Events in the South Georgia Conference – 9/6/2016 edition


South Central District Camp Meeting at Camp Tygart – Sept. 11-15
South Central District Camp Meeting will be held at Camp Tygart Sept. 11 through Sept. 15.  Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Those attending will be asked to bring a covered dish. A detailed list by church will be published soon. Dr. Buddy Cooper, District Superintendent of the Northwest District, will be this year’s speaker. Contact the South Central District Office at 229-242-7470 with questions.

UMVIM Leader and Team Training – Sept. 17
Have you been on a mission journey and would you like to take others to a destination to serve? Have you led teams before and would you be interested in sharing your experiences in other local churches to help them engage in mission opportunities both at home and abroad by training team leaders? This training is designed for all who are interested in learning more about leadership and opportunities in missions. The cost is $30 per person, which includes materials and lunch. The training is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at St. Mark UMC in Douglas. Schedule: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Team Leader Training. Register here to attend this training. If your church would be interested in hosting an UMVIM training or for additional information, contact Dr. Gene Barber at

Magnolia Manor 2016 Neon Night Run – Sept. 17
Last year the Magnolia Manor 5K Glow Run was a tremendous success. With the help of our participants, we raised over $20,000 for the Magnolia Manor benevolence fund. For all who participated, thank you for your support! Magnolia Manor’s 2016 Neon Night Run is planned for Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration opens at 6 p.m., and the race begins at 7:45 p.m. Support this event by walking, running, or making a financial contribution. Gifts of $100 or more will be acknowledged with thank you signs along the route, and can be made in honor or memory of a loved one. For more information, please call Jennifer Pollard at (229)-931-5934 or email All money raised at this event goes directly to The League of the Good Samaritan. Magnolia Manor currently has 12 residents in desperate need of financial support because they have outlived their resources. The cost of supporting these residents is $355,000 yearly. This number does not reflect the many more who are given assistance in order to fill the gap, because Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the full cost of care. We at Magnolia Manor are committed to continuing our ministry to those who need us. Register online at or Come join us for an illuminating experience!

Welcome service and reception for Bishop and Mrs. Bryan – Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Conference will host a welcome service and reception for South Georgia’s new episcopal family, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and Mrs. Sherrill Bryan. It will be held at 4 p.m. at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon. Bishop Bryan will preach, the Mulberry Street UMC choir will perform, and the service will feature laity and clergy from different areas of service and ministry. All are invited and encouraged to attend. 

Methodist Children's Home Work Day Offering – Sept. 18
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

KidzQuest – Sept. 23-25
KidzQuest is an annual fall weekend retreat for third through sixth 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 well. Click here for more information. Registration is open. Space is limited to the first 500 complete registrations. Deadline is Sept. 12, 2016, or until event fills up.

Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 24-26
The South Georgia Eagles’ Fall Retreat is set for Oct. 24-26, 2016 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. The theme is “A Silver Lining” with retired Bishop Richard Looney leading the sessions. He will address the following topics: 1) Engaging life –Learning from the humor of Jesus; 2) Dealing with personal loss and sorrow – we help others, can we help ourselves?; 3) The joy of planning one’s own funeral – this is not as heavy as it sounds. All retirees of the South Georgia Annual Conference, aka “Eagles,” are invited to the Fall Retreat. If possible, please bring a craft, canned food item, or something others might want to purchase for placement in the silent auction that’s held to help pay the retreat expenses. Each Eagle is responsible for making their own reservations. Call Epworth By The Sea at 912-638-8688 for rates and to make your reservation before Oct 12. Come to be rejuvenated! Click here for more detailed information.