God is Still Speaking,

Saturday, September 26, 2020

56th Annual Meeting Agenda

56TH ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA:

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY

(Image courtesy of Glenn Wallace, Evangelical and Reformed UCC, Frederick MD)

Joel 1:3
“Tell your children of it,
     and let your children tell their children,
     and their children another generation.”


Monday September 21

Contemplative Space

12 p.m.-1 p.m.

led by Rev. Sean DeLawder, Trinity UCC, Thurmont MD


 Welcome Social Hour

5 p.m.-6 p.m.

The title is precisely what this is! It is a time of welcome and social hour! Bring a snack, a favorite beverage of any kind, and have a time with no agendas, schedules or itineraries ‘to-do’ lists, emails, etc. This is simply and only a time of fellowship and fun! Reunite with longtime friends and make new ones across the Conference.

Hosted by Conference Minister Freeman Palmer


Racial Justice  – Beyond Talk: Prioritizing the Dismantling of White Supremacy

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Beyond Talk: Prioritizing the Dismantling of White Supremacy 

The Racial Justice Network of the Justice & Witness Action Network calls on local churches, clergy, and justice leaders across the Central Atlantic Conference to stand for Racial Justice. We invite you to join us for a discussion on developing strategies for our collective engagement and action around the following questions and issues: (1) Is Dismantling White Supremacy a central priority of the Christian Church; (2) The Case for Reparations; (3) What does Defund the Police really mean; (4) What is the journey to become an Anti-Racist church?

We hope you will join this movement in the Central Atlantic Conference for racial justice.

Hosted by Rev. Marvin Silver


Navigating Pandemics, Chronicling the Witness

7:00-8:30P

The Church was thrust abruptly into wrestling with, “How to Be the Church” during two pandemics--COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice. This entailed how to gather for worship, spiritual formation programs, youth groups, administering sacraments and other communal forum in person.  As churches faithfully endeavored to give witness to a liberative gospel and serve its congregants, community and nation, they were forced to respond and be church in innovative, creative and unfamiliar ways. A panel discussion on CAC churches innovation, best practices and ministry during the pandemics.

Hosted by Rev. Audrey Price 

 

Tuesday September 22, 2020


 Contemplative Space

12 p.m.-1 p.m.

led by Rev. Laura Martin, Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington VA 


Boundary Awareness Training

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  

Facilitators will lead participants in discussions and exercises regarding the boundaries that exist in our ministries: financial, personal, ethical, sexual, and more. The course explores questions such as: Why do we affirm these ministry boundaries? Are boundaries flexible? What are the possible benefits or consequences should we cross them? 

Hosted by Rev. Audrey Price 


Gathering of Authorized Ministers in Specialized Settings

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Although their ministry is important every year, this year of COVID-10 has placed authorized minister who serve outside of the local church, particularly chaplains, on the front lines of this pandemic. This is a gathering with other Authorized Ministers who serve in Chaplaincy and non-parish settings of the United Church of Christ for fellowship, sharing of ministry
experiences, and to get to know others who work in the important ‘vineyard’ of the Church beyond the sanctuary doors. Our special guest will be Rev. Stephen Boyd, who serves the United Church of Christ as Minister for Chaplains and Specialized settings. Rev. Boyd supports authorized ministers in chaplaincy and provides the voice and perspective of the United Church 
of Christ in commissions and organizations related to specialized ministry.  This gathering will be hosted by Freeman Palmer and will be by special invitation.

Hosted by: Rev Freeman Palmer 

Being Church in the Midst of a Pandemic and Building for the Future

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

How do you move your mission forward during COVID-19? In order to answer this question, the church must first assess its current mission and vision. Will it still be relevant as you move into a “new normal?” Once the church knows where it is going, either sustaining its current mission and vision or developing new, it needs to look at currently available resources. Does the church have the resources it needs to carryout this renewed or new mission? If you determine you need resources to carryout the mission and vision, how do you raise the funds needed? This workshop will provide a framework enabling the church to begin to address each of these questions.

Hosted by: Jill White

 

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Contemplative Space

12 p.m.-1 p.m.

led by Rev. Sarah Pomerantz, Cedar Grove Community Church, Cedar Grove NJ

 

CAC Boundary Awareness Training - Continued

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Facilitators will lead participants in discussions and exercises regarding the boundaries that exist in our ministries: financial, personal, ethical, sexual, and more. The course explores questions such as: Why do we affirm these ministry boundaries? Are boundaries flexible? What are the possible benefits or consequences should we cross them? 

