Bishop Webb visits Adirondack and Albany districts
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has kicked off his 2015-2016 District Days tour, completing visits to the Adirondack and Albany districts. Bishop Webb will visit each of the districts in the Upper New York Conference during the tour, spending the morning and lunch with clergy and hosting an evening session open to both laity and clergy. The theme of the tour is “Increasing Our Capacity: A Time of Conversation and Encouragement.” Click here for the full story on the District Days tour. Below is more information about the first two District Days as well as photos from each.
Adirondack District Day
On Oct. 26, Bishop Webb visited the Adirondack District, where he went to the Queensbury United Methodist Church for lunch followed by an afternoon session with clergy. In the evening, Bishop Webb enjoyed a dinner made with fresh, local food prepared by Chef Carl Monson – a member of the Christ Church UMC in Glens Falls who is on track to becoming a local pastor – with the Adirondack District Leadership Team. As the meal drew to a close, District Superintendent the Rev. Bill Mudge asked those at the dinner to gather around Bishop Webb, lay hands on him, and pray for him. At the evening session, Phoenix Rising performed worship songs that had the crowd out of their seats and swaying to the beat. During the worship service, Pam Burns and the Rev. Meredith Vanderminden – lay member and pastor at the Christ Church UMC, respectively – spoke about their fundraising efforts for Africa 360, aided by a coffee cup signed by Bishop Webb at the 2015 session of Annual Conference, and invited others to be a part of their coffee cup challenge (view the Africa 360 issue of the Advocate, page 18, for more on the coffee cup challenge).
Albany District Day
On Oct. 27, Albany District clergy gathered with Bishop Webb in the morning to explore the Conference’s focus on increasing leadership capacity. Following their time together, the clergy and Conference staff shared a meal together. In the afternoon, Bishop Webb and Conference staff sat down with a smaller group of clergy. Approximately one dozen people shared their feelings about how the Conference has grown together and their hopes for the future. In the evening, Bishop Webb had a time of worship with laity, then he shared his vision of a Conference full of “radical churches.”