Registration/Check-in @ Annual Conference

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Registration/Check-in for the PNW Annual Conference Session at the Showplex Center inside the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup will be open from 3pm-9:00pm on Thursday, June 21st and from 7:30am-Noon on Friday, June 22nd.

Online registration is closed, but you can register on site. The cost for registration is now $230. Checks and credit cards are accepted.

If you have any registration related questions, please contact Gretchen Engle, the Annual Conference Registrar, at 206-870-6835.

Parking

Parking for Annual Conference will be in the Blue Parking lot, directly across from the Blue Gate on Meridian Street South. Parking is free.

Start Time and Schedule

Our PNW Conference Sessions start Friday at 8:30am with Opening Worship at the Showplex Center. Click here for the rest of the Annual Conference Schedule.

The Digital Pre-Conference Handbook (PCH) is online.

Click here to download the handbook from the Annual Conference Session Event website. A limited number of print copies may be available from the on-site office for $10. Several other documents are available there as well.

A Note about Meals & Allergies

Please refrain from bringing any nuts, including things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and nut-based candies, to the Showplex Center as several members of the Annual Conference have serious allergies.

The following meals, plus coffee and tea, are provided as a part of your registration.

  • Friday, June 22th | Lunch and Dinner
  • Saturday, June 23th | Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday, June 24th Scone Break!

In consideration for those who are sensitive to fragrances, please remember that Annual Conference is a fragrance free zone.

Three special offerings will be taken during worship services at this year’s Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session. Together, our gifts of love can nurture hope and open new places for life to spring forth!

Congo Ministry Partnership

This year’s offering at Opening Worship will help to fund student scholarships to Africa University in partnership with Bishop Kasap Owan and the South Congo Episcopal Area, which oversees five Annual Conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Funds raised through this partnership last year purchased desks for school children.

Place at the Table
The Memorial Service offering will benefit the Place at the Table campaign to build a new dining hall at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center. One of four conference camps, Lazy F is close to crossing the finish line in this campaign which seeks to address regular dining capacity issues with a gorgeous new building centrally located on their grounds.
CWJFON
The Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors chapter will be the recipient of the offering at the Commissioning and Ordination Service. Housed in the Ellensburg First United Methodist Church, CWJFON is a hospitality and advocacy ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The PNW Conference Board of Church & Society invites those attending Annual Conference to join them for their annual lunch and the launch of a new tradition — annual speakers from outside the Methodist circle to challenge us to better engage the breadth of the world we serve.

Get your lunch and join them to hear from Dr. Michael Benitez, Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Puget Sound, for a talk and conversation from 12:15-1:15pm on Friday, June 22nd. The name of Dr. Benitez’s talk is:

The Conviction Behind Justice Work: Critically Facing and Acting Against Combative and Divisionary Discourses of Hate and Violence

Dr. Benitez writes: “America has certainly come a long way in becoming a more inclusive and equitable society, yet it continues to fall short of addressing systemic practices that perpetuate racial and gender structural inequities, and ignore historical and political underpinnings…How can we engage in the necessary and critical conversations for change? These times, where we are witnessing in front of our very eyes an administration that seeks to create separation, that seeks to control, and that is rapidly melting away at civil rights gains; enabling hate, discrimination, and violence against the most vulnerable.”

A leading scholar-practitioner, Dr. Michael Benitez has been a bold national voice over the last 20 years. Dr. Benitez provides an analysis on the state of diversity and inclusion on contemporary culture and offers possibilities for how leaders can challenge injustice to cultivate a more just communities, locally and nationally.

For more information, please contact PNW Peace with Justice Coordinator, Rev. Dave Wright, at dwright@pugetsound.edu.

Click here to RSVP and share this event on Facebook!

Follow #PNWAC18 from near or far!

In less than two weeks, people will start arriving in Puyallup, Washington for pre-conference meetings and to ready themselves for the start of #PNWAC18 early on Friday morning. Things will kick off that day (June 22) with an Opening Worship at 8:30am with Bishop Elaine Stanovsky giving her Episcopal Address.

Your Office of Connectional Ministries staff is working to support and facilitate the following online platforms for those who aren’t able to join us for Annual Conference at the Showplex Center this year, and for others who would like to be a part of the conversation in Puyallup and beyond.

Where to follow #PNWAC18 Online

Watch Annual Conference live on Youtube! Key worship services and plenary sessions will be streamed as they happen. Click here to bookmark the livestream.

News BlogAs the conference progresses, we’ll post updates to this blog on the Annual Conference Session website. After #PNWAC18 ends, our storytelling will move back to the PNW News Blog.

Photos from #PNWAC18 will be posted to our Flickr page with permission for you to use in your church. Click here to view past event photos today.

Like the PNW Conference Facebook page to get regular updates. You can read and comment on articles and media as they are posted on our page.

To participate in the conversation on Twitter, be sure to follow @pnwumc. We’ll be using #PNWAC18 as our hashtag.

instagramThe PNWUMC Instagram page will post snapshots of different portions of the week. #PNWAC18 is the hashtag to search for other content as well.

In addition to these social platforms, subscribers to the PNW News Digest are sure to get a summary of things after they happen. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe today!

Volunteers needed at #PNWAC18

Ushers

Ushers are needed to provide hospitality and support during the four worship services at Annual Conference this year.

  • Opening Worship on Friday, June 22 at 8:30am
  • Retirement Service on Sat., June 23 at 10:15am
  • Memorial Service on Sat., June 23 at 7:30pm
  • Ordination Service on Sun., June 24 at 10:30am

Please email Noriko Lao ASAP if you can serve as an usher for any of the services. Both lay and clergy are welcome. You do NOT have to be a voting member.

Communications

We are also looking for a few good people to support tech and communications efforts this year. If you are interested in helping to run a video camera, or in telling the story of annual conference with your writing gifts, please contact Patrick Scriven by phone (206-304-9284) or email.

Conference pianist Todd Shively (Seattle: Trinity UMC choir director) is again organizing an Annual Conference Choir to perform during the Service of Commissioning and Ordination on the morning of Sunday, June 24.

The first organizing practice will take place on Thursday, June 21st at 6pm in the Showplex Center. Subsequent practices will occur during the lunch hour on Friday and Saturday at starting at 12:40pm in the plenary space.

Need Help?

If you have questions about registration, please contact our AC Registrar, Gretchen Engle - (206) 870-6835.

PNWAC18 Session

Washington State Fairgrounds
Showplex Center | Puyallup, WA
June 22 to June 24, 2018 

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