July 28, 2018
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35th Laity Academy: 'Spreading God's Word through Action' Register by Sunday, July 29!

The Rev Harold Burkett (right) helps Gary Daum receive feedback to his mini-sermon during the Preaching to be Heard course at the 2017 Laity Academy.

Some see 35 years of age as the prime of life.  If tha t is true then the 35th Ea stern PA Conference Academy for Laity, August 3-5 , is in its prime. With a new dean, a new location and a few new courses and instructors, this annual learning adventure for lay members (and for clergy who also attend) will sharpen minds eager to learn much about doing ministry in new ways.
But Sunday, July 29, is the final registration deadline. So if you want to attend, Register Online Now, so you won't miss it!

New Dean of the Academy, Rick Wrisley, aided by a cadre of new and experienced event planners, will welcome attendees to the spacious Quakertown UMC (1875 Freier Rd, Quakertown, PA), a new site, for a weekend of intensive courses-totally 10 hours of instruction in each.

"This is our conference's second largest gathering of the year, exceeded only by Annual Conference," said Dean Wrisley, who expects close to 200 attendees. "I'm confident that all will have an enjoyable educational experience."

This year's theme is "Pass It On: Spreading God's Word through Action," inspired by 2 Timothy 2:2. It signifies the academy as an opportunity to connect with fellow Christians, "passing on everything that we can about our faith" and enabling others to do the same. This is "servant leadership that emphasizes relationships."

Bishop Peggy Johnson notes in her welcome letter that the past three years' themes "have woven a beautiful progression from "Follow the Star, Make it Happen" to "Embrace the Journey, Step Up, Step Out" to "Pass it On, Spread God's Word through Action."

"I pray that this time together will encourage you as you reflect on the tangible ways you share your faith," she writes to attendees, "and will motivate you to see new and exciting ways to use your gifts to build up the Kingdom."

Learn more...
 (about academy program highlights)
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