About 1,200 United Methodists are expected to gather Monday through Thursday for the annual meeting of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference in Oklahoma City.
The meeting will be at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Oklahoma City University, with Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. presiding. Theme is “All Things New,” based on Revelation 21:5.
Hayes is the leader of more than 600 churches in both the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. The latter conference will host its annual meeting in June.
The conference will open with worship at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Luke’s, with a pre-concert set for 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Jasmine Smothers of Georgia will be the guest preacher for Monday’s opening worship service and a worship service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s.
A total of 21 people will be commissioned and ordained for pastoral ministry during evening worship on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A highlight of the general session is consideration of “An Act of Repentance and Reconciliation with Native Americans” at 10 a.m. Tuesday at OCU’s Freede Center. The program will feature information about the American Indian influence on Oklahoma Methodism.
Business session highlights include:
•A new church planned in Lawton.
•New program for faith-based community nurses.
•Voting on 2015 budget proposal of estimated $15.4 million budget.
New conference clergy assignments will become official in the closing session on Thursday at the Freede Center.
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Oklahoma United Methodist Annual Conference
•When: Monday through Thursday.
•Where: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15, and Oklahoma City University’s Freede Center, NW 27 and Florida Avenue.
•Online: For information and live streaming of worship and business sessions, go to www.okumc.org/annual_conference.