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2019 Annual Conference Information
posted on March 11
Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference Session opens Tuesday, March 12, at 9 a.m.
WHERE TO REGISTERRegistration may be online or by mail. To register quickly and efficiently online, please visit our Annual Conference webpage at www.moacinfo.com.
Payment will be required at the time of registration. Event registration will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12.
As a retiree or student pastor not serving a church, your registration fee if registered before May 1 is $0. However, this does not provide you with a 2019 Conference Journal; you will be required to pay the normal journal cost when you register. If you register after May 1, you will be charged a $40 late fee for registration.
If you are unable to pay for any reason, please contact the registrar (Heather Birge, email@example.com, 3601 Amron Court, Columbia, MO 65202). Early registration is due no later than May 1. Please register early and online if possible. This allows for better planning, reduced hotel change fees and a smoother conference session. Late fees will apply to any registrations postmarked or made online after that date.
LODGINGHousing will be coordinated through the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (SCVB). Go to www.moacinfo.com to view a list of properties.
The actual lodging registration link on www.moacinfo.com will not be available until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The link will not just appear if you are waiting for it prior to 9 a.m. You will have to refresh your screen at 9 a.m. to be able to access the link. This registration system will allow you to choose your hotel on the SCVB’s website. Please be prepared to select your choice of hotel, room style and any special request. You will be required to reserve your room with a credit card, and you will receive immediate confirmation of your selection. Please be aware that your room is not reserved at a particular property until you click the submit button and receive confirmation of your reservation.
SCHEDULEWe have made some significant changes to the schedule to incorporate voting for delegation members to 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. We are continuing with the three-day format, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, and continuing until 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, during which we anticipate a time of renewal, learning and worship. Our hope is that every person come away from Annual Conference energized and excited about our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. During our time together, you will receive new ideas to take back home, and hear differing perspectives and be motivated for ministry in your context. The draft agenda and other Annual Conference related announcements will be available soon at www.moacinfo.com.
Upon arriving in Springfield for the Annual Conference on Friday, please come to the Springfield Expo Center for your conference registration. Most hotel check-in times are 3:00 p.m., and your room may not be ready. You will be required to guarantee your reservation with a credit card, but this should insure that your room is held for late arrival. Conference registration will be open 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the area near our exhibitors in the Trade Center. Check at the Annual Conference office downstairs for late registration.
MEALSWe do not offer general meals except for Sunday lunch. The University Plaza has increased its seating capacity for its restaurant and offers a free hot breakfast for those staying onsite. Additionally, there is a small coffee shop in the lobby of the University Plaza hotel with Starbucks® coffee, light pastries and some lunch options. There will also be healthy menu choices available at the Expo Center Snack Bar for your convenience. Most participants walk or drive to offsite lunch locations.
For FIRST-TIME lay members, there are plans for a first-time attendee lunch on Friday. You must register for this FREE lunch in order to attend. This lunch is hosted by the Lay Ministry Team and will offer those new to annual conference, or those who have not attended in more than 10 years, a great chance to get oriented and meet some new people.
On Sunday morning the United Methodist Women will have their 13th Annual Walk for Missions. It will start at 6:45 a.m. from the Expo Center.