Events in the South Georgia Conference – 11/16/2015 edition


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. 

SEJ Heritage Preservation Workshop – Nov. 20-21
The SEJ Commission on Archives and History will present its bi-annual Heritage Preservation Workshop Nov. 20-21 at the newly renovated Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska. Practical, hands-on sessions will address the issue of disaster response as it relates to the care of historic records and artifacts in the local church. Disasters include major events such as fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, as well as broken water pipes and vandalism. Participants will begin to construct a disaster response plan for their church, learn how to recover damaged papers and photographs, and much more. The event begins on Friday evening with an address by keynote speaker the Rev. Alfred T. Day III, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church. On Saturday evening, attendees are invited to tour the World Methodist Museum located on the grounds of Lake Junaluska. For registration information, contact Nancy Watkins at or (828) 454-6781.

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.  

Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea – Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2016
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.