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.
Campus Crawl: A United Methodist College Tour for High School Students - Feb. 22-25
The North and South Georgia Conferences are teaming up with United Methodist college presidents and campus ministries to offer Campus Crawl - a retreat for high school students (9th-12th grade) designed to introduce them to campus ministries, bring them to college campuses in Georgia, and help parents know the nuts and bolts of what's needed in the transition to college. The tour begins Thursday night, February 22 and ends Sunday, February 25.
Kingdom Builders Promotion Sunday - Feb. 25
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.
Join the Journey Confirmation Retreat - March 2-4
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 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 Holy Clubs throughout the weekend. Not meant to be the only confirmation youth go through, the Confirmation Retreat should be complementary to what a church is or will be doing. Click here for details. Registration is closed.
Dinner and concert with Jack Gafford - March 3
Centerville United Methodist Men presents a dinner and concert with 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 here. Dinner starts 5 p.m. with the concert to follow. The meal cost is $15 for singles, $25 for couples. RSVP by Feb. 27 to Luis Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org, directly to Centerville UMC at email@example.com, or call the church office at (478) 953-3090.
Connecting Neighbors Training, Macon - March 10
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held March 10 at Riverside UMC in Macon. Register here. Click here for more information and the day's schedule.
2018 SBC21 Annual Leadership & Development Conference - March 10
The 2018 SBC21 Annual Celebration of Leadership and Development Conference will be held Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. (9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. is registration and breakfast.) at Grace Corner UMC in Macon. Pastors, leaders and congregants are all invited to attend this leadership and development conference. Questions? Contact Rev. Earnestine Campbell, associate director of Connectional Ministries, at email@example.com. Download the flyer for more information I Click here to register
UMCOR Sunday - March 11
UMCOR Sunday (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 UMCOR Sunday 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 www.umcor.org or call 888-346-3862. Click here for resources to help promote this offering in your local church.
2018 Clergy Spouse Retreat - March 16-18
The 2018 Clergy Spouse Retreat is set for March 16-18 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The retreat theme is "Be Still and Be Loved," and the retreat guest speaker is Kristen Vincent. Kristen is a fellow clergy spouse, author, speaker, teacher, and loves leading retreats. We are excited to see what God is going to do in our midst on this special weekend. Our retreat chair is Elisha Plaxico. She will lead us through this weekend filled with a lot of fun, fellowship and worship in store, so you don't want to miss it! Click here for more information and to register.
Wesley Glen Ministries' Cherry Blossom Road Race - March 17
Join hundreds of runners for the 16th annual running of the Cherry Blossom Road Race for Wesley Glen Ministries. 5K and 10K races will begin at 9 AM with the Fun Run to start a few minutes later. Click here for more information.
UMC Day of Health - March 17
To further The United Methodist Church’s commitment to improve health for all, Global Ministries, in partnership with the North Georgia Annual Conference, is hosting the UMC Day of Health to equip leaders and inspire others to find new ways to engage their communities through health ministries. All United Methodist churches, health care coordinators, general agency representatives, Global Health partners, and affiliates are invited to the UMC Day of Health. The UMC Day of Health will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Register today I More information
UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat - March 23-24
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat March 23-24, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The retreat leader will be Yvette Richards, and Ivy Kratzer will serve as the Teen Women's Retreat Leader. Annie Akins will be the praise and worship leader. Click here to download the brochure.
Eagles’ Picnic - April 5
The Eagles, retired South Georgia clergy and spouses, will gather for their annual picnic Thursday, April 5. Contact Rev. Charles “Buddy” Whatley for more information.
Sexual Ethics Workshop - April 10
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Vineville UMC in Macon. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is REQUIRED EVERY (3) THREE 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 here. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.
Native American Ministries Sunday - April 15
On Native American Ministries Sunday, United Methodists cultivate and support urban missions with Native Americans and fund scholarships for Native American seminarians. Your annual conference retains 50 percent of the offering is to strengthen and develop Native American ministries. However, if no Native American ministries exist in the conference, the entire offering is remitted to the General Council on Finance and Administration for Native American ministries in other areas. The remaining 50 percent of the offering expands mission work with the Native American Urban Initiative and provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist and other approved schools of theology. Is it easier to learn Native American traditions from a Native American or an Irish American? This is why the Native American Ministries Sunday offering is critical – to continue the traditions and nurture the gifts of Native Americans. Click here for resources to help promote this special Sunday.
United Methodist Men’s Annual Retreat - April 20-21
South Georgia’s United Methodist Men will gather for their annual retreat April 20-21 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Dr. Matt Woodbery, South Georgia Conference Director of Connectional Ministries, will be the keynote speaker. Click here for housing registration. Prior to the start of the UMM annual retreat participants are invited to play in the annual UMM Golf Tournament on Friday, April 20. Practice begins at 11 a.m. with tee time at noon. The tournament will be held at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club (2050 Sanctuary Wynd, Waverly, Ga. 31565). Click here for golf tournament registration. Click here for golf tournament rules.
Connecting Neighbors Training, Tifton - April 28
The Connecting Neighbors training event features a one-day training hosted by The Office of Connectional Ministries designed to equip and empower individuals and local churches to be a presence in their community (and beyond) in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For questions or additional information, contact Allison Lindsey at email@example.com or 888-266-7642. Use this promotional flyer to gather a group from your church to attend. This training will be held April 28 at Tifton First UMC. Register here. Click here for more information and the day's schedule.
Wesley Glen Ministries' Fish Fry - April 28
Wesley Glen's annual fish fry is the place to be for good food, good music, and great fellowship. Join them for a fun-filled day!