From the June 10 daily onsite edition, provided for participants of the Holston Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Welcome to the 2012 session of the Holston Annual Conference, held today through Wednesday at Lake Junaluska Assembly. This year’s Annual Conference is comprised of about 1,920 clergy and lay members representing 897 churches and 12 districts in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia. Also attending are representatives of three related colleges, five Wesley Foundations, a children's home, a retirement community, four camps, and several seminaries and ministry teams.
The Annual Conference is the yearly meeting of Holston United Methodists for spiritual renewal, ministry, and business decisions. Ordination and appointments of clergy also take place. John Wesley desired Annual Conference to be a means of God’s grace through Christian “conferencing.”
About this newspaper
The Call is Holston's news and information voice. This daily Annual Conference edition will be available Monday through Wednesday by 8 a.m. at Stuart Auditorium.
On the front page of this newspaper, you’ll find a schedule of what is happening today. On the back page (beginning Monday), you’ll find reports of what happened yesterday. Rely on this newspaper to keep you informed while you are here and to aid in preparing reports for your congregations back home. Other ways to get Annual Conference news:
- Live streaming at AC.Holston.org
- Daily reports at Holston.org.
- Ongoing news and photos at Facebook.Holston.org
- Highlights, breaking news via Twitter @TheCall_Holston
About tonight's schedule
Veteran members of the Annual Conference should note this change in the Sunday evening schedule. The laity and clergy sessions will be held on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Clergy will meet in Shackford Hall, and lay members will meet in Stuart Auditorium. To assist with the schedule change, Lake Junaluska cafeterias will serve dinner beginning at 4:45.
Opening worship with communion begins at 7:30 p.m. with Bishop James Swanson and Conference Lay Leader Mary Ruth Richards, who will speak about the denonmination's "Vital Congregations" program. Crossfire, the praise band from Burks United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, will begin playing at 7:15 p.m., so come early!
Tonight's Christ Candle will be lit by Abby Graham, age 14, daughter of the Rev. John Graham, pastor of Smyth County Parish in Abingdon District.
Complete Sunday newspaper (PDF), page 1
Complete Sunday newspaper (PDF), page 2