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Ordination Services Held on Friday

Four ordination services were held on Friday, June 18 at Fuquay-Varina UMC. Thirty-eight elders and two deacons were ordained. Because of COVID precautions, the group was divided into four smaller groups and the number of attendees was limited. The classes of 2020 and 2021 were ordained. Bishop Ward’s sermon, “Small Boats and Vast Seas” was... Continue Reading→

UMCom Honors Derek Leek with the Epikoinonía Award

During the afternoon session, the Rev. Gary Henderson, Chief Relationship Officer for United Methodist Communications (UMCom), joined by video to present the Epikoinonia Award to Derek Leek, conference director of communications. The award honors and celebrates excellence in communication ministry. It is rooted in the call to share the Good News of the Gospel of... Continue Reading→

2020 and 2021 Retirees Honored

On Thursday afternoon, Sheila Ahler, chair of the Conference Board of Pension, recognized the following persons who entered retired status in 2020 and in 2021. Class of 2020Danny Allen, John David Amon, Ben Ball, Carl Belcher, Shane Benjamin, Vito Bisogno, Nada Diana Bobbitt, James Brewer, Ray Broadwell, Terry Leigh Buckner, Renee Burnette, Diane Christianson, Jerald... Continue Reading→

Thursday Afternoon Business Session

Recognition of 2020 and 2021 RetireesRev. Sheila Ahler, chair of the Board of Pension, led the recognition of 2020 and 2021 retirees. Financial ReportsDr. Christine Dodson, Conference Treasurer, introduced the financial reports from: –Ann Lloyd, Chairperson for the Council on Finance and AdministrationThe proposed 2023 budget (pg. 36 in the Conference Workbook) shows a reduction... Continue Reading→

Thursday Morning Business Session

Welcome & OrderingBishop Ward called the Annual Conference session to order and opened with prayer. Conference Secretary Jerry Bryan welcomed members of the conference to this gathering. He thanked the Communications Office for making this virtual gathering possible. Jerry announced his retirement from this position after 25 years as Conference Secretary. An overview of the... Continue Reading→

Opening Worship/Memorial Service

The Rev. Edie Gleaves offered the message, “A Well-Watered Garden” based on the Annual Conference scripture – Isaiah 58: 11. The following clergy and clergy spouses were honored and remembered: 2019-2020Clergy: Carson Olin Wiggins, Richard Farmer Lewis, Milford Oxendine, Jr., Claude T. Nethercutt, Diane June Yentes, Elwood Larry Myrick, Kenneth Bryan Sexton, Sr., Charles Scott... Continue Reading→

Creation Care Book of the Month: Hope Matters

Next Creation Care Book Discussion Monday, June 28, 2021 10:30am – 11:50am Join us for a discussion of Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis by Elin Kelsey “In the face of extreme eco-anxiety, scholar and award-winning author Elin Kelsey argues that our hopelessness—while an understandable reaction—is hampering our... Continue Reading→

Local Church Online Giving – Ending August 31, 2021

Many individuals took advantage of giving online to their local church on the Conference website while staying at home during the worst parts of the pandemic. Since starting this program in March 2020, the Conference Treasurer’s Office has served 150 different churches and processed over $260,000 in tithes and offerings, depositing funds directly into church... Continue Reading→

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