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First Laity Day with the Bishop focuses on Prayer, Worship and Vital Congregations



The first Laity Day with the Bishop was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012.  Held at the Christian Life Center of Ankeny First United Methodist Church, the gathering, which was also live video streamed, featured two extended sessions and a question and answer conversation with Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble.

Norma Morrison, Iowa Conference Lay Leader, welcomed a group that filled the round tables and chairs of the CLC as well as individuals and groups experiencing the Laity Day with the Bishop electronically.  Later she joyfully announced that the event was the “first annual” day. 

Associate Conference Lay Leader Dave Decker spoke about many forms of prayer, including breath prayer.  He also created PowerPoint resources to support Bishop Trimble’s presentations.

The morning began with music by “Risen,” led by John Wagner, the CLC’s site director, and featuring four others on guitar, piano and drums.  Wagner also spoke about the “backpack buddies” program of Ankeny First United Methodist Church; the free-will offering at lunch, which had been prepared by First UMC members, was designated to support the mission that provides food to children and families in need.  A worship service followed during which lay leaders from the Conference’s districts read scripture selections and led the community in prayer.

Bishop Trimble, who was accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Racelder Grandbery-Trimble, focused his morning presentation on prayer and worship.  He invited the persons in the room, and on-line, to respond to questions several times.  His afternoon session centered on vita, healthy congregations.  A question and answer conversation followed.  E-mails were received at a specially created address and brought to Bishop Trimble along with questions and observations from people in the CLC.

The afternoon concluded with Communion.  An offering was received for the United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” campaign.  Nearly $400 was given to the effort to eradicate malaria by 2014.

The Conference’s Communications Ministry Team supported the day with the live video stream and photos.

Norma Morrison concluded the gathering, thanking Ankeny First United Methodist Church’s co-pastors, Rev’s. Martha and Bob Ward.


Video posted on the Conference website:

Audio selections are posted on the Conference Audio Archive webpage:

A photo gallery of the day can be found at: