Pastor Wayne here!
The Holston Annual Conference met at Lake Junaluska June 5-8, 2022. Ann Russell was the Lay Member from McFarland. She and I were there to represent you at this annual meeting (the first one fully together since 2019 due to COVID-19). We met together under the theme, “Pray Together.” And we did. We prayed. We worshipped. We celebrated. And we lamented. We sat under great teaching on prayer from the Reverend Dr. Tom Albin, former Dean of the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville. We heard inspiring messages from Bishop James Swanson, and we experienced the calm, non-anxious presence of the leadership of Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett.
It was good to be together. If you would like to see a recap of the Conference, click here.
Charlene and I are continuing to recover from a mild case of COVID-19. Thank you, God, for the wisdom for scientists to create vaccines and for the common sense to receive them. Tomorrow (Sunday, June 19), the speaker at worship is Marta Driesslein, a Certified Lay Minister out of Tyner United Methodist Church. I pray that you will be blessed by her message. I will be back in the pulpit on June 26.
Just a note to remind you that Darlene is on vacation this week and will return on June 26. Please leave a message if you call the church. I will be monitoring voice mail a couple of times a day.