Events in the South Georgia Conference – 9/8/2015 edition

9/8/2015

Pension Seminar, Baxley – Sept. 10
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Baxley seminar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at Baxley First United Methodist Church, 217 S Main St. in Baxley. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Pension Seminar, Americus – Sept. 11
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Americus seminar will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at Americus First United Methodist Church, 200 S Lee St. in Americus. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Pension Seminar, Fitzgerald– Sept. 12
South Georgia's Administrative Services Office will present three pension seminars this year: Sept. 10 in Baxley, Sept. 11 in Americus, and Sept. 12 in Fitzgerald. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Social Security Administration. Personalized retirement projections and lunch will be available at the meetings for those making reservations. Reservations may be made by calling the Administrative Services Office at 478-738-0048 or 1-800-535-4224 or by email to eleanor@sgaumcadmin.com. The Fitzgerald seminar will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 201 W Central Ave. in Fitzgerald. Click here to view a brochure with detailed information, including an agenda.

Magnolia Manor’s annual 5k run/walk – Sept. 12
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Magnolia Manor’s Americus campus will host its 8th annual 5k run/walk. It is the same great course through the wooded campus but with a fun new twist: this year it will be a GLOW Run, held at night. Participants will receive a t-shirt as well as a headlamp to help light the way on the glowing course, in addition to the fun of the special glow in the dark photo booth. There are timed and untimed options for participants and fun is guaranteed! Click here to register for the event. Cost is $35 timed, $30 untimed. 

Magnolia Manor Golf Challenge – Sept 18
Magnolia Manor’s Golf Challenge to benefit the Macon campus will be held on Friday, Sept. 18 at Southern Hills Golf Club in Hawkinsville. If you are a golfer, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Southern Hills is a beautiful golf course, with rolling terrain and open land along with fairways lined with oaks and pines. The cost is $400 per team. Contact Sheila Bivins at sbivins@magnoliamanor.com or 229-931-5928 for more information. 

Methodist Children’s Home Work Day – Sept. 20
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special Work Day Offering on Sunday, Sept. 20 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

“Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries That Make A Difference!” Webinar – Sept. 24
What are the “best practices” that churches should know when exploring the possibilities of securing grant money to bring a ministry dream to life? What are the pitfalls to avoid? Stewardship Consultant for the Oregon-Idaho Conference Cesie Delve Scheuermann will be the guest presenter, bringing her expertise as a fundraiser and grant writer along with a deep connection to the UMC to this free first webinar on grant writing. It is presented by the Stewardship Team of Discipleship Ministries (formerly GBOD) and is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Register today!

KidzQuest – Oct. 2-4
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. Visit www.sgaumc.org/kidzquest for more information and to register.

World Communion Sunday – Oct. 4
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. To make it easier to change the world Oct. 4, please download a free eBook

Low Country Boil at Magnolia Manor of St. Marys – Oct. 10
Magnolia Manor of St. Marys will host their annual Low Country Boil on Oct. 10, 2015. The event will be held on campus and tickets are available for a 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. seating. Tickets are $20 each. Kettle sponsorships are available for $100. All proceeds for this event will be used to purchase phase II of the Emergency Call System for St. Marys. For more information, call May Stevens at 912-673-7713 or Sheila Bivins at 229-931-5928.

Basic/Advanced Lay Speaker/Servant Training – Oct. 10
Contact the District Office at 229-242-7470 or scadmin@sgaumc.com to register. Cost is $35.00 (includes lunch) and is payable at the door. Training will be held in Fellowship Hall at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA  31602.

UMW Annual Meeting – Oct. 17
South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 43 years of mission and ministry on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Tifton First United Methodist Church. UMW National President Yvette Richards will deliver the keynote address. For more information and to download a brochure, visit www.sgaumc.org/umw.

Vashti Day – Oct. 18
Every local church in South Georgia is encouraged to receive a special offering on Sunday, Oct. 18 to support the ministry of The Vashti Center, Inc. To learn more about Vashti and its great ministry, visit www.vashti.org

2015 Eagles’ Fall Retreat – Oct. 26-28
The annual Eagles' Fall Retreat, a retreat for retired ministers and spouses of the South Georgia Conference, is set for October 26-28, 2015, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. This year's theme is “Singing The Story.” Rev. Tony Crosby, musician and pastor, will be the leader for the retreat. Click here for more information. Room reservations should be made through Epworth By The Sea (912-638-8688).

Southeastern Jurisdictional Clergywomen's Consultation 2015 – Oct. 26-29
Ministry can be wild, wonderful, life-giving...and draining. At times, it's a sieve through which the water of our baptism slowly drips, leaving our souls parched, cracked, and creaky. It's time to plug the drain. Join your United Methodist clergy sisters from across the southeast as we meet Oct. 26-29 at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Clergywomen’s Consultation at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. Visit www.sejclergywomen.org for more information.