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Friday Worship Speaker: Tim Harvey, 2012 Annual Conference Moderator
2012 District Conference
Word. Truth. Faith.
Thanks to Mill Creek Church of the Brethren and all who worked behind the scenes – and “on-camera” – to present a successful and inspiring 2012 District Conference. Led by Moderator Jonathan Brush (Lebanon), the 258 delegates joined in installing John Jantzi as district executive minister and consecrating Glenn Bollinger(Beaver Creek) as 2013 moderator and Jan Orndorff(Sugar Grove) as moderator-elect. The conference approved:
a balanced budget for 2013 of just over $364,000 – a decrease of 2.6 percent from the 2012 budget;
the formation of two new congregations in West Virginia – New Hope Church of the Brethren and Pine Grove Church of the Brethren – from the former Pocahontas congregation;
the construction of a utility building adjacent to the District Office to house vehicles used in disaster response ministries and provide preparation/storage space for disaster response kits; and
affirmed the location of the 2013 District Conference on Nov. 1 and 2 at Luray High School (pending confirmation early in 2013 from the Page County School Board) with a back-up location of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.
Encouraged by Brother Jonathan to spend this year reading through the Bible, the 282 persons at Friday evening's worship heard testimony from the Antioch, Rileyville, Mountain View Fellowship and Grottoes congregations about how they have reached out in faith during 2012. On Saturday, at the close of the business session, Mt. Bethel's witness to its community was shared.
In addition to Brother Glenn and Sister Jan, the conference also affirmed the following slate of officers and district representatives:
Gifts Discernment and Calling Team: Janet Elsea(Mt. Pleasant) and Mark Ray(Leake’s Chapel), three-year terms, 2015;
Program and Arrangements Committee: Anita Landes(Mill Creek), three-year term, 2015;
Standing Committee: Jerry Funkhouser(Wakeman’s Grove), three-year term, 2015;
Clerk: Ellen K. Layman(Dayton), three-year term, 2015;
Bridgewater College Trustee: Mindy Garber(Pleasant Valley), five-year term, 2017;
Leadership Team Chair: Randy Simmons(Mt. Vernon), three-year term, 2015;
Ministerial Leadership Team Chair: Kevin Daggett(Sangerville), three-year term, 2015;
Outdoor Ministries Team Chair: Mary Anna Cline(Mt. Pleasant), three-year term, 2015; and
Congregational Care Advisory Team Chair: Henry Elsea(Mt. Pleasant), three-year term, 2015.
Total attendance for the conference was 363. Friday’s offering to support the Brethren Woods capital campaign totaled $1,700, and the Saturday offering in support of district ministries totaled $2,056.05.
The District's Gifts Discernment Team (GDT) solicits your help in identifying leadership throughout the district. Please use the form below to give the GDT the names of those in whom you see leadership gifts. A summary of the work of each ministry team also is linked below to guide your suggestions. Thanks for your participation!