Sunday, June 9, 2013

2013 North Georgia Annual Conference

“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

This coming week (June 11-14), over 2800 delegates representing the 1000 churches and 360,000+ United Methodists in North Georgia will be gathering at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia for the North Georgia Annual Conference with the theme “Bridges to Mission." This year, Cindy Campbell, Peter Kaimathiri and I are serving as our church's clergy representatives, and Lee Bierce, Lisa Haman, and Pat Holcomb are serving as our laity delegates.

Each year’s Annual Conference makes important decisions that affect every United Methodist church in our geographic area: approval and ordination of new clergy and retirement of older ones; appointments of pastors to local churches are finalized (we celebrate that our Bishop -- Michael Watson -- has reassigned myself and Peter Kaimathiri to East Cobb UMC as your appointed pastors for this next year; Jim Perry is still serving in retired status, and Cindy Campbell’s status has changed non-appointed minister); adoption of the conference budget; support for and reports from conference missions and ministries; exciting worship and bible study opportunities to enrich our spiritual lives; present our “Bishop’s Offering” (“Bridges to Mission”); and much more!

Upon our return, we’ll be available to report on important decisions that were made, and how these might affect us as a congregation.  In the meantime, you can find more information about Annual Conference (including videos and other resources) by CLICKING HERE or going to our North Georgia Conference website and clicking on the links for Annual Conference.  Thank you for your prayers, both for ourselves as your representatives, and for the Conference itself. Always remember, God loves you and I do too!

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