Bible Study: The Body of Christ
Rev. John Edgar led the morning Bible Study, with a message of loving your neighbor and being the Body of Christ.
Worshipful Work Morning Session
Morning Plenary began with voting on five Constitutional amendments. The body also affirmed that they will send to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference the delegates elected for the 2016 General Conference. Nathaniel Mission, an urban ministry in Lexington shared their ministry vision. An update on the Commission on a Way Forward was given, as well as an update on health care and pension needs for 2018. The HC3 initiative was announced which focuses on healthy clergy, congregations and communities. Clergy who have served in ministry for 25 or 50 years were recognized. Markus McKinney of Rust College shared with us about our United Methodist Black College Fund. Tami Coleman gave a report on Connectional Ministries and shared that they seek to help local churches to engage local communities. Campus ministers were introduced and Bishop Fairley prayed for them. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for clergy was awarded to Rev. Andrew Singh of Georgetown First UMC, and the Denman Award for laity was awarded to Mike Kenner, Pennyrile District. Centenary UMC of Lexington had the most professions of faith in 2016 at 45.
Worshipful Work Afternoon Session
Rev. Craig Taylor had dressed up as John Wesley throughout the conference, an idea that came out of the Communications team. He would do “pop-up” appearances and attendees were encouraged to take selfies with him and tag it with #findingwesley. A video was compiled of the selfies with our John Wesley this added some fun to the start of the afternoon session. The conference approved a $7.2 million 2018 budget which includes $183,000 to provide funding for Bishop Fairley to create new initiatives. Rev. Randy Jones was honored with the 2017 Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism. One Matters Award from Discipleship Ministries goes to Eddyville UMC. $79,050 was collected for camps in Kentucky (including scholarships for children and youth from Red Bird Missionary Conference) and Belize during Missions night. 2,614 healthy kits were assembled on Tuesday during Church Beyond. Wesley Manor discussed its needs for expansion for continued ministry, and thanked Bishop Fairley for donating $10,000 to kick off fundraising for the project. $3,100 was raised from Bling for a Blessing. A prayer of thanksgiving was said for the ministry of the six churches that were closed this year.
Sending Forth Service
Clergy & lay delegates sat together by districts, with Bishop Fairley presiding. Bishop Fairley read the names of those moving to new appointments. Holy Communion was celebrated, and the service ended with the Hymn “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”. Annual Conference was dismissed and delegates were sent out to serve!
Dates for next year are set: Annual Conference 2018 will take place in Covington, June11-13, 2018!
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