2019 Susquehanna Annual Conference – Day 1

2019 Susquehanna Annual Conference - Day 1

MAY 30, 2019

The theme of this year’s Susquehanna Annual Conference is Better Together—One with Each Other. The meeting is taking place at the Hershey Lodge which is the same as last year. It’s an excellent environment for hosting almost 1,400 individuals from across the Susquehanna Conference.

There were pre-Annual Conference workshops which began on Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning. There were separate sessions for clergy versus laity and we were challenged by a seminar on Breakthrough Prayer. It was an inspiring session as the speaker shared about the change of one United Methodist Congregation for whom breakthrough prayer has resulted in great blessings and growth.

The official start to Susquehanna Annual Conference began with wonderful worship and a message by Bishop Park. Similar to his recent report on the outcome of the General Conference in St. Louis, he shared the challenges facing the denomination and the importance of unity across the Body of Christ. As you may be aware, Bishop Park is also known as the “singing bishop” as he frequently breaks out in song as evidenced by the his spontaneous choruses of the well known song, “Amen.” At the conclusion of the service we began the business portion of the meeting.

One of the major responsibilities of this year’s Susquehanna Annual Conference is to elect clergy and laity members for next year’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences. As you can imagine, securing the electronic votes of over 1,200 people can be challenging, but the first rounds of votes were completed before dinner. One late afternoon highlight was the filling of over 1,000 backpacks for distribution through Mission Central. During the evening the annual memorial service recognizing those pastors or their spouses who have passed were honored, including our former member, Rev. Dr. David Schmuck. 

Overall, a great beginning to this year’s Susquehanna Annual Conference!


Jon Seltenheim
Lay Member to Annual Conference