Grace to you and peace! Easter has been and continues to be celebrated! But May is now here which means that the Conference Annual Meeting is close upon us (May 31-June2). Have you registered yet? Do it now! Deadline is May 15! The deadline is necessary so that meals, T-shirts, and printing can be prepared and ordered. Our Annual Meeting will be an exciting opportunity to be in community with each other! We will welcome the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. There will also be uplifting worship, some amazing workshops (which are posted on the website), a pig-roast, time for fellowship, etc. Y’all come!
Communication about the Annual Meeting and other happenings across the Conference is so crucial for our connections, but it is also so challenging! In a recent “Coffee with Char” virtual conversation with some authorized ministers (via the Zoom web program), we were talking about being connected within the Conference. You may be reading this article via email or Facebook. Great! But are there others you know within your local church or colleagues that are not connected and therefore do not know about opportunities and events.
I remember the pastor of a church in another UCC Conference who entered the email addresses of all the local church Council members so that they would be informed about the Conference (a person can always unsubscribe to our Conference Connection). In another church, it was part of the position description of the local church Vice Moderator to keep the Church Council informed about the wider church. He/she would receive the Conference emails and check the Facebook page then provide a report to the Church Council (and congregation) about issues and events in the Conference. Other churches have arranged for the information on the Conference Facebook page to appear on their local church Facebook page.
Although some local churches may not have internet/email (we did mail Annual Meeting information to churches through the postal service), there are individuals within the congregation who do have it. Perhaps this can be their special way to keep the church connected.
All of this is to say that “making connections” is an ongoing process that requires all of us. Meanwhile – I am looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting! Blessings!