from the pastor

This coming Thursday afternoon United Methodists from the eastern half of North Carolina will gather at the Greenville Convention Center for Annual Conference. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward will lead us as we gather to under the theme of Generosity in All Creation. Bishop Ward will be joined by special guests, Bishop Jonathon Holston of the South Carolina Annual Conference  and the Reverend Pat Watkins who is a retired UM missionary assigned to the task of the Care of God’s Creation.

Separate executive sessions for Laity and Clergy will begin at 4:00 pm on Thursday. Following dinner there will be a 50th anniversary celebration of the United Methodist Church. This

celebration begins at 7:00 pm.

Breakout sessions focusing on Generosity in All  Creation will begin our day on Friday. At 10 am the Annual Conference will gather for the celebration of Holy Communion and a memorial service for clergy members and spouses who have died since the 2017 annual conference. Bishop Ward will then call the Annual Conference to order for the business session which will continue throughout the morning and afternoon. A Celebration of Lay Ministries will begin at 4pm. Following dinner there will be Celebration of Ministry with Children beginning at 7:00 pm.

Delegates will return to deal with any unfinished business on Saturday morning. Following

lunch, we will gather for the celebration of the Ordering of Ministry. This will include ordination and Bishop Ward making the appointments of pastors to their churches for the coming year.

All this and possibly more in just over 2 days! Bill Vaughan, Dave Williams, and Vickie Franks

will be representing FUMC as Lay Delegates. Pastor Charles and myself will be attending as

Clergy Delegates. We invite your prayers.

--Pastor Bob