Annual Conference 2017

RISE-pray2017 Annual Conference

Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Clergy, Lay, and Equalizing Delegates are encouraged to register on-line [Online Registration]. A paper registration form [2017 AC Registration Form] is also available. Cost for member registration is $210 for the conference. Non-voting visitors may register for $70/day.

The deadline to register is May 19.  Registrations received after May 19 will be considered walk-ins with no guaranteed meals and will incur a $50 late fee. If you mail your registration (with payment), it must be postmarked by May 19.

Contact Gloria Knoeller at gknoeller@epaumc.org or 800-828-9093 ext. 1002 with questions regarding registration.

Exhibit Tables

Exhibitors can register online [Online Registration]. Exhibitors must pay their registration fee in addition to a cost per table: each 8ft display table costs $150 for affiliated groups, or $300 for non-affiliated groups.

Space is limited and all requests will be filled on a first come first served basis. All requests received after table space has been exhausted or after Friday, May 21, will be placed on a waitlist in the event that a group cancels their reservation.

If you have any questions regarding exhibit tables, please contact Paula Lawley at (610) 544-1400 or e-mail exhibitcoordinator@epaumc.org. The Annual Conference Office will not be taking any reservations for exhibit tables.

Annual Conference 2017 to focus on prayer

Rise Up and Pray! is the elevating main theme of the 2017 Eastern PA Annual Conference, which will return to the spacious Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA, from Thursday to Saturday, June 15-17.

Preachers, teachers, musicians, worship liturgists, prayer guides and prayer stations around the meeting hall will all center the gathering in the practice and power of prayer, no doubt invoking the God of eternal grace to “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour.” That centering will receive particular attention when special guest the Rev. Tom Albin, Dean of the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville since 1999, offers a Friday teaching session on prayer.

Albin, a SLI (Spiritual Leadership, Inc.) coach and former pastor and seminary professor, has a passion for “helping individuals, teams, small groups and organizations become mature, vital, world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.” He oversees the Upper Room’s Spiritual Formation Academy and denominational prayer efforts. “When we pray,” he says, “we can be convinced that God will hear and respond.”

Three bishops will preach during the 251st session of the Eastern PA Conference, including two familiar voices and a new voice on the Northeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops. Resident Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach for the Opening Worship and Eucharist Service on Thursday afternoon. New Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling, who leads the neighboring Baltimore-Washington Conference, will preach for the Ordination Service on Friday night, with the subtheme “Rise Up and Lead!” Formerly a pastor and district superintendent in the New England Conference, she was elected a bishop at the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference.

Bishop Peter Weaver, retired, who led our own conference and the Philadelphia Episcopal Area from 1996 to 2004, will preach during the Memorial Service on Saturday morning with the subtheme “Rise Up in Glory!” A third subtheme, “Rise Up for Generations!” will herald the annual celebration of ministry that recognizes new clergy retirees and the new elders and deacons preparing to follow in their footsteps. Read More.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Resolutions

Deadline:  April 21

Resolutions are to be submitted to the Conference Secretary: The Rev. Dr. Lloyd Speer. Direct your questions to (O) (215) 943-2343; e-mail: conferencesecretary@epaumc.org

Download the full information sheet on Annual Conference Registrations and Resolution Submissions.
Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Limerick – Philadelphia Area
30 W. Linfield Trappe Road, Limerick, Pennsylvania 19468
Phone Number: 610-495-6999
Reserve your room now! (By May 15)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Valley Forge
Hotel Address: 681 Shannondell Blvd., Audubon, Pennsylvania 19403
Phone Number: 610-539-7300
Reserve your room now! (By May 14)

Hampton Inn & Suites, Valley Forge/Oaks
100 Cresson Blvd, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: (610) 676-0900