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54th Annual Gathering
Canterbury School in Greensboro, NC
Attention Clergy, Laity and Institutions of the Southern Conference
!!!!!!! Registration is now open !!!!!!!!
The Southern Conference 54th Annual Gathering will be held June 13-15, 2019; hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Association.
Must Reserve Rooms by May 12th to Get Discounted Group Rates
We will be offering pre annual gathering trainings which will include boundary training for clergy and trainings for laity. The remainder of the day will be filled with workshops that focus on the rural church, Environmental Justice and technology to name a few. Worship for the evening will take place at 7 pm in a joint service with the Women of the Southern Conference.
Kick of the day with a prayer walk along with additional learnings. The business of the Conference will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. In addition, we will be doing a “new thing” by having a Celebration Dinner Show preceded by a relaxing jazz ensemble.
Saturday will not only begin with a prayer walk but will feature learnings from the voices of our youth. In particular to answer the question we are all asking, what draws youth to our churches? We will wrap up with closing worship and sharing “Dreaming…What’s Possible with No Limit!”
Looking for Youth - middle school to high school: We are looking for at least 6 youth to participate on our panel Saturday, June 15th from 10 am to 11 am - "Worship through the eyes of youth in Today's Times." There will be an open discussion with our attendees on what it takes to get youth participation in your church no matter the size church, the things you would like to see in a youth program, what's working and what's not for youth involvement along with questions from the audience. If you participate in your church youth program or would like to offer suggestions on how churches can start youth programs, we need you! Contact the Conference office at 336-222-8771 by June 6th to let us know you are interested or if you know of someone who may like to participate.
Friday evening: Experience a "new thing" at Celebration Dinner Show preceded by a relaxing jazz ensemble.Don't be mistaken by their age. The Cummings High School Jazz Octet located in Burlington NC does not sound like a High School group. From playing Frankie Beverly and Maze to Charlie Parking, this group will make you tap your toes and swing side to side. Under the direction of Gregory Milton, this group has performed throughout Alamance County for a variety of events and organizations. You don't want to miss this group at the annual gathering!
Message from Rev. Dr. Edward Davis I Conference Minister
Over the years the Southern Conference, like so many faith-based organizations, have been subject to change and transition. These changes have brought about confusion around the issue of theology and covenant. Many of our new members in your church and others over the years have not been thoroughly immersed in the ways of how we do things in the United Church of Christ. History and Polity in the United Church of Christ is our life blood. It stabilizes us, not only in how we do church, but how we live together in community in our respective Association and Conference.
We know that our pastors are unable to keep up with the demand of educating their members in the ways and norms of the United Church of Christ. Therefore, we will be having History and Polity Training for our laity as a gift to congregants in our local churches at our 54thAnnual Gathering on June 13thfrom 10 am to 2:30 pm at Canterbury School as part of our commitment to Educate, Equip and Empower our laity.
Rev. Dr. Rollin Russell, former Southern Conference Minister, will be the instructor for the day. Rollin is an excellent teacher and educator. Your congregants will come away with a better understanding of how we live in covenant in the United Church of Christ.
This offering is open to your laity and you as clergy for noncredit hours. We ask that you invite all your laity, particularly your lay leaders, to this training.
Please don’t let your laity miss this learning opportunity! While this is a free class and we are encouraging all to register for the entire Annual Gathering, if your congregant chooses to come only to this training, a registration is still required. They can register via Eventbrite at https://54thsocannualgatheringtickets.eventbrite.com for not only this training but the entire Annual Gathering.
Grace! Mercy! And Peace!
More Annual Gathering News to Come
In the coming weeks leading up to the gathering more detailed information will be put in our e-news and on our website at soc-ucc.org about speakers, workshops and other happenings at the gathering. Be on the lookout at your church for a mailing to that will include other pertinent annual gathering information.
This gathering will be a celebration of what God has done and is doing in the life of the Southern Conference. We are looking forward to seeing every Local Church and related Institutions in attendance.
Featured Workshop @ The Annual Gathering
UCC History and Theology
A Condensed Intense Half Day Non-Credit Course Taught by Rev. Rollin Russell
A note from the Conference Minister (Rev. Edward Davis (D.Min.):
Members have joined your church over the past years and even today. Now, how do they learn about the history, theology, polity and ministry in this great denomination we call the United Church of Christ? How will they know how to live in covenant here in the Southern Conference and in the National Setting? To find out, I encourage you to ask your congregations to attend this important FREE learning opportunity to better understand this great denomination we call the United Church of Christ!
This course will be offered on opening day of this year's 54th Southern Conference Annual Gathering, Thursday June 13th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Your congregants don't want to miss this great learning opportunity. All clergy are welcome to attend for noncredit hours.
While condensed into a half-day session, they will be amazed, from a lay person perspective, about what they didn't know about United Church of Christ. Lunch will be served. Look for a more detailed description of the courses from the presenter, Rev. Rollin Russell, in the week ahead. We look forward to seeing, both lay and clergy at the class!
**Note - While all who attend the course are encouraged to register for the entire Annual Gathering, in order to reserve a seat for this course only, your congregants must register via Eventbrite.
Church Women of the Southern Conference (CWSC)
Dear Sisters in Christ,
It is my pleasure and privilege to call all the Church Women of the Southern Conference (CWSC) to come together for our 2019 CWSC Annual Summer Conference.
We will be gathering on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Peace UCC in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our lodging will be at the Hotel (s) in Greensboro which you will need to contact directly to make reservations. (See Information on hotels listed on the attached Agenda – PLEASE NOTE the DEADLINES for each HOTEL - Some are May 12th so you will need to make reservations ASAP! The registration form is also attached – Deadline for registration is June 1st.On Thursday evening our closing Worship service will be held at the Canterbury School in Greensboro which will be a joint service with the Southern Conference Annual Meeting being held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday June 15, 2019. The two events are being coordinated near each other, held back-to-back, and you are invited to attend just the Women’s gathering or both gatherings.
The theme for our Conference will be “We Shall Not Lose the Power of Praise”. This year’s conference is being hosted by the Eastern N. C. Association Church Women who have planned for some exciting speakers and activities on the agenda.
Let us come and celebrate our time together as United Church of Christ Women, believing in an awesome God that is a still speaking God. It will be nice to get away from the news and busyness of our daily routines and enjoy each other’s fellowship. As we gather, may our love for each other and our praise of God help us to be encouraged, inspired and bring us closer to God in our faith journey.
We hope you will invite your friends to join us as we praise God together! Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations ASAP and send in your registration form.
Come! We are looking forward to seeing you!!
Peace and Love,
Betty Griffin, CWSC President
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