ALCOA, Tenn. (June 1, 2016) -- Next week, some 1,962 church leaders representing 883 congregations will gather for their annual meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Here's an alphabetical primer for those attending the June 5-8 meeting ... and for those who want to keep up with the news from home.
A is for AC.Holston.org ... the web page where you can snag the “Book of Reports,” schedule or other handy info.
B is for Books ... Remember to bring one of the 7 suggested books for our “Children in Poverty” mission.
C is for Conference Choir ... That huge volunteer choir was so good last year, they’re singing at two worship services this year.
D is for “David is the Man” ... Because Rev. David Graves -- senior pastor, bishop nominee, delegation leader -- doesn’t have anything else to do, he’s preaching at the Memorial Service.
E is for EMTs ... who will be on site during sessions. If there is a medical emergency, please alert an usher or the information desk in Stuart Auditorium.
F is for Finance ... The finance committee’s got your number. If you have questions about the budget, look for people wearing green ribbons or visit the Q&A session on Monday, 5-6 p.m. in Terrace lobby.
G is for General Conference ... On Monday, our delegation will give a report on their May 10-20 denominational experience in Portland, Ore.
H is for Holy Bible ... For heaven’s sake, bring it.
I is for Inky and “inspiration" ... The speaker for Monday night, Inky Johnson, has a story to share about poverty, football, tragedy, faith.
J is for Jubilee Project ... As this Hancock County mission celebrates its 25th anniversary, Director Linda Stransky will speak at the Missions Dinner on Monday night.
K is for ... We had this person's name in here to get special recognition but we found out that it's a surprise, so ... we took it out.
L is for Live Stream ... If you can’t attend Annual Conference (or your Adirondack chair is too comfy to get out of), you can still watch. Find a link to the live stream at AC.Holston.org.
M is for Money ... Please take your money (church word: offering) for Change for Children to the table outside Stuart Auditorium on Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please take your “Children in Poverty” money (church word: gift) to the Missions Celebration on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
N is for News ... Of course, we’ll print a newspaper every day at Annual Conference. For links to online news, visit TheCall.Holston.org or Facebook.Holston.org. Also follow us on Twitter @TheCall_Holston and Instagram @thecall_holston. #holstonac16
O is for Ordination ... The Wednesday ordination service will feature 6 ordinands (plus 1 with orders recognized), 8 provisionals, 1 deacon, and 1 associate member. On Tuesday, 24 local pastors will be licensed.
P is for Poverty ... The poor will always be with us. We’ll celebrate a year of reaching out to local children in poverty and kick off another year of focusing on school partnerships.
Q is for “Quick! Get a camera!” ... Was that your pastor running by, wearing short shorts and a glaze of perspiration? Look for photos from Tuesday morning’s 5K run/ 1-mile walk to be posted later in the day at Facebook.Holston.org.
R is for Retirement Recognition ... Hats off to 28 good and faithful servants. Tuesday at 11 a.m.
S is for Society of St. Andrew ... We don’t know what it is yet (potatoes? green beans?), but there’s a crop drop on Tuesday during lunchtime in the Open Gym. Donate $5 or more to help with transportation costs and/or come help bag produce for the hungry.
T is for Trucks ... That moment when we celebrate another wildly successful “Hands-on Mission Project” with the honk of a horn? Yeah, it’s Monday morning.
U is for United Methodist ... We just like that word, united.
V is for Vendors ... This year’s lunchtime food court between Harrell Center and Stuart Auditorium will include: Bojangles, Lenoir Creek Beef, and sandwiches from Lake Junaluska food service.
W is for Water ... Bring your reusable water bottle to Stuart Auditorium, where fresh agua will be available to keep you moist.
X is for eXhibits ... Want to see a grown United Methodist cry? Ignore the 44 exhibitors in Harrell Center auditorium who came all this way to see you. (We hope you won't!)
Y is for Youth ... The Conference Council on Youth Ministries will host “Youth Night” at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Shackford Hall. (Y is also for “Yea!”)
Z is for Zip ... We've got to zip it up and go. Annual Conference time is here.
Another alphabetical list for Annual Conference 2014