Events in the South Georgia Conference – 1/9/2018 edition

1/8/2018

Bishop Bryan's calendar
It’s now easier than ever to find out when and where Bishop Bryan will be preaching in your district and around the conference. Visit the updated calendar and events page on the conference website and look for the red highlighted dates.

Human Relations Day - Jan. 14
Sunday, Jan. 14, is Human Relations Day, one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings for The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youths. Click here to learn more. 

Praying Our Way Forward: South Georgia Conference Week of Prayer - Jan. 14-21
The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The South Georgia Conference's week of prayer will be January 14-21, 2018. Thanks to the deacons of our annual conference, led by Rev. Meg Procopio, resources are available to guide our week of prayer. Click here to download. Visit umcprays.org to sign up to receive daily prayers. 

Winter Conference - Jan. 28-31
Winter Conference, sponsored by Epworth By The Sea, is set for January 28-31, 2018. Bishop James Swanson and Bishop Lawson Bryan will participate in leading the conference. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the Bible teacher. More information: epworthbythesea.org/events/.

Multicultural Worship Workshop - Feb. 3
A Multicultural Worship Workshop will be held Saturday, February 3 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon. Time and registration details coming soon. Questions? Contact Rev. Earnestine Campbell, associate director of Connectional Ministries, at earnestine@sgaumc.com. The Workshop flyer is attached here; please share it with congregations.

Sexual Ethics Workshop - Feb. 3
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Camilla First United Methodist Church. 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). The cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. Email questions to 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 to register for the February workshop.

UMVIM Team Leader Training - Feb. 10
Have you been on a mission journey and would you like to take others to a destination to serve? Have you led teams before and would you be interested in sharing your experiences in other local churches to help them engage in mission opportunities both home and abroad by training team leaders? This training is designed for all who are interested in learning more about leadership and opportunities in missions. The training is scheduled for Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Mark UMC in Douglas. The cost is $30 per person, which includes materials and lunch. Register here to attend this training. If your church would be interested in hosting an UMVIM training or for additional information, contact Dr. Gene Barber at hbarber781@bellsouth.net

Connecting Neighbors Training, Statesboro - Feb. 10
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held February 10 at Pittman Park UMC in Statesboro. Register hereClick here for more information and the day's schedule

Andrew College Sunday - Feb. 11
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 www.andrewcollege.edu.

Clergy Day Apart - Feb. 12
A Clergy Day Apart is set for February 12 at Harvest Church in Byron from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration and gathering time will begin at 9:30 a.m. This Day Apart, intended for all clergy in the South Georgia Conference, will offer mental, spiritual, emotional, and vocational renewal through the inspiring leadership of the Rev. Jerry Herships. In the midst of therapeutic laughter clergy will find fresh approaches to preaching so that we can be Alive Together in Worship. Rev. Jerry Herships, a UMC pastor in the Denver, Colorado area, and Mrs. Claire Bowen, a corporate consultant and longtime member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, will be our guests for the day. Click here for more information.

Sexual Ethics Workshop - Feb. 15
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the Nalls Building at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. 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). The cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. Email questions to 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 to register for the February workshop.

Volunteers In Mission Awareness Sunday - Feb. 18
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.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday - Feb. 25
You are blessed to be a blessing.
We have been blessed to travel roads that were paved by those that went before us. Our lives have been changed by the investments they made. Now the torch has been passed to us to make the investments that will pave the road for the generation that will follow us. In 1962 the Kingdom Builders Club was started to change lives by funding new ministries and new congregations. Several of the largest congregations in South Georgia were started with funds from Kingdom Builders. In fact, the #1 and the #2 fastest growing United Methodist Congregations in the U.S. over the past 10 years are both in our conference and you started them. Way to go South Georgia! Prayer is essential! The Kingdom Builders Club is about far more than starting churches. It is about changing lives! We have published a new daily devotional book entitled “Pray for 5.” This 40-day devotional is a tangible tool to help you and your friends change the lives of your family and friends. To obtain copies for all the people in your congregation simply ask your District Superintendent. Our hope is that this daily devotional book will ignite a movement of prayer that unlocks a wave of relational evangelism that helps new people come to know Jesus like we have. Funding is important. God sends people to congregations who are ready to minister to them. We need to be starting new ministries to connect with these new people. To reach people no one is reaching, we must start doing things no one is doing, which requires funding. Pray for your friends AND become a Kingdom Builder by making a financial investment today to the Kingdom Builders Advanced Special. Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form.

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat - March 2-4
Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat 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 Holy Clubs throughout the weekend. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complementary to what a church is or will be doing. Click here for all the details. Registration is NOW OPEN for all South Georgia UM Churches. Registration for all other churches will open January 16. Click here to register your group. 

Connecting Neighbors Training, Macon - March 10
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held March 10 at Riverside UMC in Macon. Register hereClick here for more information and the day's schedule

2018 SBC21 Annual Leadership & Development Conference - March 10
The 2018 SBC21 Annual Leadership and Development Conference will be held Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Location and registration details coming soon. Questions? Contact Rev. Earnestine Campbell, associate director of Connectional Ministries, at earnestine@sgaumc.com

UMCOR Sunday - March 11
UMCOR Sunday (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 UMCOR Sunday 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 www.umcor.org or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.

Wesley Glen Ministries' Cherry Blossom Road Race - March 17
Join hundreds of runners for the 16th annual running of the Cherry Blossom Road Race for Wesley Glen Ministries. 5K and 10K races will begin at 9 AM with the Fun Run to start a few minutes later. Visit cherryblossomroadrace.com for more information.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat - March 23-24
he United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 23-24, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The retreat leader will be Yvette Richards, and Ivy Kratzer will serve as the Teen Women's Retreat Leader. Annie Akins will be the praise and worship leader. Click here to download the brochure.

Connecting Neighbors Training, Tifton - April 28
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held April 28 at Tifton First UMC. Register hereClick here for more information and the day's schedule