“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NRSV)
The 2012 North Alabama Annual Conference will be May 31 - June 2 at Birmingham-Southern College.
Welcome to the 2012 Session of the North Alabama Conference. The Annual Conference Planning team, led by Linda Holland and Bishop Willimon, has a full and exciting schedule of activities planned for us this year as we return to Birmingham-Southern College. Our theme is "One," and we will celebrate the United Methodist Connection and look forward to God’s future for North Alabama!
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s Annual Conference:
The Memorial Service will be held at Trinity UMC in Homewood on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The Ordination Service will be held at Canterbury UMC on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Commissioning/Licensing Service will be held in Bill Battle Coliseum on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Celebration of Holy Communion Friday and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the lake behind the United Methodist Center.
Bishop Swanson of the Holston Conference will lead us in Bible study on Friday.
Mike Slaughter, senior pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, will be our speaker on Saturday.
The Clergy Session will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Munger Auditoriam
The Laity Session will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Bill Battle Coliseum.
Business Sessions begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. and conclude around 4 p.m. Saturday.
Fellowship and Fun
The Youth Battle of the Praise Bands will begin Friday morning and conclude with an announcement of the winner at our Saturday afternoon session.
Reception for Bishop Willimon and Mrs. Willimon on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The Annual Conference offering this year goes to support Mission2Gather. The offering will be collected Friday night at the Ordination service, but you can contribute at any time during annual conference by giving your offering to one our ushers (who will be easily identifiable in their vests). This year our ushers are being trained to assist those with disabilities. If you need any assistance, please let our ushers know.
I hope that you will take time to prayerfully read the reports in the PreConference Book. In most instances, the reports are included on our consent agenda (see page 61 for more details) and will not be specifically addressed during the conference.
We are excited to be back at Birmingham-Southern College this year! The Annual Conference planning team is thankful to the pastors and staffs of ClearBranch and Asbury for hosting us while we’ve been “away.” We are also very thankful for Laura Sisson and the staff at Birmingham-Southern for their hospitality this year and in years past.
I wish to thank all of you for the time and effort you are giving to Annual Conference. I look forward to worshipping and working with you this year. If I can be of any service to you before, during or after Conference, please feel free to contact me at (205) 226-7960 or at email@example.com.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.