Events in the South Georgia Conference - 4/6/2015 edition

4/6/2015

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. For more information, contact Rev. Tom Davis at 706-354-6455.

The Methodist Children’s Home’s Celebration Day – April 11
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth will host their Celebration “Snow” Day on Saturday, April 11. Join them on their Macon campus as they celebrate with their children and the community. There will be lots of activities for the entire family, from jump houses and a snow slide to auctions, food, carnival games, and more! Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. For information on how to volunteer your time or donate items for the bake sale or live or silent auction, contact Julia Plonk, Special Events Manager at 478-751-2898 or email her at julia.plonk@themethodisthome.org.

Asbury Seminary Mini-Conference: The Uniqueness of Christ in a Diverse World – April 11
On Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., St. Luke UMC in Columbus will host an Asbury Seminary Mini-Conference: The Uniqueness of Christ in a Diverse World. Conference speakers include Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary; Dr. Bill T. Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation; and Dr. Ben Witherington III, Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies. The event will be held in St. Luke UMC's Ministry Center Large Dining Room (breakfast and lunch will be provided). For more information, visit www.stlukeum.com

Native American Ministries Sunday – April 19
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. Click here for resources to help promote this special Sunday.

UMM Annual Spring 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 www.sgaumc.org.umm for more information.

Wesley Glen Ministries Annual Fish Fry and Gospel Praise – April 25
Wesley Glen Ministries will have their Annual Fish Fry and Gospel Praise on April 25 featuring local praise and worship talent and an indoor market. There will be food, a kid’s activities zone, and local vendors. Ticket prices: adults - $8; children - $5. For tickets and more information, contact Anna Stefaniw or Rene' Proctor at (478) 471-3711.

Magnolia Manor Sunday – May 10
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 www.magnoliamanor.com.

Local Pastors’ Licensing School – May 15-24
Changes have been made to the South Georgia Local Pastors’ Licensing School. The Conference is partnering with the North Georgia Annual Conference and the Emory University Course of Study School to provide a combined licensing school for both conferences. Instead of operating independent schools, the two conferences will work together to train local pastors making use of the faculty, facilities, and resources of Emory University and its Course of Study Program. The first session of the newly combined school will be held May 15-24, 2015, at Emory University. (This replaces the school typically held during the last week of February at Epworth By The Sea.) Students will reside in the dorms like Course of Study students. The cost for a week of intensive instruction and room and board is $500. The school is open only to certified candidates. To be eligible to attend the May session a person must be a certified candidate by March 20, 2015. The registration deadline for the May session is March 31, 2015 (a change from the Jan. 13 deadline originally published). Registration forms must be signed by the District Superintendent of the district that certified the candidate and by Dr. Jay Harris, Director of Ministerial Services. The signed and completed registration form and the $500 registration fee must be received by Emory before March 31. This will secure housing reservations and allow time for pre-work assignments to be completed. A link to the registration form will be provided as soon as it is developed. For more information about Local Pastors Licensing School, contact Dr. Jimmy Asbell, Jr. at jasbell@vinevillemethodist.org.