Each year the Indiana Conference Board of Laity offers the opportunity to all laity of the Indiana Conference to express their thanks and praise God by submitting an original sermon manuscript. The theme this year is “What Passionate Worship Means to Me.” Due to the full agenda of the Laity Session, the sermon must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Entries will be judged on creativity and original development of the theme, but may be eliminated due to length.

The author will present the winning manuscript at the Laity Session of the Indiana Annual Conference on Wednesday evening, June 8, at Ball State University in Muncie. Two other manuscripts will be awarded honorable mention.

Manuscripts need to be mailed to Ike Williams, Indiana Conference Co-Lay Leader at 1515 Cool Creek Drive, Carmel, IN 46033-2318 or via e-mail to ike.williams@att.net. The manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet or letter that includes the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, local church name and district.

Please do not include any personally identifying information in the manuscript. Manuscripts will be assigned a number and will be judged anonymously by the selection committee. All entries must be received by Monday, May 2. The winner will be notified by May 23.

Additional information concerning the contest can be obtained by contacting Bob Pimlott, Southeast District Lay Leader, call 812-273-3081 or rpimlott1@cinergymetro.net.