Plenty of space available for conference dinners


By the Advocate

Groups planning special meals during Annual Conference may begin making reservations. The Jackson Convention Complex has plenty of room to accommodate groups and events of all sizes. All food is provided by the complex’s catering staff.

Leading the Food and Beverage team for Annual Conference is the Rev. Elbrist Mason of Brandon and conference staff members the Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett and Brenda McGloster.

To schedule a meal:

• Contact the meal planning team by calling Mason at 666-647-7486 (the conference office) or 601-813-5597 or e-mail to receive a meal package and other information.

• Request the date, time and type of meal you desire. Return the information to the Mississippi Conference, Attn: Food and Beverage Team, P. O. 1147, Jackson, MS  39215-1147.

• The Convention Complex’s staff will review the meal request, including the number of participants and the cost. The Convention Complex will inform you and the conference team of the set up and cost. The team will help in selection of menus and room lay-out if desired.

The team requests that June 11 be reserved for seminary lunches and dinners. June 12-14 are open to any group beginning with breakfast (before 8 a.m.) through dinner.

In addition, any group seeking a private celebration or event may also reserve space by following the same procedure.

Childcare will provided for all Annual Conference members who are attending Trans4mation, June 11 and-or the business sessions of the 2009 Mississippi Annual Conference June 12-14. Childcare for pre-school aged children (6 months through 5-years old) will also be offered at all three evening worship services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  

All childcare for children ages 6 months through the completion of fourth grade will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. Plans include fun events, outings and activities for elementary children. 

Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration ensures that enough childcare workers will be on duty to meet the legally required child-worker ratio and helps in scheduling workers.The deadline to register for childcare is May 18. Registration after May 18 will carry an additional $25 fee. This fee will be in addition to the registration and childcare fees. A $40 fee will be assessed to each family that does not register prior to conference. This late fee will be in addition to the registration and childcare fees.

Costs for childcare:
• $35 registration fee per family
• $25 per day (business sessions and lunch included)
• $15 per evening worship session (only for those under 5-years old)

The Annual Conference childcare registration form is available on-line at 

 “Changing the World by Changing YOUR World” will feature guest speakers, workshops, worship, networking and best-practices testimonies.

The event is scheduled for June 11-12 at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson. Speakers include Rudy Rasmus, Chris Lahr, Steve Sjogren and others. Workshop leaders include general church, board agency leaders and Mississippi laity and clergy.

The event is free, but meals are not included.

To register on-line, visit or call the conference office at 601-354-0515 ext. 28 or 866-647-7486.

Rasmus, a local pastor, is co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church with his wife Juanita in downtown Houston, Texas. He began his ministry with nine existing members in 1992. St. John's has grown to more than 9,000 members. Some 3,000 of these are either currently or formerly homeless.

Sjogren launched the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati in 1985 with 37 people. Under his leadership, the congregation grew to more than 6,000 in average attendance. Sjogren is currently focused on writing, speaking and mentoring church planters.

Lahr works as a recruiter and academic director for Mission Year, which is a program that provides people ages 18 and older the opportunity to live in intentional community and serve in an urban center. Lahr speaks on topics ranging from God’s heart for the poor, Jesus, the kingdom of God, community, hospitality, racism and white identity and embracing the “least of these.”