Join the Annual Meeting Celebration!

The 110th Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting will be held at First Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, and celebrates the 125th birthday of WMU, the 100th birthday of GA (Girls in Action), and the 100th anniversary of the Eliza Broadus Offering for state missions. The Woman’s Missionary Union Annual Meeting begins on Friday morning, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. and concludes on Saturday at noon.

Rosalie Hunt, Recording Secretary, National WMU, will provide theme interpretations in each session. Rosalie is a former missionary and author of Bless God and Take Courage,  Jason Stewart, Music Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, will lead the music. Emory Riley, Minister of Music at First Baptist, will be the pianist.

Last Frontier missionaries in Southeast Asia and NAME (North Africa and the Middle East) will speak on Friday morning. Three conference times on Friday (11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m.) will offer a variety of conferences and activities. A boxed lunch (by preregistration) will be served.

The work of Kentucky WMU will be featured on Friday afternoon, including the role of the Eliza Broadus Offering in state missions.  Officers and Executive Boards members for 2013-14 will be elected during the business session.

A 125th Birthday Celebration and Heritage Fund Banquet will be held in the Christian Life Center at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 which includes a donation to the Kentucky WMU Heritage Fund. Participants are also invited to come early for the banquet and share their WMU story during the WMU Time Line Activity which begins 4:30 p.m.

The Cooperative Program will be highlighted in the Friday evening session. Curtis Woods, Associate Executive Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and others will share the importance of the Cooperative Program in funding Southern Baptist missions. The Kentucky Missionary of the Year award will also be presented in the Friday evening session.

On Saturday morning, conferences and other activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. Nurses are encouraged to attend the BNF meeting which will be offered during the Saturday conference period. WMU is the sponsor of Baptist Nursing Fellowship, a national organization for Christian nurses and medical workers.

Children are also invited participate on Saturday morning.  A number of kid-friendly options are being offered.  The Saturday session begins at 10:00 a.m. and will include a celebration of the 100th birthday of GA. All participants are invited to wear their missions badges or special outfits. Children are invited to bring a special “birthday in a bag” to help low income families have the resources to provide a birthday celebration for their children.

A special Disaster Relief lunch will be served the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) Feeding Unit. Participants can experience a typical DR meal and see the unit in operation. Suggested donation is $5.00.

The 2013 Annual Meeting includes a collection project to bring toiletry items for Impact Ministry of Hopkinsville and FamilyFEST, a ministry of WMU to take place in the Paducah and Henderson areas this summer.  Requested items include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, combs, razors, and deodorant. Full size (not travel size) preferred.

An offering for Kentucky WMU ministries to missionaries and Missionary Kids (MKs) will be received  Kentucky WMU provides Christmas gifts to Kentucky born international missionaries as well as a fall and spring gift to Kentucky MKs who are attending college in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Missionary Parents Fellowship, another facet of Kentucky WMU ministries to missionaries, will meet on Saturday during the DR lunch.  All parents of international missionaries are invited to participate.

A special tour of Hopkinsville area ministries will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Preregistration is required with a limit of 100 participants. Transportation will be provided.

Pre-registration for meals closes on Tuesday, March 26.  Contact Kentucky WMU for registration information or download an informational brochure from the Kentucky WMU web site: www.kywmu.org/annualmeeting.  Online registration is also available.

From start to finish, we will focus on how The Story Lives On through WMU and as we share Christ around the world.  Everyone who cares about missions will want to be at our meeting in Hopkinsville.  Come hear missionaries, attend conferences, visit displays, and participate our WMU birthday celebration. You will enjoy the fellowship, music, and missions inspiration.  Be there!

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