AC Monday 2017: Strategic plan will be voted on today

AC Monday 2017: Strategic plan will be voted on today

Michael Eastridge, chair of the Strategy Team, presents during yesterday afternoon's Laity Session in Stuart Auditorium.

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2017) – On Day 2 of the Holston Annual Conference, opening worship begins at 8:30 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium. A “teaching moment” will be provide by the Rev. Sam Roberts, who taught religion and philosophy at Tennessee Wesleyan University for 30 years before retiring in 2016. 

We’ll celebrate yet another year of sending food, health, and school supplies to children in Zimbabwe and Liberia through the Hands-on Mission Project. After the blast of the horn from one of three trucks loaded with supplies (and passing through Lake Junaluska on the way to the seaport), Bishop Dindy Taylor will bless the gifts bound for East Africa.

Conference Lay Leader Del Holley will give his annual report after Bishop Dindy Taylor delivers her annual “State of the Church” report. 

The Council on Finance and Administration will propose a 2018 budget of $9.07 million. You may ask questions about Holston’s budget during a Q&A session tonight at 5 p.m. in Terrace, Room 316. The budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

Also this morning, the Strategy Team will present a plan that includes re-sizing Holston’s districts from 12 to nine. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the Strategy Team will answer questions about the plan in Terrace Auditorium. Late this afternoon, the team will present again, and then the Annual Conference will vote on the proposed plan for Holston’s future. The Strategy Team report begins on page 38 in the Book of Reports.

At 12 noon, the Peace with Justice/ Outreach-Advocacy Luncheon will be held at Terrace Hotel in room 316. Pat Bellingrath and Celia Ferguson will speak on the on the Racial Dialogue project that began last year at Church Street United Methodist Church.

At 2 p.m., the Memorial Service will celebrate the lives of 80 clergy and clergy spouses who died in the past year (that’s a revised number since earlier reports). The Rev. Randy Martin will preach on “Hand-Me-Down Faith,” Martin is senior pastor at Broad Street UMC in Cleveland, Tenn., projected to be the next Chattanooga District superintendent effective July 1. Music will include a 62-member Annual Conference Choir, the Fairview United Methodist Church orchestra, and bagpipes by Sarah Frazier.

Late this afternoon, the Petitions and Resolutions Committee will ask you to vote on three resolutions, provided on pages 209-212 in the Book of Reports. The resolutions concern clergy vacations, immigrants, and online communion.

The Missions Dinner will feature, as speaker, Pastor John Redmond of the English-Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague, Czech Republic. The meal begins at 5:15 p.m. at Terrace Auditorium.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the music ministry from Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta will present, “Africana Live: Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice.”

After worship, rehearsal for Tuesday morning Communion servers will be held in Stuart Auditorium. At 8:30 p.m., all youth are invited to join in “CCYM Youth Night” at Shackford Hall.



Annette Spence

Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newspaper.

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