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2010 Kansas East Annual Conference

Kansas East Annual Conference
June 9-12, 2010, Leawood, Kan.

Kansas East Annual Conference met June 9 -12 at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was "The Church United: Eradicating Poverty" continuing the conference's emphasis on each of the four areas of focus identified by the General Conference in 2008.

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Couture, Saint Paul School of Theology, and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, pastor at St. John United Methodist Church in Houston, were the keynote speakers focusing on ministry with the poor.

The conference approved a resolution to enter into a partnership relationship with the Haiti District of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas. The partnership identifies three key projects for the conference to partner with the church in Haiti to complete, including the rebuilding of an important school in Port-au-Prince and a new parsonage on La Gonave. Gesner Paul, president of the Methodist Church in Haiti, was a special guest of the conference.

The conference adopted a spending plan of $5.058 million for 2011 and a resolution calling for all congregations to provide financial and emotional support and networking connections for pregnant women in need and their voiceless children. Bishop Jones commissioned six into the ministry of elder, ordained one deacon received into full connection, and ordained nine elders received into full connection. Thirteen retired from ministry.

Membership stands at 71,174, down 132 (.19 percent) from 2008. Worship attendance stands at 31,883, down 59 (.18 percent) from 2008. Sunday school participation stands at 10,688, down 392 (7.65 percent) from 2008.

Lisa Elliott Diehl,
Kansas Area Communications Director