Events in the South Georgia Conference – 8/7/2017 edition

8/7/2017

Christian Education Sunday – Aug. 20
Christian Education Sunday “calls the Church as the people of God to be open to growth and learning as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

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.

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.

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.