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Great Lakes Conference Exploring the Mission of the GLC Part 2: Missional= Pursuing Christ’s Priorities in the World GLC Annual Celebration May 8-10, 2014 HOSTED BY– GATEWAY COMMUNITY CHURCH POWELL, OH Welcome! From Pastor John Atkinson All of us at Gateway Community Church are excited to welcome the Great Lakes Conference Annual Celebration to our church this Spring. We are also continually grateful to the conference for all the support and help we have received over the years. We hope you all will join us at the Annual Celebration. We know Ohio might be a bit of a drive for many of you, but we would be grateful to you for making the trek and supporting our little area of the conference. We have great churches in the Columbus area including Sanctuary Columbus (committed to reconciliation and interracial ministry); Faith Covenant Church, the first Covenant church in Columbus and the planter of Gateway; and Revival Covenant Church, a ministry to East Africans in the Columbus area. In Powell you will be just a couple of miles from the number one rated zoo in the country (led and developed by the famous Jack Hanna). Our events team has been brainstorming on ways we can give you a special hosting experience. So far we have vetoed egging the cars as they enter the parking lot, casino night with real money and tapping kegs in our main street area (our next door neighbors told us that is how they raise all their money at their church festivals). So we are probably just going to stick with the Garth McGrath and Jody Eidnes dunk tanks. We invite you to come join us so we can celebrate Garth's first year as well as grow, worship and learn together during the conference. Let's support the powerful ministry that is the Great Lakes Conference. Sincerely in Christ, John Atkinson Pastor: Gateway Community Church Invitation from Superintendent Garth McGrath It is my privilege to invite the 87 churches of the Great Lakes Conference to send delegates to our 2014 Conference Annual Celebration at Gateway Community Church in Powell, Ohio, on May 8-10, 2014. While focusing on the “missional” dimension of our collective commitment to being a conference of “healthy, missional churches,” we will hear stories of how churches pursuing revitalization are regaining their missional traction. We’ll be encouraged by the Kingdom advances being made through our church plants. We’ll celebrate the strides forward we made this past year in the area of leadership development. And we will give thanks for the fruit that is being produced through the outreach efforts of congregations across our conference. In the midst of our celebration, we will approve a budget that will fund the ministries that are central to our mission. We will elect wise, skilled, gifted, and spiritually mature women and men to serve on our Conference Board. We’ll have opportunities for training in both evangelism and compassion-mercy-justice ministries to help our churches go further in mission. And we will connect with other lay persons and pastors of churches in our sister churches to encourage them and to be encouraged by them. I look forward to greeting everyone at Gateway Community Church for the GLC Annual Celebration to celebrate our partnership in God’s mission field known as the Great Lakes Conference. CONTENTS: Welcome Pg. 1 Schedule Pg. 2 Workshops Pg. 2 Hotels Pg. 4 Registra on Form Pg. 5 Reg. Instruc ons Pg. 6 Area Map Pg. 7 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. …. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:9-10) Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:14-16)
MAY 8-10, 2014 GLC ANNUAL CELEBRATION Page 2 SCHEDULE Thursday, May 8, 2014 12:00pm-5:00pm Registration for Ministerial Association and the GLC Annual Celebration 2:00pm-5:00pm Ministerial Association Meeting 6:00pm Combined Ministerial Association and GLC Dinner and GLC Award Presentations 7:30pm-9:00pm Combined Ministerial Association and GLC Worship Service 12:30pm-1:00pm Lunch Pick-Up to Go to Workshop 1:00pm-2:30pm Ministerial Association and GLC Workshops Session I 2:45pm-4:15pm Ministerial Association and GLC Workshops Session II 6:00pm Barbecue and Fun (optional event) Saturday, May 10, 2014 9:30am-12:00pm Children’s Ministry Seminar (see Friday, May 9, 2014 7:30am-9:00am Registration 8:30am-12:30pm GLC Business Meeting/Annual Meeting insert) 9:00am-3:00pm Service and Outreach Opportunities through Revival Covenant Church (an African immigrant church) and Sanctuary Columbus (a church plant) FR I DAY WOR K S H O P S S E S S I O N I (1:00PM-2:30PM) Evangelism- Alex Rahill, Senior Pastor, Life Church, Canton, MI We’re called to “go and make disciples.” We all want to obey Jesus’ great command to his followers, but most of us don’t. Why is that? Is it fear? Confusion? Making disciples begins with evangelism. Join us as we explore some practical things we can do to reach out and share our faith with people all around us who are far from God. SESSION II (2:45PM-4:15PM) Compassion, Mercy, Justice, and Evangelism: How to do holistic, life-changing ministry in places where needs are high– Semmeal Thomas, Senior Pastor, City Covenant Church, Detroit, MI This workshop will outline the crucial steps that churches need to take in order to do holistic ministry that meets both real spiritual needs AND real physical needs for food, shelter, transportation and employment. The workshop will be particularly helpful to churches situated in communities or locations that suffer from higher than average levels of poverty. However, it will also be helpful to more highly resourced churches who want to partner with a church in an underresourced community. The workshop will cover “tools for understanding your community,” “how to grow partnerships with agencies and other churches for effective ministry,” and “how to connect compassion ministries with intentional, life-changing evangelism.”
