Events in the South Georgia Conference – 2/15/2016 edition


Dr. Roger Gramling lecture – Feb. 18
Dr. Roger Gramling, personal secretary to Bishop Arthur J. Moore, will speak at the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth By The Sea on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. This is part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Museum. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge and all invited. For more information, contact Anne Packard at 912-638-4050 or

A night with Jack Gafford – Feb. 20
Centerville UMM invites you to join us Saturday, Feb. 20, 20 for a fellowship dinner, special music, and personal message by country singer Jack Gafford. Jack is a seasoned country music singer known for stirring peoples’ emotions with his warm baritone voice.  Jack effortlessly puts the soul back into music. Listen to samples of his music at Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with Jack’s presentation to follow. The cost of dinner is $10. A love offering will be collected to cover Jack’s travel expenses. RSVP by Jan. 30 to, or call the Centerville UMC church office at (478) 953-3090. The Centerville UMM look forward to having your group join us at this memorable evening of fellowship, music, and personal growth.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 21
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.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 25
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Epworth By The Sea. Email with questions.

Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday – Feb. 28
In the 1960s, Kingdom Builders was established to offer people across the South Georgia Conference a way to support new church development. New and Revitalized Congregational Development (NRCD) has grown out of that club. In 2002, the Office of New and Revitalized Congregational Development of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church was birthed. NRCD seeks to bring gifted leaders, called by God to churches and communities in need, to provide financial support to birth new congregations and to revitalize declining congregations. These congregations include new congregations, revitalized congregations and Hispanic congregations. The Giving Clubs of NRCD (Kingdom Builders, New Congregational Supporters, Vision Promoters and New Congregational Planters) are helping to bring financial support to all of our congregations. For those who have been a faithful supporter of Kingdom Builders, thank you! For those of you who have not yet begun to support this important ministry, you are invited to partner with us as we seek to offer exciting worship opportunities to people across South Georgia! Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form.

Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat – March 4-6
Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat, set for March 4-6, 2016, at  Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo as well as a “Holy Club” highlight. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complimentary to what a church is or will be doing. For more information, call 888-266-7642 or email Suzanne Akins ( or Allison Lindsey ( 

29th Annual Open Door Classic Walk/5k Run – March 5
The 29th Annual Open Door Classic Walk and 5k Run is a fundraising event benefiting Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia. 5k registration begins at 7 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m. Fee for 5k is $25 before and $30 the day of the event. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. All registered participants will receive an Open Door Classic t-shirt. Activities include: walk and 5k run, live music, and more! For questions, call 706-323-5518. For more information and to register, visit Click here to view a brochure.

One Great Hour of Sharing - March 6
One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.A special offering is taken on this day to support humanitarian aid through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). You can be assured that when catastrophes cause suffering, your church, impelled by Jesus' love and compassion, will be in the lead to ease the pain. Gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering underwrite UMCOR's "costs of doing business." That helps them keep their promise that 100 percent of every other gift you make to a specific UMCOR project can be spent on that project - not on home office costs. To learn more about UMCOR or to order resources to promote the offering, visit or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.

South Georgia Clergy Spouse Retreat – March 18-20
The annual Clergy Spouse Retreat is set for March 18-20, 2016, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme is “Under The Big Top,” and the guest speaker is Cindy Ricker. Retreat Ring Masters Lori Velasquez and Stephanie Hibberts will lead the weekend, which will be filled with fun, fellowship, and worship. The brochure and registration information are now available to download at

Eagles’ Picnic – March 31
The South Georgia Eagles will gather for the 2016 Picnic on March 31 at McRae First UMC. We will come to order at noon. You may come earlier, but not before 11 a.m. The McRae United Methodist Men are providing a Fish Fry lunch with the trimmings. All we need to bring is a dessert. Please RSVP by March 24 to Tom Davis (706-354-6455) or Please tell your retired clergy friends that the Eagles are gathering.