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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 3/19/2019 edition

March 18, 2019
#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: and

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 3 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

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 or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – April 9
According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is REQUIRED EVERY (3) THREE YEARS for any person 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. For questions, email Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

Eagles’ Spring Picnic – April 25
The South Georgia Eagles (the Conference's retired ministers and spouses) will host a Spring Picnic for all retirees at McRae First UMC Thursday, April 25 at noon. The men of McRae First UMC will prepare a fish dinner for all and attendees are asked to bring dessert or salad fixings. The program will be the hilarious Jacki Beasley impersonating "Miss Busy Body." Come as you are and enjoy the food and fellowship. Contact Dr. Charles E. Cravey at for more information.

United Methodist Men Annual Retreat – April 26-27
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather for their annual retreat April 26-27 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Download the brochure I Click here for housing registration

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Fish Fry – April 27
Wesley Glen's annual Fish Fry event is the place to be for good food, music, and great fellowship. Join them for a fun-filled day on April 27  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! For more information, visit

Witnessing Through The Storm – April 27
The South Georgia Conference has experienced multiple catastrophic events in the past three years and churches have been actively engaged in their own communities and beyond to meet the needs of those impacted by these storms. United Methodists have been a beacon of light during dark skies by being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ – before, during, and after the storms. Join the Conference Discipleship Teams Saturday, April 27 for “Witnessing Through The Storm,” a day of exploring the many ways individuals and churches can be prepared in the event of a natural disaster and “be the church” in their communities and throughout the world. This will be a day of equipping, inspiring, building capacity and preparing for our future impact in disaster response ministry. Special guests include Cathy Earl, UMCOR, US Disaster Response & Partner Relations, and Jenny Phillips, Global Ministries, Creation Care Program Manager/Sustainable Development. The training will be held from 10 am. – 4 p.m. at Cordele First United Methodist Church. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Click here for more information, including the day’s schedule.

Early Response Team Training, Columbus – May 4
An ERT Training (only) will be held Saturday, May 4 at Epworth UMC in Columbus. The training will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. 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. (UMCOR background checks are required before receiving badges—participants must register here at no cost to participants.) Lunch is also included in the cost. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, contact Luis Morales at REGISTER

Native American Ministries Sunday – May 5
On Native American Ministries Sunday, United Methodists cultivate and support urban missions with Native Americans and fund scholarships for Native American seminarians. Your annual conference retains 50 percent of the offering is to strengthen and develop Native American ministries. However, if no Native American ministries exist in the conference, the entire offering is remitted to the General Council on Finance and Administration for Native American ministries in other areas. The remaining 50 percent of the offering expands mission work with the Native American Urban Initiative and provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist and other approved schools of theology. Is it easier to learn Native American traditions from a Native American or an Irish American? This is why the Native American Ministries Sunday offering is critical – to continue the traditions and nurture the gifts of Native Americans. Click here for resources to help promote this special Sunday.

Magnolia Manor Sunday – May 12
Magnolia Manor is a South Georgia Conference ministry that serves older adults of all faiths in eight locations throughout South Georgia. On this Special Sunday, South Georgia United Methodists are asked to take up a special offering to support this vital ministry. To learn more about Magnolia Manor visit

South Georgia Annual Conference session, Columbus – June 2-5
The 2019 South Georgia Annual Conference session will be held June 2-5, 2019, at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center in Columbus, Ga. All information related to the annual conference session will be posted on the conference website,

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