Annual Conference Events
Sexual Ethics Training - REQUIRED for all who are under appointment. Begins at 1 PM, Wednesday, June 6 , at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave B, Billings. Training will end by 6 PM and you are invited to stay for a complementary dinner, documentary and discussion hosted by Reconciling Ministries.
Movie and Discussion: Incompatible with Christian Teaching
Anne P. Brown is a clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and a member of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church--a reconciled church in Washington, D.C. Anne is the Producer/Director/Editor of the documentary film, Incompatible with Christian Teaching, which explores the LGBT struggle for equality and affirmation in the United Methodist Church. There have been over 50 screenings of the film throughout the United States. She has been an active participant in the Reconciling Ministries Network since 2005 and is currently a member of the RMN Board.
Orientation to Annual conference: If you are new to annual conference (either laity or clergy) and want to learn who's who, what the acronyms mean, how to vote and much more come to orientation on Thursday from 12:00-1:00 in Skybridge 3 at the Crown Plaza.
Reconciling Ministries will host a free breakfast on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 AM. Sign up on the registration form.
Mission Opportunites in the Billings Community- see community Service and Mission
Mission Team Basics Lunch and Learn--meet at McCormicks for a lunch and learn. Order your food at the counter then head to the back room to hear how to plan a mission trip for your group.
Opening Worship This worship service will include a roll call of clergy and laity, celebrating what God has been up to in our conference over the past year. Bishop Elaine will share her Episcopal Address.
Mission Banquet - Back again this year with bigger and better offerings is the Mission Banquet. Come hear and see about the Cabinet's trip to Haiti, Jeremy, Mark and Kristen's trip to Angola,and how the flood recovery is coming along. You will have the opportunity to meet Brinna Kolitz, the United States 2 missionary from the Global Board of Mission and Ministry who is serving at Family Services in Billings. There will be both a silent auction and a live auction so bring your checkbooks! The cost of the banquet is included in your registration fee unless you are registered as a guest, retiree, or first time Yellowstone appointee, or others who do not pay a registration fee. Then the cost will be $20.00. Child care and pizza will be provided at First United Methodist church during this event for children. Youth are invited to attend the banquet
Retiree Recognition- All conference retirees will be recognized during one of the plenary sessions . Afterwards there will be a special reception for retirees and their families.
Miriam and Caleb recognition - This recognition will in conjunction with the Retiree Recognition. Contact Bob Phelps or Bob Foote for more information. This group would also like to gather for breakfast on Saturday, June 9 at 6:45 am at Stella's to re-connect and discuss the future of Miriam and Caleb.
The Keys to the Kingdom-experimentation! - Gather with churches who have experimented this year with new ways of engaging community and learn from them what they tried, what worked and what they had to find new ways of doing. There will be multiple sessions for you to engage other churches on where and how they are finding God in the nieghborhood.
Ordination Worship Service - This year we will be ordaining both Dolly Collins and Jeremy Scott (pending approval of the BOM and the clergy session of annual conference). Clergy need to have both robes and red stoles for this service. It is exciting to have two new elders joining our ranks. Make plans to stay and attend Ordination. Clergy remember that in the Book of Discipline it says clergy are to have off the days of annual conference and it is not to be included in your 4 weeks of vacation.