There are less than two weeks until this year’s Annual Gathering which has the theme “Caring for Our Common Ground.” There is important business to conduct, but there are many other reasons to come to AG, as a delegate or an attendee. Enjoy worship, music, workshops, and a full line-up of exhibits. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with old friends and make new ones.
On Friday we’ll hear a keynote address from Jim Antal, one of the UCC’s foremost climate environmental activists. Jim will also lead two workshops—one Friday and one Saturday. Saturday we’ll hear a powerful message from Traci Blackmon, the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ, our closing worship preacher.
I am excited and looking forward to the weekend, even if it does mean that I have to preside over most of the duller stuff. Click HERE to see the full agenda and to register for Annual Gathering. I hope to see you there!
August Board Meeting: The Conference Board of Directors met on August 23. Topics included the 2018 Audit, 2020 Budget, “The Hills Are Alive” Campaign, and the search for an Executive Director for Outdoor Ministries. Vice Moderator Dave Plant is leading the Search Committee for Executive Director. He reported that the committee would conduct final interviews at the end of August. A Zoom meeting of the board is scheduled for September 18 for a presentation of the recommended candidate. We’ll make a public announcement once the new Executive Director has board approval. The board also reviewed 2020 Clergy Compensation Guidelines and nominees for Vice Moderator, Moderator, and the board. Resolutions on nomination and compensation guidelines were passed as recommendations to the Annual Gathering.
“The Hills Are Alive!”: This campaign gives churches and individuals an opportunity to invest in the future of Templed Hills—an invitation to ensure this unique place of faith formation and renewal continues to build congregations, strengthen shared ministry, and change the lives of old and young. Thanks to early gifts and pledges, improvements are already underway. A new HVAC system is being installed in Memorial Hall, a main gathering and lodging place. It will provide air conditioning and far more efficient heat than the previous baseboard heating.
The campaign runs through 2020, consider making a gift this year, planning one for next year, or both! Find out more by clicking HERE. If your church would like someone to come out and speak to a group there, or at Sunday worship, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the last month I will be sending you a letter as Conference Moderator. It’s been a privilege to serve the congregations in Northern Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia in this way over the past two years. While there are still many of you that I haven’t yet met, I know more of you today than I did two years ago. That has been the best part of being Moderator!
Blessings and peace,