Annual Conference opportunities for worship, mission open to all

AC2016_logo_webRegistration is now open for the June 19-22 Arkansas Annual Conference. Attendees may register through the Conference website (look for the registration button in the right-hand column). Those who wish to register by mail may do so using the form mailed to Annual Conference members as part of their pre-Conference packet, or may print the PDF version of the form from the website to mail to the Conference office.

The Pre-Conference Journal is available online at ac2016.arumc.org. It is a free download, for use on a digital device or as a printed hard copy. Professionally printed copies may be purchased for $10 as part of the registration process.

Worship

Regardless of whether you register for AC2016, you are invited to attend any or all of the worship services:

Opening Worship – Sunday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., a celebration of Holy Communion with the Rev. Dr. Jan Davis preaching
Unite with fellow Arkansas United Methodists in a celebration of and awakening to God’s work in our state.

Celebration of Life – Monday, June 20, 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Bonda Moyer, preaching
A time to remember and honor the lives of clergy and spouses of clergy who have died in the past year.

Service of Ordination and Commissioning – Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m., Bishop Gary E. Mueller, preaching
We will gather to ordain and commission those who have answered God’s call as clergy in the Arkansas Conference. A reception to celebrate these new connections will follow.

Closing Worship and Celebration of Appointments – Wednesday, June 22, 10:45 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Cleaver II, preaching
A time for recognizing God’s work during Annual Conference and to seek inspiration as those gathered are sent out for ministry in their own mission fields.

Mission and service

There is no worship service Monday night, but there is a service opportunity arranged by Hot Springs area churches that is open to all. Local churches from Hot Springs and central Arkansas are hosting a Pack Shack Party, Monday, June 20 at First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center at 218 Pratt Street. The party will begin immediately following the adjournment of the afternoon session. A pizza supper will be provided for the first 100 participants to arrive.

United Methodists will work with the Pack Shack to pack meals for the food pantries of Garland County. Groups may take some of the meals with them to stock their own food pantries, as well. (This is the same organization that ran the meal packing party during Ingathering 2015.)

Each meal costs 25 cents to pack, and donations are welcome to help increase the impact this mission effort will make. Send donations marked “Pack Shack Party During Annual Conference” to Oaklawn UMC, 216 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913, or contact the church at oaklawnsec@sbcglobal.net or 501-623-5588.