Looking Forward to Lakeside

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.

First Step – Registration

WP_20150614_001All clergy and voting laity have to register at the conference. Terry and I (can you find him?) sign in Sunday afternoon. Here we’re in one of the meeting rooms at the Fountain Inn.


Communion Practice #1

WP_20150614_005Rev. Susan Brown is responsible for our first worship service Monday afternoon. Here she instructs the communion stewards. We’re in Hoover auditorium just after 7PM Sunday evening.

Communion Practice #2

WP_20150614_006We’re standing at the back of Hoover awaiting our turn to practice our processional. There are 30 teams of two. Each team includes one clergy and on lay person and gets to serve about 9 rows. Here’s hoping I remember all the instructions tomorrow.


Gathering for Laity Session


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.

District Luncheon


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.

Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion

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.

First Business Session



Monday afternoon held our first business session. We were treated to the “State of the Conference” presentation by Bishop Hopkins, treasurer Jessica Vargo, Mid-Ohio DS Karen Oehl, and Director of Connectional Ministries Steve Court.

Otterbein at Work

Before services started on Tuesday, I asked Ed to pose for the folks at home. OUMC is a very active part of the conference. You can find our family involved in many ways. We’re “All In”!