After lunch, we had our opening worship service of Commemoration and Communion. This memorable service honors pastors, spouses, and key conference folks who died in the last year. Our own dear Pastor Jim was among those on the list, shaking us all up just a bit when his picture showed on the big screen.
Lunch today was our annual district luncheon down at the dock, catered by the local establishment. After lunch, DS Bonita Rollins introduced us to a few pastors moving into the district this year, including our own Pastor Ralph. Then she shared a few victory stories from around the district. She has a wonderful, encouraging demeanor and always challenges us to be attentive to God’s limitless opportunities.
This year we have the task of electing delegates to the 2016 general and jurisdictional conferences. This task requires several ballots. We started Monday morning with a laity-only session for the first ballot. These pictures show everyone gathering for the event.
The conference keeps the media folks on their toes. Aside from the sound system, there are at least five cameras and a dozen video monitors or so strategically placed around the auditorium. Some of the events are simulcast and/or recorded. The entire stadium is covered by a semi-open wifi for delegate use.
Ed Cochran and Jacob Brown were on the cameras this morning, but I didn’t get pictures of them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Our Annual Conference happens every June at Lakeside. Here we meet with folks from all over the conference – every district and every church – to worship, fellowship, and work through the business of our conference. We hear reports from all the major committees, vote on issues, and catch up with our friends that we get to see only once a year. There’s camping, coffee, pizza, ice cream, and walks by the lake. Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’s not.
Join us here on our journey. I’ll try to post new and interesting (or not) stuff every day. Some of the content is streamed live on http://www.eocumc.com/eoac15. If you have some time to spare, take the drive to Lakeside – all are welcome.
We used one table to work on another. The new material is already rolled out and ready to replace the old.