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Music at the Laity Session was provided by the University United Methodist Men’s Choir of Indianapolis, which sings both spirituals and gospel songs. The Rev. Rosa Harris started the group in 1984.
The praise and worship team led the annual conference in song during the Outreach Celebration Service on Saturday evening and during worship service that opened each plenary session. The team is composed of musicians and singers from across Indiana and was directed by Chuck Scott, director of music at St. Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.
Laity’s Bread and Basin Award recipient was 99-year-old Helen Aylsworth of Springs Valley UMC in French Lick, honored for her service to missions.
The Rev. George Dinwiddie, 98, was honored by the Indiana Conference as the oldest living clergy member of the conference. He was ordained in 1949. Bishop Coyner presented him with the “conference cane” in recognition of this honor.
Bell ringers from Meridian Street UMC in Indianapolis provided special music during the memorial service on Friday.