Delegate News – Winter 2017
Three regional meetings scheduled
Ohio Conference has scheduled three regional meetings for delegates to Annual Conference Assembly. The meetings will take place at these locations:
- Feb. 21 — Tedrow Mennonite Church in Wauseon
- Feb. 23 — Crown Hill Mennonite Church in Rittman
- March 7 — Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty
All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about an hour and a half. If you are not able to attend the regional meeting closest to you because of a schedule conflict, you are welcome to attend one of the other regional meetings.
Regional meeting agenda planned
The Ohio Conference Leadership Team will present a number of business items at the three regional meetings:
- Proposed spending plan for 2017-18
- A direction statement for the coming year
- A report from Interim Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker about the listening meetings he has been conducting with congregational leadership teams
- A request for nominations for Conference positions which still need to be filled
The remainder of each meeting will be led by members of the Mission Resource Team. This section of the meeting will be similar in format to the Fall Mission Events. There will be a time of looking back in which delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on how congregations are currently engaging in mission, or consider what is holding them back from engaging in mission. The meeting also will include a time of looking forward, which will include information about the upcoming Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch on March 23-24, as well as a time for questions. Finally, there will be an introduction to the continuation of the Year of Mission.
Register for ACA by March 3
The registration deadline for the 2017 Annual Conference Assembly (ACA) is March 3. This year’s Assembly will take place March 24-25 at Central Christian School in Kidron. The cost to register is $30 by March 3, and $45 thereafter. There is an additional fee for meals.
If you have not already received registration forms from your congregation, you may find them online at http://bit.ly/2017ACA.
If you register by mail, send your registration form and fee to Judy King, Ohio Conference, Box 210, Kidron OH 44636.
Missional Conference to precede ACA
“Who is my Neighbor?” is the theme for the upcoming Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch. This two-day event will take place March 23-24 at Kidron Mennonite Church immediately prior to Annual Conference Assembly.
This missional conference will focus on a variety of topics:
- Inviting all people in so they feel they have a place to just be and feel loved
- Leading with embrace rather than theology
- Respecting high standards while extending grace
- Engaging third places
- Christ and the Gospel as core for mission and church life
The cost for this event will be $40 for Ohio Conference members attending ACA, $55 for other Ohio Conference members, and $85 for non-Ohio Conference members. Participants ages 30 and younger will receive a half-price discount on the cost of registration.
Planners of the missional conference are encouraging all congregations to cover the cost of registration for their young adults interested in attending.
To learn more about Alan Hirsch, see www.alanhirsch.org. See the event brochure for more information about the missional conference.
If you prefer to register by mail, a printable registration form is available.
2 Year of Covenant Meeting for Pastors, Toledo Mennonite
21 Regional Delegate Meeting, Tedrow Mennonite Church, Wauseon
23 Regional Delegate Meeting, Crown Hill Mennonite Church, Rittman
7 Regional Delegate Meeting, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, West Liberty
10-11 LEAD3D (Youth Leadership) Retreat, Camp Luz, Kidron
23-24 Missional Conference with Alan and Debra Hirsch, Kidron Mennonite Church
24-25 Annual Conference Assembly, Central Christian School, Kidron
Delegate News is for you
…if you are a delegate to Ohio Conference’s Annual Conference Assembly. Each Ohio Conference congregation is eligible to send at least two delegates (or more, depending on the number of members), as well as an additional young adult delegate. In addition, the following people are automatically delegates:
- Credentialed pastors of Ohio Conference congregations
- Ohio Conference staff members
- Ohio Conference Leadership Team
- Ministry Development Team
- Stewardship Ministry Team
- Credentialing Ministry Team
- Gifts Discernment Ministry Team
If you are no longer a delegate for your congregation, please forward Delegate News to the new delegates in your congregation. In addition, please inform Judy King, Conference administrative assistant, of the change. You may contact her at email@example.com or (330) 857-5421.