This year's theme will be Celebrating Our Connection. We will begin with a roll call of churches and presentation of the Charge Conference reports and a vote to affirm the work that the church has done in preparation for the Charge Conference. At that time, the representatives from each church will have the opportunity to express any concerns outside of the usual business of Charge Conference. We will not go into detail about those concerns but rather will work with the church to schedule a special called Charge Conference to deal with that concern. (If you know of such concerns prior to the Cluster Conference, call me and well figure out how best to deal with those.) I will not ask a church to give an oral report as we did last year, but simply affirm that all of the business of the Charge Conference has been considered and approved by the Ad. Board/Council or the equivalent. After the business is completed we will move into the celebration through worship of our United Methodist Connection. I am asking that each church provide a part of that worship celebration. That might be a selection from your choir, or children's choir, or youth choir, or handbells, or drama team, or soloist, etc. I am not expecting these to be reports but rather pieces of worship. So be thinking about what your church can contribute to the worship service. I will also be asking some pastors to take part in the service. And I will also need for you to inform me what your church's part in the worship celebration will be TWO WEEKS in advance so I can put together the order. EVERY CHURCH WILL BE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. I also hope to have some short video clips which highlight the connection at work. And finally, there will be a message from District Superindent Mark Girard.