Hosted by: Rev. Audrey Price 


How Shall We Live? Small Church Sustainability (after) COVID -

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

COVID-19 seems to remain with us until a scientific treatment for the virus is advanced.What this means is small churches are going to face many challenges from many different perspectives over the next few years.

Today many small churches reel from the social and economic impacts and uncertainty of their church’s existence as a result of COVID -19. Whether a church has chosen to reopen or not at this time, many small churches have had to rethink parts of their mission, ministry and / or leadership models.

The intention of this workshop is to assist pastoral, lay and congregational leaders of small churches into conversations around the areas of the design of leadership , adaptive change and innovation planning for this new day and the future.

Hosted By: Rev. Don Egan 

 

Faith and Democracy 2020 - 

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Faith & Democracy 2020, a campaign of the Justice & Witness Action Network, is engaging local churches, clergy and justice leaders across the Central Atlantic Conference in the critical work of voter registration, voter empowerment, voter education, Census 2020 and get-out-the-vote. Come and learn how you and your local church can participate in the current Campaign initiatives to mobilize voters to vote in the General Election. 

 

There is no better time than now to be faithful to God’s call. The call to engage in public life. The call to fight for justice and liberation. And, to make sure that every person has a right to participate in these important democratic exercises without fear, intimidation, limitations and false information.

Hosted By: Rev. Marvin Silver 

 

Thursday September 24, 2020

 

Contemplative Space

12 p.m.-1 p.m. 

led by Rev. Marvin Morgan, Sojourners UCC, Charlottesville VA 


CAC Boundary Awareness Training - Continued

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Facilitators will lead participants in discussions and exercises regarding the boundaries that exist in our ministries: financial, personal, ethical, sexual, and more. The course explores questions such as: Why do we affirm these ministry boundaries? Are boundaries flexible? What are the possible benefits or consequences should we cross them? 

Hosted By: Rev. Audrey Price 


2021 Budget Hearing 

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Join members of the Finance Working Group for a comprehensive and detailed presentation of the Central Atlantic Conference proposed budget for 2021. This meeting is open to all members and delegates, offering a forum for questions about the budget and financial outlook for the ministry of the Conference. Hosted by the Finance Working Group of the Central Atlantic Conference Board of Directors.


 State of the Conference Presentation 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join Conference Minister Freeman Palmer for the Annual State of the Conference address and presentation. You will hear a about the Conference’s ministry over the past year, opportunities and issues facing our lives together, and priorities for the Conference in the coming year in light of the Strategic Plan presented as part of this Annual Meeting. This presentation will be recorded and open to all members and delegates of the Conference.

Hosted By: Rev. Freeman Palmer  

 

Friday September 25, 2020

 

Contemplative Space

12 p.m.-1 p.m.

led by Rev. Kelly M. Sisson, First and St. Stephen's UCC, Towson MD 


Shenandoah Association Fall Meeting (Tentative)

 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.


Board of Directors Meeting

3 p.m - 5 p.m.
 

Opening Worship

6:30 p.m - 7 p.m.

 

Telling the Story

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Facilitated By: Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear 


Plenary Session I

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Declaration of quorum
  • Introduction of Parliamentarian
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Standing Rules
  • Approval of 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes
  • Video Greetings
  • Celebration of 
    • New Ministers to the Conference
    • Saints Who Have Gone Before Us
    • Anniversaries of Ordinations
  • Closing Prayer

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Welcome and Opening Prayer & Plenary II

8:45 a.m.- 10 a.m.

  • Board of Directors Report
    • Mission Vision Values
    • Strategic Plan
  • Introduction of 2021 Budget

 

Telling the Story

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Facilitated By: Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear

 

Break

10:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.


Telling the Story (continued)

10:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m.


Plenary Session III

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Speak Outs!
  • Celebration of ONA Congregations
  • Vote on 2021 Budget
  • Presentation of Nominations Ballot
  • Election of Officers
  • Installation of CAC Officers
  • Invitation to the 2021 Annual Meeting
  • Unfinished Business

Break

12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m.


Closing Worship

12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

 

**Annual Meeting Logo credited to Glenn Wallace of Evangelical and Reformed Church.