Kaufmann Highlights at Annual Conference

The 2017 United Methodist Annual Conference has provided some wonderful moments for the Elkhorn Hills UMC family of Pete and Sherri Kaufmann.

At the Annual Conference opening worship service on Wednesday, June 7th, Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., baptized three infants, including the son of Tyler and Nicole Kaufmann.  Tyler recently announced that beginning July 1, he’ll be joining Lawrence First UMC as West Campus Worship Leader & Associate Pastor.

Then, on Friday evening, Tyler Kaufmann was one of 11 men and women ordained by Bishop Saenz Jr.  The Bishop gave an admittedly lengthy address to his first class of ordinands during the Great Plains Annual Conference on Friday night.  Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. brought the secrets of ministry down to four words:   “Love Jesus. Love People.”

In a sermon frequently punctuated with humor, Bishop Saenz Jr. told the ordinands they were entering “adventurous times” in the history of the church.  Then, the Bishop ordained 11 men and women as elders, commissioned 15 provisional elders, and commissioned 1 woman as a provisional deacon.

Elkhorn Hills UMC celebrates these milestone events and echoes the many congratulatory comments the Kaufmann’s have received like this one:

What a special day!!! Congrats to Tyler and to his parents for raising such a great man!

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More About Annual Conference

The 2017 Great Plains Annual Conference Session took place June 7-10, at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Click here to connect to the Great Plains UMC Annual Conference link.

Retirees Recognized

Pastor Nancy Davis

Longtime friends and new acquaintances celebrated the ministries of the 39 clergy retiring effective the end of the appointive year on June 30 during a special dinner event.  The Rev. Jim Reed served as host for the event, a “pinning” in which new retirees receive a branded United Methodist retired clergy pin; and a congratulatory affirmation of “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Those celebrated included Elkhorn Hills UMC pastor Nancy Davis.

Conference raises $10,000, fills thousands of kits for UMCOR

Attendees of the Great Plains Annual Conference session showed their support for people harmed by natural disasters or other difficult circumstances.  Monetary donations for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) totaled more than $10,000.     Thirty volunteers helped pack 531 health kits prior to Wednesday’s opening of the conference.  The kits will be sent to UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, UMCOR West in Salt Lake City.

Elkhorn Hills UMC Knit & Sew Group provided some of these kits.  “Thank you” to all those who participated in this endeavor.

Totals kits collected during the conference session in Grand Island totaled:

  • Health kits – 2,847
  • Cleaning buckets – 114
  • School kits – 1,493
  • Layette kits – 134
  • Bedding kits – 17

Lots of extra supplies will be delivered to the UMCOR West depot in Salt Lake City.

About Bishop Saenz

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. was elected to the episcopacy in 2016 and assigned to serve the Great Plains Annual Conference, which encompasses all of Kansas and Nebraska. Prior to his election and assignment, Bishop Saenz served as director of connectional ministries and executive director of the Mission Vitality Center in the Rio Texas Conference.



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