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Page 4 MAY 8-10, 2014 GLC ANNUAL CELEBRATION HOTELS The GLC Annual Celebration team at Gateway Community Church has kindly set aside blocks of rooms at the following hotels. Please note the block name and expiration date for each hotel. If you do not wish to use one of these hotels you are free to make other arrangements. Quality Inn and Suites 3950 Tuller Rd Dublin, Ohio. 43017 888-489-9290 614-764-0770 www.qualityinn.com/hotel-dublin-ohio-OH281 Chase Suites 4130 Tuller Rd Dublin, Ohio. 43017 800-237-8811 614-766-7762 www.chasehoteldublin.com/ $69.99 for king $74.99 for two double beds Includes hot breakfast buffet Room Block Under: GLC $99 plus tax for king with sleeper sofa $99 plus tax for two doubles with sleeper sofa Includes hot breakfast buffet Room Block Under: GLC Room Block Expiration: 4/7/14 Exercise Room Free Coffee Free Continental Breakfast Cable/Satellite TV Free Hi Speed Internet Free Local Calls Free Newspaper Mon-Fri Hair Dryer In-Room Coffee Maker In-Room Desk Iron & Ironing Board Microwave Refrigerator Voice Mail Wake-Up Service Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet every morning Complimentary internet access Complimentary use of nearby Health and Fitness Center Guest Laundry Facility on site Business Center Outdoor Pool and Spa Hampton Inn 3920 Tuller Rd Dublin, Ohio. 43017 614-889-0573 www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ohio/hampton-inncolumbus-dublin-CMHNWHX/index.html $102 plus tax for king or two double Room Block Under: “Great Lakes Conference” Expiration of Room Block: 4/21/14 Alarm Clock Radio Ergonomic Desk Chair LCD Flat Panel TV Coffee Maker Complimentary Hot Breakfast Hairdryer High Speed Internet Iron/Ironing Board Lap Desk Newspaper M-F (USA Today) On-site fitness center Pool All suites feature the following amenities: Pullout Sofa Sleepers in all Suites Voicemail CD/Alarm clock/radio Breakfast bar Coffee and Tea service Iron and ironing board Hairdryer
Page 5 MAY 8-10, 2014 GLC ANNUAL CELEBRATION Name_________________________________________________ Street_________________________________________________ City___________________________St.______Zip____________ GLC Delegate- A person chosen by their church to attend the events of the GLC Annual Celebration and to be an official voting representative at the 2013 GLC Annual Meeting. Delegates will receive delegate information prior to and during the Friday Annual Meeting. Church_______________________________________________ GLC Participant- A person who, although not an official delegate of their church, wishes to participate in the GLC activities. They may attend the GLC Annual Meeting but they will not receive the delegate information for the Annual Meeting nor may they vote. Cell Phone________________________________________ * anyone may attend the Thursday night worship service or purchase a ticket for the Thursday night dinner. Daytime phone (_____)__________________________________ Email_________________________________________________ 2014 GLC Annual Celebration and GLC Ministerial Association Registration Fees: place check mark next to dollar amount (early bird registration or the later registration) of the desired type of registration below. □ Ministerial Association only- Early Bird registration by 4/1/14: $20 _____ ; registration after 4/1/14: $30_____ (includes Ministerial Association Meeting, Workshops, and Service and Outreach Opportunity) □ Ministerial Association and GLC Delegate- Early Bird registration by 4/1/14: $50 _____ ; registration after 4/1/14: $70____ (includes Ministerial Association Meeting, GLC Annual Meeting, Workshops, and Service and Outreach Opportunity) □ GLC Delegate only- Early Bird registration by 4/1/14: $40 _____ ; registration after 4/1/14: $50 ____ (includes GLC Annual Meeting, Workshops, and Service and Outreach Opportunity) □ GLC Participant only- Early Bird registration by 4/1/14: $10 _____ ; registration after 4/1/14: $15____ (includes Workshops and/or Service and Outreach Opportunity) Meals □ Thursday Banquet- $16.50 ……………….