District Conference 2020

July 31,  August 1 and 2, 2020
Moderator, Lucinda Douglas

One body together, helping each other!
Galatians 6:2     |     1 Corinthians 12: 12-31

Documents & Links:

Registration Form – Email or print and mail to Ida Van Westen

Digital Conference Booklet – Paper booklets were mailed to delegates

District Payment Website – For donating to Northern Plains District

Conference Schedule

Service Projects

Discernment of District Leadership Form

Evaluation Form – to fill out after conference

Gordon Hoffert’s Report on the Church of the Brethren in Uganda – FOR SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP


Church of the Brethren Annual Report

Bethany Theological Seminary

Letter from the General Secretary

Brethren Benefit Trust

This year we will use Zoom for District Conference fellowship events, the business meeting and an insight session discussion. Find information below to install Zoom and join our scheduled Zoom events.  There are also videos to view: a Children’s Time, an Insight Session, Friday Evening Worship and Sunday Morning Worship. These may be viewed at your convenience. But note the suggested times to view worship services as these times will be followed by a fellowship time on Zoom.  The Insight Session video should be viewed before the Sunday morning discussion of it

– Friday Preacher: Lucinda Douglas, Northern Plains District Moderator
– Sunday Preacher: David Sollenberger, 2020 Annual Conference Moderator Elect
– Insight Session Leader: Frank Ramirez, Pastor, Union Center Church of the Brethren, Nappanee, IN, writer and storyteller

Main Events Schedule:  

July 31, 7:00 p.m., Worship – https://youtu.be/-j7nMS_EYdk

July 31, 7:45 p.m., Fellowship after Friday Evening Worship  – To join: Click here 

August 1, 8:45 a.m., Business Session – To join: Click here 

August 1, 12:45 p.m., Fellowship & Fun Time – To join: Click here 

August 2, 8:45 a.m., Insight Session Discussion – To join: Click here 

August 2, 10:00 a.m., Worship – https://youtu.be/T0KjUc8IEpo

August 2, 10:45 a.m., Fellowship after Sunday Morning Worship – To join: Click here 

Other Activities:

To Download & Install Zoom: Zoom can be downloaded and installed easily and is available for Windows PC, MAC, iOS (Apple), Android, and Blackberry devices. Click the appropriate link below to download Zoom onto your device.  

To Join District Conference Zoom Meetings:

  • By cell phone or landline:

Phone In: +1 312 626 6799 

Meeting ID: 870 2614 2909

Passcode: 807119

One tap: +13126266799,,87026142909#,,,,,,0#,,807119# 

For technical assistance, contact:

Tim Button-Harrison, de@nplains.org, 641-485-5604

Paul Shaver, revpaul.ivestercob@gmail.com, 319-423-9034

Hannah Button-Harrison, communications@nplains.org, 515-460-5365

Tips for Using Zoom

  • If you have trouble joining a Zoom meeting or lose your connection to a meeting, try connecting again. 
  • Your video will be off when you first join a meeting so people can’t see you.  Turn your video on by clicking “Start Video” at the bottom left of your screen or answering yes when prompted to turn on your video.  When you want to turn off your video click “Stop Video.”
  • You will be muted when you first join the meeting so people can’t hear you.  Wait for the host to unmute you.  If the meeting allows people to mute and unmute themselves, move your pointer to the mute/unmute button at the bottom left of your screen.  
  • It is always best to mute yourself when you are not speaking.  
  • Click the “Chat” button at the bottom center of your screen to write or read text messages shared by participants.  You are invited to share greetings and words of affirmation with each other. 
  • Click the “Participants” button at the bottom center of your screen to view a list of all participants which will appear to the right of your screen.
  • To ask a question, find your name in the “Participants” and raise the “hand” beside your name to be recognized and unmuted.
  • To view everyone in the video section (limited to 24 per page on computer, less on tablets and iPads) press the “Gallery View” located in the upper right on a MAC or PC. (iPad swipe left to view other participants)
  • To change the view to “Speaker” (whoever is speaking) click in the same area to switch between Speaker and Gallery views. 
  • If you are using an external camera and/or microphone be sure to plug them in before opening the Zoom application. 
  • Only 1 microphone and speaker system should be active per physical location to avoid feedback.