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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 9/18/2018 edition

September 18, 2018
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.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training, Midland – Sept. 22
An ERT and Chainsaw training will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at Pierce Chapel UMC in Midland. Register here. 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. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be 6 participants for a chainsaw course to make. ERT training time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Chainsaw training time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Magnolia Manor’s John R. Batts Memorial Golf Classic, Macon – Oct. 8
Magnolia Manor will host a golf tournament at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon on Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. The proceeds will go towards Magnolia Manor’s emergency generator fund to help residents during emergencies. For more information and to register, visit www.magnoliamanor.com/events/golfclassic/.

General Conference Delegation Listening Post Session, Brunswick – Oct. 11
South Georgia’s General Conference delegation will host three listening post sessions to provide South Georgia clergy and laity the opportunity to share their thoughts and take part in the Way Forward conversation. This Listening Post session will be held Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at The Chapel in Brunswick. The events will be structured to allow time for anyone wishing to speak to have a chance to do so. Delegation members will not make presentations or answer questions but will be present to listen. Registration is not necessary to attend or participate. For more information, visit www.sgaumc.org/delegation2019.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training, Valdosta – Oct. 13
An ERT and Chainsaw training will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at Park Avenue UMC in Valdosta. Register here. 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. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be 6 participants for a chainsaw course to make. ERT training time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Chainsaw training time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Magnolia Manor’s Low Country Boil, St. Marys – Oct. 13
Join Magnolia Manor for its eighth annual Low Country Boil on Oct. 13 at the St. Marys campus. The seating times are at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The money raised from this event will go towards their emergency generator fund to help residents during emergencies. For more information, visit www.magnoliamanor.com/events/lowcountryboil/.

General Conference Delegation Listening Post Session, Macon – Oct. 17
South Georgia’s General Conference delegation will host three listening post sessions to provide South Georgia clergy and laity the opportunity to share their thoughts and take part in the Way Forward conversation. This Listening Post session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon at Centenary UMC in Macon. The events will be structured to allow time for anyone wishing to speak to have a chance to do so. Delegation members will not make presentations or answer questions but will be present to listen. Registration is not necessary to attend or participate. For more information, visit www.sgaumc.org/delegation2019.

DISCOVER – October 19-21
Discover is a weekend event designed for young adults (ages 18-25) who would like to learn more about different ways of serving God's Kingdom. Participants will meet a variety of ministers who live out their call in diverse ways such as counseling, worship leading, graphic design, pastoring local churches, and more. Participants will also learn about ways to pursue the call from different seminary representatives, the candidacy process, Young Clergy Academy and Generation Transformation from GBGM. We believe that everyone is called to do incredible things for God's Kingdom. Discover God's unique call for this season of your life. This event is made possible by the Young Clergy Initiative Grant, a partnership of the North and South Georgia Annual Conferences. Registration is $100. For more information and to sign up, visit www.umcommission.org/discoverevent. The deadline to register is October 3.   

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 20
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 46 years of mission and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins. Visit www.sgaumc.org/umw for more information.

Magnolia Manor’s Superhero 5K, Fun Run, and Love Walk, Americus – Oct. 20
On Oct. 20, Magnolia Manor in Americus will host the tenth annual 5K, Fun Run, and Love Walk. Check-in and registration begin at 8 a.m. The proceeds will benefit The League of the Good Samaritan, Magnolia Manor’s benevolent fund. The League helps fulfill Magnolia Manor’s founders’ promise that “no one having chosen to come to Magnolia Manor would ever have to leave if, by no fault of their own, they were unable to pay.” To be a superhero for their residents, visit www.magnoliamanor.com/events/superhero/.

Vashti Day – Oct. 21
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering to support the ministry of The Vashti Center, Inc. To learn more about Vashti and its great ministry, visit www.vashti.org.

Laity Sunday – Oct. 21
Laity Sunday, celebrated on the third Sunday of October of each year, will be Oct. 21, 2018. On Laity Sunday, we celebrate that we are all called, laity as well as clergy, to go and make disciples in a world so desperately in need of hope through our humble service. Jesus modeled the process for us in Mark 10:45, and Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury lived it out in their own lives. Therefore, go! Click here for more information from Discipleship Ministries / Download Laity Sunday brochure (pdf)

General Conference Delegation Listening Post Session, Cordele – Oct. 25
South Georgia’s General Conference delegation will host three listening post sessions to provide South Georgia clergy and laity the opportunity to share their thoughts and take part in the Way Forward conversation. This Listening Post session will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until noon at Cordele First UMC. The events will be structured to allow time for anyone wishing to speak to have a chance to do so. Delegation members will not make presentations or answer questions but will be present to listen. Registration is not necessary to attend or participate. For more information, visit www.sgaumc.org/delegation2019.

Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 29-31
The South Georgia Eagles Fall Retreat is set for October 29-31, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea. All retirees of the South Georgia Annual Conference, aka "Eagles," are invited to the retreat. The retreat will be a time of Christian fellowship, spiritual enrichment, and mutual support. Retreat participants will enjoy the beauty of Epworth and St. Simons Island, eat good, sleep well, laugh, and hopefully learn something new. Wayne Racz and Niche will teach about personal relationships, Anne Packard will teach about the roots of Epworth By The Sea, and Paul Meddars will teach about the Golden Isles. Don’t forget to bring items for the auction! Each Eagle is responsible for making their reservations by calling Epworth (912-638-8688, ask for Lori). Email Rev. Buddy Whatley at cbwhatley@hotmail.com for more information.

Wesleyan Covenant Association Regional Event at Harvest Church – Nov. 4
Harvest Church is hosting a Wesleyan Covenant Association Regional Event on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The WCA will give an update on the status of the Church and possible responses to General Conference 2019. All are welcome. Harvest Church is located at 3322 GA Hwy 41 N.; Byron, GA 31008.

Magnolia Manor South Quail Hunt, Sylvester – Nov. 9
The inaugural Magnolia Manor South Quail Hunt will be held at Southern Woods Plantation in Sylvester, Ga. This event starts at 8:30 a.m. for morning hunters and 11:30 a.m. for afternoon hunters. The money raised from this event will go towards an emergency generator fund to help residents during emergencies. For more details, visit www.magnoliamanor.com/events/southquailhunt/.

Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 11
Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit www.wesleyancollege.edu.

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Golf Tournament – Nov. 12
Join Wesley Glen for their annual golf tournament, held at the Brickyard Golf Club in Macon. Visit www.wesleyglenministries.com/ for more information.

United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 25
The United Methodist Student Day Special Sunday Offering helps provide funds for scholarships and loans for United Methodist students. Student Day gifts make a real difference for those who hope to attend college. Ninety percent (90%) of the offering goes toward funding the many scholarships and loans administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (www.gbhem.org) and 10 percent (10%) stays within our state and goes to Georgia UM-related schools for merit scholarships. Contact the Georgia Commission on Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry (770-854-7283 or www.umcommission.org) or visit www.umcgiving.org for more information and promotional materials. 

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