PRAY FOR UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE 2012: Prayer Vigil in Austin, TX

“PRAY FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE 2012”
United Methodist Prayer Vigil in Austin, Texas
Tuesday April 24 – Friday May 4, 2012

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, the General Conference, will gather April 24-May 4, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world will set policy and direction for the church, as well as handle other business. General Conference is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church.

Organized by Southwest Texas Reconciling Ministries Team is the “Pray for General Conference 2012” Prayer Vigil.  First UMC, Grace UMC, Saint John’s UMC, and Trinity United Methodist Churches are joining other United Methodists around the world in a prayer vigil for the 2012 General Conference, and they ask you to join them.  They will be praying for delegates to the General Conference, including those from our own conference (Southwest Texas), asking for discernment and God’s guidance in their deliberations and actions.  Dates and times are listed below, ALL ARE WELCOME to attend and are invited to pray.  Anyone wishing to participate but unable to attend in person is encouraged to individually participate in supportive prayer at any time during General Conference, April 24-May 5, 2012.       Contact:  swtxreconcilingministries@gmail.com

“PRAY FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE 2012” PRAYER VIGIL DATES:

Tuesday  4/24 :  Noon-2pm in Chapel at Saint John’s UMC:  http://stjohnsaustin.org/  Join us for a contemplative moment in the chapel, with individual prayer and an indoor labyrinth walk.  Host will be Saint John’s Reconciling Ministries Chair and SWTX Reconciling Ministries Team member, Joy Butler.

Thursday  4/26:  6:30-7:30pm at Grace UMC in the Garden:  http://www.gracemethodistaustin.org/

Friday 4/27:  At noon in the Chapel at Trinity UMC, with Rev. Dr Sid Hall, III, who has served as the senior minister of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hyde Park since June 1988. Trinity voted to be a Reconciling Congregation (Welcoming of the LGBTQ community) in 1992 and continues in that public witness:  http://www.tumc.org/

Monday 4/30:  5:30-8:30pm at First UMC downtown in Garrison Chapel (Family Life Center at 1300 Lavaca, not sanctuary building):  http://fumcaustin.org/

Tuesday 5/1 – At noon in the Chapel at Trinity UMC, with Phaedra Chandler, Trinity member and Southwest Texas Reconciling Ministries Team member.  Trinity voted to be a Reconciling Congregation (Welcoming of the LGBTQ community) in 1992 and continues in that public witness:  http://www.tumc.org/

Thursday 5/3 – Noon-2pm in Chapel at Saint John’s UMC:  http://stjohnsaustin.org/  Join us for a contemplative moment in the chapel, with individual prayer and an indoor labyrinth walk.  Host tba.

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