We will be holding our Lexington District Annual Mission Celebration on Saturday, September 23rd at St. Luke United Methodist Church. We will be hosted by the United Methodist Women at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Lexington which is located at 2351 Alumni Drive. This is our opportunity to celebrate all of the great ministries that are being done in the Lexington District. Our theme will be Climate Justice and we will be celebrating our accomplishments and planning for future mission work. As usual, there will be wonderful speakers, great music, a resource table and a few surprises.
We will be changing our format slightly and incorporate some workshops into our meeting time. We will begin with Resources and Coffee at 8:30 a.m. Our opening activities will begin at 9:00 and we will break about 10:30 for brunch and some additional sharing from speakers. We will resume about 11:15 and complete our business meeting and workshops. We plan to dismiss about 1:00 p.m. We hope that this format will help everyone participate in the workshops without having to spend the whole day. We are interested to see how this schedule works and we hope that we will have a record breaking crowd!
Our keynote speaker is Nancy Sleeth, the co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Earth, an organization whose mission is to inspire faithful stewardship of all creation. Nancy Sleeth travels throughout the U.S. speaking and writing about faith and the environment. Prior to heeding this spiritual and environmental calling, Sleeth served as communications director for a Fortune 500 company and as an educator and administrator, most recently at Asbury University. Nancy is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in journalism. She is the author of Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life. She also authored Go Green, Save Green, the first-ever practical guide for going green from a faith perspective. Nancy and Matthew Sleeth have been married for more than 30 years. They live in Lexington, KY, near their grown children, Clark (a physician preparing for medical missions) and Emma (creation care speaker/author for teens and young adults). We are excited about the message that Nancy will bring.
To prepare for our celebration, we are asking each unit to bring a poster highlighting what your unit is doing or planning on doing in the area of Climate Justice. We will display these in the fellowship hall so that other units can gather ideas for activities at their own church. If possible, each unit should have someone to stand by the display during the gathering times in case there are any questions or to hear about other units that have also done this activity. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Just find a way to show us what you have been doing!
Besides recognizing participants in the Reading Program, the Five and Six Star Units and individuals, and other business of the district, we will be collecting an offering. Part of the offering will be collected for the Conference Annual meeting in October. Cash that is collected will go to the Wesley House in Louisville and our district will collect paper towels, toilet paper and pens for the Portland Promise Center and Lighthouse Ministry. For our District, we will collect funds that will be used for a scholarship to attend Assembly in Columbus, Ohio next May and to pay for supplies for activities at the units at the Wesley Foundations at UK and EKU. We will also collect baby quilts which the Burchetts distribute for us all over the state.
I hope that every unit will be able to join us for a wonderful celebration on September 23 at St. Luke United Methodist Church. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me at Karen.Girard@gmail.com