Words to describe annual conference: Fun, entertaining, joyful, worshipful, respectful, compassionate. You likely have other words to add. Words such as these are not usually associated with an annual conference of the United Methodist Church. Here are some video clips of Bishop Hagiya at the basketball challenge.
One of the highlights for me was the First Samoan choir. Evidence of our heartfelt connection was powerful in the debate and decision we made to support this congregation with their mortgage. Then they came to say thank you with a song to start our worship Saturday evening. Here's a clip.
Bishop Hagiya was at Chugiak to preach and baptize Titus Rapanut, son of Pastor Carlo and Radie Rapanut. At St. John Rev. David Fison's Christmas totem pole was blessed and erected on the lawn for all to see. Here's a clip.
Next stop for me is a week's vacation with family, then PNW Annual Conference for the commissioning of Jenny Smith and ordination of Cindy Roberts.
Grace and peace,