The New London Praise Band led our morning worship music on Tuesday. Speaker Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary and CEO of the General Board of Health and Pension Benefits (how’s that for a title!?), gave her testimony during the service. It’s great to hear the heart of those administering the “business” of our church.
Bishop Hopkins shared an object lesson on “improvising” this morning. His point was that we are very often presented with an “opportunity” outside of our comfort zone that requires us to make the best with what we have. You have to hand it to a beginning guitarist willing to get up in front of 1500 folks and risk a little embarrassment to make a valuable point.
Some say that the Commissioning and Ordination Service on Tuesday evening is the high point of the conference. This was the first one that we’ve attended and we found have to agree. The folks that were honored with new stoles and titles have all spent many years in service and study to get this far. Our own Sheryl Seitz was commissioned during the service. You’ll see her in the second row of one of the pictures – I tagged her with a red circle.
Sheryl and her husband Tim were part of our Otterbein family for many years until they left to begin her full-time student/ministry several years ago. She was just appointed to her third charge at Clyde UMC. We’re all very proud of her.