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2013 Ordination Service

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013 HAS CONCLUDED!

Our conference was “Strangely Warmed” from June 12-15 at the 2013 New England Annual Conference sessions! Worship, music, fellowship and business blended in a dynamic event that fired up our spirits! In addition, more than 800 persons watched via webcast each day of conference sessions.

You will find materials and resources here - these are for all to view and share. Additional videos, presentations, materials, and resources will be posted in the coming weeks. 

Summary Report

A full Summary Report is available here that can be downloaded, copied, excerpted, and distributed to your local church.

Order Annual Conference DVDs

A DVD Order Form is available for download.

NOTE that all videos will be posted in the coming weeks for viewing or downloading for free from our web site. Many are available now (see below). In addition, watch this page for additional resources and news updates in the weeks following Annual Conference!

Submit your evaluation online!

Were you at Annual Conference, or did you view it online through the webcast? We want to know what you liked, where you think we can improve, and any other comments that our team can take into account as we prepare for our next Annual Conference sessions in 2014.

Evaluations and feedback for the 2013 Annual Conference can be made online here:

2013 Evaluation Form

Please submit your evaluation before June 28, 2013.

Imagine No Malaria effort gains momentum at Annual Conference

The New England Conference has been ramping up a focused effort to support Imagine No Malaria. The conference has an Imagine No Malaria task force, and last week it was announced that Ms. Bonnie Marden is serving as field coordinator for this conference-wide campaign  (see www.neumc.org/INM).

Imagine No Malaria was the key mission project at the New England Annual Conference sessions, with a number of events and opportunities for conference attendees to learn about and support the campaign, including:

A Display Table with information, resources, silent auction, Miles for Mission race info and sign-up, and ticket sales for the September 28, 2013 New England Revolution soccer game, with a portion of the ticket sales to benefit INM. Watch for more promotions for this exciting partnership, with ticket sales available online next week!

A Learning Center was held to provide an Imagine No Malaria overview and challeng: How Many Lives Will We Save? with Bishop Cliff Ives and the INM Team.

The Ordination Service Offering was designated for Imagine No Malaria, and raised more than $8,000.

The 3rd Annual Miles for Mission 5K Fun Run & Walk was a tremendous success. The Miles for Mission Race had 51 participants and collected $6,508 (after expenses). Another $1,000 was raised in a silent auction.  In addition, there are several hundred dollars still pledged, which we expect to receive in the days after Annual Conference. Additional “stats” include:

  • Top Church Fundraiser - Whitman UMC (Whitman, Mass) raised $2,121
  • Top Individual Fundraiser - Rev. Greg Smith (Shelburne, VT) raised  $721
  • More than $1,000 was raised directly from Conference attendees.
Manuscripts of Bishop Devadhar's addresses/sermons

Bishop Devadhar's Episcopal Address, delivered June 13, 2013. Includes powerful testimony by Pastor Rebecca Lambert.

Bishop Devadhar's Ordination Sermon, delivered June 14, 2013.

Conference-wide Reading Suggestions

Bishop Devadhar has invited the New England Conference to read one of the following three books (or all of them), if possible. During his Episcopal Address, Bishop Devadhar suggested that "Reading these will help facilitate important conversations on what we are called to be in this present age. These books challenge us to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, and to demonstrate that leadership to “serve the present age” as Charles Wesley expressed it in one of his hymns."

The books are: 

  1. When “Spiritual but Not Religious” is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church by Lillian Daniel (Jericho Books, 2013). This is a humorous and sincere book about people finding God in the most unexpected places: prisons, airports, yoga classes, committee meetings, and, strangest of all, right there in church. 
  2. Building a Discipling Culture - How to Release a Missional Movement by Discipling People Like Jesus Did by Mike Breen and Steve Cockram (3 Dimension Ministries, 2011). This is a guide to overcoming our discipleship problem by making missional disciples like those we find in Scripture. 
  3. The Missional Journey by Robert E. Logan (ChurchSmart, 2013). This book invites the church to be missional and dedicates a chapter showing how John Wesley gives us the greatest example of how to go about doing it. 
Addresses

Jung Sun Oh was recognized as the Ziegler Preaching Award recipient. 

Patsy Frey-Davis gave a tremendous Laity Address at the Conference.

Reports and Presentations

Statistician's Report, by Joy Mueller, Conference Statistician 

Statistician Slides, presentation given by Joy Mueller, Conference Statistician

More reports to be posted soon! 

2013 Retiree Video Reflections

Click on any link to view in Windows Media Player on your system.  
You may right-click on any link to download the video to your computer.

Randall Chretien

Jerome Del Pino

Sue Ellery

Ed Farrell-Starbuck

Sharon Jones

Victoria Wood Parrish   

New England Camps and Retreat Centers video

View the camp video, and learn more about our New England Camp and Retreat Centers. Summer camping spots still available!

CCYM Check Challenge Results
More than $14,000 was raised for our conference youth programs in the CCYM Check Challenge! The results by district are tallied below:
 
        District: Amount  (% Churches in District participating)
  • NME:  $3,587.95 (100%)
  • MME:  $3,361.00 (100%)
  • CMA:  $2,073.25 (100%)
  • CWM:  $1,703.00 (38%)
  • VMT:  $1,201.00 (22%)
  • RIM:  $809.00 (15%)
  • NHD:  $807.00 (25%)
  • TRI:  $465.41 (15%)
  • MBH:  $425.00 (15%)
Other collections during Conference
The generosity of New England United Methodists was evident once again through their participation in special collections during the sessions. The following amounts were donated by attendees during the conference:
  • Clergy Scholarship:  $2542.10
  • Imagine No Malaria:  $8029.08 (does not include the Miles for Mission race totals)
  • JFON:  $3820.82
In addition, donations for the cloth neck wallets from Nicaragua that were available at registration collected $751.01.
Photo Galleries from Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference photographer, Rosemary McNulty (www.whitedovephotography.net), took hundreds of photos during our AC13 sessions.
Click the Annual Conference 2013 Galleries to view and/or download Annual Conference photos.

Please credit Rosemary McNulty if any of these photographs are used on your website or in your publications to your local church.