Neighboring

“Our church believes we put our faith into action the best when we love our actual neighbors. These are everyday stories from our journey to being better neighbors.” I signed up for a small group study at Grace this summer because I have enjoyed other study groups and because the

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Saturday – Final Issues and Thoughts

We began the last day of Annual Conference with singing. We sang all week, with a mix of contemporary and traditional hymns, and every day began with singing. We also sang as a way of settling ourselves when things became stressful. Several times when debate on topics became contentious, Bishop

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Friday – New Perspectives

When we arrived this morning, there was a beautiful cross and flame symbol on the stage. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the flames were made out of the tiny flowers we’d used during Wednesday’s memorial service. Such wonderful symbolism! The Youth led devotions and music before the session began.

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Thursday – Long Day of Legislation

Today was a long and complicated day at Annual Conference. It was a legislation Day, which is tedious and sometimes difficult. Lots of information was presented and significant decisions had to be made. I’ll try to explain as best I can what went on. We started the morning with Bishop

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Opening Day of Annual Conference

I spent 5 1/2 hours of today driving all the way across Kansas and part of Nebraska. It was a beautiful drive! Our conference is so large that no matter where meetings are held, most people have to travel long distances to get there. Annual Conference began this evening. The

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Annual Conference Anticipation

I am the new lay delegate for Grace and I am really excited about going to Annual Conference this week. It’s an honor to represent my church family. I realize that most of our congregation has only a vague idea of what Annual Conference is and what goes on there,

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Annual Conference 2017 – Preview

This week Joy Lenz and I will embark on Grand Island, NE to serve as delegates at the Great Plains Annual Conference. This is the gathering of all of Kansas and Nebraska United Methodist clergy and lay people. We come together to worship together, learn from presenters, vote on legislation,

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