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District News and Announcements – October 5

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In this issue:

1—CENTRAL IOWA LOVE FEAST AT PANTHER CREEK THIS SUNDAY

2CONGREGATIONAL REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP AT CAMP NEXT WEEKEND

3HELP IDENTIFY OUR FUTURE DISTRICT AND DENOMINATIONAL LEADERSHIP

4HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST SESSION II: ON LOSS

5LEADING BY BUILDING ON A PERSON’S STRENGTHS AND PASSIONS

6PAUL’S PONDERINGS: YOUR BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID

7FALL YOUTH RETREAT AT CAMP PINE LAKE – NOVEMBER 2-4

8STOVER MEMORIAL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND A PIANIST

9SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR DONATION

10DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

11DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

12ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

District News and Announcements – September 14

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In this issue:

1. IN OUR PRAYERS: THE KIRBY LELAND FAMILY

2. HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST – A NEW SERIES BY JANIS PYLE

3. HONOR THY PASTOR IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

4. MINISTRY SEMINAR AT STOVER MEMORIAL COB – SEPTEMBER 15

5. PEACE DAY VIGIL IN WATERLOO – SEPTEMBER 21

6. PARENT TRAINING WORKSHOP AT PANTHER CREEK COB – SEPTEMBER 22

7. SPIRITUAL RETREAT AT PRAIRIE CITY COB – SEPTEMBER 22

8. CENTRAL IOWA LOVE FEAST AT PANTHER CREEK COB – OCTOBER 7

9. CONGREGATIONAL REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP AT CAMP PINE LAKE – OCTOBER 12-13

10. FALL YOUTH RETREAT AT CAMP PINE LAKE – NOVEMBER 2-4

11. STOVER COB LOOKING FOR MENTORS AND A PIANIST

12. SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

13. DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

14. DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

15. ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

 

District Conference Report Now Available

Click here for a full report from this year’s District Conference.

In the report:

1) DISTRICT CONFERENCE BY THE NUMBERS

2) CLOSURE OF THE MOUNT ETNA CHURCH

3) BALLOT RESULTS AND BOARD REORGANIZATION

4) MILESTONES AND OTHER SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

5) STAN NOFFSINGER SHARES AT INSIGHT SESSION

6) FUTURE DISTRICT CONFERENCE DATES

District Conference Videos

Highlights of District Conference 2012

 

Stan Noffsinger shares at District Conference

District News and Announcements – August 18

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Featured in the issue:

1. CLOSURE OF MOUNT ETNA CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

2. LIGHTNING STRIKES STEEPLE AT FAIRVIEW CHURCH

3. ALL AGES CAMP AND LODGE CELEBRATION AT CAMP: SEPTEMBER 1-3

4. MEN’S SPIRITUAL RETREAT AND CANOE WEEKEND AT CAMP: SEPTEMBER 14-16

5. CONGREGATIONAL REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP AT CAMP: OCTOBER 12-13

6. FALL YOUTH RETREAT AT CAMP: NOVEMBER 2-4

7. WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LEADERSHIP FROM THE BLEACHERS

8. SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK FOR SALE

9. IN MEMORY OF ROBERT CAPPS

10. DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

11. DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

12. ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

Reminder to bring fundraising money to District Conference

Dear Congregations and Members of Northern Plains District,

Last year at District Conference we introduced a multi-year fundraising campaign for the Northern Plains District with the theme: These hands, This voice, These times. These hands that can reach out, welcome, comfort, create, provide and repair. This voice that can speak with honesty and truth, share stories of life, love, loss and faith, inspire hope, challenge wrong, and offer wisdom and counsel. These times in which we live, times of change and complexity, times of great human suffering and global problems, times of searching for faith, hope and love, times ripe and ready for the work and witness of our church.

We are sending this note as a reminder to bring your fundraising dollars to the 2012 District Conference and, just as importantly, bring your stories of how you raised the money.  We have an anonymous donor that will match your congregation’s contribution.  Our budgeted goal for 2012 fundraising is $10,000, so don’t hold back on creative stories even if your fundraising approach was rather boring. It’s all in the delivery, so have some fun and help us reach our goal; $5,000 with creative stories is all it will take.

