Events in the South Georgia Conference – 12/18/2017 edition

12/18/2017

Bishop Bryan's calendar
It’s now easier than ever to find out when and where Bishop Bryan will be preaching in your district and around the conference. Visit the updated calendar and events page on the conference website and look for the red highlighted dates.

Human Relations Day - Jan. 14, 2018
Sunday, Jan. 14, is Human Relations Day, one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings for The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youths. Click here to learn more. 

Praying Our Way Forward: South Georgia Conference Week of Prayer - Jan. 14-21, 2018
The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference and will wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. The South Georgia Conference's week of prayer will be January 14-21, 2018. Thanks to the deacons of our annual conference, led by Rev. Meg Procopio, resources are available to guide our week of prayer. Click here to download. Visit umcprays.org to sign up to receive daily prayers. 

Winter Conference - Jan. 28-31, 2018
Winter Conference, sponsored by Epworth By The Sea, is set for January 28-31, 2018. Bishop James Swanson and Bishop Lawson Bryan will participate in leading the conference. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the Bible teacher. More information: epworthbythesea.org/events/.

Multicultural Luncheon Worship Workshop - Feb. 3, 2018
The Second Annual Multicultural Luncheon will be held on February 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centenary UMC, Macon, GA.  The 2018 theme is Worship, celebrating and engaging in diversity through worship and music development. The Workshop presenter will be Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Assistant General Secretary, Leadership Ministries. There is a small cost of $6 for lunch. Register here. For more information, contact Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.com.

Sexual Ethics Workshop - Feb. 3, 2018
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Camilla First United Methodist Church. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is required every three years for any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). The cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. Email questions to cpcassistant@sgaumc.com.  Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop. Click here to register for the February workshop.

Northwest District Lay Leaders Leadership & Development Conference - Feb. 10, 2018
The Northwest District Lay Leaders Leadership and Development Conference will be held Feb. 10, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Ellaville United Methodist Church. Registration runs from 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Conference description: to engage in effective Lay Leaders leadership representation and as a role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life and helping to fulfill the mission and vision. Register here. For more information, contact Robert Anderson at robloua62@gmail.com.

Andrew College Sunday - Feb. 11, 2018
Founded in January 1854, Andrew College has continuously provided an academically challenging liberal arts education within a nurturing community for more than 160 years. A member of the South Georgia Conference, Andrew strives to inspire academic and spiritual growth across its historic 40-acre campus. The qualified faculty and caring staff engage with students in an intimate setting to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of civic leadership. Students are regularly invited to strengthen their Christian discipleship through weekly chapel services and participation in a myriad of religious offerings. Andrew Sunday seeks to gain support for the College and identify prospective students. To learn more about Andrew College - a United-Methodist affiliated institution in Cuthbert, Georgia - visit www.andrewcollege.edu.

Sexual Ethics Workshop - Feb. 15, 2018
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the Nalls Building at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is required every three years for any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). The cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. Email questions to cpcassistant@sgaumc.com.  Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop. Click here to register for the February workshop.

Northwest District Lay Leaders Leadership & Development Conference - Feb. 17, 2018
The Northwest District Lay Leaders Leadership and Development Conference will be held Feb. 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at South Columbus United Methodist Church. Registration runs from 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Conference description: to engage in effective Lay Leaders leadership representation and as a role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life and helping to fulfill the mission and vision. Register here. For more information, contact Robert Anderson at robloua62@gmail.com.

Volunteers In Mission Awareness Sunday - Feb. 18, 2018
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the United States and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. They continually nurture their contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information.  You can help support the work of UMVIM in the South Georgia Conference by giving an offering to support this vital ministry on this special Sunday.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday - Feb. 25, 2018
You are blessed to be a blessing.
We have been blessed to travel roads that were paved by those that went before us. Our lives have been changed by the investments they made. Now the torch has been passed to us to make the investments that will pave the road for the generation that will follow us. In 1962 the Kingdom Builders Club was started to change lives by funding new ministries and new congregations. Several of the largest congregations in South Georgia were started with funds from Kingdom Builders. In fact, the #1 and the #2 fastest growing United Methodist Congregations in the U.S. over the past 10 years are both in our conference and you started them. Way to go South Georgia! Prayer is essential! The Kingdom Builders Club is about far more than starting churches. It is about changing lives! We have published a new daily devotional book entitled “Pray for 5.” This 40-day devotional is a tangible tool to help you and your friends change the lives of your family and friends. To obtain copies for all the people in your congregation simply ask your District Superintendent. Our hope is that this daily devotional book will ignite a movement of prayer that unlocks a wave of relational evangelism that helps new people come to know Jesus like we have. Funding is important. God sends people to congregations who are ready to minister to them. We need to be starting new ministries to connect with these new people. To reach people no one is reaching, we must start doing things no one is doing, which requires funding. Pray for your friends AND become a Kingdom Builder by making a financial investment today to the Kingdom Builders Advanced Special. Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form.

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) Leadership & Development Conference - March 10, 2018
The SBC21 Leadership & Development Conference will be held March 10, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration: 9:30 – 10 a.m.Location to be announced. Description: Celebrating and engaging in leadership development, multiple discipleship ministries laboratories facilitated by National presenters. The conference is for laity and clergy. Online registration opens Jan. 1. For more information, contact Earnestine Campbell at earnestine@sgaumc.com.