The Board of Laity of the Indiana Conference is offering the opportunity for all laity to express thanks and praise God by submitting a sermon manuscript for judging. The theme for 2009 is "Disciples Transforming the World Through Prayer." Manuscripts will be judged on how well the theme is followed and developed, as well as the use of creative writing techniques.

The author will present the winning manuscript at the Laity Session of the Annual Conference on Thursday evening June 25 in Ball State University's Emens Auditorium in Muncie. Two other manuscripts will be given honorable mention.

Manuscripts are to be sent to Ike Williams, Indiana Conference Co-Lay Leader, 1515 Cool Creek Drive, Carmel, IN 46033. Name, address, phone number, local church name and district name should be on a cover letter. Manuscripts will be assigned a number and be judged anonymously by the selection committee. All entries must be postmarked by May 23. The winner and two runners up will be notified by June 14.

Additional information concerning the manuscript contest can be obtained by contacting Bob Pimlott, Columbus District Lay Leader at 812-273-3081 or by e-mail at