DECEMBER 23, 2018

Merry Christmas. The Babe of Bethlehem brings peace and joy.

Together, we enter this 31st  week of the Council of Bishops call to Pray Our Way Forward. There are eight more weeks before the February 23-26, 2019 special session of the General Conference begins in St. Louis. The entire United Methodist family is called to prayer and fasting for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.

Below you will find the names of some of our leaders who will serve as delegates.  Please join us in prayer and fasting for them—that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their conduct, their attitudes, and their decisions. For 12 million United Methodist around the world, prayer is the most significant and positive spiritual thing we can do at this important moment in the history of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for participating in this global prayer initiative.

Please invite your family, your small group, your local congregation, your district, and your annual conference to join us in prayer.

Together we pray for a few of the 864 delegates and 200 alternates to the 2019 General Conference:

  1. Charlotte All Davis, Laity, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  2. Robert Earl Amundsen, Clergy, Red Bird Missionary, Southeastern Jurisdiction, USA
  3. Carlito Serrano Puno, Laity, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  4. Percival Jimena Gregorio, Clergy, Quezon City Philippines, East Philippines Central Conference
  5. Egmedio Balbona Equila Jr., Clergy, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  6. Marietta Garcia Bonite, Laity, South Nueva Ecija Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  7. Julie Fernandez Capulong, Laity, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  8. Edgardo Dellova Cruz, Clergy, Southern Tagalog Provisional Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  9. Melvin Sayco Domingo, Laity, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  10. Wilfredo A Yasay, Clergy, Southwest Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  11. Phebe Namoca Cosmiano, Laity, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  12. Roy Rafael Tibalbag, Clergy, Visayas Philippines, Philippines Central Conference
  13. Lisa M King, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  14. Daniel Robert Dick, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  15. Barbara Anne Buehler Dick, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  16. Samuel John Royappa, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  17. Gail Laity, Burgess, Laity, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  18. Steven E Zekoff, Clergy, Wisconsin, North Central Jurisdiction, USA
  19. Timothy Charles Crouch, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  20. J Clayton Oliphint, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  21. Linda Moore Parks, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  22. Jill Ann Jackson-Sears, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  23. Kelly Jo Carpenter, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  24. Ronald D Henderson, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  25. Richard Bailey Hearne, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  26. Donald Wallace Underwood, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  27. Gretchen Faye Toler-Debus, Laity, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  28. Owen K Ross, Clergy, North Texas, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  29. Sarah Nichols Lofton (replaced Charles Roy Stewart), Laity, Oklahoma, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  30. Josephine Deere, Laity, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA
  31. David Mark Wilson, Clergy, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, South Central Jurisdiction, USA.

Together we pray for one member of the General Commission of the General Conference:
Moses Kumar, commission member and General Secretary (see below).

Together we pray for one member of the General Conference Staff:
Mark Goswick – Office of the Business Manager of General Conference staff.

Together we pray for a few members of the Council of Bishops in the USA and around the world:
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe of the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area and his spouse, Leslie Bledsoe
Bishop Benjamin Boni of the Cote D’Ivoire Episcopal Area and his spouse, N’Gbesso Berthe
Bishop Lawson Bryan of the South Georgia Episcopal area and his spouse, Sherrill Bryan
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the San Francisco Episcopal Area and her spouse, Thomas Spaniolo
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter of the Florida Episcopal Area and his spouse, Pamela Carter

Together we pray for one member of the Commission on a Way Forward:
Alice Williams, USA, Florida, laity.

Together we pray for one United Methodist Commission or Agency and leader:
Moses Kumar is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration. The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) manages the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.