2014 Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference
June 5-7, 2014 at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland
Officiating bishop: Peggy A. Johnson
Guest speakers: Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball, Retired Bishop Ernest Lyght and the Rev. Olu Brown, John S. Hill and the Rev. HiRho Y. Park
The 2014 Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference was held June 5-7 in Princess Anne, Md., with the theme, “Healing God’s World, Spiritually and Physically.” Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, welcomed clergy and lay members to UMES in Princess Ann, Maryland for the 230th annual conference.
The theme verse of our 230th annual conference, 2 Chronicles 7:14 was present in all of our services that were always uplifting and joyful. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball lit a fire under all in attendance during opening worship service on Thursday afternoon. On her visit back to her roots of Pen-Del, Bishop Steiner Ball gave a powerful explaining how fires nature is to engulf, spread and grow. Bishop Johnson delivered the message, titled “Walk in Truth. The service was powerful and prophetic and left everyone at the Ordination Service feeling God’s presence.
Retired Bishop Ernest Lyght, an Eastern Shore native, offered a message of comfort and hope during the Service of Remembrance, preaching the sermon titled, “God’s Benediction.”
The Rev. Olu Brown from Impact Church in Atlanta led us deeper with teaching on the source of the light and power in all of us. He shared passionately about how to move from a membership church to a relationship church. The Rev. Hi Rho Park, D.Min., Ph.D., who serves as the director of clergy lifelong learning for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, led an inspirational as well as informative Bible study based on 2 Chronicles 7:11-16. Park inspired all in attendance to seek God, pray, humble ourselves, repent and follow the Wesley quadrilateral when faced with a decision to help us focus on our Christian values. John S. Hill, Director of Economic and Environmental Justice at the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, explained about the work of the agency in making the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church more than mere words on a page. In a very informative and creative fashion, Hill used examples from his own day-to-day activities to help those in attendance see how even a simple choice like the brand of coffee we choose to buy can impact the lives of individuals in communities on a global basis. His presentation and descriptions highlighted how The United Methodist Church is helping to impact communities to bring healing and wholeness economically and environmentally.
Newly Ordained and Commissioned
The Board of Ordained Ministry welcomed everyone to a service of Commissioning and Ordination. This was a time of celebration and reverence, a holy moment in all of our lives especially the person’s listed below:
Provisional Members – Order of Deacon
Commissioned to Word, Service, Compassion & Justice
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference
Nikki Kelly Kleinberg
Provisional Members — Order of Elder
Commissioned to Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service
Gail Elizabeth Chupein
Scot Patrick McClymont
Full Members — Order of Deacon
Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice
Nancy Cooper Greenwell
Kymm K. Hockman
Megan Kyoko Shitma
Full Members — Order of Elder
Ordained to Word, Sacrament, Order and Service
Sally L. Stewart
Carolyn Sidithia Williams
Celebration of ministry
Our annual conference this year celebrated the retirement of 13 of our pastors and their dedicated commitment to ministry. We also recognized, in multiyear increments, those pastors still serving in our conference for their continuing dedicated service. With 73 years of service, the Rev. Jervis Cooke continues to pastor his flock doing God’s work
Friday morning was started by our Native American Ministries. The conference was greeted by Herman Jackson from the Nanticoke Tribal Council, and he thanked everyone for being there. A storyteller, Ragghi Calentine, shared with everyone one of her heritage stories that revolved around the pain and sorrow that many Native Americans have felt.
Celebration of the Former Delaware Conference
On Saturday the conference recognized and celebrated its roots by acknowledging the 150th year anniversary of the Old Delaware Conference. Beginning with the National Negro Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a video of celebration was shown that enlightened all about life in the former Delaware Conference. Surviving spouses of pastors and living lay members shared their stories and memories with all of us; along with a special message from the Rev. Wayne Cuff (surviving pastor of former Delaware Conference). Several of those spouses and laity were honored on during the presentation, and were greeted with a standing ovation.
Eight Respond to Altar Call
Feeling God’s presence in their lives, eight individuals, including three young adults, were moved by the Holy Spirit to respond to God’s call to inquire about a life in ordained ministry throughout our annual conference.
Special Offerings Collections Results
Through the generosity of our laity & clergy, the
Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference provided
financial giving in the amounts listed to the named programs:
Imagine No Malaria — $14,574.33
Clergy Family Assistance — $2,588.36
Tray Day (Youth Service Fund) — $1,588.33
The 2015 session of the Pen-Del Annual Conference will be held June 4-6, 2015, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
— Doug Lanter, communications coordinator for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference