By GLENN HANNIGAN
The 2010 Annual Conference, June 16-18 in Athens, will follow the theme, “Ordinary to Extraordinary: Wake Up and See Where God is Moving.”
It is the 12th year the event has been held in downtown Athens, convening at the Classic Center. For the second year in a row, in an effort to cut costs, Conference will be a three-day event instead of four.
The 2010 theme takes inspiration from Jacob’s dream, the concept that heaven has come to earth to make all things extraordinary. God is with is, and goes before us, as “fear” gives way to “fear not.” When Jacob wakes up, he realizes that God has been in this place the whole time and that God’s promise remains intact.
It is a thread that runs through the Annual Conference sessions: to dream of new ways of reaching people; to revitalize or transform what has been done previously.
Annual Conference officially begins with the Laity Orientation and Clergy Executive Session, 10 a.m. on Wed., June 16. It ends at 5:15 p.m., Fri., June 18.
For the first time, lay and clergy members are able to register online. Go to www.ngumc.org to register, or for more information. Each member to Annual Conference is responsible for his or her own lodging reservations.
Members of the Annual Conference will find a variety of restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Tickets for the Laity Luncheon will be sold at the Conference, with other meal tickets being sold prior to the conference by the sponsoring group.
For more information on the 2010 Annual Conference Session, visit http://www.ngumc.org/pages/detail/478