Spirit, bless our souls with yearning!

 

 

 

 

Central District Conference 

 

 

The annual meeting will be held June 26, 2021 via Zoom. We will meet from 9a-4:30p Eastern Time. The Mennonite Women will meet at 4:45p for a “Conversation with Melissa Florer-Bixler.”

 

 

Registration fee is $10 for the day.

 

 

9:00 am WORSHIP I [Pre-recorded video]Gathering songs
Welcome
Music: Holy Spirit, bless us with a yearning
Introduction of Credence
Scripture
Song
Speaker: Betty Pries
Song of Response
Closing/Announcements

10:00 am Communion Please bring some bread and juice (or similar elements) with you to fully participate in communion.

10:10 am Delegate Session I

Welcome/State of the Conference Address

Consent Agenda
2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
2021-2022 Spending Plan
2021-2022 Slate

Commissioning Prayer for incoming and continuing committee members

Voting to receive Grand Rapids Mennonite Fellowship (GRMF)

Introduction of Keller Park Church

Reports
Missional Church Committee Report
Ministerial Committee Report
Camp Friedenswald Highlights

Announcements

11:05 am Break (art videos)

 

11:15 am Delegate Session II
Welcome

Seminars (breakout sessions)
*Climate Justice is Pacifism – AJ Delgadillo and Nicole Litwiller from Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions
*New and Developing Communities of Faith: Engage the Possibilities! – Missional Church Committee
*Faith Formation – Shanna Peachy Boshart
*Remembering our Congregational History – Lisa Weaver and J.Denny Weaver
*Congregations and Reparations: Conversation and Action – Joel Miller and Trevor Bechtel

12:10 pm Closing

12:15 pm Lunch tables (You have the option of eating while sharing in breakout rooms)

1:15 pm Delegate Session III
Congregational Slide show

1:30 pm Credence & Company

4:15 pm Announcements/Closing

4:45 pm Mennonite Women
Melissa Florer-Bixler, speaker

Delegate Session

In this session delegates will be updated on the state of the conference, welcome Grand Rapids Mennonite Fellowship into membership, act on the 2021-2022 spending plan, slate of nominees, and the 2020 minutes, and will hear reports from our committees and share communion together.

Attention Congregational Leaders: As part of our Annual Meeting on June 26, we are very excited to have Betty Pries guide our afternoon together.  Betty will be leading us to consider how we are Building Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Congregations.  The ministerial committee and board of directors are strongly encouraging congregational leadership groups (board, council, elders, deacons, etc.) to participate in this session.  This is not limited to delegates but does require registration for the Annual Meeting.  

 

Worship

Join us for a pre-recorded worship service around our theme of Spirit, bless our souls with yearning! We will hear a message from Betty Pries, CEO and Senior Consultant of Credence & Co.

Seminars

Seminars for the annual meeting will be conducted as breakout sessions during the delegate session.

Mennonite Women

Melissa Florer-Bixler will talk about her newest book How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger & the Work of Peace. We have titled her talk, “Conversation with Melissa Florer-Bixler,” organized by CDC Mennonite Women, open to all who are interested.’

Mennonite Women will meet at 4:45p Eastern Time on Zoom following the delegate session.

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