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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 7/23/2019 edition

July 22, 2019
Southwest District United Methodist Men Rally – Aug. 17
Save the date – Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 – for the Southwest District United Methodist Men’s Rally, to be held at Cairo First UMC from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $10 each. More information regarding speakers and reservations will be provided. 

Golden Cross Sunday – Aug. 18
Golden Cross began in 1908 with the commitment of Methodists in Dallas, Texas to provide the first health care to persons who could not afford it. They began to receive offerings for the expenses of the poor patients at Methodist Hospital in that city. By 1930, the concept was officially adopted throughout the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church. Today Golden Cross is a ministry that reaches out in love to the laity in our Annual Conference who are experiencing financial difficulty due to excessive medical expenses. Through Golden Cross, United Methodists care for members of our local churches in time of emotional stress and financial need. The South Georgia Conference has designated the first Sunday of July to be the Sunday to receive a special offering for Golden Cross. Each church is asked to observe Golden Cross Sunday to receive an offering and send it to the conference treasurer. Click here for information about Golden Cross Sunday.

Pathways – Aug. 24
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, Aug. 24 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 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.) and lasts until 3:45 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 costs $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. For more information, a list of workshops and registration, visit www.sgaumc.org/pathways.

The Art of Marriage Live at Epworth By The Sea – Sept. 13-15
Fall in love all over again. Marriage, the way God intended, is a true art form. In The Art of Marriage Live, our FamilyLife guest hosts weave together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God's design. They’ll show us how to apply what the Bible teaches about marriage in a powerful way. It’s practical, funny, and straight to the heart. Guest speakers: Jose and Michelle Alvarez. Alvarez biography I Flyer I Schedule I Online registration

Methodist Children’s Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 15
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.

KidzQuest Children’s Retreat – Sept. 20-22
KidzQuest, the annual children’s fall retreat sponsored by South Georgia’s Connectional Ministries is for students in 3rd-6th grades. This event typically sells out before the deadline and brings so much energy (and noise!) to the grounds of Epworth By The Sea retreat center on St. Simons Island, GA. 500 children and adult leaders come together with dozens of other church groups, learning how to worship, study God's Word, and understand what a relationship with Jesus really means. Amidst beautiful coastal scenery, amazing adult leaders (that's you!) and time away from home - these children are given an opportunity to experience Christ in brand new ways! Click here for details.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Sept. 26
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held Thursday, September 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tifton First UMC. Register here

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