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2007 Red Bird Missionary Conference

May 11-12, 2007, Frakes, Ky.

Bishop James R. King, Jr. presided over the Red Bird Missionary Conference session at Hope United Methodist Church.

Under the theme "Tell THE Story," conference members heard the stories of mission that are being written through the ministries of the churches, outreach centers and mission institutions.

Members witnessed a historic moment when the Rev. Carol DeWitt Crawford became the first elder ordained in the Red Bird Missionary Conference. The conference celebrated Bishop King's appointment of Rev. Crawford as United Methodist Board of Global Ministries missionary to Angola. The conference celebrated 20 years of service of Henderson Settlement Executive Director Tim Crawford and Carol Crawford as they depart for Africa in June.

The conference:

  • Honored the life of the late Rev. Don Penner, who served 54 years in pastoral ministry in the Red Bird Missionary Conference;
  • Was motivated by the Bible study and preaching of Bishop King;
  • Was blessed by the presence and preaching of Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Superintendent the Rev. David Wilson and celebrateda mission offering of $14,253 for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, a sister missionary conference;
  • Received official greetings from global ministries liaison Carol Thompson andthe Rev. Ken Sloane of United Methodist Communications;
  • Accepted a certificate of recognition for 100 percent payment of apportionments from the United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration;
  • Presented the Harry DenmanAwards for Evangelism to Carol Crawford (clergy) and Edna Hendrickson (laity);
  • Presented certificates to58 percent of chartered churches and outreach centers for "five-star mission giving" and54 percent for giving to all six special Sundays with offerings;
  • Adopted the 2008 budget with no increase in World Service and Programs; and
  • Approved a petition to 2008 General Conference for full voting rights of local pastors and associate members.

Conference members elected Sue Brunk, Booneville, Ky., as the lay delegate to General Conference and the Rev. Chuck Jack, Beverly, Ky., as clergy delegate. The lay delegate elected to Jurisdictional Conference was Charlotte Davis, New Springs, Ky., and Molly Jack Beverly, Ky., as the (youth) reserve. The clergy delegate elected to Jurisdictional Conference was the Rev. David Warden, Manchester, Ky., and the Rev. Jamie Brunk, Booneville, Ky., as reserve.

Conference membership stands at 1,425, up 19 over the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 773, up 12. Church school attendance stands at 424, down 42.

--Ruth A. Wiertzema