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Call to Annual Conference 2018

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Annual Conference will be held May 31 - June 2, 2018, at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.
The theme for 2018 is: Better Together ... One with Christ



Bring a cross -
For over 2000 years, Christians have rallied round a common symbol that represents our Savior, Jesus Christ--and that symbol is the cross. They come in many shapes, varieties, and sizes, but all are representing the same Jesus. This year at Annual Conference we will have many moments to remember that we are One with Christ and are seeking to be in tune with Him. Please bring a small cross that has some significance or sentimental meaning to you when you come to AC this year. Perhaps a cross that is a piece of jewelry, or a pocket cross, or a small hand-held prayer cross, etc. Throughout our times of worship, we will take time to clutch the cross we have brought, to pray, and to remember that we are in fact, One with Christ, and seeking to be in tune with Him.  A limited number of crosses will be available at the Bishop's Partners in Mission display table for a donation to this fund.
Donate stoles -
We will once again be collecting stoles to remember pastors who have died in the last year and then to give to pastors in Sierra Leone.  Please bring unneeded stoles with you to Annual Conference and place in the bin outside clergy session on Thursday morning. 

OR send stoles to 
Rev. Janet Durrwachter 
First United Methodist Church
604 Market St.
Williamsport, PA 17701



Thursday, May 31
Clergy Session - 10:30 a.m., Blue Room
Laity Session - 10:30 a.m., White Room
Opening Worship Celebration - 2:15–3:15 p.m., Blue and White Room, Bishop Park, preaching
Memorial Service, 7:30 p.m. - Blue and White Room, Rev. Marian Hartman, preaching

Friday, June 1
Keynote by Kay Kotan during Plenary 2 (morning), Blue and White Room
Small Table Discussion Time with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball during Plenary 3 (afternoon), Chocolate Ballroom and Red Room
Celebration of Ministry - 7:30 p.m., Blue and White Room, includes testimonies by representative clergy

Saturday, June 2
Bible Study, Bishop Steiner Ball, during Plenary 4 (morning), Blue and White Room
Ordination Service - 1:30 p.m., Blue and White Room

Special Meals – By Invitation/Reservation

Wednesday, May 30
Board of Ordained Ministry - 5:30 p.m., Crystal A

Thursday, May 31
Preachers Aid Society Meeting - 12 noon, Cocoa Suite 1
Memorial Dinner - 5:30 p.m., Cocoa Suite 1/Cocoa Terrace
Fellowship of Local Pastors - 5:30 p.m., Magnolia A, B, C, D

Friday, June 1
Extension Ministries Breakfast - 7 a.m., Cocoa Suite 6
Awards Luncheon - 12 noon, Cocoa Suite 1/Cocoa Terrace
Wesley Seminary Alumni Lunch - 12:30 p.m., Cocoa Suite 6
Ministry Night Dinner - 5:30 p.m., Crystal A



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Registration for commuter meal package only
(no lodging is included) ends on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m.


Registration Information
   Registration Booklet

       Introduction/General Info


       Intercessory Prayer Form
       Holy Conferencing Guidelines
       Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  ► Registration questions, contact:
       Gloria McElwee, AC Registrar
       Voicemail: 717-766-7441 ext.3605