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June 7, 2011

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Morning Bible Study: Dr. P. Alice Rogers concluded two days of inspiring Bible studies this morning. In Monday's session she focused on Paul's letter to the Philippians and our partnership with Jesus Christ. In Tuesday's session, she said visible signs help us to remember our inner beliefs. Paul's partnership with Timothy reminds us we must have a common purpose and mission. "

Teaching Sessions: Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr. spoke at two teaching sessions on Tuesday morning. The first session was entitled, "Five Questions for Congregations.""He expressed that change in the church is more evolutionary than revolutionary, specifically teaching that your church mission statement should read in "so that" language. He said, "We have a choir 'so that.' We have Bible school 'so that.' We have worship on Sunday 'so that.'" He asked, "If our church closed today, who would miss it besides the members?" Weems mentioned that thriving churches are connecting people with God and their communities. His second teaching session was entitled, "Only Babies Like to Be Changed.""

Business Sessions: Bishop Paul L. Leeland expressed gratitude to Amelia Fletcher, AWF Disaster Response Coordinator, the district disaster response coordinators for their tireless efforts for the tornado relief, and to the conference for their support. Dr. Bill Brunson, Southwest District Superintendent of the North Alabama Conference, was in attendance and expressed appreciation to our conference for our continued prayers and concern. The afternoon session held a special moment when Bishop Leeland called on Bishop Paul A. Duffey"to preside over the session. The committee on resolutions and petitions continued its work. A complete list of all resolutions passed by the conference will be included in tomorrow's brief."

Commissioning Service: Two provisional deacons and thirteen provisional elders were commissioned in today's service. Bishop Paul L. Leeland addressed those in attendance by delivering the sermon, "Chosen Servants." A special offering was collected for the Alabama tornado victims. Photos from this service can be seen here."

Balloting: Balloting continued throughout the day Tuesday. In the morning business sessions, Gip Kingry was elected as the third lay delegate to the 2012 General Conference. Dr. Larry Bryars"was the first clergy delegate elected to the 2012 General Conference and Rev. Rurel Ausley was the second delegate elected. The fourth ballots for both lay and clergy did not produce an election. In the afternoon session, the fifth lay ballot resulted in two General Conference delegates: Beverly Maddox and Frank Dunnewind. The fifth clergy ballot resulted in three General Conference delegates: Rev. Robin Wilson, Rev. Allen Newton"and Rev. Tonya Elmore."The sixth ballot did not produce an election for either lay or clergy. The seventh ballot resulted in Robert Powell as the sixth and final lay delegate to General Conference, and no election for the clergy. The evening session began with the eighth ballot announced, which resulted in Dr. Lawson Bryan"as the final clergy delegate to General Conference and Pat Luna as the first lay delegate elected to Jurisdictional Conference. The ninth ballot produced two Jurisdictional Delegates, Susan Hunt and Clara Ester. No clergy was elected from the ninth ballot. The tenth ballot produced four delegates to Jurisdictional Conference: lay elected were John Croft and Paulette Thompson; clergy elected were Rev. Frederick Outlaw"and Rev. David Goolsby."On Monday, Dr. Steve Furr and Judge Dawn Hare were elected as lay delegates to the 2012 General Conference. For a complete list of election results, click here."

Laity Report: Dr. Steve Furr updated the conference in regards to the work of the laity. He called on Mrs. Helen Edwards, conference lay speaking director, and Mrs. Betty Helms, conference UMW president. They updated those in attendance about their respective areas of work. John Croft, president of UMM, spoke to the conference about the ways the United Methodist Men are contributing to areas within our boundaries that have used their talents and gifts."

Laity Banquet: The Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, delivered the 3rd Annual"Mary Ellen Bullard Leadership Address during this evening's Laity Banquet. Dr. Lawson Bryan, senior minister at First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, introduced the first female Supreme Court Judge and also recognized the Bullard family in attendance. Chief Justice Cobb shared that it was a"humbling experience to speak to people (Methodist friends) that made her who she is today and credited parents whom she felt she, "didn't deserve." She encouraged the laity to be a "gap filler" and urged them to influence law makers to take advantage of policy that pertain to Matthew 25:40."

Scouting Awards: During the laity banquet AWF Scouting Coordinator Vaughn Nichols charmed the crowd with his presentation of several awards. He reported"120 churches in or conference have scouting units with close to 11,00 scouts in our conference. First United Methodist Church of Andalusia, Citronelle United Methodist Church and Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church were all recognized for their outstanding work in scouting. The conference honored Dalton Stacks for his tremendous work as an Eagle scout. His project benefited Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity. His goal was to collect enough pairs of blue jeans that would be converted to eco-friendly insulation for one home. With a grand total of 8,600 pairs from 15 states, his project will insulate close to 15 homes. Dalton was presented the Good Samaritan Award from Bishop Leeland."

Local Church Heritage Award: This award is given to the church within the conference that has taken great measure to preserve their history. This year's recipient is Fairhope United Methodist Church. Rev. Mike McKnight accepted the award on behalf of the church."

Alice Lee Award: This award goes to someone who was inspired by Alice's service and has chosen a path of service. This year's recipient is Ms. Martha Wood of St. Mark's UMC in Mobile, AL."

Denman Evangelism Award: This award goes to those who exemplify outstanding Christian evangelism. This year's recipients are Levi Leet of First United Methodist Church of Pace, FL, Averie Elizabeth Trout of Chickasaw United Methodist Church, James and Sandra Mercier of Saraland United Methodist Church"and Rev. Trish Bruner"of Flomaton United Methodist Church."

UMCOR Relief Kit Drive: As a reminder, please deliver your UMCOR Relief Kits to the trailer parked in the Frazer UMC parking lot."

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