The 2010 Annual Conference at Ball State in Muncie opens its minds, hearts and doors to guests as well as 2,400 expected conference members of Indiana’s 1,200 United Methodist congregations.
All plenary sessions and organizational dinners are open to guests, who also need to register as guests at the registration desk in the lobby area of Emens Auditorium at the corner of Riverside and McKinley Avenues. Pre-registration and payment of dinners and the Saturday Day of Outreach are required and need to be done in advance of the Annual Conference.
Bishop Robert Schnase will give two presentations based on his books: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and his new Five Practices of Fruitful Living, directed to individuals. His first presentation will be in Emens on Thursday, June 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. His second presentation will be in Emens on Friday, June 11 from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
The Laity Session is scheduled for Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Emens. Greet United Methodists from across Indiana and learn more about the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church in Indiana. Laity Awards will be given.
A Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Resurrection, including Holy Communion will be held on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Emens. The Rev. David V. W. Owen, executive assistant to the bishop, will be preaching. Conference clergy members and clergy spouses who have died during the past year will be remembered during this service.
The Saturday Day of Outreach on June 12 is the largest event in which guests can be involved. It begins at noon in Emens. Both members and guests can choose online among local mission projects, construction projects, nursing home visits, seated projects such as assembling disaster recovery kits and prayer shawls and prayer walking neighborhoods as well as the mall. The cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt, meal, transportation and project costs. All participants need to register for this event. The day will end with a Day of Outreach Celebration in Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. To register online now, go to www.inumc.org/register.
The culminating event of Annual Conference for members and guests will be the Ordination and Commissioning Service to be held Sunday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in Emens Auditorium. Come early for good seats. Last year’s service filled most of the auditoriums 3,400 seats. This service, like all plenary events, will be Web cast live through the Indiana Conference Web site at www.inumc.org. An order of worship will be available on the conference Web site as a PDF document. More than 20 churches participated through the Web cast last year.
Not included in this summary are the numerous luncheons and dinners, which will be held during the course of the three beginning days of conference. For more information, visit www.inumc.org and click on 2010 Annual Conference. Also review the April issue of Together online at www.inumc.org/news/issue.
Bishop Robert Schnase
All plenary sessions and worship services will be Webcast live.