Important Final Details and Guide to Annual Conference 2017

May 17, 2017

We are quickly approaching the 2017 session of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. We are excited to see many of you soon. Click here to access a working agenda. Copies of the final agenda will be distributed at the doors of Wesley Hall prior to Monday's first business session. 

The reservation system closes on May 22, 2017, at 2:00pm. After this date and time, the reservation system will be closed so that we can accurately report head counts to our host churches. Click here to make a reservation

The 2017 Guide to Annual Conference has been published. It contains the bulletins for the Opening Worship Service and Memorial Service. We continue to strive to be good stewards of our resources. Therefore, printed bulletins will not be produced for these two services (family attending the Memorial Service will receive keepsake copies). The 2017 Book of Reports is available online. Hard copies will be mailed to your district office. Please watch for pickup instructions from them. 

This year we will host Color Craft Directories at annual conference to produce our quadrennial pictorial directories. They will be photographing clergy and conference leadership on Monday-Wednesday in rooms 3013/3015. Click here for times. All clergy, conference staff, district administrative assistants and district lay leaders should have their photo taken. The Episcopal office highly recommends all clergy have their photo taken. These photos will also be used on our clergy finder section of the conference Website. Click here to make an appointment (select the only dropdown option and date on calendar). 

The clergy executive session and laity session will be held Sunday evening following opening worship (please note earlier start time for opening worship). Clergy will report to Wesley Hall and laity may remain in the sanctuary. Registration will close during opening worship but will briefly reopen prior to these sessions to accommodate those who are not able to register prior to opening worship. It will close promptly at 8pm Sunday evening. Clergy need to have their name badge visible to enter the executive session. 

Each morning (Monday-Wednesday) will begin with worship in Wesley Hall at 8:30am. Holy Communion will be served on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please plan to join your fellow clergy and laity for a special time of worship and reflection. 

At the beginning of the Tuesday session in Wesley Hall, we are asking all clergy to find their local church lay delegates and sit with them by district. There will be a screen visual (see image below) and pages to assist you in finding your district. If you are projected to receive a new appointment, please find your new church lay delegates. This will be important for one of our morning teaching sessions. 

We look forward to seeing everyone June 4-7, 2017, at Frazer Memorial UMC!