So it is time for that Annual Gathering of United Methodists in Redlands, CA for the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
I am certain of a few things.
1) we will be greeted by the University of Redlands representative with a line similar to, if not exactly, "just as the swallows return to Capistrano, the Methodists have returned to Redlands"
(and I keep hoping, even if just for one year, we have Annual Conference in Hawaii)
2) it will be hot in Redlands, and heated on the floor of Conference.
3) I will enjoy the fellowship with folks playing basketball and softball.
4) as if it isn't enough to have meetings for Conference, I have two meetings with agencies of the church piled on top of Conference, during Conference.
5) We can use your prayers...keep praying.