Events in the South Georgia Conference – 5/2/2016 edition


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

Peace with Justice Sunday – May 22
Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. Click here for resources to help promote this special Sunday.

Albany First UMC Celebrates 175 Years: "Celebrate" Service wih Rev. Mike McAfee - May 22 
This year marks the 175th year of Albany First United Methodist Church in downtown Albany. To commemorate the anniversary, the church has planned four Unified Services, featuring guest speakers and followed by a covered dish meal. The first service on March 6 focused on “Remembering” the history of the church with Dr. Don Kea. Each of the remaining three Unified Services has a unique theme. The services start at 10:30 a.m. in the church's sanctuary. May 22: “Celebrate” with Rev. Mike McAfee (including a Hosanna Choir reunion for former members with Danny Key), Aug. 14: “Engage” with Rev. Cindy Autry, and Dec. 4: “Anticipate” with Dr. John Horton. Contact Beth O'Brien for more information at 307 Flint Ave., Albany, Ga.

New Start for Moving Pastors Meeting – May 25
The New Start for Moving Pastors meeting will be Wednesday, May 25 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Riverside UMC (735 Pierce Ave., Macon, Ga. 31204). Lunch will be provided. If you are a pastor moving this year, please let your district office know if you will be able to attend.

2016 Annual Conference Session – June 8-11
The 2016 Annual Conference Session is set for June 8-11 in Tifton, Ga. Visit for details.

South Georgia Annual Conference Retiree Luncheon – June 9
Retired clergy of the South Georgia Annual Conference are invited to a Retiree Luncheon during the 2016 Annual Conference session in Tifton. The luncheon is sponsored by Young Harris College and the South Georgia Eagles. It will begin at noon on Thursday, June 9 and will be held in the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center’s Banquet Room D. Cathy Cox, President of Young Harris College, will be the guest speaker, and retiring clergy at 2016 session will be recognized. The menu will consist of: smothered chicken, twice-baked potatoes, squash casserole, steamed broccoli, rolls, drinks (sweet and unsweet tea, water and coffee), and dessert (peach cobbler OR chocolate layer cake). Register by sending a check, payable to “South Georgia Eagles,” for $15, to Rev. Grover Bell, 333 E 53rd Street, Savannah, GA 31405, by May 26.

Wesley Glen Day – June 19
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering to support the ministry of Wesley Glen. To learn more about Wesley Glen and its great ministry, visit

Join in the WONDER this summer at the 2016 Camp Connect Summer Camps! Camp Connect Summer Camps run weekly June 13 through July 22 for middle school and elementary school students. Elementary Camps are intended for rising fourth through sixth graders while Mid High Camps are intended for rising sixth- through ninth-grade students. All camps are filled with a week’s worth of fun activities and opportunities to grow closer to Christ though daily worship, Bible study, and fellowship. Campers will enjoy the beach, pool, art, games, boat rides, marsh hikes, hilarious morning shows and evenings of worship. All camps are held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit for camp dates, registration, and more information.