Events in the South Georgia Conference – 3/7/2016 edition


South Georgia Clergy Spouse Retreat – March 18-20
The annual Clergy Spouse Retreat is set for March 18-20 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme is “Under The Big Top,” and the guest speaker is Cindy Ricker. Retreat Ring Masters Lori Velasquez and Stephanie Hibberts will lead the weekend, which will be filled with fun, fellowship, and worship. The brochure and registration information are now available to download at

Holy Week Prayer Pilgrimage for Immigration – March 20
Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon invites all to join them at 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 20, as they gather to “pray with their feet” during a four-mile prayer pilgrimage/walk around Macon. The walk, non-political and interfaith, will focus on prayer for undocumented immigrants. The first mile has been designed for children and families, and a potluck meal and worship service at Centenary UMC will close the pilgrimage. Contact Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye, Centenary UMC’s Minister of Community Building, at for more information. 

Eagles’ Picnic – March 31
The South Georgia Eagles will gather for the 2016 Picnic on March 31 at McRae First UMC. We will come to order at noon. You may come earlier, but not before 11 a.m. The McRae United Methodist Men are providing a Fish Fry lunch with the trimmings. All we need to bring is a dessert. Please RSVP by March 24 to Tom Davis (706-354-6455) or Please tell your retired clergy friends that the Eagles are gathering.

UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat – April 1-3
The United Methodist Women of the South Georgia Conference will host their annual Spiritual Growth Retreat April 1-3 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Rev. Sharma Lewis, a native of Statesboro and the District Superintendent of the Atlanta Decatur Oxford District in the North Georgia Conference, will be the event speaker. Visit for more information and to download the brochure and registration form.

The Methodist Children's Home Celebration Day – April 2
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth's annual Celebration Day will be at the Macon campus on April 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Home is excited to announce that they will be a sanctioned event of The International Cherry Blossom Festival this year! All proceeds that day go towards fun experiences for the Home's children and youth, such as trips to the beach and recreational equipment. The event will feature a kids carnival, a Harvest Kidstown Show, a bake sale, BBQ plate sales, a silent and live auction, a Harvest Worship Concert, and much more! This event is open to the public with free general admission. Carnival tickets may be purchased the day of the event. Visit for more information.

Native American Ministries Sunday – April 10
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 Spring Golf Tournament – April 22
The UMM annual spring golf tournament will be held Friday, April 22. The registration form and rules can be found online at The UMM are currently looking for hole sponsors and players for this event to help fund missions projects for the UMM of South Georgia.

United Methodist Men’s Annual Retreat – April 22-23
The South Georgia United Methodist Men will gather for their annual Spring Retreat Friday, April 22, 2016, through Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit for more information and to download a brochure.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – April 26
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at Vineville United Methodist in Macon. Email with questions.

Magnolia Manor Sunday – May 8
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

General Conference – May 10-20
The 2016 General Conference will be held May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit

Local Pastors’ Licensing School – May 20-29
The 2016 session of the Local Pastors’ Licensing School will be held May 20-29 on the Campus of Emory University. Local Pastors’ Licensing School is a “crash course” in being a pastor for those who want to be available for appointment to a church or charge as a licensed local pastor. Those who are licensed for pastoral ministry make a commitment to continue their education beyond Licensing School either through the 20 classes of the Basic Course of Study or through a Masters of Divinity degree from a United Methodist approved seminary. For more information, visit