Sunday was set-up day for the 2012 Kentucky Annual Conference. Staff and volunteers got the Northern Kentucky Convention Center ready to welcome clergy, laity, and guests to the annual gathering of Kentucky United Methodists in Covington. Scores of volunteers made quick work of unloading a truck full of items for Conference.
Many people at the Convention Center enjoyed a time of Sabbath after lunch. Rev. Kevin Burney offered a brief reflection on John 13: 1-5. Rev. Farley Stuart led the group in singing before the group shared in holy communion.
The third annual Kentucky Methodist History Seminar took place at the Convention Center. Penny Conrad, President of Pendleton County Historical & Genealogical Society, spoke on “Sharing Your Church History With the Community.”
Ms. Conrad pointed out that many church records are not protected so that they will be preserved in case of a disaster. “History must be kept in a secure location,” she said.
Dr. Sarah Blair of the EUB Center at United Theological Seminary spoke about the history of the Evangelical United Brethern and the 1968 merger that formed the United Methodist Church.
Also at the seminar, Dave Schroeder of the Kenton County Library discussed the library indexing church records. He spoke about how the Kenton County Library has one of the largest collections of Kentucky History and encouraged Methodists throughout Kentucky to send his library a copy of their church history.
Registration opened at 5:00 p.m. in the Convention Center lobby.
The Imagine No Malaria Youth Rally drew a crowd of young people who enjoyed the music of Mosteller. Rev. Susan Eaton was the keynote speaker. The event helped raise awareness about the United Methodist Church’s efforts to eradicate one of the diseases of poverty.
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Kevin Burney serves communion to Conference staff and volunteers.
Volunteers help unload the truck.