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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 2/19/2019 edition

February 17, 2019
Sexual Ethics Workshop, Statesboro – Feb. 21
According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is required every three years for any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). The Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro. Register here. Cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. For questions, email cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday – Feb. 24
You are blessed to be a blessing. We have been blessed to travel roads that were paved by those that went before us. Our lives have been changed by the investments they made. Now the torch has been passed to us to make the investments that will pave the road for the generation that will follow us. In 1962 the Kingdom Builders Club was started to change lives by funding new ministries and new congregations. Several of the largest congregations in South Georgia were started with funds from Kingdom Builders. In fact, the #1 and the #2 fastest growing United Methodist Congregations in the U.S. over the past 10 years are both in our conference and you started them. Way to go South Georgia! PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL! The Kingdom Builders Club is about far more than starting churches. It is about CHANGING LIVES! We have published a new daily devotional book entitled “Pray for 5.” This 40-day devotional is a tangible tool to help you and your friends change the lives of your family and friends. To obtain copies for all the people in your congregation simply ask your District Superintendent. Our hope is that this daily devotional book will ignite a movement of prayer that unlocks a wave of relational evangelism that helps new people come to know Jesus like we have. Funding is important. God sends people to congregations who are ready to minister to them. We need to be starting new ministries to connect with these new people. To reach people no one is reaching, we must start doing things no one is doing, which requires funding. Pray for your friends AND become a Kingdom Builder by making a financial investment today to the Kingdom Builders Advanced Special. Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form

Campus Crawl – Feb. 28-March 3
The 2019 Campus Crawl is set for Feb. 28 - March 3, 2019. During the Campus Crawl weekend, high school students from both the North and South Georgia Conferences will meet representatives from United Methodist Colleges and Universities in Georgia as well as meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses. Stops on this year’s tour include: Oxford College, Young Harris College, Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State Wesley, Clark Atlanta, Georgia Tech Wesley, Emory University, LaGrange College, Andrew College, Wesleyan College, Mercer University Wesley, Augusta Wesley, Paine College, UGA Wesley, and more. The cost of $125 per student includes a tour bus, meals, lodging, and a t-shirt. Click here to reserve your seat on the bus. For more information, contact Suzanne Akins at the Office of Connectional Ministries at suzanne@sgaumc.com or (912) 638-8626 ext.107. 

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat – March 1-March 3
Designed for students in the fifth 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 as well as Holy Clubs throughout the weekend. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complementary to what a church is or will be doing. For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com or (912) 638-8626 ext. 107. Registration is now CLOSED and the event is full.

Post-General Conference Informational Session – March 9
An informational session will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, GA to talk about the outcome of the 2019 called General Conference Session.

Open Door Classic 5K, Walk, & Fun Run - March 9
The Open Door Classic 5K, Walk and Fun Run is March 9, 2019, at Woodruff Park with the River Walk as a beautiful backdrop. Registrations begin at 7:30 a.m. with races beginning at 8:30 a.m. Runners, walkers, and children from the community come together for a morning of exercise and fellowship to raise funds individually, through churches, local businesses, and organizations. Together we raise awareness and financial support for all nine (9) Open Door program ministries where we serve those at or below federal economic guidelines for poverty. We teach, train, counsel, mentor, and provide opportunities within our partnerships in the area. Visit odch.org to register for the Classic, learn more about our program ministries, volunteer opportunities, and to donate.  

Marriage Enrichment Retreats at Lake Junaluska – March 10-12
Lake Junaluska invites you to their Marriage Enrichment Retreats. The retreats are perfect for pastors who regularly do marriage counseling, or anyone who wants to strengthen the bond in their marriage. Three retreats will be held at Lake Junaluska, March 10-12, Aug. 18-20, and Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Learn more at www.lakejunaluska.com/marriage or call 800-222-4930.

Lay Speaker Training, Pittman Park UMC – March 15-16
The Basic and Advanced Lay Speaking Courses will be taught Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro. 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 which covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. (Note: The Basic Lay Speaking class must be completed before taking Advanced Class). Register here.

Minister Spouses Retreat – March 15-17
South Georgia’s minister spouses are invited to “Come to the Waters” to refresh, rekindle, and remember at their annual retreat, March 15-17, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Please direct any questions to Lisa Crosby at (706) 392-6673 or lisamcrosby@msn.com. Download the flyer

#ServeSouthGA Day – March 23
#ServeSouthGA is our Annual Conference’s volunteer day, set aside for churches all over South Georgia to move outside the church building and into our communities. An event for all ages, #ServeSouthGA Day allows us to put our faith in action as we serve those in need in our very own town, neighborhood, and community. One Saturday each year, we set aside our personal agendas and head out into the community on a mission to serve others. It is truly a great day of sharing our time and talents with the charitable agencies the South Georgia Conference and your local church supports. More information

Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race – March 24
Join hundreds of runners for the 17th annual Cherry Blossom Road Race for Wesley Glen Ministries. It will be held in a very special location this year - Downtown Macon! Plan to enjoy the 5k or Fun Run while parade spectators cheer you on. Please check the race website soon for more updates: www.cherryblossomroadrace.com and www.wesleyglenministries.com/cherry-blossom-road-race.

Antioch UMC’s 175th anniversary celebration – March 24
Antioch UMC in Clinch County is turning 175 years old! The congregation will host a special celebration on March 24 at 2 p.m. Rev. Henry Bass, superintendent of the South Central District, will be one of the featured speakers. There will be lots of singing and good food afterwards. Past preachers, their families, and members are invited to share memories and photographs by calling or emailing Lori Miller at 912-286-5807 or lorihowellmiller@gmail.com.

Lay Speaker Training, Richmond Hill UMC – March 29-30
The Basic and Advanced Lay Speaking Courses will be taught Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at Richmond Hill UMC. 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 which covers all materials and lunch on Saturday. (Note: The Basic Lay Speaking class must be completed before taking Advanced Class). Register here.

UMCOR Sunday – March 31
UMCOR Sunday (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 UMCOR Sunday 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.

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