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Events in the South Georgia Conference – 9/4/2018 edition

September 04, 2018
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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