About 1,500 United Methodists from south Georgia began a half-week of worship services and business reports Monday morning at the Columbus Civic Center. As they do every summer, the Methodist clergy and laity from the nine districts in the Conference gather for fellowship, inspirational preaching and music, ordinations and service projects.
The 2009 session will also be in Columbus next summer.
Monday morning's session included reports from Bishop Michael Watson and Conference Lay Leader Roy Blackwood. Kicking off the morning was a sermon by Bishop James King of the Kentucky Annual Conference, who was preceded by musical selections from an all-district children's choir. King challenged his listeners to learn to F.L.O.W. in their Christian journey, which to him stands for Fellowship, Love, Outreach and Worship.
Tuesday morning's highlights will include various service projects throughout the community.
Additionally, the Hope for Africa Children's Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The public is invited.