Events in the South Georgia Conference – 4/3/2017 edition

4/3/2017

Good Friday – April 14

Easter – April 16

South Georgia Conference Comprehensive School – April 17-18
The 2017 South Georgia Annual Conference Comprehensive School presents “Foundations for Preaching and Teaching: The Eternal God Speaks to These Changing Times.” The school is set for April 17-18 in the Spiritual Life Center at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon. Dr. John Oswalt, Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary will be the featured speaker. Dr. Oswalt will teach from the Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament, to increase the confidence and skills of pastors in preaching and teaching the whole of Scripture. Participants may find themselves surprised by insights into the relevance of even the Old Testament in leading the Church for successful Christian living in the 21st Century. Cost of the seminar is $50, payable online or at the door. Fee covers continuing education credit and lunch on Tuesday. In the early 1990s, The South Georgia Annual Conference created The Comprehensive School to improve and facilitate quality continuing education opportunities for our ministers. Additional details and registration are available at www.comprehensiveschool.org. For questions, contact sgacomprehensiveschool@gmail.com. Click here to visit the website. Click here to download the brochure.

South Georgia Eagles’ Picnic – April 20
The South Georgia Eagles will gather for their annual Eagles Picnic at noon on April 20 at McRae First UMC. The McRae United Methodist Men are providing a fish fry lunch with the trimmings; attendees are asked to bring a salad or dessert. RSVP to Rev. Buddy Whatley at cbwhatley@hotmail.com. Please tell your retired clergy friends that the Eagles are gathering.

United Methodist Men’s Annual Retreat – April 21-22
South Georgia’s United Methodist Men will gather for their annual retreat April 21-22 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Rev. Dr. Craig Rikard will be the retreat speaker. Download the brochure Housing Registration: Epworth By The Sea. A golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 21 at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course in Waverly, Ga. Registration Form & Hole Sponsorship

Early Response Team Training, Hahira – April 22
An ERT Training will be held Saturday, April 22 at Hahira UMC. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

The Methodist Children’s Home Celebration Day – April 22
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth invites you to Celebration Day: An Open House. This annual celebration will be held at the Macon campus on Saturday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Goodness grows at The Methodist Home, and guests are invited to tour the Home (tours available at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m.), meet the children, and plant flower seeds of hope. Also enjoy the “Cruisin’ for Kids” car, truck, and motorcycle show, presented by the Middle Georgia Mustang Club.

Delicious BBQ lunches, including freshly pulled BBQ pork, baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips, and a drink, will be available for $8. And for dessert, grab some goodies at the baked goods table. All proceeds benefit the Home's children. Click here to view a flyer

Sexual Ethics Workshop – April 25
Click here to register for the April workshop. 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 on the link below. For questions, please 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.

Early Response Team and Chainsaw Training, St. Simons – April 29
An ERT and Chainsaw Training will be held Saturday, April 29 at St. Simons UMC. The ERT training time is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the chainsaw training time is from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Click here to register. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and upon completing the course will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost.  *Chainsaw training requirements: complete and pass ERT training offered in the morning or hold current ERT badge. Cost for chainsaw training only is $12. If taken following the ERT class in the morning $6. The cost includes your textbook and badge. This chainsaw training will be demonstration and lecture style. There must be six participants for a chainsaw course to make. To schedule an ERT training/chainsaw training, please contact Luis Morales at morhilll@gmail.com.

Wesley Glen Ministries’ Fish Fry – April 29
Wesley Glen's annual fish fry is the place to be for good food, good music, and great fellowship. Join us for a fun-filled day! Additional Information

Native American Ministries Sunday – April 30
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.

#millennial: opening our doors conference – May 4-6
The Southwest District of the South Georgia Conference and Next Step Ministry is sponsoring a conference at Veterans Memorial State Park in Cordele, Ga., for clergy and laity May 4-6. The purpose will be to aid churches in attracting and engaging young people in our congregations. For more information visit the event website at www.swdistrictumc.org.