Pastor Cheryl and CUMC’s Lay Member to Annual Conference, Dana Wyant, will be heading off to Annual Conference in Indianapolis (June 8-11)and attending this annual gathering of lay and clergy delegates from nearly 1200 United Methodist churches in the state of Indiana. As United Methodists, we come together to worship, learn, conduct the business of the state-wide annual conference and its ministries, to fellowship, commission and ordain new clergy members, and to remember clergy who have died or retired… In a word--to stay connected in God’s work!
At annual conference there are to be an equal number of lay and clergy delegates. Since our retired clergy are not serving churches, there will also be “equalizing delegates”, which are lay people who volunteer to come as delegates to “equalize” the count for retired clergy. CUMC’s own Bruce Brown will also be attending as an “equalizing” delegate from our Southwest District. Annual Conference is a great opportunity to get a bigger vision of the fruitful ministry in which all of our United Methodist churches are engaged. It will also be a time to celebrate Bishop Mike Coyner’s ministry with us as he retires the end of August. Lay and clergy delegates from the conferences in the North Central Jurisdiction of The UMC (Dakotas, Detroit, East Ohio, Illinois Great Rivers, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, West Michigan, West Ohio and Wisconsin) will meet July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois to elect new bishops for our jurisdiction. The new Indiana Bishop will begin his or her ministry with us in September, 2016. You are invited to be in prayer for Pastor Cheryl, Dana and Bruce as they represent CUMC at Annual Conference and for the work of the Jurisdictional Conference in July as they elect our new bishop!