Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference
Annual Conference is enriched by the special worship services held throughout the gathering to honor our churches, offer remembrance to the deceased, celebrate the ordination and commissioning of new faith leaders and move us forward into a new year of ministry.
Three of the four worship services will be held at Eugene First United Methodist Church, located not far from the Hotel Eugene where the Conference will be held. There will be shuttle buses available at the hotel. The church is located 0.8 miles from the hotel.
At the worship services held at Eugene First UMC, special offerings will be taken for various ministries. There will be an option this year to make debit/credit card donations as well. Following is a description of each worship service and the organizations which will receive each special offering:
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 PM Opening Worship with Rev. Kathleen Weber preaching. The offering will go to ensuring that our brothers and sisters of the Alaska Conference can send a full delegation to next year’s shared Annual Conference (2020). The offering will go towards defraying travel and lodging costs from Alaska.
Thursday, June 13, 4:30 PM Memorial Worship with Rev. Carlo Rapanut preaching. The offering will be for CONAM’s Huckleberry Camp. Huckleberry Family Camp is hosted by the Council on Native American Ministries (CONAM) in partnership with the Wilshire United Methodist Church. Families connect with Native American traditions, values, and cultural and spiritual experiences.
Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM Ordination/Commissioning Worship with Rev. Lowell Greathouse preaching. The offering will be for Eugene’s Egan Warming Center. The Egan Warming Center is a coalition of community members representing service providers, religious congregations, nonprofit support agencies, social activist communities and local government who have come together to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures drop below 30 degrees between November 15th and March 31st.
Saturday, June 15, 11:15 AM Closing Worship and Appointments with Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky preaching. This Worship service will be in Playwrights Hall at Hotel Eugene.