Events in the South Georgia Conference - 10/6/2014 edition


Effective Communication Webinar – Oct. 14
On Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m., Revs. Scott Hagan and Jonathan Smith will share best practices and ideas for effective communication in working with group ministries. Communication is the key for successful ministries, and this webinar will give you a variety of tools to help your group get off to a great start and keep everyone “plugged in.” Visit for more information and to register.

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 18
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will gather for their annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Porterfield United Methodist Church in Albany. Dr. Charlene Black will be the keynote speaker. Visit for more information and to download a brochure.

Vashti Day – Oct. 19
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering on Sunday, Oct. 19 to support the ministry of The Vashti Center, Inc. To learn more about Vashti and its great ministry, visit

Akin Memorial UMC Revival – Oct. 25-28
Akin Memorial UMC will host a revival Oct. 25-28. The revival will begin with a trunk or treat and a dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Rev. Jim Rush will preach at 7 p.m. He will also preach at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, and at 7 p.m. on both Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28. Special music by the church choir and special guest singers will round out the revival.

Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 27-29
The Eagles, better known as the retired ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, are gearing up for their annual Fall Retreat. Set for October 27-29 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, the retreat will be a wonderful time of renewal, reconnecting, and rediscovery. Dr. Bob Bone, a retired pastor in the North Georgia Conference, will lead the retreat. Fred Foster will lead silent and live auctions. This retreat is a great time for fun, fellowship, and reflection. Make plans now and register early. For more information, contact Rev. Eugene Barlow at 478-953-3422 or Lodging reservations should be made by calling Epworth By The Sea directly at 912-638-8688.

Conducting a Productive Meeting Webinar – Oct. 28
There are good meetings and there are bad meetings. Bad meetings seem to last forever and you leave wondering why you were even present. Effective ones leave you energized and feeling that you've really accomplished something. So what makes a meeting effective? On Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m., Debbie Hudgins will share key components in running an effective meeting and have you on your way to leading a meeting where ministry is shaped. Visit for more information and to register.

Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 9
Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering on Sunday, Nov. 9 to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit

Encounter – Nov. 14-16
Set for Nov. 14-16 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for students in grades six through 12. This retreat will offer passionate worship, relevant Bible study and lots of fun. For more information, visit or contact Allison Lindsey at

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Holiday Bazaar – Nov. 15
Wesley Glen Ministries will host their annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 15, 2014, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Life Skills Center. The event will feature local vendors, independent sellers, craft items, baked goods, and snack bar. Rain or Shine! Booths available for lease. For more information contact Rene' Proctor or Anna Stefaniw at 478-471-3711.

United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 30
The 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 visit for more information and promotional materials.