property that will house pastors and their families while they take classes at the seminary. Interested people (clergy and laity) may contact Rev. Braswell for more information – 229-344-7305 or

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 27, 2014
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled for February 27, 2014, at White Bluff UMC in Macon from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  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, please email 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.

2014 Confirmation Retreat – March 14-16, 2014
Connectional Ministries, in partnership with Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will again offer youth from around the Conference the opportunity to learn, worship and fellowship at their annual Confirmation Retreat. Set for March 14-16, 2014, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  While the retreat itself has space for 600 participants, the maximum space for on-site housing at Epworth By The Sea is 500. Designed for students in the sixth 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. Click here for more details.

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