Events in the South Georgia Conference – 10/5/2015 edition


Low Country Boil at Magnolia Manor of St. Marys – Oct. 10
Magnolia Manor of St. Marys will host their annual Low Country Boil on Oct. 10, 2015. The event will be held on campus and tickets are available for a 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. seating. Tickets are $20 each. Kettle sponsorships are available for $100. All proceeds for this event will be used to purchase phase II of the Emergency Call System for St. Marys. For more information, call May Stevens at 912-673-7713 or Sheila Bivins at 229-931-5928.

Basic/Advanced Lay Speaker/Servant Training – Oct. 10
Contact the District Office at 229-242-7470 or to register. Cost is $35 (includes lunch) and is payable at the door. Training will be held in Fellowship Hall at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA  31602.

Free webinar: Emergency Seasonal Shelters/Homeless Ministry – Oct. 16
On Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m., Rev. Wright Culpepper will lead a free webinar about setting up emergency seasonal shelters for those who are homeless. Visit for more information.

Harvest Church’s Compassion International Mobile Experience – Oct. 16-19
Harvest Church in Warner Robins, GA invites you and your congregation to tour the Compassion Experience on its campus Oct. 16-19, 2015. This is a free community-wide event that brings visitors into true stories of life in the developing world. The Compassion Experience features replicas of the homes of two Compassion children who live in extreme poverty on two separate continents. Each guest receives an iPod and headphones and takes a 20-minute, multi-media tour - walking through homes, streets, markets and schools. Guests will experience sights, sounds, and events from the lives of actual Compassion children, narrated from their own perspective, that will give an inside look into how they live and their stories of hope. This is an excellent way to better engage your church to the realities of extreme poverty and activate them to live out their faith in practical ways. Visit or email Fran Magoni at for more information.  

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 17
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 43 years of mission and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Tifton First United Methodist Church. UMW National President Yvette Richards will deliver the keynote address. For more information and to download a brochure, visit

Vashti Day – Oct. 18
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering on Sunday, Oct. 18 to support the ministry of The Vashti Center, Inc. To learn more about Vashti and its great ministry, visit

Laity Sunday – Oct. 18
Laity Sunday, celebrated on the third Sunday of October of each year, will be Oct. 18. Laity Sunday is a time to recognize the work and mission of all laity – not only within the walls of the church but also in everyday lives. Theme and focus for each quadrennium are set by the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders. The 2015 theme is “Disciples Called to Action: Creating Unity in Ministry.” Theme for 2016 will be “Disciples Called to Action: Living Vital Worship.” Click here for worship suggestions, bulletin inserts and posters for this year's theme that can be downloaded from the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries website.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.