The Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting is just a few days away. It is not too late to make plans to come and the program will be worth the trip! Annual Meeting is Friday and Saturday, April 9-10 and no preregistration is required to attend. (Boxed lunches do require advance purchase, but there are often extras or just bring a sack lunch along!)
The meeting starts Friday morning at 10, but you will want to arrive around 9 a.m. to register, visit the displays and bookstores, and participate in our Annual Meeting ministry project. Carol Russ has organized a fantastic opportunity to make cards to be used in a number of local ministries. All the supplies will be on hand. You just need to stop by and make a card or two or more. You are also invited to participate in our “Sock It to Louisville” ministry project by bringing new socks and underwear for men, women, boys, and girls to be divided between three ministry sites: Jefferson Street Baptist Center, Churchill Downs Backside Ministries, and Baptist Fellowship Center.
We are honored to have Kaye Miller, national WMU president and author of Called to Love, with us to bring a theme interpretation in each session. You will want to hear Kaye tell stories from her experiences as a missionary kid that challenge us to love God and love others. Roxanne Nanney and David Headley will lead in music during each session. Interpretation for the deaf and preschool child care will be provided in all sessions.
We will begin the Friday morning session with a parade of flags which is always moving as we sing “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations.” During the session Karen Wright will share her call to Chile. Karen has been with us before and you will want to see her again. If you have filled a bucket for Africa or Haiti, you will want to hear Susan Hatfield’s update on the work of Baptist Global Response. On Friday afternoon, Kentucky missionary Tim Bender will share his work among the deaf. We will elect officers and honor Brenda Price upon her retirement from Kentucky WMU.
From 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. you will have much to choose from. There will be seven conferences at the church from 3:00-4:00 p.m. We will also be having Open House and a Reception for Kaye Miller and Brenda Price at the KBC building from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Missionary Parents will gather at 4 p.m. at the KBC building. (The KBC building is just 5 miles from Westport Road and it will be easy for you to get from one site to the other.)
On Friday evening, we begin at 6:45 p.m. with a concert by the Westport Road Boys. In the session, Dr. Billy Compton will bring greetings from the Kentucky Baptist Convention and focus our attention on the importance of the Cooperative Program in all of our work. A Last Frontier representative will share her work in Asia. New Life Korean Ladies Choir will sing, and Sook Jae Lee, executive director of Korea WMU, will speak about our partnership.
Saturday morning will include another opportunity to make cards before and after the session. In addition to Kaye, our Saturday speakers include David and Linda Jackson from West Africa, Larry Baker reporting on “Find it Here,” and Larry Martin, Pat Day, and LaRaine Rice sharing about the upcoming ministries during the World Equestrian Games. Marvelous Grace, a ladies ensemble from Westport Road, will provide special music.
We will honor Pat Reaves during a Heritage Fund luncheon on Friday. Pat concludes her term as president at this meeting and you will want to thank Pat for the great job she has done for the past four years. You will also want to be present as we elect our next Kentucky WMU president and Executive Board.
For more information about Annual Meeting, go to www.kywmu.org/annualmeeting. I hope to see you there!