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2010 Red Bird Missionary Conference

April 23-24, 2010, Thousandsticks, Ky.

Bishop Lindsey Davis presided over the conference with the theme, "To God be the Glory."

A fountain was filled with water from each church, outreach center and mission institution as the names of faithful servants were read during the memorial service.

The assembly received greetings from the Rev. Clayton Childers of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society; Rachel Barnett of The Advance; Manuel Vargas of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits; and the Rev. Larry Garner of the United Methodist Publishing House.

Bible study was based on Jeremiah and Acts, using images of clay vessels and God as the Potter. Ruth A. Wiertzema, director of connectional ministries, spoke of our human struggles with change and our need to remember that we are God's vessels and are subject to remolding by the Potter. Heartwarming stories from our churches, outreach centers, mission institutions and other conference programs reminded the assembly that amid change, God is at work.

As an act of remembrance that we are the vessels and our lives pour out into God's holy plan, members filled and returned water to the fount using small vessels.

Danny Howe, mission night speaker, spoke about the children of Sudan and their struggles, including the lack of clean drinking water. The assembly gave $18,145 to provide wells for a community in Yei, Sudan.

The conference accepted a certificate from the United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration for paying 100 percent of apportionments.

Harry Denman Awards for Evangelism were presented to C. Robert Landis (clergy) and Shirley Crouse (laity). Certificates were also presented to congregations for "five-star mission giving" and six special Sunday offerings.

The Rev. Chuck Jack returned to pastoral ministry after nine years of service as conference superintendent; the conference welcomed the Rev. Farley Stuart as the new superintendent.

Membership stands at 1,495, up seven over the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 711, up 35. Church school attendance stands at 348, down 30.

-Ruth Wiertzama