Events in the South Georgia Conference – 7/20/2015 edition

7/20/2015

Georgia United Methodist Pastors’ School – July 20-23
Georgia Pastors’ School provides inspiration, education, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia clergy and their families. The school is supported by the tuition of attendees, an endowment established by the board of managers, an annual gift from the North Georgia Conference, and the generous contributions of our sponsors who provide refreshments during breaks and fellowship times. The school is managed by pastors for pastors. The board of managers consist of thirty-two clergy - sixteen from North Georgia and sixteen from South Georgia - who are appointed to full-time ministry in their conference. Managers serve for two quadrinium, and are responsible for all aspects of the school from the selection of topics, recruitment of faculty and preachers, and the logistics of the school. To learn more about the board of managers, contact them, or ask about opportunities to serve, visit the Contact Information page. Active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families are cordially invited to experience this combination of continuing education and personal renewal. www.georgiapastorsschool.org

Pathways to Discipleship – Aug. 8
Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways to Discipleship conference. Scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops, plus five all-day workshops, to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The training, which starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m., features workshops on a variety of subjects, from children and youth-focused workshops to spiritual discipline workshops to those focused on missions and outreach. Classes include “Seeking God’s Unique Vision,” “Becoming a Volunteer Magnet,” and “Relationship Principles of Jesus,” among many others. Visit www.sgaumc.org/pathways for more information and to register.

Pension Seminar, Baxley – Sept. 10
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Baxley seminar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at Baxley First United Methodist Church, 217 S Main St. in Baxley. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Pension Seminar, Americus – Sept. 11
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Americus seminar will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at Americus First United Methodist Church, 200 S Lee St. in Americus. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Pension Seminar, Fitzgerald– Sept. 12
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Fitzgerald seminar will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 201 W Central Ave. in Fitzgerald. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Magnolia Manor’s annual 5k run/walk – Sept. 12
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Magnolia Manor’s Americus campus will host its 8th annual 5k run/walk.  It is the same great course through the wooded campus but with a fun new twist: this year it will be a GLOW Run, held at night. Participants will receive a t-shirt as well as a headlamp to help light the way on the glowing course, in addition to the fun of the special glow in the dark photo booth. There are timed and untimed options for participants and fun is guaranteed! Register for the event at www.active.com. Cost is $35 timed, $30 untimed.  

Magnolia Manor Golf Challenge – Sept 18
Magnolia Manor’s Golf Challenge to benefit the Macon campus will be held on Friday, Sept. 18 at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville. If you are a golfer, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Southern Hills is a beautiful golf course, with rolling terrain and open land along with fairways lined with oaks and pines. The cost is $400 per team.  Contact Sheila Bivins at 229-931-5928 for more information.  

Methodist Children’s Home Work Day – Sept. 20
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering on Sunday, Sept. 20 to support the ministry of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth. The Work Day Offering for the Methodist Home is a tradition from the 1900s, a time when people, mostly farmers, donated the equivalent of one day’s wages to the Methodist Home. Sometimes they would load a freight car with cotton or peanuts and send it to Macon. Today folks just use a calculator. The amount of the work day offering can be calculated quite simply: Divide your annual income by 365 (farmers didn’t take vacation days.) For example, if a person made $60,000 a year, it would be $60,000 divided by 365 = $164. Whether you give cotton or a check, be assured that your gift will bring hope and a new lease on life to the more than 400 children and families they serve every day. To learn more about this incredible ministry of our conference, visit www.themethodisthome.org