I am away this week through Saturday attending the 218th Session of the New York Annual Conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. This yearly meeting of nearly 1,000 clergy and lay persons is hosted by our presiding bishop, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and is a time in which we tend to the business of the United Methodist Church in the New York/Connecticut area including:
- Approving the conference budget
- Commissioning and ordaining deacons and elders
- Recognizing retiring clergy
- Addressing legislative issues
- Worshiping and attending workshops, etc., etc.
It’s good to be here with friends and colleagues that I regrettably only get to see once a year. It’s good to listen to preachers and speakers and be inspired and poured into. It’s good to be reminded of our connection to one another, the United Methodist Church, and the difference we endeavor to make week after week.
Our PAUMC lay representatives are Margaret Horn (currently serving at Fordham United Methodist Church in the Bronx) and Robin Ghalleb. I am glad they are here with me and am especially proud to participate in the commissioning service with Margaret on Friday night as she moves into the next phase toward ordination. Please pray for all of us and this time of holy conferencing that we will be renewed in mind, body, and spirit for the work ahead come what may.
And by-the-way Bishop Bickerton gave a “shout-out” about our church and its vibrancy in his Episcopal address this morning!
Grace and peace,