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Friday Afternoon Session

From left, Sam McCracken, Tommy Herndon, Bishop Whitaker.

Mrs. Cammie Armstrong, director of the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center, was introduced to the conference. She is retiring this summer. Tommy Herndon, superintendent of the Harrisonburg District, introduced Mr. Sam McCracken who has been named the new director of the assembly center. He brought words of greeting and said he is looking forward to upcoming events and meeting the church members of Virginia.

The afternoon session featured the Recognition of Retirees. The Rev. Jason Stanley brought the greeting. The Rev. Michelle Kim offered the opening prayer.

This years retirees are: Tracy R. Bair, Jerry Lee Bishop, Stephen Bradley, James E. Burns, Elwood Carwile, Don VanDyke Colby, Cynthia Corley, Glen Evans, William Finley, George Freeman, Bob Friend, Connie Gibbs-Morris, Les Goode, Gary W. Hartman, William Hepler, John Hull, Steve J. Lewis, James R. Maddox, John T. Martin Jr., James A. McClung, Sam McPhail, Frederick Parish, John Plummer, Annette Pomeroy, John Price, Stephen Proctor, Rendell Rozier, Patricia L. Shipley, Jim Siddons, Riley Smith Jr., Dan Spaugh, Charles Swadley, David R. Tanner, W. Douglas Tanner, Robert J. Thorne, C. David Torrence Jr., Bruce Tuttle, William Wade, H. Douglas Watson, Jerry Weigel, Rick Woodall. Combined, they represent 1,170 years of service.

Cynthia Corley.

The retiring class of 2011.

The Rev. Cynthia Corley, representing the retirees, gave the sermon. "What you see on this stage is years of being disciples. Each one of us was called of God to serve. We all heard it in our way and we all responded in our own way." She talked about how they are all a collection of experiences who have tried to follow Jesus. At times they probably felt like they failed, and other times they felt the spirit. "Let us all know that Jesus is with us always."

Tom Joyce, vice president of the Board of Pensions, introduced the retiring class. A brief statement from each retiree was read.

The Rev. Eddie Barnett, an Army chaplain, gave thanks to all the military men and women serving our country.

Mr. Jeff Davis, president, gave the initial report of the conference Council on Finance and Administration. They were allowed time before their report later in the week to explain some changes and policies the conference will be considering. Richmond District Superintendent Steve Jones, Cabinet representative to CFA, brought before the conference information about clergy compensation-related apportionments.

Junaluska Singers

The Rev. Roger Dowdy brought a report from Lake Junaluska. Roger is the Director of Event and Ministry Development at Lake Junaluska. The well-known Junaluska Singers performed for the conference.

Dr. Stephen Mansfield conducted the annual meeting of the Historical Society.


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