Events in the South Georgia Conference – 7/6/2015 edition

7/6/2015

Golden Cross Sunday – July 12
Golden Cross began in 1908 with the commitment of Methodists in Dallas, Texas to provide the first health care to persons who could not afford it. They began to receive offerings for the expenses of the poor patients at Methodist Hospital in that city. By 1930, the concept was officially adopted throughout the predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church. Today Golden Cross is a ministry that reaches out in love to the laity in our Annual Conference who are experiencing financial difficulty due to excessive medical expenses. Through Golden Cross, United Methodists care for members of our local churches in time of emotional stress and financial need. The South Georgia Conference has designated the second Sunday of July to be the Sunday to receive a special offering for Golden Cross. In 2015, Golden Cross Sunday is July 12. Each church is asked to observe Golden Cross Sunday to receive an offering and send it to the conference treasurer. Click here for information about Golden Cross Sunday.

Camp Connect: Elementary Camp 3 – July 13-17
Join us this summer for the 2015 Summer Camps! Elementary Camps, intended for rising 4th-6th graders, 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, crafts, games galore, hilarious morning shows, and evenings of worship. All camps are held at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island and will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday (no lunch will be provided on Friday). Campers will stay in a cabin for the week. Counselors are provided. Registration fee: $275 per session. Click here for more information and to watch a fun camp video. Questions? Contact the Office of Connectional Ministries at 888-266-7642.

Mission u – July 16-19
The 2015 Mission u is set for July 16-19. Studies include Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life In God, to be taught by Cindy Ricker; Latin America – People and Faith, to be taught by Dr. Charlene Black, Rev. Diane Shedd, and Rev. Isaac Salgado; and Spanish Language, taught by Tara Jones. Rev. Christy Bandy is serving as Dean and Carol Banks is serving as Assistant Dean. Visit www.sgaumc.org/umw for more information and to download a brochure.

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
Pathways to Discipleship will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins. 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.

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