Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gathering V calls Western Plains District to ‘Behold a New Thing.’

About 300 people converged on Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan., on Oct. 23-25 for Western Plains District’s fifth Gathering conference, a project of its transformation movement. If they came for inspiring preaching exploring the theme, "Behold, a New Thing--Do You Perceive It?" or for stretching ideas for ministry back home, lively music, and Brethren fellowship and fun, they were not disappointed.

Jonathan Shively, Carol Mason, and Ken and Elsie Holderread were the preachers, while Shively and Shawn Flory Replogle led related general sessions. Eleven workshops were offered. Marie Rhodes and Seth Hendricks were featured leaders at a youth retreat. Numerous persons led about 16 hours of children’s activities and infant care.

On Saturday evening several activities celebrating the ministry of Ken and Elsie Holderread as district executives since 2003. A "Service of Celebration" used visuals and teams of narrators to tell the district’s story during their time of ministry. A reception in their honor followed.

-- Dale Minnich wrote this article for the Western Plains District newsletter.

Source: 12/30/2009 Newsline Extra

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