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Pastor's Perspective

June 2017

Posted by Ricky Sanderford on

Pastor’s Perspective


Annual conference is a gathering of all the pastors, active and retired, and representatives from all the churches in the conference. Annual conference is where we take care of the needed business of passing a budget and electing people to various leadership roles and committees in the conference. As an elder in the church, my membership resides in the annual conference not in any local church, So, in a way, this is the gathering of my church. Renewing relationships and worshiping together has always been the highlight of annual conference for me as it is for most attendees. I’ve been attending annual conference each June since 1988. I went to a handful before that year. This means I’ve been to a session of annual conference…a bunch!


I’m looking forward to this session of annual conference for a number of reasons. One, Our Bishop, Robert Schnase, will be presiding over his first annual conference as our bishop. He presided last year, but not as the bishop of the Rio Texas Annual Conference. Two, Rev. Adam
Hamilton from Resurrection UMC will be with us for three different teaching sessions. Rev. Hamilton is the lead pastor at the largest church in the denomination and is a prolific author. Third, and most importantly, our own Robert Perales will be ordained as an elder in the
church. This marks the end of a process and journey that lasts at least eight years. Ordination in the UM church like baptism happens only once for a person. This is a high and holy time. The service of ordination is moving and you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit moving among all the people. The service of ordination begins with
gathering music at 7 pm on Friday, June 9 in Selena Auditorium
at the American Bank Center (Corpus Christi Convention Center). You’re invited to come and celebrate with Robert and others being ordained that evening. There is a reception following worship.


I look forward to seeing you in worship, around the community
and maybe even in Corpus Christi.


Grace and peace,
Ricky

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