Issues Facing the UMC General Conference

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Dear Church Family,

This week is shaping up to be a busy one for me as I am on the cusp of turning in my last two assignments to complete the second semester of my doctoral program through George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

I want to thank those of you who have written or spoken encouraging words to me as I’ve taken on this challenge. Having been out of the classroom for 18 years, I don’t think I fully appreciated how challenging it would be to go back to school!

Speaking of Portland Oregon, Rev. Tim Morrison is heading to Portland in May as a delegate for the 2016 United Methodist Church General Conference. As such, he would like to take a few moments to talk through some of the important legislative issues being looked at this year. You can find the full list here. Two informational sessions will be held May 8th at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in room B18. If you have questions or concerns about the issues facing the church, this is a great opportunity to hear the facts from someone who will be closely involved in the process.

I hope you’ve been enjoying our sermon series, “Fakebook: Being Authentic in a Fake World.” This week, I’m excited that we’ll have a guest preacher in the pulpit. Friends, you do not want to miss the Rev. Jim Ozier, author of the book Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church. He’ll be talking about what it means to be authentically hospitable. He’s a fabulous speaker and teacher who has grown and led large congregations and is now in the business of helping other churches reach their God-given potential for Kingdom work. You will be captivated, inspired and challenged by the message he will bring.

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