Events in the South Georgia Conference – 11/7/2016 edition

11/7/2016

Early Response Team & Chainsaw Training – Nov. 12
An Early Response Team Training will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Pierce Chapel UMC in Midland. An optional Chainsaw Training class*, conducted by Rick Dorer, will be held in the afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and, upon completing the course, will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. Register here for this training. To schedule an ERT training please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com. *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge, bring your own chainsaw and personal protective equipment. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning the cost is $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. 

Wesleyan College Sunday – Nov. 13
Each local United Methodist Church in South Georgia is encouraged to take up a special offering to support the ministry of Wesleyan College in Macon. To learn more about Wesleyan College, visit www.wesleyancollege.edu.

Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network – Nov. 15-16
Now, more than ever, communities across the United States are facing unprecedented natural and man-made disasters. Spiritual first-aid is an essential part of recovery, and volunteer chaplains are on the front lines in delivering disaster human service operations and disaster site operations. The Beecken Center, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplaincy training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn., Nov. 15-16, 2016. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of disaster spiritual care best practices. This training prepares clergy, religious leaders, or spiritual care providers to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings, or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community, or professional institution. Led by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network team, participants learn about disaster response operations, spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered. Click here for more information.

Encounter Youth Retreat – Nov. 18-20
Encounter is a weekend retreat designed for sixth through twelfth 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 www.sgaumc.org/encounter for more information.

United Methodist Student Day – Nov. 27
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 (www.gbhem.org) 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 www.gahied.com) or click here for more information and promotional materials.

Early Response Team Training – Dec. 3
An Early Response Team Training will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and, upon completing the course, will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. Register here for this training. To schedule an ERT training contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Albany First UMC One Unified Service of Worship – Dec. 4
This year marks the 175th year of Albany First United Methodist Church in downtown Albany. To commemorate the anniversary, the church planned four Unified Services. The first three services focused on remembering and celebrating the rich history of Albany First UMC’s ministries and engaging the congregation and community in Christ’s service. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Albany First looks to the future in a spirit of anticipation. Please join them at 307 Flint Ave., Albany, GA, on Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon afterward. Contact bethrobrien@gmail.com for more information.