Twenty-one local church secretaries and district administrative assistants “got connected” and earned continuing education credit at the 2012 PAUMCS state chapter conference at Woods Chapel UMC on August 24 & 25. First on the agenda was a sweet performance by the Della Lamb Children’s Choir followed by an overview of Della Lamb services presented by Director Judy Akers. Keynote speaker for the afternoon was Ms. Sue Thompson who spoke of how she and Rev. Adam Hamilton developed their ministry of administration together over the past 16 years. Sue spoke about being good stewards of all our resources, including time. Look, listen, ask were her key words for developing a successful staff/clergy partnership. After a Gates BBQ catered meal, the learning opportunity continued as Rev. Gina Kennedy, an associate at Woods Chapel, gave her perspective on the teachings of John Ortberg in his book The Me I Want to Be.
Saturday morning began with devotion by Heartland North and Pony Express District Superintendent Rev. Steve Cox. Then Rev. Jenn Kline, senior pastor at Country Club UMC in Kansas City, filled the morning with great information on communication and ethics as she led the group in several interactive activities. At lunch time, the official PAUMCS business meeting was held during which new officers were also elected: President Bev Rhodes, Vice- President/Membership Secretary Betty Tracewell, Secretary/ Chapter Communicator Barbara Webb, Treasurer Dawn Masten, Chaplain Susie Mason, Historian Terry Jepson, and Nominations Committee Judy Sneathen, Barbara Buck, and Tracy Lichliter.
Sounds of “Ho-Ho-Ho, Ha-Ha-Ha” filled the room during the next presentation by Certified Laughter Leader Jan Brothers. Following an hour of laughter exercises and good mental health information, the group settled down to hear from Conference Director of Financial & Administrative Ministries Rev. Kendall Waller as he spoke about the importance of statistical reporting and good stewardship practices.
The day ended with a banquet at Rumors Steakhouse in Lee’s Summit. On Sunday morning many of the group worshiped together at Woods Chapel before departing.
For more information about this organization, go to www.moumethodist.org/PAUMCS to find links to the national, state, and district chapters or contact any of the officers. PAUMCS is a great way to “get connected” with other staff members throughout the conference.