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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 3/20/2018 edition

March 19, 2018
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.
UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat - March 23-24
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 23-24, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The retreat leader will be Yvette Richards, and Ivy Kratzer will serve as the Teen Women's Retreat Leader. Annie Akins will be the praise and worship leader. Click here to download the brochure.
Eagles’ Picnic - April 5
The Eagles, retired South Georgia clergy and spouses, will gather for their annual picnic Thursday, April 5. Contact Rev. Charles “Buddy” Whatley for more information.
20th Annual Hispanic Rally – April 8
United Methodists from around the Conference are invited to celebrate, worship, and fellowship at the 20th annual Hispanic Rally, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Valdosta. The Hispanic congregation of Lake Park UMC will host the rally, which will be a time for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and fun, and there will be activities for children, youth, and adults. Bishop Lawson Bryan will preach.
Sexual Ethics Workshop - April 10
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Vineville UMC in Macon. 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. To register, click here. Email questions to Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.
Native American Ministries Sunday - April 15
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.
United Methodist Men’s Annual Retreat - April 20-21
South Georgia’s United Methodist Men will gather for their annual retreat April 20-21 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Dr. Matt Woodbery, South Georgia Conference Director of Connectional Ministries, will be the keynote speaker. Click here for housing registration. Prior to the start of the UMM annual retreat participants are invited to play in the annual UMM Golf Tournament on Friday, April 20. Practice begins at 11 a.m. with tee time at noon. The tournament will be held at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club (2050 Sanctuary Wynd, Waverly, Ga. 31565). Click here for golf tournament registration. Click here for golf tournament rules.
#generations Seminar – April 26-28
The Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference is partnering with Next Step Ministry to offer a seminar focused on reaching all generations for Christ. This two-day seminar, set for April 26-28 at Veteran's Memorial State Park, is designed for clergy and laity. For more information, visit The early bird rate of $219 ends soon, so register today. Contact the Southwest District office with questions: 229-273-3119 or
Connecting Neighbors Training, Tifton - April 28
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held April 28 at Tifton First UMC. Register here. Click here for more information and the day's schedule.
Wesley Glen Ministries’ Fish Fry - April 28
Wesley Glen’s annual fish fry is the place to be for good food, good music, and great fellowship. Join them for a fun-filled day!

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