Red Bird Missionary Conference
May 14-15, Frakes, Ky.
Working on a strategic plan for mission and ministry was among the accomplishments of the Red Bird Missionary Conference as members met for their annual session. Bishop James R. King Jr. presided over the session, held at Hope United Methodist Church.
Under the theme “Lift High the Cross,” the Red Bird members:
- Were inspired by stories of people lifting high the cross in the ministries of the churches, outreach centers and mission institutions.
- Adopted a revised constitution and bylaws for the conference.
- Began formalizing the Red Bird Missionary Conference Strategic Plan for mission and ministry for the next quadrennium.
- Accepted a certificate of recognition for payment of 100 percent of apportionments; the certificate was presented by the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration.
- Received official greetings from the Rev. Carol Thompson, liaison with the Board of Global Ministries; Celinda Hughes, staff at United Methodist Communications; and Kevyn Amos, Black College Fund ambassador.
- Received for the 12th year the National Youth Service Award for per capita giving.
- Celebrated being No. 1 in the Southeastern Jurisdiction with the highest percentage of churches participating and highest per capita giving to the Advance.
- Raised $13,663.60 for “Missions with Uganda.”
- Presented certificates to 69 percent of the conference’s chartered churches and outreach centers for “five-star mission giving” and 58 percent for giving to all six Special Sundays with offering.
- Held a service of Repentance and Reconciliation for racism in the church.
- Received a report from the General Conference delegation.
- Presented the Clergy Harry Denman Award for Evangelism to the Rev. Don Penner and the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism to Glenn and Barbara Saylor.
- Adopted the 2005 budget for world service and programs with no increase over the 2004 budget.
- Celebrated the retirement of the Rev. C. Robert Landis, who has served the Red Bird Missionary Conference for 42 years; and the Rev. Edgar Farmer, who has served the conference 14 years.
- Commissioned Carol DeWitt Crawford as a probationary member of Red Bird Missionary Conference.
- Celebrated 50 years in ministry of the Rev. and Mrs. Don Penner (retired).
Membership stands at 1,367, up 3 over the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 747, down 63.
-- Ruth A. Wiertzema