Annual Conference starts tomorrow.
This will be my third Annual Conference, but my first as clergy. I'm looking forward to it, but I know that it will be a very different experience this year.
The first and most significant difference is that I will finally be attending clergy session rather than laity session. I'm attending because a) I'm a local pastor, b) the clergy session will be voting on whether or not to welcome me as a Probationary Member of the conference and, c) then voting on whether or not to grant me family leave. I've always wondered what else goes on clergy session. I'm about to find out!
The second major difference is that Joshua will be with me. That should prove to be interesting and entertaining.
The third major difference is that I will no longer get to hang out with the cool kids. I've always attended as the Lay Member from Broadway and thus spent a great deal of time with Greg. As a result, I've also gotten to spend time with other awesome folks. Since Joshua's bedtime is way early and I'd rather shove forks in my eyes than wake him up, I'll be hanging out in my own room while the sun's still out.
I'll also be commissioned as a Probationary Elder on Tuesday night. My dad's coming up for that, and supposedly some folks from my congregation. I'm really looking forward to that, except that it's combined with the ordination service, so it could last until two in the morning. We'll see.
The Pheasant Run Resort would like me to pay for wireless service, so I'm not sure how well I'll be keeping this up to date. (As a side note: We're staying at a La Quinta in Jackson when we go in a few weeks for $80/night. They have free wireless. There's something wrong with this picture).
See you later!