Events in the South Georgia Conference – 9/19/2016 edition


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 closed and the event is full.

World Communion Sunday – Oct. 2
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.

HealthFlex Exchange Seminars – Oct. 6, 7, 8
In 2017, pastors and their families will have several options from which to choose for their HealthFlex insurance. The Open Enrollment period will be Nov. 2-17, 2016. This seminar will help pastors understand what the new options will be and how to make selections during Open Enrollment. Every pastor should plan to attend one of the seven seminars being held across the annual conference. Spouses are welcome to attend.
Seminar dates, times, and locations:
Thursday, Oct. 6: Living Grace UMC in Columbus; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6: Porterfield Memorial UMC in Albany; 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6: Park Avenue UMC in Valdosta; 7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 7: Jesup First UMC; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 7: Richmond Hill UMC; 2 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Calvary UMC in Swainsboro; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Centenary UMC in Macon; 2 – 4 p.m.

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 15
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 44 years of mission and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 15 at White Bluff United Methodist Church in Savannah. Visit for more information.

Early Response Team Training – Oct. 15
An Early Response Team Training will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at The Gathering UMC in Valdosta. Early Response Team Trainings help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The cost for the training is $25 per participant. At the training, participants will receive an ERT Training Manual and, upon completing the course, will receive an UMCOR ID Badge and a T-shirt. Background checks are required before receiving badges. Please provide proof of background check. Safe Sanctuaries background checks are applicable. Lunch is also included in the cost. Register here for this training. To schedule an ERT training contact Luis Morales at

Vashti Day – Oct. 16
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

Go and Tell! Women’s Conference – Oct. 22
The Go and Tell! Women's Conference will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Forest Hills UMC in Macon. It is for college-aged women who are interested in ministry - whether ordained or lay. The hope is that this conference will be a time of discernment and education for the women. The main speaker and workshop leaders are women in clergy and lay roles in the South Georgia Conference. The cost is $30 and includes the cost of the conference, lunch, dinner, resources, and a t-shirt. Click here to learn more and register.  

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.