Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/17/2014 edition


SEJ Disaster Academy – Feb. 17-20
Make plans now to attend the 2014 Southeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy, Feb. 17-20, at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross. Whether you’re new to disaster ministry, an experienced responder or somewhere in between, there’s something for you. Training workshops will focus on preparing and equipping the church, individual volunteers and district and conference leadership. It’s a great opportunity to expand your skills, learn new ones and network with your counterparts from conferences around the jurisdiction. Please click here to view the SEJ Academy brochure before registering. For more information, contact Allison Lindsey at

Local Pastors' Licensing School – Feb. 21-28
The 2014 session of the Local Pastor’s Licensing School will be held Feb. 21-28 at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. The cost is $425 for South Georgia Conference candidates and $950 for out of Conference (price includes room and board). This event is open only to Certified Candidates. Pre-work is required, so register early. The deadline for registration is Jan. 13. More details about pre-work assignments and school details will be provided to students when they complete an application. For more information about Local Pastors' Licensing School, contact Dr. Jimmy Asbell, Jr. at

Kingdom Builder’s Promotion Sunday – Feb. 23
Support the ministries of the Office of New and Revitalized Congregational Development (NRCD) of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church on Kingdom Builder’s Sunday, Feb. 23. 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. Contact Karen Hahn at for more information.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 27
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled for February 27 at White Bluff UMC in Savannah from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  This workshop is required every three years for persons 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, please email This event is sponsored by the Conference Commission on Pastoral Counseling. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

2014 Confirmation Retreat – March 14-16
Connectional Ministries, in partnership with Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will again offer youth from around the Conference the opportunity to learn, worship and fellowship at their annual Confirmation Retreat. Set for March 14-16, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. While the retreat itself has space for 600 participants, the maximum space for on-site housing at Epworth By The Sea is 500. Designed for students in the sixth 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 will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo. Click here for more details.

South Georgia Ministers’ Spouses’ Retreat – March 14-16
The 2014 South Georgia Minister’s Spouses’ Retreat, “Joy in the Journey,” is set for March 14-16 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. All clergy spouses are encouraged to attend this uplifting weekend of fun, fellowship and faith. Letters will be sent out by District Superintendents to each church's PSPR Chairperson requesting the church cover the expenses for their clergy spouse to attend the retreat. Scholarships are available upon request and/or need if your church is not able to cover expenses. Please contact your District Superintendent’s spouse for scholarship resources. Click here for more information and to download a brochure and event registration form.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – March 21-23
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 21-23 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Click here to download the retreat brochure. Click here to download the retreat registration form.

Rethinking Welcome evangelism/mission training event – March 29
The World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI) announces: RETHINKING WELCOME in the Methodist/Wesleyan Movement in North America. This evangelism/mission training event for clergy and laity will be held at Epworth By The Sea on Saturday, March 29 from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clergy, lay leaders, usher boards, worship teams, welcome stewards, church council teams, committee chairpersons, etc. are encouraged to attend. Help your congregation welcome and incorporate visitors, reach new members, and face outward to your multicultural community. Expose leaders to new thinking and practices of evangelism in our Methodist heritage. Click here for more information.

One Great Hour Of Sharing – March 30
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.

UMM Spring Retreat – April 25-27
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather together for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Gathering under the theme "God's Men - Sharing the Good News," men from around the Conference will worship, fellowship and learn together. Click here for more information and to download a retreat brochure.