Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/16/2015 edition


Scouting Ministry Specialist Training – Feb. 21
A joint North Georgia and South Georgia Conference Scouting Ministry Specialist training for all scout leaders and adults interested in promoting scouting is set for Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Trinity UMC in Warner Robins. The training is for those wanting to be trained as BSA and GCUMM Scouting Ministry Specialists, Scouting Coordinators, or Chartered Organizational Representatives. If you are interested in attending this training, please email Roger Boan, Scouting Ministry Specialist, at to let him know. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the day, but attendees will be responsible for their own meals. The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end around 3 p.m. The list of classes and more details will be sent out by email well in advance of the training. Please send an email now to ensure you receive the training details.

Kingdom Builders Sunday – Feb. 22
The Office of New and Revitalized Congregational Development looks for gifted and passionate leaders who are able to lead new or revitalizing congregations on the path of transition. The desire is to “make and train disciples of Jesus Christ.” When you invest with NRCD, 100% of your gift goes to enable us to plant a new church or bring radical transition and growth in an existing congregation. Your partnership with NRCD makes a difference in the lives of people all across South Georgia. Please consider joining in this ministry and become a Kingdom Builder! Click here to download a Kingdom Builder support form.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 26
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is required every three (3) years for any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). Cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door). Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. To register, click on the link below. For questions, email Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

28th Annual Open Door Classic Walk and 5k Run – March 7
The 28th 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.

“Audit is NOT a Four-Letter Word!” webinar – March 12
Think your church doesn't need to do an audit? Think you are too small or don't have enough assets? Think because you can't afford to hire a CPA that a Local Church Audit is out of reach? Think again! Audits are mandatory, and you CAN do this! Join in on the free webinar, Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Register here!

Join the Journey: “Eastside” Confirmation Retreat – March 13-15
Designed for students in the fifth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship. The event, held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, 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. The deadline to register is Feb. 20. Click HERE to register online for Join the Journey EAST at Epworth By The Sea.

North & South Georgia Joint Clergy Spouse Retreat – March 13-15
Clergy spouses are invited to set sail on a wonderful trip to Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island for the joint Spouses Retreat for the South Georgia and North Georgia Conferences. This three-day adventure will be filled with faith, fun and laughter as we gather together under the direction of Cruise Directors Mary Varnell and Susan Unkles. With Jesus as our captain and all hands on deck this is sure to be an exciting retreat. Grab your life jacket and come sail away with us! Visit for more information.

One Great Hour of Sharing – March 15
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.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – March 20-22
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 20-22, 2015, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit for more information.