Countdown to Annual Conference 2012
Rescued from a life of addictions, Puerto-Rican Born Jorge Acevedo Now Delights in Connecting People to Jesus and the Church
Attendees at the Annual Conference this summer in Galveston will be inspired by Reverend Acevedo’s perspective as the Lead Pastor of Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in southwest Florida. “Texas and Florida share similarly diverse demographics,” notes Bishop Janice Huie, “so Reverend Acevedo will be able to give our conference leaders insight on ways to expand our kingdom vision and presence amidst changing populations.”
Grace Church (www.egracechurch.com) planted its second campus in 2003 and five years later launched a holistic ministry center that serves as a third worshipping community. Under Acevedo’s leadership in 2010, Grace Church added a fourth campus in downtown Fort Myers. Additionally, having grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2,700 in the last 14 years, Grace UMC is recognized nationally for its thriving recovery ministries involving over 800 people weekly.
Acevedo is a graduate of Asbury College and Theological Seminary. After being ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference in 1986 and Elder in 1990, he became the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award – in recognition for excellence in evangelism.
Leadership consultant Dr. Greg Jones will also be a guest speaker, casting a vision for the denomination’s “magnificent future” as described in Romans 8. The former Dean of Duke University, Jones will share the findings of recent strategic assessment surveys that provide guidance to key strategies that provide exciting next steps for the Texas Annual Conference.
“Registration is underway for this special time of reunion, celebration and collaboration. We anticipate dynamic worship under the leadership of Music Director DeAndre Johnson of Westbury UMC,” says Annual Conference coordinator B.T. Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop. Attendees are urged to register through their respective District Offices. This year’s theme, he adds, On earth as it is in heaven, “represents a vision for two worlds to merge together to create something altogether new and different.”
• Contact your district office for the TAC 2012 registration link.
Registration is specifically for clergy, clergy spouses and lay delegates to the Texas Annual Conference. Guests and laity who are not delegates do not need to register. The deadline for pre-registration will be
May 17th at 12:00 noon (central time). The system will automatically shut down at that time and cannot be turned back on. After this date you will need to register in person at conference.
• Register for childcare online March 1, 2012.
Children age 6 months-12 years of age will be cared for by KiddieCorp professionals setting up “kid central” at the Hilton Hotel. Fun-filled childcare, complete with arts and crafts, Bible-based activities and field trips, will be provided June 4 from 6:30am-9:30 pm; June 5 from 8:30 am-9:30 pm; June 6 from 7:30am -10pm, and June 7 from 7:30 am – 12:30pm.
• Locate hotel accommodations
The San Luis Hotel is booked, so contact the Hilton Galveston Island Resort (409-755-5000) or the Holiday Inn Resort (409-740-5300). To get conference discount, mention you are with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
• Review the Meals and Meetings
Fill out a Meal Reservation Form for your group to be listed. This rule applies to those having a meal on the premises and also those who have planned meals at any venue in the Galveston area. Please use the space on the form to give the address for any alternate meetings/meals planned away from the Conference premises. Additionally, if you are planning a meeting on or off of the Galveston Convention Center property, please fill out the Meeting Form and submit all forms to Jan Ervin at the United Methodist Service Center, 5215 Main, Houston, Texas 77002.