Here are some photos from this years Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Conference.
This is an annual event where the ministers and the church delegates come together to conduct business for the Connection. The morning and afternoon sessions are for the business affairs, and the evening services are open to all who will come. There is a different area of emphasis for each evening- a keynote address, pioneering, missions, as well as a memorial service for the years deceased elders, a YMWB rally, children’s outreach service, a college service, Sunday School as well as children’s services through the day. It makes for a busy time for all.
The photos below are of the Thursday night service featuring Pioneering, or home missions. There were 4 different speakers, telling of their work in starting new churches.
The speakers and pioneer leaders, assembling on the platform.
My! Was I surprised to see the new addition to the platform. The wooden railing and step rails are new. (I overheard someone quip that Allegheny must be getting old-they now need hand rails to get up the steps!) I also heard remarks that the rails looked ugly, but I think that they look very nice, and it is obvious that someone put a lot of work into building them.
The motto for this years conference-Contending for the Distinctions of Holy Living of Our Wesleyan Methodist Heritage.
Rev. John Treese, the pioneer pastor from Canada, opening the service with prayer. He was also the Sunday evening evangelist speaker.
While the church elders and delegates were busy in the main tabernacle, the ladies were busy in the Women’s Missionary Society meetings.
The WMS presidents and delegates meet in the smaller tabernacle.
Below, one the ladies giving her report, and, if you look close you can see our faithful WMS President, Nancy Troyer, and her vice-president, Mrs. Nevsetta, and secretary, Kay Patterson. (Wishing I had a longer lens!)
I am thankful for our delegate, Miss Martha Taylor, for faithfully attending all the sessions.
One of the things that the WMS does, is greet and hear from the missionaries that are at the conference.
Below, Jason and Becky Corbin, and family, sharing with us. As of this writing, they are now in Ghana, South Africa, beginning their second 4 year term of missionary service.
You can read more about them here.
Ah! Rev. Dan Cope-the sound man. Sitting in his sound booth, smiling at me as he caught me taking his picture.
He and his family hold a special place in our hearts-when he and his new wife, Beverly, got out of college, they came to our school as principle and teacher for a number of years, and while working at the school, they attended our church. What a blessing they were, and always so cheerful.
The end of another conference year!
“If two of you shall agree on earth
as touching any thing that they shall ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father
which is in heaven.”