Events in the South Georgia Conference – 10/19/2015 edition


Free webinar: Community Gardens – Oct. 20
On Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye will lead a free webinar focusing on community gardens and how they can be a ministry of your church and serve your community. Visit for more information and to register.

2015 Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 26-28
The annual Eagles' Fall Retreat, a retreat for retired ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference, is set for October 26-28, 2015, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. This year's theme is “Singing The Story.” Rev. Tony Crosby, musician and pastor, will be the leader for the retreat. Click here for more information. Room reservations should be made through Epworth By The Sea (912-638-8688).

Southeastern Jurisdictional Clergywomen's Consultation 2015 – Oct. 26-29
Ministry can be wild, wonderful, life-giving...and draining. At times, it's a sieve through which the water of our baptism slowly drips, leaving our souls parched, cracked, and creaky. It's time to plug the drain. Join your United Methodist clergy sisters from across the southeast as we meet Oct. 26-29 at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Clergywomen’s Consultation at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit for more information. 

Free webinar: Backpack Buddies – Oct. 27
On Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., Jodie Lamon and Rev. Andy Lamon will present a free webinar about Backpack Buddies snack ministries. Visit for more information and to register.

Free webinar: Feeding Ministries – Oct. 29
On Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m., Debbie Towson will lead a free webinar about feeding ministries and the impact they can have on volunteers, local churches, and communities. Visit for more information and to register.

Free webinar: Keeping youth plugged in to church – Nov. 5
On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., Rev. Bill Culpepper, Associate Pastor in Charge of Youth Ministries at Mulberry UMC in Macon, will lead a free webinar about youth ministry. Rev. Culpepper understands that youth ministry can often operate as a silo within the life of the local church and he sees the importance of involving the youth in the life of the congregation and its ministries as well as helping them understand how to be part of the connectional church. Join in as Bill shares ways to get – and keep – your youth “plugged in!” Visit for more information and to register.

Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 8
Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering on Sunday, Nov. 8 to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit

Free webinar: Local Church Treasurer 101 – Nov. 17
Are you a new local church treasurer or financial secretary? Do you wonder about the various forms you get from the conference office? Do CRSP-DB, CRSP-DC, and UMPIP confuse you? Are you unsure if you need to do a W-2 or 1099 for your church pianist? What sort of report should you give to the church board or finance committee? Would you like to know how your statistics impact your apportionments?  Get answers to all of these questions and more at the Local Church Treasurer Webinar. Dr. Derek W. McAleer, Director of Administrative Services and Conference Treasurer for the South Georgia Annual Conference, will present this webinar. He will be offering the same webinar at two different times on November 17: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visit for more information and to register.

Encounter Youth Retreat – Nov. 20-22
Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for sixth – 12th grade students where everyone will ENCOUNTER God, but each in a very unique way. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study, and a fun time together on St. Simons Island with your youth. Visit for more details and to register. 

United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 29
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 ( and ten percent (10%) stays within our state and goes to Georgia UM-related schools for merit scholarships. Contact the Georgia Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry (770-854-7283 or or click here for more information and promotional materials.