“Going for the Greater” is the theme of the annual district conference of the Central New York District of the Wesleyan Church to be hosted this Saturday, June 19, by Community Wesleyan Church, Kirkville. The theme comes from Jesus’ prophecy in John 14:12. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (Jn. 14:12 NIV). The delegates will use the perspective gained from meditation on this verse as they consider long range goals for our district. Other business will include specific plans for the coming year, election of officers, and reports of ministry accomplished. Delegates will be introduced to our newest congregation, a Chen ethnic church pastored by a recent graduate of our Burmese Bible School. It meets at the Midler Ave. Church in the afternoon. Agendas will be shepherded by General Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Tom Armiger, and District Superintendent, Rev. Wayne Wager who will also bring the keynote addresses.
Preparations here at Kirkville have been underway for several weeks. To take care of all the last minute sprucing up projects and plan for the big event, the trustees under the leadership of Dave Schwarz have been checking off to-do items at a rapid pace. A special kitchen crew under the direction of Judy Cremeans has been working hard to prepare for the refreshments for over 150 delegates plus guests. Many volunteer cleaning crews and some good decorators have pitched in too. Seeing how much we have accomplished in preparation for this event, one long time attendee commented, “We should host this every three years or so.” Well, I’m not sure about that, but it is surprising how many good things happen when you know special guests are coming isn’t it. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to prepare!