2020 Clergy and Laity Events


The special session of Great Plains Annual Conference scheduled for October 1-4, 2020 in Grand Island, Nebraska was cancelled due to coronavirus-related gathering restrictions.

While we did not meet in person for holy conferencing as scheduled, we went forward with a process to adopt our 2021 conference budget, with holding online clergy and laity sessions, providing a recorded Memorial Worship Service to remember and give thanks for the lives and witness of our clergy conference members and clergy spouses who have entered into God’s eternal life and blessed rest, and livestream Commissioning and Ordination Worship Services for our new provisional and full member deacons and elders. 


Adoption of 2021 Conference Budget Process

  • August 15 – September 11, 2020 - Regional online budget sessions for clergy and laity members of the annual conference held to present 2021 Great Plains Conference budget.
  • October 5, 2020 - Final 2021 Great Plains Conference budget with ballots sent to clergy and lay members to the annual conference.
  • October 30, 2020 - Final 2021 budget ballots received from annual conference voting members.
  • November 6, 2020 - Final 2021 budget vote results reported to the conference.


Clergy and Laity Sessions


Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • 7 p.m. Online laity session.

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • 10 a.m. Online Clergy Session by zoom webinar.


Worship Services

Rev. Morita Truman

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • 7 p.m. Memorial Worship Service streamed on the conference website and Facebook page. Rev. Morita Truman, pastor at First UMC in Great Bend, KS, was the guest preacher.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska (Physical attendance was limited to those with specific invitation.) Both services were livestreamed on the conference website and Facebook page.

  • 10 a.m. Commissioning Worship Service
  • 2 p.m. Ordination Worship Service


2020 Annual Conference Session

The 2020 session of Annual Conference was held via teleconference on May 30. Find more information and videos here.


Laity Events

  • Friday, October 2, 5:30-6:45 p.m. – Online Family Reunion Potluck
  • Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Breakfast at the Festival of Booths