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Dear friends of Mid-America,

Our Regional Assembly is coming up in just over a month and we are getting very excited about this special gathering!

When: Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 (with some pre-Assembly activity on Thursday, April 19)
Where: Hannibal, Missouri - mostly at the Quality Inn & Suites at 120 Lindsey Drive, Hwy 36
Why: Because we're Disciples - it's what we do! Please join us!

“My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.”
John 7:6 (NRSV)

Rates For Assembly
Registration for Friday & Saturday $ 75
Registration for Friday only $ 45
Registration for Saturday only $ 35
Child (K-6) Sat. only (add’l form required) $ 5

Workshop Choices (please indicate your
three choices by number on the registration
1 Maintaining Disciples Identity in a Changing Culture
& Context—Rev. Derrick Perkins of Centennial CC
2. Outdoor Ministries, Camps & Conferences: Claiming
Our Way to Transforming Youth - Dr. Paul Koch,
RMT, Rev. Zane Whorton and Rev. Matt Limback,
Outdoor Ministry Coordinators
3. Worship: With Meaning, Expression, and Tradition –
Rev. Laura Beth Zeh of New Harmony CC
4. Introducing our Ministry Training Program at Phillips
Seminary / Supporting Commissioned Ministry—by
Leslie Robb LeSieur of the Ministry Training Program
and Janice Legg of the Commissioning Ministry Team
5. How the Disciples Care Team Will Support Your
Congregation—DCT representatives
6. How Your Church is Vital for Disaster Preparedness
and Response: Action Plans to Be Ready—Rev. John
Dungan, Central & Northern Chapter American Red
Cross Disaster Program Specialist / FCC in LaBelle
7. Becoming Open and Affirming—Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn
Foster & Compton Heights Christian Church
8. What’s New and What’s News—Mid-America
Reconciliation & Racial Justice Ministry Team
9. Making the Most of Your Financial Resources—Kirby
Gould, Vice President, Christian Church Foundation
10. Updating Your Church on Woodhaven’s Progress—
Mark Palmer, President

Pre-Assembly Schedule Thursday, April 19, 2018
10:00 AM Boundary Training, Oakwood CC
$55, register at mid-americadisciples.org
4:30 PM Reception at Jim’s Journey Museum of African-American History hosted by Faye & Joel Dant, Willow Street CC
6:00 PM Historic Downtown Hannibal Night-on-theTown,
Dinner on your own

Assembly Schedule
Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00 AM Check-in Begins, visit exhibit displays
10:00 AM Welcome—Vickie Sowers, Moderator
10:15 AM Bible Study on John 7:6 and Opening Worship—Rev. Katrina Palan
11:30 AM Break, visit exhibit displays
NOON Women’s/Men’s lunches
1:30 PM Workshops Session I
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Workshops Session II
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Workshops Session III
4:15 PM Travel & downtown entertainment time
6:00 PM Riverboat dinner, cruise, & Worship
Preacher: Rev. Teresa Hord Owens

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Breakfast on your own
8:30 AM Check-in
9:00 AM Morning Glory by Rev. Charlie Blackmon
9:30 AM Roll Call & Regional business
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM “A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented
World” by Rev. Teresa Hord Owens—a
progress report on our mutual mission
11:45 AM Break
NOON All Assembly Luncheon
1:00 PM Mission sharing—”Our Time is Now”
Special live-feed from our Global Ministries
Co-workers in Chiapas, Mexico; Our new
partnership in Ghana; Mid-America
Reconciliation Ministry; Youth & Outdoor
Ministries; Mid-America Men; Disciples
Women; Mission & Ministry; and others
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Closing worship & installation of Rev. Dr.
Paul Koch and Rev. Katrina Palan
4:00 PM Return home, refreshed and renewed

Rev. Teresa Hord Owens will be preaching at Centennial Christian Church, St. Louis on Sun. 4/22/2018
4950 Fountain Ave.  10:30 worship
All are welcome!

Got questions? Check out the website:
Give us a call at (314) 918-2515 or email us at smoore@eden.edu.

Also, your church or faith organization is welcome to have a table in our Regional Assembly Exhibit Hall. There is no charge for your display, but all people staffing the booth must register for the assembly. Ad spaces for your organization may be reserved in our official Assembly docket for an underwriting donation. Feel free to provide handouts, giveaways and other information to further your and our mission together. Display booths may be set up Thursday evening at the Quality Inn or early Friday morning. Contact Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net to reserve your spot. Booth location in the exhibit will be determined on a first-come "dibs" basis.

So far, we can look forward to these exhibitors!
Christian Church Foundation (Kirby Gould)
Woohaven Learning Center (Mark Palmer)
Disciples Women (Theresa Hamilton)
Mid-America Men (Paul Koch & Jack Nobles)
Camps & Outdoor Ministries, CRY, WCRYE (Zane Whorton, Matt Limback, Kris Milliron, Paul Koch)
Reconciliation, Anti Racism, & Racial Justice Ministries (Joe Jimerson, Dietra Wise Baker, Matthew Capestro)
Ministry Training Program / Phillips Theological Seminary (Leslie Robb LeSieur)
Red Cross and Mid-America Disaster Preparedness Team (Rev. John Dungan)
Disciples Care Team / Regional Elders (Clela Anderson & Lina Eddy)
Global Ministries / Ghana (Debbie Colvin)
Insurance Board / Armed Intruder resources (Doug & Mark Dischinger)
Lexington Theological Seminary (Erin Cash)
Willow Street CC Tutoring (Minnie Smith)
Road to Emmaus (New Harmony CC - Laura Beth Zeh)
African-American Convocation (Paula Holliday & LeWanda Jackson)
Finally, please know that since we are holding the Assembly in a hotel this year instead of at one of our congregations, early registration is even more important than usual. If possible, please register and make your hotel reservation by March 20th! Online registration, printable registration forms, and more information can be found on our website.

See you in Hannibal!
Dr. Paul Koch, Co-Regional Minister/Assembly Planning Chair
Host congregations & pastors of the Riverwalk Cluster