Arkansas admins attend PAUMCS national gathering

Attendees from Arkansas stop for a photo with “There’s No Place Like Home” décor at the PAUMCS National Conference in Wichita, Kansas. From left: Cathy Hall Hughes, Bobbie Verser, Teresa Bodie, Fonda Kirkman, Cindy Parker, Kathy Bracke and Connie Thomas. COURTESY PHOTO

Attendees from Arkansas stop for a photo with “There’s No Place Like Home” décor at the PAUMCS National Conference in Wichita, Kansas. From left: Cathy Hall Hughes, Bobbie Verser, Teresa Bodie, Fonda Kirkman, Cindy Parker, Kathy Bracke and Connie Thomas.
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Seven administrative professionals in the Arkansas Conference attended in April the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) National Conference in Wichita, Kansas. The host committee offered a Wizard of Oz sendup with the conference’s theme, “There’s No Place Like Home.”

Among the highlights: The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and his assistant, Sue Thompson, led a session on how they partner in ministry, and Adam taught from his book Making Sense of the Bible. Bishop Scott Jones also led participants in a half-day session titled “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.”

Five repeat attendees were joined by two new attendees this year, Teresa Bodie from St. James UMC Little Rock and Bobbie Verser from Faith UMC Little Rock. Both Bodie and Verser received scholarships from the Arkansas Chapter of PAUMCS.

The Arkansas Chapter of PAUMCS will be offering scholarships again next year to the National Conference in Chicago, May 4-6, 2017. To learn more, or to receive information about the Arkansas Chapter’s upcoming fall meeting, set for Sept. 22 at Philander Smith College, contact Arkansas chapter president Fonda Kirkman, 501-851-1433 or fkirkman@arumc.org.

—submitted by Cathy Hall Hughes