SERMON TITLE: “The Journey Is Our Home” SERMON TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:1, 6-18; 5:1, 6-8 PREACHER: Rev. Kim James (in tandem with Lay Leader Chris Hicks) OCCASION: November 7, 2021, at First UMC
Standing beside me here today is Chris Hicks. For six years, Chris has been our church’s Lay Leader and dynamo cheerleader. For seven years, she has also been our Lay Member to Annual Conference. Over those years, you could say that Chris has become a lay expert in the local church and the United Methodist connection. Because of increased family responsibilities, Chris is going to pass her batons to Tim Conrad for next year. But, before she does that, she’s going to give one more Annual Conference report with me. Thank you, Chris, for your service to God through First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist connectional ministry. I know it has been a labor of love for you. And, for me, it’s been a lot of fun having you along for the journey. That said, I’m now going to turn our Annual Conference report over to you to tell the congregation what happened first, as the 2021 Mountain Sky Conference began online over Zoom on Thursday evening, October 21.