At the Saturday evening service at District Conference, we will gather the monies raised – from containers distributed last year and other fundraisers.  Please label the offering you present so we can keep track of individual and congregational contributions.  And if you wish to present your container, it can be returned to you.

If possible, send your fundraising stories in advance of District Conference so they might be shared as part of the Saturday evening service.  Email them to janispyle@yahoo.com.

Thank you for your support!

– Mark Gingrich and Janis Pyle

District News and Announcements – July 6

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The following articles are featured in this issue:

DISTRICT CONFERENCE NEWS

1. REGISTRATION INFORMATION


2. PACKING CHECKLIST


3. USED BOOK SALE FLYER

4. AUCTION FLYER

5. MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR

6. LISTING OF INSIGHT SESSIONS

7. CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP


OTHER NEWS

8. LAUGHTER, A GOOD MEDICINE

9. TALES FROM THE TOOL TRAILER

10. DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS


11. DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS


12. ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

 

Message from District Conference Moderator

It has been a privilege for me to serve as the Northern Plains District Moderator this year.  Throughout my eight years of serving on the District Board, it has been a joy to witness the board working hard to do the work of our district.  I lift up in my prayers the District Board as they continue to work with and connect the people from across the district to minister together.

 

I appreciate and respect our District Executive, Tim Button-Harrison.  Thank you for all you do for us through teaching, guiding, encouraging and being an example to us.  You are a great asset to our district.

 

IMAGINE what God has in store . . . the theme for District Conference

 

To picture, envision, make up, dream, invent, visualize, see in your mind’s eye, think of, and conceive.  These are some words to help us understand the word ‘imagine.’  I want us as a district to think “outside of the box,” and  IMAGINE  what God has in store for us.  Think of the possibilities, the opportunities, both small and large that are awaiting us.

 

Pray that God will open your heart and mind to ways that you can be part of this vision.
Pray for your involvement and for the involvement of others.
Have an open mind to what God is telling you to do . . . then obey.
Believe great things from the Lord.
Specifically pray, “God, what do you want to do through me to accomplish your will?”
Be ready to take some new steps of faith as you IMAGINE!

 

My prayer, for our district, is that we provide support for each individual church.  I know there are cultural differences between each church.  Knowing that we are not the same but, enriched by all.  Our different perspectives help our district boards, commissions, and committees make the best decisions for all.  May we be one in Christ.

 

Blessings to our Moderator Elect, Roger Emmert, as you serve our district.  I am looking forward to helping you and continuing to be active in our district.

 

Last, but not least, I want you to IMAGINE . . . I want you to IMAGINE  participating in District activities and/or serving on the District Board, to see what a different you can make in your church, our district and God’s world!

 

Let’s IMAGINE  together . . . as an individual, a church, and a District to see what God has in store!

Peace and God’s Blessing to each of you –
Ida Van Westen, District Moderator

Send Us Your Camp Pine Lake Stories

Dear Friends of Camp Pine Lake,

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Friendship Lodge, our summer camp staff is collecting the stories that together create Camp Pine Lake. The stories we gather will be put together in a book for all to enjoy.

We need your help, and we would like you to send your camp stories, old and new. Stories, poems, pictures or drawings may be submitted, and we are also available to interview and transcribe stories.

**These stories need to be stories you would tell in church or they will not be included in the final product.**

Submit your stories HERE.

For more information, please contact:
Kayla Adams
Camp Pine Lake
23008 W Ave.
Eldora, IA 50627
(641) 939-5334
staffcpl@gmail.com

District News and Announcements – June 8

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In this issue:

1. DISTRICT CONFERENCE PAGE LAUNCHES

2. DISTRICT CONFERENCE PACKING CHECKLIST

3. DISTRICT CONFERENCE USED BOOK SALE FLYER

4. DISTRICT CONFERENCE AUCTION FLYER

5. ANNUAL CONFERENCE WITNESS TO HOST CITY

6. SEARCH FOR DISTRICT BOARD YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES

7. CELEBRATING SUCCESS

8. HEIFER INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

9. REPORT FROM NEW CHURCH DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

10. DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

11. DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

12. ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES