Greetings to the Laity of the New York Annual Conference
Roena Littlejohn,
Conference Lay Leader
I invite you to mark your calendar and prayerfully join me in accepting the call to the 220th Session of the New York Annual Conference, Thursday to Sunday, June 6-9, 2019, at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.  The theme is “Pathways and Possibilities – Journeying Together”

By God’s grace, we’ve answered many calls, faced numerous challenges, and worked to make disciples, as is the call of all Christians – lay and clergy. Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Aligning our call with the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the NYAC, we share the good news of Christ’s love for us and the world.

A special message for newly elected lay members and a reminder to returning lay members:

Annual conference for me is a reunion of clergy, laity, deaconesses, and home missioners. From this reunion, an equal number of laity and clergy will be elected to represent us at the 2020 General Conference.

“The lay membership shall consist of professing lay members elected by each charge, the diaconal ministers, the active deaconesses, and home missioners under appointment within the bounds of the annual conference, the conference president of United Methodist Women, the conference president of United Methodist Men, the conference lay leader, district lay leaders, the conference director of Lay Servant Ministries, conference secretary of Global Ministries (if lay), the president of the conference youth organization, the president of the young adult organization, the chair of the annual conference college student organization, and one young person between the ages of twelve (12) and seventeen (17), and one young person between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30) from each district . . . if the lay membership should number less than the clergy members of the annual conference, the annual conference shall . . . provide for the election of additional lay members to equalize lay and clergy membership of the annual conference.” The Book of Discipline 2016 Paragraph 32. Article 1, pages 34-34

All are invited to join a call-in time of prayer and meditation for the annual conference session and all who will attend. To participate, please dial 605-313-4185 and enter the access code 135106, Monday through Friday from 6:55 a.m.- 7 a.m., beginning April 22 through May 31.

All lay members to annual conference need to register online on the NYAC website. When you arrive at Hofstra on June 6, please look for the Board of Laity table to receive a special welcome and any assistance you may require.

Be prepared for an inspirational, engaging, and informative Laity Session led by Fred Brewington. Your participation will be needed, and expected, as one of many workers in the vineyard.

You can expect this to be a memorable conference with Spirit-filled music, powerful witness and worship, ordination, baptism, fellowship, election of delegates to the 2020 General Conference, workshops, and special services to name some of the events that will take place.

As laity, we will journey together through annual conference and beyond, just as Jesus sent forth the disciples and others chosen two by two, we will join hands and seek the pathways and possibilities that God provides us while following the examples of Jesus Christ our Risen Savior.  You will not be alone.

In the service of the Lord,
Roena Littlejohn,
Conference Lay Leader