Today at Annual Conference

Quotes of the day

   Overheard from a young Conference-goer walking into the worship hall for the first time



Moderator Robert E. Alley preaches for the Saturday evening service
Photo by Glenn Riegel
Moderator Robert E. Alley preaches for the Saturday evening service at Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord." – Words of the closing song at the Standing Committee meeting of district delegates, this morning


"As we begin this Annual Conference, some of us may be asking if this is the best of times or the worst of times. But... the issue is whether we will discover the gift of Jesus Christ and extend the table." – Moderator Alley preaching for worship 



 "Jesus’ table is a table of grace, filled with the giftedness of the holy for human life." – Moderator Robert E. Alley preaching for the evening worship service on the story of the feeding of the 5,000


"It’s about more than money. It’s the gifts of our hands, it’s our service." – Moderator Alley telling Standing Committee about the evening’s offerings of School Kits, district comforters, and communion bread shared from many different parts of the church 

Numbers and statistics 

-- 185 people at the new delegate orientation this afternoon

-- $9,304.16 received in the evening offering

-- 2,794 people registered for the 2011 Annual Conference, as of 10 a.m., including 862 delegates



Brethren on the street, interviews and photos by Frank Ramirez

The question of the day: When was the last time you were in Michigan, and what were you doing?

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Joel Kline

"I was in Michigan last March with friends. We were walking along the beach at Southhaven." - Joel Kline, Elgin, Ill.

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Nathan Rittenhouse

"I’ve never been to Michigan. This was one of six states I’ve never visited!" - Nathan Rittenhouse, Keezletown Va.

Saturday Brethren on the Street - Sonja Griffith

"I have never been to Michigan. Really! I can add it to my list!" - Sonja Griffith, Kansas City, Mo.

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Rosalita Leonard

"The last time I was in Michigan was in 1998. I had been loaned out by a directory assistance company, and I was sent to Detroit." - Rosalita Leonard, McAllisterville, Pa.

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Dylan Haro

"I’ve never been to Michigan because there wasn’t a Brethren event here yet." - Dylan Haro, San Diego, Calif.

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Lynette Guyer

"The last time I was in Michigan was Thanksgiving. I went out to visit family." - Lynette Guyer, Woodbury, Pa.

 Saturday Brethren on the Street - Donna Klahre

"I was here two or three years ago to visit family. But I was here back around 1945 for an Annual Conference. I was a pre-teen then!" - Donna Klahre, Martinsburg, Pa.




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