Annual Conference Daily Update: Monday, June 11


Welcome to Annual Conference 2018!

"I invite you to join me in prayer for our North Georgia Annual Conference this week in Athens. May we be filled with grace and empowered for mission." —Bishop Sue

Thousands of North Georgia United Methodists and guests began arriving in Athens this week for the 2018 Annual Conference session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will preside over the three-day annual meeting June 12-14. The focus will be on spiritual disciplines and the theme "Moving Toward Perfection in Love." 

We will consider how we might truly be "One with Christ" during four teaching times focused on Spiritual Disciplines. 

The Conference will be anchored by four worship services, each planned and led by talented North Georgia United Methodists. The services themselves will progress through the stages of worship. We will begin Tuesday afternoon with "Gathering" (Opening Worship), move into "The Word Proclaimed" (Service of Remembrance), then "A Time of Response" (Ordination), and "Sending Forth" (Closing Worship). 

When we're not gathering for worship, we'll be gathering for shared meals, learning experiences, giving blood, hitting the streets for our annual 5k, and taking time for contemplative prayer or morning communion. 

The Laity will forego their usual orientation session Tuesday and will instead drop-in to see ministry of the laity in action. Read more about it in "What's New At Annual Conference 2018."

Those not in Athens are invited to follow along this week by live stream. All sessions, beginning with opening worship on Tuesday, June 12, at 2 p.m., are available to stream live. Watch at

Notes for Tuesday

LAITY: Laity are invited to visit drop-in information sessions beginning at 10 a.m. around The Classic Center. 

  • Leadership UMC - Grand Hall 5
  • Scouting - Grand Hall 7-8 Pre-Function Area
  • UMW - Grand Hall 4

CLERGY: Clergy are invited to brunch at 8:30 am Tuesday in Athena C-E. The Clergy Executive Session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Theater. Clergy, please note that you're encouraged to once again surround the newly licensed, commissioned, and ordained at Wednesday's Ordination Service. This sends a very special message of love and support. There is no need to pre-register, but you must arrive in the Pre-Function Area (overlooking the Atrium) on the second floor of the Classic Center at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. 

MOVING TOWARD PERFECTION: Bishop Sue will preach our Opening Worship service at 2 p.m. The service will be led by Chapel Roswell and was planned by Rev. Eric Lee and Arturo Quintanilla. 

FOLLOW ALONG: Follow and use the hashtag #ngac18 on social media. Keep up with all things North Georgia Annual Conference at


Tuesday's Schedule

7 am-9 pm     
Prayer Room / Prayer Labyrinth – Empire

7 am-2 pm   
Concessions open – Atrium

7:30 am     
Service of Holy Communion – Empire
8:00 am    
On-Site Registration/Payment
Laity – Cypress 1; Clergy – Ligotti 1
8:00 am    
Extension Minister Breakfast – Athena A-B

8:30 am    
Clergy Brunch – Athena C-E

9:00 am    
Newcomer Orientation to Classic Center – Grand Hall 3

9:00 am    
Board of Ordained Ministry meeting 

10:00 am
Laity Break-out Sessions 

10:00 am    
Clergy Executive Session – Theatre     

12-5 pm    
Blood Drive – Athena G-H

2:00 pm    
Opening Worship

3:15 pm    
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson to Call to Order 152nd Session
Reports and Presentations
Bishop’s Prayer and Blessing of Global Missions Fellows Candidates 
5:15 pm    

(Photos: Rev. Dr. Joseph McBrayer)