$________ Saturday: □ Friday Lunch- $7.00……….…….$________ I will be participating _______ □ Friday Dinner $8.50………...$________ I am interested but need more info______ □ Saturday Lunch- $7.00……….…….$________ I will not be participating _______ Service and Outreach Opportunity □ No Meals…………………………………...________ I will be bringing Legos for the Lego Project________ I will be bringing a monetary donation for the Lego Project________ No thank you, I would not like to participate at this time_______ Please Make all checks payable to: “Great Lakes Conference” Total Due $___________
MAY 8-10, 2014 GLC ANNUAL CELEBRATION Page 6 REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS See Registration Form on page 5 1. Please read the registration form carefully. 2. Fill in the personal information. 3. Choose to register as one of the following: Ministerial Association only, Ministerial Association and GLC Delegate, GLC Delegate only, or GLC Participant only. 4. Determine whether or not you are an “early bird” registrant. 5. Indicate meals in which you would like to participate. 6. Choose to or not to take part in the service/outreach opportunity (or ask for more info as these opportunities are in the final planning stages). 7. Add up the registration fees and the cost of any meals you choose and place the total in the blank at the bottom of the registration page. 8. Enclose registration form and check in an envelope and mail it to: Great Lakes Conference 6900 N. Haggerty Rd., Suite 90 Canton, MI 48187 9. Register and pay on line at www.greatlakes.cc; go to the homepage and click on the link to the 2014 GLC Annual Celebration. Costs to register on line are slighter higher to cover on line fees. 10. Registrations may also be faxed to the GLC office at 734-451-4672. 11. For questions call 734-451-4670 or email email@example.com or go to the GLC website at www.greatlakes.cc. 12. To register for the Saturday Children’s Ministry Seminar, go to www.4fcc.org (website for Faith Covenant Church, Farmington, MI) and click on “Children’s Ministry Seminar” icon or call Joy Marie Zug at 248-702-6416.
MAY 8-10, 2014 GLC ANNUAL CELEBRATION Page 7 LOCATION OF CHURCH AND HOTELS Gateway Community Church (yellow marker) 8794 Big Bear Ave. Powell, OH 43065 614-791-9449 Chase Suites (green marker) 4130 Tuller Rd Dublin, OH43017 800-237-8811 Quality Inn and Suites (red marker) 3950 Tuller Rd Dublin, OH 43017 888-489-9290 Hampton Inn (blue marker) 3920 Tuller Rd Dublin, OH 43017 614-889-0573 LEGO PROJECT What is it about Lego that is so engaging? Put a few Legos in someone’s hand and they will snap the bricks together. Give them a few more bricks and next thing you know they have built something. God’s word is also very engaging and has a lot to say about crea on and building. The GLC has combined Lego with God’s word into the Lego Project. While at the Annual Celebra on take a look at our Lego City. It is our hope that your church will consider using the Lego Project as an outreach into its community. On a prac cal note the Lego Project could use some more Lego bricks and kits. It would be great if each delegate brought a li le Lego– new or used (but it needs to be real Lego). If you don’t want to go to the trouble of ﬁnding Lego but would like to help, you may bring a dona on toward recently purchased Lego kits.
Of Evangelical Covenant Churches Phone: 734-451-4670 Fax: 734-451-4672 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www. greatlakes.cc GREAT LAKES CONFERENCE 6900 N Haggerty Rd Suite 90 Canton, MI 48187 GLC Annual Celebration May 8-10, 2014 Gateway Community Church Powell, OH GLC Great Lakes Conference
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