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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 7/10/2018 edition

July 09, 2018
Mission u – July 12-15
Mission u, the mission education event of the South Georgia Conference, will be held July 12 through July 15, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The annual event is co-sponsored by the conference United Methodist Women and the conference Outreach team.
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Camp Connect: Elementary Camp 2 – July 16-20
Elementary Camps, intended for rising 4th-5th grade students, are filled with a week’s worth of fun activities and opportunities to grow closer to Christ though daily worship, Bible study, and fellowship.  Campers will enjoy the beach, pool, art, games galore, hilarious morning shows, and evenings of campwide games and worship. All camps are held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island and will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday (no lunch will be provided on Friday). Campers will stay in a cabin for the week. Counselors are provided. Visit www.campconnectumc.org for all the details. Contact the Office of Connectional Ministries at (912) 638-8626 with any questions.
 
Georgia United Methodist Pastors’ School – July 16-19
The 2018 Georgia Pastors' School is set for July 16-19 and will focus on “Inside Out Church: Engaging Your Community in Mission.” A detailed schedule of topics and speakers can be found at www.georgiapastorsschool.org/2018schedule. Georgia Pastors' School provides inspiration, education, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia clergy and their families. The school is supported by the tuition of attendees, an endowment established by the board of managers, an annual gift from the North Georgia Conference, and the generous contributions of our sponsors who provide refreshments during breaks and fellowship times. The school is managed by pastors for pastors from both the North and South Georgia Conferences. Active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families are cordially invited to experience this combination of continuing education and personal renewal. All of the details can be found at www.georgiapastorsschool.org.
 
Sexual Ethics Workshop – July 20
Dr. Karen McClintock, a United Methodist minister, author, and psychologist specializing in Clergy Sexual Ethics and Issues of Misconduct, will lead a one-day workshop for clergy focused on new ways to bring grace into your life, your theology, and your congregation. The workshop is set for Friday, July 20, in the Nalls Building at Epworth By The Sea from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $60 and includes lunch. This workshop qualifies South Georgia clergy for five hours of Sexual Ethics Training and is good for four years. Click here for more information on this workshop as well as the dates for the 2018-2019 Sexual Ethics Workshops. 
 
Christian Education Sunday – Aug. 19
Christian Education Sunday “calls the Church as the people of God to be open to growth and learning as disciples of Jesus Christ.”
 
Pathways – Aug. 25
Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways leadership training event. Scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The event will begin with a time of worship and gathering time around creativity in ministry. The training, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m., features workshops on a variety of subjects, from children and youth-focused workshops to spiritual discipline workshops to those focused on missions and outreach. The design team urges local church leaders to carpool to the event to minimize travel costs and to maximize the benefits of the day by continuing the learning conversation during the return trip. The conference cost $25 per person. A boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A is included in the registration fee. Safe Sanctuaries compliant childcare is available for newborn to fifth-grade children at a cost of $10 per child which covers the cost of their lunch. Pre-registration is required for childcare. .5 CEU credits are available for this event. For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.
 
Sexual Ethics Workshop – Sept. 13
The workshop is set for Thursday, Sept. 13 at St. Luke UMC in Columbus from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. 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). 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. Click here for more information on this workshop as well as the dates for the 2018-2019 Sexual Ethics Workshops. 
 
Methodist Children's Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 16
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering to support the ministry of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. The Work Day Offering for the Methodist Home is a tradition from the 1900s, a time when people, mostly farmers, donated the equivalent of one day’s wages to the Methodist Home. Sometimes they would load a freight car with cotton or peanuts and send it to Macon. Today folks just use a calculator. The amount of the work day offering can be calculated quite simply: Divide your annual income by 365 (farmers didn’t take vacation days.) For example, if a person made $60,000 a year, it would be $60,000 divided by 365 = $164. Whether you give cotton or a check, be assured that your gift will bring hope and a new lease on life to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. To learn more about this incredible ministry of our conference visit www.themethodisthome.org.

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