The first Great Plains United Methodist Conference Session is scheduled for June 11-14, 2014, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in downtown Lincoln, Neb. The theme will focus on growing vital, dynamic congregations using the phrase, “Healthy … inviting … abundant ...,” descriptive words derived from special guest speaker, the Rev. Jorge Acevedo. He will draw from his ministry experiences and book Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World. Our journey continues as we strive to create great churches, great leaders and great disciples in the Great Plains Conference. The challenge to make a transforming difference in the world is before us as United Methodist Christians.
The Rev. Jorge Acevedo is the lead pastor at Grace United Methodist Church. Grace church is a multi-site congregation located in Southwest Florida. In 1984, Acevedo graduated from Asbury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Bible. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Acevedo was ordained as a deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1986 and an elder in 1990. Acevedo will address growing both faithful and fruitful congregations.
Acevedo has been a delegate to both Jurisdictional and General Conference for multiple years. He was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury College in 2007. Other accomplishments include receiving the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Conference and serving on the Southeastern Jurisdiction and Florida Conference Episcopal Committees. Acevedo is very involved in the Walk to Emmaus in Kentucky, Florida and the Bahamas.
Acevedo immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico when just four months old. He is married with two sons and two grandchildren.
2014 Great Plains Annual Conference will receive items for UMCOR
Now is the time to organize your UMW, youth groups, local congregation, etc., in gathering or preparing donations to load into the truck. The best way to know how to assemble kits would be to go to www.midwestmissiondc.org and click on ‘Projects’ or ‘Kits.’ There you can see all the requirements for items.
Items currently needed include treadle sewing machines (MMDC has a repair shop to work on them), cloth diapers (MMDC has a pattern for making them), receiving blankets, hand towels and any of the UMCOR kits listed online — bedding kits, sewing kits, school kits, birthing kits, cleaning buckets, health kits and more. Note: Individual/bulk items will be accepted in addition to complete kits.
The receiving truck will be sent by the closest UMCOR depot, which is Midwest Mission Distribution Center at Chatham, IL, a suburb of Springfield, IL.
The truck will be located at the Great Plains Conference Lincoln office, 3333 Landmark Circle, June 10-11 to receive your items.
More information will be provided in the Annual Conference registration material regarding how to locate the office and specific hours when your gifts will be received.
If you have questions or need ways to motivate participation in this mission giving, contact Mary Ann Bede at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-421-8264 or Pastor Alan Gager, conference secretary of global ministries, at email@example.com.