Our Annual Conference concluded yesterday and it actually was pretty good this year. Of special note were the worship services. This year we also have a new bishop, and what a difference it makes when the bishop is accessible and open.
This year we were all invited to help package meals for Stop Hunger Now. So after the Tuesday afternoon session, about 240 of us assembled in the Fellowship Hall. It was great fun and knowing that the food would be going directly to people in need was priceless. We plan to host a similar event at our church. At conference, we packaged over 20,000 meals for 6 people, so food for 120,000 people in about one hour. Check them out at www.stophungernow.com
Another highlight were the God stories. These short videos show ordinary people telling how God has acted extraordinarily in their lives. It was especially inspiring if you knew any of the people, which I did. If you need or want inspiration go to www.god-story.org Also check them out on YouTube.
We also had our annual spouse lunch at Conference. It was fun to see folks and catch-up.
So often we lament that Annual Conference is irrelevant to our churches. If we have more Conferences like this one, we'll have to change our tune.
Tennessee Annual Conference