Events in the South Georgia Conference - 3/17/2014 edition


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.

Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race – March 22
Wesley Glen’s Cherry Blossom Road Race is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 at Howard Middle School. Racers can choose to participate in the 1 mile walk/run, the out and back 5K, or the 10K. Held on flat and scenic courses through the horse farms of Rivoli, proceeds from this race support Wesley Glen Ministries' mission to developmentally disabled adults in Macon, Middle Georgia, and South Georgia. For additional information and to register, visit

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.

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Annual Fish Fry – April 12
On Saturday, April 12, Wesley Glen Ministries in Macon will hold their Annual Fish Fry.  They will also present Gospel Praise 2014 featuring local praise and worship groups.  This year’s special attraction will be Wesley Glen's very own Indoor Marketplace. All activities will take place at the Wesley Glen Ministries Life Skills Center at 4580 North Mumford Road in Macon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fish fry plates are available for $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Come and take part in this great event benefiting a great ministry. Bring the whole family and a heart ready to worship!  For more information call 478-471-3711.

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.

Statesboro District Conference – April 27
The Statesboro District Conference is set for Sunday, April 27, from 4 until 6 p.m., at Pittman Park United Methodist Church in Statesboro.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – April 29
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled for April 29, 2014, at Vineville UMC in Macon. 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, 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.

Thomasville District Conference – May 4
The Thomasville District Conference will meet Sunday, May 4, from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m., at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Albany.

Americus District Conference – May 4
The Americus District Conference will be held Sunday, May 4, from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. at Cordele First United Methodist Church.

Native American Awareness Sunday – May 4
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.

Columbus District Conference – May 6
The Columbus District Conference will be held Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Wynnton United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Magnolia Manor Sunday – May 11
Magnolia Manor is a ministry of The United Methodist Church and serves older adults of all faiths throughout South Georgia. On this Special Sunday, South Georgia United Methodists are asked to take up a special offering to support this vital ministry.  To learn more about Magnolia Manor, visit

Valdosta District Lay Servant Training – May 17
On Saturday, May 17, the Valdosta District will offer a combination basic and advanced lay servant training course. There is always a need for qualified Lay Servants/Speakers who can fill in if a pastor needs to be away from his/her pulpit. Lay Servant/Speakers are also asked to do devotionals, meditations, etc. at other events. The cost is $20 per participant and includes lunch. This course also qualifies as the refresher course that a Certified Lay Servant/Speaker must complete once every three years to maintain “Certified” status. Led by Dr. Carl McDonald, the training will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on May 17 at Hahira United Methodist Church. For more information, contact the Valdosta District Office at 229-242-7470.