AC ‘15 news briefs for Wednesday, May 27
The following is a round up of news items from the Upper New York Annual Conference session on Wednesday, May 27.
Clergy, laity session offering top $5K
Just prior to dinner on Wednesday evening, the total offerings received during the morning’s laity and clergy session were announced.
The Helping Hand Fund offering, received during the laity session, totaled $1,740. The Clergy Care Fund offering was 59 cents shy of $3,300, but Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb suggested to the members at the session that it could easily be rounded up.
The Clergy Care Fund assists clergy who are in need of financial support, and Helping Hand raises funds to be used by the Cabinet to assist congregants in need of financial support.
A “Global Love Offering” was also received on Wednesday, during Opening Worship, for Africa 360, the Upper New York Conference’s campaign to provide ministry to the people of Africa. The Conference has pledged to raise $1 million for Imagine No Malaria – an initiative to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2016 – and $1 million for Africa University scholarships. The Africa 360 offering included individual gifts as well as local church collections in response to Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb’s appeal in fall 2014. The total was not announced on Wednesday.
Consent calendar approved after two minor changes
The Consent Calendar, as presented on page 11 of the Pre-Conference Workbook, was approved with two changes. The report by the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation was removed because it should not have been added to the calendar; it contains action items. The report of the Northeastern Jurisdiction’s Global Structure Task Force was also removed because it was strictly informational and did not need Conference approval.