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


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.

Daylight Saving Time – March 8
Most of the United States will “spring” their clocks an hour forward.

“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.

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.

Palm/Passion Sunday – March 29
Worship resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

Eagles’ covered dish luncheon – April 9
The Eagles of the South Georgia Annual Conference will gather Thursday, April 9, 2015, in the Fellowship Hall of McRae UMC. This is the first of three events the Eagles are privileged to enjoy each year with other UM retirees. This is a covered dish affair which means there will be some good food on the table, so make your plans to come to McRae on April 9. We begin arriving around 11 am and eat around noon. During the gathering we greet new attendees, share prayer concerns, and reveal details concerning the Annual Conference luncheon and Fall Retreat. At this session we will hear a proposal to change the Eagles By-laws. May all the Eagles of South Georgia “mount up with wings like eagles” and, if possible, come to McRae on April 9.

UMM Spiritual Growth Retreat – April 24-25
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 24, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit for more information.