Events in the South Georgia Conference – 8/21/2017 edition

8/21/2017

Pathways to Discipleship – Aug. 26
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 leadership training event. Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The event will begin with a time of worship and gathering time around creativity in ministry. The training, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and lasts until 4:00 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. The conference cost $25 per person. A boxed lunch from Chick-fil-A is included in the registration fee. Safe Sanctuaries compliant childcare is available for newborn to fifth-grade children at a cost of $10 per child which covers the cost of their lunch. Pre-registration is required for childcare. .5 CEU credits are available for this event. Visit www.sgaumc.org/pathways for more information and to register. For questions, contact Allison Lindsey at allison@sgaumc.com

Candidacy Orientation – Aug. 26
If you are discerning a call from God on your life, you’re invited to our conference’s next Candidacy Orientation set for Saturday, August 26, in conjunction with the Pathways event at Trinity UMC in Warner Robins. The Candidacy Process in The United Methodist Church provides a safe place where men and women can explore with others God's calling. You will be able to hear about the various shapes God's call takes in people's lives, have an opportunity to share your own call as you discern it now, and learn about your next steps in discovering if and how your call could be fulfilled in The United Methodist Church. (Please note that the Candidacy Orientation is a required part of the journey toward licensed or ordained ministry.) Click here for more information and to register. The deadline to register is Sunday, August 21.

Advanced Lay Servant Course 2017 – Sept. 9 & Sept. 30
The Coastal District Lay Servant Ministries will be presenting an Advanced Lay Servant Course, “Living Our United Methodist Beliefs.” This is one of the required courses for the new Lay Speaker certification. The classes will be held Sept. 9, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2017, at College Place UMC in Brunswick. Must attend both Saturdays to complete the course. Click here for more information.

Global Ministries’ UMC Day of Health – Sept. 15
Global Ministries in partnership with the North Georgia Annual Conference, is bringing together local United Methodist churches, health care coordinators, general agency representatives, global health partners, and affiliates for the UMC Day of Health, September 15, 2017, at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of this content-packed learning event is to showcase the work of the many United Methodist churches and partners engaged in innovative projects and programs that improve the health of their congregations and local communities. Churches and partners are encouraged to visually share their work through a poster gallery exhibit. The event will also provide United Methodist churches with the tools and resources they need to successfully implement new health care programs and ministries in their congregations and communities. Guest speakers include: Dr. Ellen Idler, director of religion and public health, Emory University; Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, resident bishop of the North Georgia Conference; Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference; and Dan Krause, general secretary, United Methodist Communications. Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are also launching Hulapalooza at the Day of Health. This fun hula-hoop event will connect this classic recreational activity to the Abundant Health initiative. A hula-hoop class will be offered in the morning session for all hula-hoop enthusiasts. The general public is invited to attend Hulapalooza as part of the Abundant Health Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Health care professionals will also provide HIV screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and fitness fun.

Methodist Children's Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 17
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering 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.

Sexual Ethics Workshop – Sept. 21
A Sexual Ethics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Tifton First United Methodist Church. Click here to register for the September workshop. According to the Conference Sexual Ethics policy, this workshop is REQUIRED EVERY (3) THREE YEARS for any person 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. For questions, please email cpcassistant@sgaumc.com. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

GA PAUMCS Annual Conference – Sept. 21-24
The GA PAUMCS Annual Conference will be held Sept. 21 through Sept. 24 at LaGrange First UMC (401 Broad Street; LaGrange, GA 30240). An exciting workshop is planned (learning, laughing, and playing), and we hope you will be able to attend. The conference schedule and registration forms are available in the newsletter and brochure. Register online at www.ga-paumcs.org. Contact Leslie Baskette (lesley@umcommission.org) if you have any questions.

KidzQuest – Sept. 22-24
KidzQuest is an annual fall weekend retreat for 3rd-6th grade students at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Sponsored by South Georgia's Connectional Ministries, KidzQuest offers a chance for children to take a break from school, spend time with friends, worship with church groups of all sizes and hear about the HOPE we have in Christ's unfailing love. Free time has been scheduled in to allow for groups to enjoy the island as a part of the programming. Registration is OPEN. Click here to register your church group

Dooly Camp Meeting – Sept. 24-28

World Communion Sunday – Oct. 1
World Communion Sunday is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Our church is at its best when we reach out to sisters and brothers in need. World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. United Methodists relate to World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday. Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support scholarships for ethnic undergraduate and graduate students. Our gifts often enable first-generation students to attend college.

Vashti Day – Oct. 15
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering to support the ministry of The Vashti Center, Inc. To learn more about Vashti and its great ministry, visit www.vashti.org

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 21
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 45 years of mission and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Statesboro First United Methodist Church. Visit www.sgaumc.org/umw for more information.