Events in the South Georgia Conference - 2/3/2015 edition

2/2/2015

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 8
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.

Wesley Community Centers’ annual “Love Walk” fundraiser – Feb. 14
Wesley Community Centers' annual "Love Walk" fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 14. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at Wesley (1601 Drayton Street, Savannah) with a 3.6 mile walk and includes pre and post rallies, door prizes, silent auction, fellowship, and entertainment. For more information about the Love Walk or to learn more about Wesley, call (912) 236-4226 or visit www.wesleyctrs-savh.org.

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 15
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.

Join the Journey: “Westside” Confirmation Retreat – Feb. 20-21
This year, the South Georgia Conference will offer two Confirmation retreats – one on each side of the Conference – to allow for more participants to be involved. The Westside Confirmation Retreat will be held Feb. 20-20, 2015, at St. Mark UMC in Columbus. 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 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 and to register, visit www.sgaumc.org/confirmation, call 888-266-7642 or email Suzanne Akins at suzanne@sgaumc.com or Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com.

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 rboan@cox.net 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 cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. 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!