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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 2/4/2020 edition

February 02, 2020
Advanced Lay Speaking Class, Pelham – Feb. 7-8
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. This class will be held Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Hand Memorial UMC. Note: Basic Lay Speaking class must be completed before taking the Advanced Class. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining.

2020 Annual Multicultural Luncheon – Feb. 8
The fourth Annual Multicultural Luncheon will be held Feb. 8 from noon-2 p.m. at St. Peter UMC in Columbus. The 2020 theme is “Alive Together in Christ, Witness.” The luncheon will celebrate the gifts God has provided in the South Georgia Conference through its local churches as well as the service the gifts and talents provide for the churches and communities. There is a small cost of $6 for lunch. Register here. The workshop presenter is Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, President and Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Dr. Walden will present from his book, “Practical Theology for Church Diversity, A Guide for Clergy and Congregations.” The book teaches on cross-racial pastoral ministry and multicultural ministry endeavors and how sacred spaces within Christian churches can have a meaningful witness through diversity in their particular locations. While skillfully informing, gently challenging, and respectfully questioning some widespread components of church life along demographic lines, it focuses on pragmatic approaches to cross-cultural pastoral ministry and multicultural ministry for readers to utilize. For more information, contact Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.com. The 2020 Multicultural (MC) Luncheon is sponsored by The Office of Connectional Ministries and hosted by the 2020 MC Luncheon Design Team.

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 9
Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. Students are regularly invited to strengthen their Christian discipleship through weekly chapel services and participation in a myriad of religious offerings. Andrew Sunday seeks to gain support for the College and identify prospective students. To learn more about Andrew College - a United-Methodist affiliated institution in Cuthbert, Georgia - visit www.andrewcollege.edu.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 16
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the United States and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. They continually nurture their contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. You can help support the work of UMVIM in the South Georgia Conference by giving an offering to support this vital ministry on this special Sunday.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 20
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. 20 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.

Basic Lay Speaking Class, Ellaville – Feb. 21-22
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. This class will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ellaville UMC. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining.

Advanced Lay Speaking Class, Perry – Feb. 21-22
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. This class will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Crossroads UMC in Perry. Note: Basic Lay Speaking class must be completed before taking the Advanced Class. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday – Feb. 23
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! 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

2020 Campus Crawl – Feb. 27-29
Campus Crawl, set for Feb. 27-29, is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th-12th grade students to United Methodist colleges and campus ministries around the state. In one weekend, high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist colleges and universities in Georgia as well as meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses. This year we're visiting the following campuses and ministries: KSU, Young Harris, Reinhardt, Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta, LaGrange, West Georgia, and Emory. Want to go? Sign up now! Click here for more information and to register.

Basic Lay Speaking Class, McRae – Feb. 28-29
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. This class will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 6:30 until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at McRae UMC. Registration: www.sgaumc.org/layspeakertraining.

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat – Feb. 29 – March 1
The 18th annual South Georgia Conference sponsored Confirmation Retreat is designed for students in the fifth grade and above. This event provides churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship.  It 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. Space is limited to the first 500 completed registrations received. 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. Click here for more information.

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