Annual Conference 2015
Stone UMC Lay Delegate
Lay Member Report
The 2015 W.PA Annual Conference was held June 11-14, at Grove City College. The annual event brings together 1800 clergy and lay representatives of the United Methodist churches throughout W. Pa. We gather to connect through worship, fellowship and study, and to conduct official business. This year’s theme was “Leadership”.
This year we elected 12 delegates to the UMC’s 2016 General Conference, a gathering of worldwide United Methodists who will set policy for the denomination for the next 4 years. The General Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon May 10 – 20, 2016. Six additional laity and six clergy were elected to the NE Jurisdictional Conference scheduled for July 11-15, 2016 where a new bishop will be elected. All conference delegations are half laity and half clergy delegates.
Along with Bishop Thomas Bickerton, speakers during this conference were: Bishop Jonathan L. Holston of South Carolina and study leaders; Dr. Kevin M. Watson of Candler School of Theology and Dr. Scott Johnson, lay leader of the Upper N.Y. Conference and asst. v. p. at Buffalo State University.
Conference members packaged meals for Stop Hunger Now during breaks in conference proceedings. UMCOR kits were also collected from many churches by volunteer from the Eastbrook Mission Barn and 33,000+ used shoes were collected with proceeds benefiting the Erie UM Alliance’s homeless ministries and All God’s Children ministries to persons with disabilities.
In addition, each church was asked for an offering for Imagine No Malaria which is nearing its $75 million fundraising goal. Over $91,000 was brought forward during the Bishop’s opening address on Thursday afternoon.
It is always my privilege and joy to attend annual conference as the representative of Stone United Methodist Church. Thank you for electing me to attend as your delegate.
Jan Emblidge, Lay Member to Annual Conference
*Parts of this report came from the WPA.umc.org website. For more details go to the Conference website @ www.wpaumc.org
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