Annual Conference has a long history of connecting us through worship and conferencing. It is also a time to share our gifts and talents.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Very soon, lay and clergy members will gather at the Annual Conference session in Greenville. Your prayers are invited for this significant annual time together. United Methodist people have a long history of connecting with one another through conferences. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference session.
I hope you’ll consider doing two things. First, I hope you will consider becoming a part of the Conference choir that will sing at the opening service of communion. Simply gather at 8:30 on Wed. morning to rehearse a beloved anthem sung in many churches across our annual conference, “The Honor and Glory of Your Name,” praising God and echoing the words of Psalm 8.
And I invite you to invite the offering in your church over these next coming weeks for the Youth Storm Fund. The Annual Conference has generously decided to match dollar for dollar every offering given for disaster recovery through the Youth Storm Fund. If you invite this offering and let people know of the match, you are insured to have a generous response. Bring your offerings to the Annual Conference. The Youth Storm Fund presently has about $150,000 raised and we are stretching toward $500,000.
Thank you for your generosity and your prayers as we anticipate the 2019 session of the North Carolina Annual Conference.