CDC West Ohio congregations welcome the delegates of Central District Conference! We will gather at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio 45817.
- BU Campus and Village Map
- Area Lodging
- Bluffton Area Restaurants
- Things to Do in Bluffton
- Giving Back to the Community Donation
- Evaluation Form
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bible, pen, note paper
- Reusable coffee mug and/or water bottle
- Comfortable clothing for both air conditioned and non-air conditioned spaces.
- Donation for Giving Back to the Community
Abounding in Love . . . Abiding in Grace
Central District Conference Annual Meeting
June 22-24, 2017
Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio
Thursday, June 22
Family Day Events are open to EVERYONE!
You don’t need to be a registered delegate or registered for the Annual Meeting to attend.
Join us for a day of fun, fellowship, and family.
BRING THE KIDS!
11:00a Golf Outing Fundraiser
Form your own team of two and join us at Sycamore Springs Golf Club, Arlington Ohio at 11a to play golf using the Ryder Cup Format. This is a two-person scramble with a unique format. We have found this to be a fun way to combine our passion for golf and our passion for the work of Central District Conference.Cost is $75/person. Women, men, and youth are expected! Proceeds from the event go to support the Jubilee Fund of Central District Conference. The Jubilee Fund provides funding for creative responses to un-budgeted yet important requests that come from CDC congregations. For more information and to register, click here.
3:00 – 4:30p Peacemaking Grounded in Prayer
God calls us to be peacemakers in a broken world, but how do we avoid becoming overwhelmed and burned out in the face of all the brokenness we see? Without prayer, we risk despair, becoming enraged and violent ourselves, or worse, becoming cold and indifferent. This pre-conference learning opportunity teaches the why and how of contemplation as a way to ground ourselves in the infinite expanse of God’s love. Prayer isn’t another checkbox to mark off on our To Do List; it’s how we connect ourselves to the very foundation of our being. From that foundation, we can experience the peace that passes understanding in the midst of suffering and violence.
Thursday afternoon activity options for families at The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center include, but are not limited to the following:
- Browse through the art and literature collections
- Put puzzles together
- Dress up in international clothing at the photo booth
- Create something at the Art Station
- Read about the people who are named on the Peace Wall
- Select an interesting book from the collection to read
- Relax in the Honda Peace Sculpture Garden or on the Peace Thrones
- Go on a treasure hunt following the Peace Arts Trail around campus
- Enjoy light refreshments
5:00p Backyard Picnic
A welcome picnic will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 at Marbeck Center in the Commons (dining hall) on Thursday evening. We encourage everyone to join us for a time of fellowship before the evening service. You may eat in the dining hall or carry your food outside, weather permitting.
- Country Potato Salad and Cole Slaw
- Potato Chips
- Ranch Style Baked Beans
- Grilled Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, and Hot Dogs
- Assorted Cookies and Brownies
There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Please register in advance through the adult registration form. All attendees must have a meal ticket in advance.
RAWtools is a work of performance art, replacing narratives of violence with narratives of creation. Throughout the afternoon on Thursday, folks will be able to watch a blacksmith as guns are forged into garden tools. By the event’s end, a physical representation of the Bible’s prophecy of “beating your swords into plowshares” from Isaiah and Micah is created in actuality. People will experience opportunities for healing, purpose, and a reinvigoration of imagination as a new reality is encountered in this physical representation of “forging peace.” Learn more about RAWtools at http://rawtools.org/.
Worship at 7:30p in Founders Hall
Everyone is invited to “Peacemaker,” our worship service centered in the Christian faith in which songs, art, stories, and scripture are shared, and a gun is transformed into a gardening hoe.
9:00p Ice Cream Social
Following the worship service, you are invited to Bob’s Place to enjoy some ice cream and a relaxing finish to our opening day.