Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:
Where have the days gone? Quite soon we will be at Lakeside again for Annual Conference 2016. By then the 2016 General Conference will be history and the Jurisdictional and Central Conferences will be ahead of us.
We will gather around the theme Becoming the Beloved Community – Given. I am pleased that as we come full circle on our four-year theme, we will be nourished with worship and study. The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Senior Strategist and Theology Professor at Duke Divinity School, will be our conference teacher. Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church will be one of our preachers. Each has unique gifts and experiences that will help us to take a deep dive into Given.
As you prepare to be at Annual Conference, know of my prayers for you and my desire that you will uphold in prayer all who give special labor (volunteers and staff) to make conference an experience that equips us to do the mission work of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Online registration opens Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. You may go online to westohioumc.org and click on Register for Events. If you do not have access to online registration, please call your district office for help.
Yours in Christ,
+Gregory V. Palmer