Countdown to Annual Conference


2007 Mississippi
Annual Conference
Arise! Shine! Rejoice!
June 10-13, Christ UMC,

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

Resolutions and petitions

Resolutions and petitions for the 2007 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference must be submitted by May 11. As called for in the Standing Rules, send in triplicate to Conference Secretary Rev. Roger Puhr, 18601 Hwy. 63, Moss Point, MS 39562, and provide one copy to Connectional Ministries, P.O. Box 1147, Jackson, MS 39215. 

Mission offering

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has designated the 2007 Annual Conference mission offering to support ministries with children and youth in Zimbabwe and Mississippi. In the spirit of chabadza, 50 percent of the offering for youth and children’s ministry in Zimbabwe and 50 percent for youth and children’s ministry in Mississippi.

“Chabadza” is an African word that means helping someone who is already at work in the field. At the 2006 Annual Conference, United Methodists in Mississippi and Zimbabwe partnered together and formed the Chabadza Covenant.

A bulletin insert and flyer are available. 


The following hotels are located near Christ UMC and still have rooms available. To insure you receive the stated rate, call the local number listed below.

  • Best Western Jackson North - $73 with tax, 601-956-8686
  • Clarion Hotel & Suites I-55 North - $65, 601-366-9411
  • Comfort Inn, 5709 I-55 N - $65 tax included,  601-206-6161
  • Drury Inn & Suites, 610 E. County Line - $99 plus tax, 601-956-6100
  • Hampton Inn, 465 Briarwood Dr. - $79 tax included,  601-956-3611
  • Hilton, County Line Road - $104 plus tax, 601-957-2800
  • Jameson Inn, I-55 N & Beasley - $85 plus tax, 601-206-8923
  • Quality Inn North, 839 Ridgewood Rd. - $59.95, 601-956-6203
  • Red Roof Inn, I-55 & E. County Line - $60, 601-956-7707 

5K run/walk

Members of Annual Conference and local United Methodists are invited to start the day June 12 by running or walking a 5K (3.1 mile) course around Christ UMC in the third annual Arise! Shine! Run! 5K run/walk. Register by May 15 to ensure you receive a T-shirt.  


The arrangements of flowers 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 7.  

Ways to help

United Methodists from the East and West Jackson districts are invited to serve in many volunteer capacities, and youth 16 and older are needed to serve as pages. To volunteer, contact the East and West Jackson office at 601-944-0776 or the Connectional Ministries office at 601-354-0515. 

Mantles of praise

Conference members and guests can help make garlands and mantles that will be presented throughout conference in recognition of ministry and outstanding leadership in line with this year’s theme from Isaiah 61, “to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.” Talented, “crafty” people are needed to help design and create these gifts. To volunteer, contact the Connectional Ministries office at 601-354-0515. 

Special meals

If you are planning a special breakfast, luncheon or dinner during Annual Conference please provide details to the Connectional Ministries office, 601-354-0515. The special meals schedule is available on the conference Web site.