LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky Baptist missions leaders will gather for the 111th Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting April 4-5 at Central Baptist Church in Winchester.
Keynote speakers include Wanda Lee, Executive Director, National WMU; Gordon Fort, Senior Vice President for Prayer Mobilization and Training at the International Mission Board; and Lori Funderburk, Bucket Project Prayer Coordinator with Baptist Global Response.
A highlight of the annual meeting will be an attempt to fill an entire shipping container with hospice care buckets. The buckets will be distributed in sub-Saharan Africa to caregivers caring for family members with AIDS. The Bucket Project is coordinated by Baptist Global Response.
Participants are invited to bring completed buckets or items for buckets. Buckets will also be packed during the meeting and loaded on a truck to be taken to Texas for shipment. There will be a blessing of the buckets at the conclusion of the Saturday session outside at the filled bucket truck.
“Bertha and Berniece,” a dynamic duo from Arkansas (Jana McKnight and Vickey Lloyd) will bring their special brand of humor in each session. McKnight and Lloyd are popular Christian humorists and have been featured at national and state WMU meetings.
Jason Stewart, Music Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, will lead the music. Larry Lee will be the pianist. Interpretation for the Deaf will be provided in all general sessions by interpreters from the Central Baptist Church Deaf Ministry.
Four conference times (Friday, 9:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.) will offer a variety of conferences and activities. These include the Bucket Project, missions displays, a WMU History Room, missions education helps, a walking tour of Winchester ministries, and various missions conferences. A prayerwalking guide will also be provided and participants are encouraged to prayerwalk downtown Winchester.
The work of Kentucky WMU will be featured on Friday afternoon, including a special emphasis on Heritage Fund mite boxes which were distributed in 2013. Officers and Executive Boards members for 2013-14 will be elected during the business session, including a new president. Linda Cooper, elected in 2010, will conclude her term at the close of this annual meeting.
The Kentucky Missionary of the Year Award will be presented in the Friday evening session followed by a commissioning service for new Kentucky missionaries. Gordon Fort will share a missions challenge and extend an invitation to missions commitment. WMU birthday cake and a reception for outgoing officers and missionaries will follow the evening session.
On Saturday morning, Kentucky Baptist Nursing Fellowship will gather for a breakfast meeting at First Baptist Church of Winchester at 7:30 a.m. Children are invited to participate in a special children’s program at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel of Central Baptist Church. Children will then join in the Saturday general session which begins at 10:00 a.m.
The 2013 Annual Meeting also includes a collection project for FamilyFEST, a ministry of WMU to take place in the Boones Creek Association this summer. Various items to be used as prizes at block parties are requested.
An offering for Kentucky WMU ministries to missionaries and Missionary Kids (MKs) will be received in several sessions. 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 Friday during lunch. All parents of international missionaries are invited to participate.
Pre-registration is required for all meals and preschool child care. 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.
Joy Bolton, Executive Director-Treasurer of Kentucky WMU is excited about the 2014 Annual Meeting. “Not only do we have a great program, but there will also be the excitement of filling a truck of Hospice Care Buckets. The Friday night session will be a worship service as we focus on ‘Accepting the Challenge of the Great Commission.’ The conferences, displays, and all the activities offer something for everyone. You will enjoy the fellowship, music, and missions inspiration. Be there!”