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 email@example.com
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Way Forward Report Conversations with Bishop Bryan, South Central District – Aug. 27
Bishop Bryan invites laity and clergy in the South Central District to join him to discuss the Way Forward report from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at Valdosta First UMC. Click here for more information about the Way Forward.
Way Forward Report Conversations with Bishop Bryan, Coastal District – Sept. 6
Bishop Bryan invites laity and clergy in the Coastal District to join him to discuss the Way Forward report from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at Hinesville UMC. Click here for more information about the Way Forward.
Way Forward Report Conversations with Bishop Bryan, North Central District – Sept. 9
Bishop Bryan invites laity and clergy in the North Central District to join him to discuss the Way Forward report from 6 pm until 7:30 pm at Riverside UMC in Macon. Click here for more information about the Way Forward.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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
Way Forward Report Conversations with Bishop Bryan, Southwest District – Sept. 18
Bishop Bryan invites laity and clergy in the Southwest District to join him to discuss the Way Forward report from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at Avalon UMC in Albany. Click here for more information about the Way Forward.