Items for ACS

June 06, 2013

Registration for 2013 Annual Conference Session is closed. If you did NOT pre-register, you must register upstairs in the conference office (Room 305).

On Wednesday, registration opens at 8 a.m. The registration tables will be located in their familiar spot in the hallway outside our meeting space (Hall A). If you pre-registered, pick up your badge and registration packet. At 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, all registration will move to the conference office (Room 305) and will remain there until the conclusion of ACS.
For those of you who have not reserved housing yet, the Hyatt Regency Hotel is still accepting reservations. Make your reservations online here or call 916-443-1234 
Seating at ACS:
A few changes have been made in the seating for the 2013 ACS, taking place Wednesday, June 19-Saturday, June 22. There will be NO assigned seating on the plenary floor. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, a few tables will be reserved close to the stage for those with hearing or vision impairment.
The room configuration will be the same as last year (orientation of the room is east-west). The columns this year will be assigned names – using the Rev. Dr. Eric Law's Holy Currencies of Gracious Leadership, Relationship, Truth, Wellness, Money and Time & Place.
Fixing of Appointments Schedule:
  • Thursday, June 20
    • El Camino District (afternoon)
    • Great Northern District (afternoon)
  • Friday, June 21
    • Central Valley District (morning)
    • Bridges District (afternoon)
    • Appointments Beyond the Local Church (evening)
Everyone is invited to participate.
District Dinners and Mealtime Events:
Registration is still open for district dinners – register here.
Be sure to visit the 2013 ACS Mealtime Event page for all other sponsored mealtime events. Mealtime registration deadlines are fast approaching so don't wait, register now.

Please note: The time and location for the Claremont School of Theology Luncheon has changed to 12:15 p.m. at The Distillery, 1207 L Street, Sacramento.
Documents for ACS:
Before heading to Sacramento, be sure to print (or download and save to your computer) the documents you'll need – particularly a copy of the Recommendation and Budget. All documents and E-First Day Packet materials will be available on the 2013 ACS page the week of June 17, 2013. Items are being added daily, as we receive them so be sure to check a final time before heading to Sacramento.
Should you forget, however, we will also make pre-conference documents available for printing at the FedEX/Kinko's copy center at 1200 and "J" Streets, at your own expense.

Note: If bringing a computer, there are no electrical outlets on the floor at the Convention Center, so bring extra batteries or schedule breaks to re-fuel. Also there will be no intranet this year.
Live Streaming:
Follow ACS LIVE on the 2013 ACS LIVE page – where you'll be able to watch the action, read the ACS Twitter feed (use hashtag #cnumc), read posted articles and view photos.
Guest Book Signings:
Guest speakers, the Rev. Dr. Eric Law and the Rev. Dr. George "Tink" Tinker will sign copies of their books during ACS.
Special Offerings:
Remember to take a special offering this weekend for "Building a Bridge of Love to Angola" — and take it to ACS.
Clergy Pictorial Directory:
All clergy (active and retired) pre-register online now to have your photo taken for the pictorial directory at Annual Conference Session. In addition, we also encourage clergy spouses, conference and district lay leaders, conference committee and commission chairs, and conference staff to have their photo taken.
The photos will be uploaded to the CA-NV Annual Conference website's online directories and used in news articles as needed.
Lifetouch will be set-up, for your convenience, in Room 301 at the Convention Center, Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21 (8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.).
Register online here to schedule your portrait session. Select the day and the time that works best for you. You will also be asked to create a login and password which will allow you to return and modify your session if needed.
Set-up and Teardown Help Needed:
Even if it looks that way, the "magic" of Annual Conference Session actually does not happen magically. In fact, it is only through the efforts of many servant-minded people that we are able to enjoy four days of holy conferencing each June.
We invite you to be a part of "making the 'magic' happen!" Volunteers are needed to help with construction of the ramp to the stage, in particular, which happens on the Tuesday of ACS week – June 18, this year – and to help take it down and pack it away after the conference ends.
If you can help, please contact ACS Facilities Manager Harold Caudle at
Pick-up Choir Volunteers Needed:
The choir will sing during the ordination service on Saturday. Singers with the ability to read music or learn music quickly are needed. There will be a few practices during the session. All persons are invited. For questions or interest, contact Gayle Basten at
Donate and Buy Used Books:
Beginning on the morning of the first day of Annual Conference Session, the Conference Archives and History Commission will accept donations of relevant books in good condition, to be re-sold to benefit the Conference Archives and History Center at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley (under the supervision of Conference archivist Dr. Stephen Yale).

The committee – which is small in number – would appreciate your help in arranging the books that you donate.
The four used book tables will be located at the top of the escalator, near the third floor lobby where Cokesbury has been set up in recent years. (This year, displays will occupy the lobby space and Cokesbury will be in Rooms 309 and 310.) The tables will be appropriately labeled and easy to find for first-timers.
Books not sold or selected will be taken to a community library for use as is deemed helpful.
For more information or to make suggestions, contact Sarge Wright, commission chair, at 916.729.7079 or
Reception Following the Journey of the Saints Memorial Service:
A reception will be held immediately following the Journey of the Saints Memorial Service, Thursday, June 20.
Ordinands' Reception:
You're invited to greet the Ordinands and new members of the Annual Conference at a reception in the third floor lobby area at the Sacramento Convention Center, immediately following the Service of Commissioning and Ordination on Saturday, June 22.
Additional Items:
There will not be a blood drive at ACS this year. According to James Chew, the Red Cross was unable to accommodate us this year.
There will not be an Oasis table this year. There will be an information table, with Sacramento visitor guides, etc. where the Oasis was formerly located. Lost and found will be located in the conference office (Room 305). If you find an item, take it to the office.
To find anything 2013 ACS related, visit our website at and click on "Annual Conference Session" found under "Quick Links" on the right side of the page.