United Methodists from across the North Georgia Conference will converge in Athens June 16-19 at The Classic Center for the 2015 Annual Conference Session.
With a theme of "We Are God's People Connected: A Focus on Global Health," worship and reports will celebrate what can be accomplished because of the connected nature of our United Methodist Church.
Preparation for the Conference is well underway. Those planning meals or utilizing display tables, may submit request forms found at www.ngumc.org/AC2015. Nominations for the Denman Evangelism Award are also currently being accepted on the Annual Conference webpage. The deadline for handbook report submissions is April 8. Find the report submission guidelines at www.ngumc.org/handbook2015.
The main business item for the Annual Conference session will be electing delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Handheld electronic voting devices will be used to aid in the elections process. Though typically three-days, the conference has been extended to four days to allow for the voting process.
Members of the Annual Conference will elect 11 clergy and 11 lay delegates to the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. An additional 11 lay and 11 clergy delegates will be elected to serve as North Georgia's Jurisdictional Conference delegation. The Conference will also elect several reserve delegates.
The Annual Conference Special Offering, also called the Bishop's Appeal, will go toward Imagine No Malaria. (The fund number for the offering collected at Conference is Fund 1500.) Fundraising at churches and districts began immediately after Annual Conference 2014 in June and will continue through Annual Conference. Delegates should be sure to pack their running shoes. Proceeds from the Annual Conference 5K will go to Imagine No Malaria.
The United Methodist Women will collect assembled UMCOR Health Kits as this year's mission project.
Childcare will be offered for infants through rising 6th graders during the 2015 Annual Conference session. Infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children will be cared for in a church nursery setting. Rising 1st through 6th graders will be able to register for Grow Day Camp, a sibling ministry of Glisson that brings the flavor of summer camp to local churches. Both childcare options will be hosted at Young Harris Memorial UMC in Athens a mile and a half from the Classic Center.
The Conference Handbook, which includes agenda, useful information and reports, will be distributed to clergy and lay members at District Pre-Conference Briefings. Online registration will be open from mid-April until early June.
For information on deadlines, news, and helpful information, check www.ngumc.org/AC2015 regularly.