Jorge Lockward from Global Praise (General Board of Global Ministries) led the opening worship for the 163rd California-Nevada Annual Conference Session, and Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. gave a warm welcome and called the session to order.
The morning session on Wednesday (June 15) included the taking of the Conference offering to benefit the Methodist Mission in Cambodia. As offering baskets were passed, those gathered watched a video – produced in Cambodia and delivered to Cal-Nevada electronically – showing the three worn-out trucks the offering will be used to replace, and graphically illustrating the rough road conditions which caused them to wear out! In Cambodia, safe and reliable vehicles are crucial for safely transporting missionaries and connecting the far-flung congregations. (Learn more and watch shorter version of the video on the Conference Offering Page.)
An emotional highlight of the morning session was a time of appreciation of the ministry of Grady Knowles (at right), who retired as Conference Pensions Officer last year after more than three decades of service. Several speakers – including Bishop Brown, the Rev. Don Cunningham, and Barbara Hora from the General Board of Pensions – gave thanks for Knowles' ministry and he, in return, delivered a moving reflection of his years at the Board of Pensions. The assembly gave him three standing ovations.
Thursday was an action-packed day. It included Section Meetings; the State of the Conference Address by Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.; a moving Journey of the Saints service, featuring sermon by Bishop Melvin Talbert and worship led by Jorge Lockward of Global Praise, with the participation of a group of talented musicians from this Conference; the first of three invigorating and inspirational sessions on leadership in ministry, taught by keynote speaker the Rev. Adam Hamilton; District Dinners – at which the Youth Delegation raised $2,313.87* for Imagine No Malaria; and the election of Delegates to General Conference.
Again this year the conference was streamed live. Regrettably, however, bandwidth issues at the Sacramento Convention Center this year produced some problems for the first time. Look for Videos to be posted to REEL Witness (the video library accessible from the Home Page at cnumc.org) as time permits.
(To locate 2011 ACS videos in REEL Witness, click on "Most Recent" under "Browse Videos"; click on "ACS" under "Popular Tags"; or simply type "acs" in the search window and then click on the search button.)
Photos have been uploaded to photo galleries on the website. Just go to http://cnumc.org/galleries, then click on the ACS 2011 photo gallery(ies) of your choice; they are organized by day and day part (i.e. "Wednesday Morning," "Wednesday Afternoon," etc.).
(You also may navigate there by clicking on "News," then selecting Photo Galleries from the menu on the right side of the page.)
*Note: A "bishop's challenge" on Friday netted several thousand more dollars for the Youth Delegation fundraiser for Imagine No Malaria. Other donations were made via text message; the total dollars raised through that process is not yet available.