Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 VAUMC Annual Conference, Day 3 and 4, June 17th and 18th

The emphasis of the Expo this year was Youth and Young Adults.
There were boothes set up by ministries that had been successful working with Youth and Young Adults. They were ministries that had thought outside the box and come up with something new and exciting.

There were boothes for UMC ministries that provide resources for the churches.

And, of course, my favorite place, the Cokesbury Bookstore. You could see the fear in Joanne's eyes when I walked through the book isles. The repeated question was, "Okay, what do you have now?".

Tuesday afternoon there was a recognition of the retiring clergy. As each retiring clergy and their spouse was called forward photos from their ministry time were shown, along with a taped message from the pastor. I wonder if I'll have any pictures to use when I retire? Whatcha think?
The Tuesday evening worship service. The worship was youth oriented, nice and loud. I saw some cover their ears. Fortunately I didn't have my hearing aids and was able to fully enjoy the volume. It reminded me of the P&W CD titled "Our Love is Loud". Oh, yeah!

Wednesday morning they recognized the outgoing and incoming District Superintendents. There was a sorta passing of the mantle service. Our new District Superintendent of the Lynchburg District, Larry Davies, with Joanne, his wife Mel, and Willie.
Once again, Larry is going to be my boss. He was my my boss at Timberlake UMC, Then when I started serving at the Mt. Airy Charge, he became my mentor. Now he's my boss again. I guess I'm in the market for a new mentor. Anybody interested?
Our outgoing District Superintendent, Joanne's cousin, Dave Drinkard.
A youth choir from Florida closed out the 2008 VAUMC Annual Conference.

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