This weekend I along with Pastor Stephanie and our other lay delegates will be attending the 2017 Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference in Hampton. This is a very significant time in the life of the church as clergy and lay delegates from all over the conference convene to do the business of our Conference.
Each year when conference arrives it is a wonderful mix of business and inspiration.
This year will be no different. The theme of this year's conference is "A New Thing;" guided by the scriptural passage of Isaiah 43:19 -- "Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
It is such a blessing to be a part of this great conference of the United Methodist Church and to see the amazing things God is doing through our church here in Virginia and around the world. I pray that God will continue to inspire us to do our part to further the work of His kingdom here in our Western Branch community and united with our sisters and brothers all around the world.
The most significant "new thing" that will be evident at the annual conference is the leadership of our Bishop Sharma Lewis. Since she assumed leadership back in September Bishop Lewis has generated great enthusiasm and hope within the conference. She brings great passion and excitement to our conference and I believe her leadership will help to spark renewal and revival among our churches.
All the sessions of the Annual Conference will be streamed live online beginning Friday at 3:00 PM. You can follow along and watch live online by clicking on the following link: https://livestream.com/VAUMC/AC2017
Please pray for me and all our delegates Pastor Stephanie, Debbie Armistead, Sandy Stapleton, Mary Sue Floyd, Marta Pizzeck, Michael Monge, Michael Strickland, and Ryan Duncan as we are there to represent New Creation UMC and the Elizabeth River District.