It was full afternoon on Saturday.
After the lunch break, there were two plenary sessions that included the following items:
Report of the Episcopacy Committee- Wanda Musgraves, chair of the committee, shared her report with the conference and welcomed Bishop Leeland to his first Annual Conference in Western North Carolina. She also recognized DeEtta Rivens, the Executive Administrative Assistant to Bishop Leeland, and Mrs. Janet Leeland.
(see p. 71 in the Program and Reports Booklet for the written report)
Laity Report- Jane Wood, Conference Lay Leader led off the report that included reports from Neil Brown, President of United Methodist Men, Tonya Lanier, President of the United Methodist Women, and Johnny Coppley, President of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry.
This is a video that was provided by the United Methodist Men (though not shown on Saturday)
This was the video shown during Tonya Lanier’s presentation:
Following their reports, Linda Ollis Taylor offered the Laity Address on the theme:
Living the call of baptism to grow in faith and make disciples
Carroll Harris provided a report from the Committee on Camping and Retreat Ministries:
Ben Carson provided a report from the Council on Campus Ministries:
After the break, Jennifer Davis, leader of our General Conference delegation introduced the video that explained the work of the “Commission on a Way Forward”:
Brett Loftis reported on the work of Crossnore School and Children’s Home. Here is their introduction video:
Congregations for Children gave their report. Below are two videos that help highlight the information they shared:
Also on the agenda for the afternoon were presentations from the General Board of Global Ministries and for our Conference Justice and Reconciliation Team.
Following their reports, the Church Vitality Team presented the One Matters and Denman Awards. Below is their PowerPoint Presentation with award winners:
A final petition was presented to the Conference at the end of the report.
This was a petition about Senate Bill 594. Read the entire petition.
The petition passed after discussion and debate.
Last item of business:
Dates of the next Annual Conference have been set for June 21-24, 2018 and we will be at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.