Events in the South Georgia Conference – 1/18/2016 edition


GBGM groundbreaking in Atlanta – Jan. 19
In the fall of 2016, Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church, located in New York City for almost 200 years, will move to its new home in Atlanta. The move to Atlanta – a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission – is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people with whom it serves. In March 2015, Global Ministries purchased property from Grace United Methodist Church at 458 Ponce De Leon Avenue, where Grace and Global Ministries will share common space. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016 at 2 p.m., at Grace UMC, where Global Ministries’ staff will celebrate with Atlanta community leaders and partner organizations. Click here to learn more and RSVP to the event.

Buddy Sullivan lecture – Jan. 19
Local author and historian Buddy Sullivan will lecture at the Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth By The Sea on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. The topic is Life, Labor & Landscape: Ecology as History Along the Georgia Coast. Cost is $20 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Museum and its Ministry of Memory. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or by calling (912) 638-4050. Seating is limited.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Jan. 21
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Tifton First United Methodist Church. Email with questions. 

Prayer Vigil for General Conference – Jan. 22
Jan. 1 kicked off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (#UMCGC), which meets May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The quadrennial legislative event begins 131 days after the New Year. By coincidence, there are 131 annual (regional) conferences in The United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops has invited each of the annual conferences to host a 24-hour prayer effort on a specific date, with the intent of creating a groundswell of prayer in the days leading up to the General Conference. It is up to each conference to choose an available date and then design their own format for the prayer effort. The South Georgia Conference's 24-hour prayer vigil is set for Friday, Jan. 22. Click here to read more.

Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea – Jan. 31-Feb. 3
Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island will host a winter conference, “Unite,” Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2016. The focus is to "Unite" in spiritual formation and worship, bridging barriers of separation to be a greater witness to the world. The conference includes evening worship and morning Bible teaching. Co-leading worship each night will be the Rev. Jay Hanson from the Chapel United Methodist Church and the Rev. David Yarborough from St. Simons Community Church along with their worship teams. The Bible study will be taught by renowned Bible scholar Dr. J. D. Walt, former Chaplain of Asbury Theological Seminary who now serves as the Chief Sower and ultimate visionary behind Two CEU units will be awarded. Make your room reservation early to ensure your choice of accommodations. Click here to make your room reservation and register through Epworth By The Sea.

Wesley Community Centers’ Love Walk – Feb. 13
On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. will host its annual Love Walk. The 3.6K walk kicks off at 9 a.m. at Wesley (1601 Drayton Street, Savannah). Join them for rallies, door prizes, a silent auction, entertainment, and fellowship. Funds raised support programs that directly impact homeless and low income women, children, and families. "It’s a Love Thang!" For more information, call (912) 236-4226, visit, or find us on Facebook.

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 14
Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. Students are regularly invited to strengthen their Christian discipleship through weekly chapel services and participation in a myriad of religious offerings. Andrew Sunday seeks to gain support for the College and identify prospective students. To learn more about Andrew College – a United-Methodist affiliated institution in Cuthbert, Georgia – visit

A night with Jack Gafford – Feb. 20
Centerville UMM invites you to join us Saturday, Feb. 20, 20 for a fellowship dinner, special music, and personal message by country singer Jack Gafford. Jack is a seasoned country music singer known for stirring peoples’ emotions with his warm baritone voice.  Jack effortlessly puts the soul back into music. Listen to samples of his music at Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with Jack’s presentation to follow. The cost of dinner is $10. A love offering will be collected to cover Jack’s travel expenses. RSVP by Jan. 30 to, or call the Centerville UMC church office at (478) 953-3090. The Centerville UMM look forward to having your group join us at this memorable evening of fellowship, music, and personal growth.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 21
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the United States and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. They continually nurture their contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. You can help support the work of UMVIM in the South Georgia Conference by giving an offering to support this vital ministry on this special Sunday.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 25
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Epworth By The Sea. Email with questions.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday – Feb. 28
In the 1960s, Kingdom Builders was established to offer people across the South Georgia Conference a way to support new church development. New and Revitalized Congregational Development (NRCD) has grown out of that club. In 2002, the Office of New and Revitalized Congregational Development of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church was birthed. NRCD seeks to bring gifted leaders, called by God to churches and communities in need, to provide financial support to birth new congregations and to revitalize declining congregations. These congregations include new congregations, revitalized congregations and Hispanic congregations. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, along with Rev. Felipe Ricardo and Rev. Daniel Medina, lead NRCD Hispanic Ministries. The Giving Clubs of NRCD (Kingdom Builders, New Congregational Supporters, Vision Promoters and New Congregational Planters) are helping to bring financial support to all of our congregations. For those who have been a faithful supporter of Kingdom Builders, thank you! For those of you who have not yet begun to support this important ministry, I invite you to partner with us as we seek to offer exciting worship opportunities to people across South Georgia! Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form.

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat – March 4-6
Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat, set for March 4-6, 2016, at  Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo as well as a “Holy Club” highlight. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complimentary to what a church is or will be doing. For more information, call 888-266-7642 or email Suzanne Akins ( or Allison Lindsey ( 

One Great Hour of Sharing - March 6
One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.A special offering is taken on this day to support humanitarian aid through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can be assured that when catastrophes cause suffering, your church, impelled by Jesus' love and compassion, will be in the lead to ease the pain. Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering underwrite UMCOR's "costs of doing business." That helps them keep their promise that 100 percent of every other gift you make to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project - not on home office costs. To learn more about UMCOR or to order resources to promote the offering, visit or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.

South Georgia Clergy Spouse Retreat – March 18-20
Save the date! The South Georgia Clergy Spouse Retreat is set for Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme is "Under the Big Top."