Countdown to Annual Conference

4/18/2006

18th Session Mississippi Annual Conference

June 11-14

Christ United Methodist Church, Jackson

 

Annual Conference is just around the corner. Here’s some useful information to keep in mind while making plans to attend.

Displays

United Methodist-related institutions, agencies and committees are encouraged to promote their ministries with a display at Annual Conference. Display registration forms are due April 30. Forms are available on the conference Web site, www.mississippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then 2006 Annual Conference.

5K run/walk

Members of Annual Conference and local United Methodists are invited to start the day June 13 by running or walking a 5K (3.1 mile) course around Christ UMC in the second annual Arise! Shine! Run! 5K run/walk. It’s a great way to start the day invigorated! Register by May 17 to ensure you receive a T-shirt. Forms are available on the conference Web site, www.mississippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then 2006 Annual Conference.

Resolutions and petitions

Resolutions and petitions for the 2006 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference must be submitted by May 12. As called for in the Standing Rules, send in triplicate to Conference Secretary Rev. Roger Puhr, P.O. Box 2585, Starkville, MS 39760, and provide one copy to Laura Ranger, Mississippi Conference, 321 Mississippi St., Jackson, MS 39201.

Chabadza

Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of Zimbabwe will preach the opening worship service of Annual Conference June 11, when the conference celebrates its Chabadza Covenant with Zimbabwe and collects the mission offering. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has designated this year’s offering for the Chabadza partnership. Gifts will open a conference communications center in Harare, Zimbabwe, support students and programs at Africa University and assist the ministry and outreach of the Zimbabwe Area. “Chabadza” is a Shona word that means helping someone who is already at work. 

Ways to help

United Methodists from the East and West Jackson districts are invited to serve as ushers, parking attendants and food and refreshment servers during Annual Conference. To volunteer, contact the East and West Jackson office at 601-957-0515 or 601-923-3003.

 Flowers

The flower arrangements during Annual Conference enhance worship services and provide an opportunity for congregations and individuals to honor or memorialize friends and family. To ensure information is included in the program that will be distributed during the Memorial Service, submit memorials or honorariums by May 2. Forms are available on the conference Web site, www.mississippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then 2006 Annual Conference.

Childcare

Childcare for the children of conference members will be provided by the staff of Christ United Methodist Church. Childcare registration forms are due May 22. Forms are available on the conference Web site, www.mississippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then 2006 Annual Conference.

 Lodging

A list of Jackson-area hotels, including several near Christ UMC, is available on the conference Web site, www.mississippi-umc.org. Click on Events, then 2006 Annual Conference.