Events in the South Georgia Conference - 8/18/2014 edition

8/17/2014

Covenant Bible Study training/experience session – Aug. 23
On Saturday, August 23, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Bainbridge First United Methodist Church will host a Covenant Bible Study training session. Covenant Bible Study is an opportunity for participants to share in the special relationship that is “Covenant,” the unique relationship that God chooses with us as God's people. Covenant Bible Study is a video-based study with hosts and contributors that cross denominational lines (www.covenantbiblestudy.com). This two and one half hour session will help participants learn how to successfully lead and/or implement the study in their congregations. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m. Cost is $2 per person. Pre-register by emailing eventscoor@bellsouth.net or calling (229)246-1864. For more information, contact Flo Martin, Cokesbury Curriculum Field Representative, at (478)254-6530 or fmartin@cokesbury.com. Any resources ordered that day will receive free shipping.

Cuba mission trip – September
Irwinton-Toomsboro United Methodist Church is hosting an UMVIM-sponsored mission trip to Cuba in mid-September. Anyone interested in more information should contact Mike Burgamy at 770-598-5279 or email at burgamy@bellsouth.net.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – Sept. 11
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul UMC in Columbus. This workshop is required every three years for persons 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, please email cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. This event is sponsored by the Conference Commission on Pastoral Counseling. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

Methodist Children’s Home Sunday – Sept. 21
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering on Sunday, Sept. 21 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 we serve every day. 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.

KidzQuest Retreat – Sept. 26-28
The 2014 KidzQuest retreat is set for September 26-28, 2014, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Designed for students in the third through sixth grades, this annual children’s retreat promises to be bursting with learning, worship and fun. Visit www.sgaumc.org/kidzquest for more information and to register.

2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference - Oct. 23-25
The October 23-25, 2014 Wesleyan Leadership Conference will explore the meaning of the Baptismal Covenant, Baptismal living, and disciple-making in the Wesleyan tradition. It promises to be a rich and rewarding experience. Learn details and register online at www.gbod.org/leadership-resources/wesleyan-leadership-conference.