CDC Central congregations welcome the delegates of Central District Conference! We will gather at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526.
- Goshen College Campus Map
- College Mennonite Church Map
- Area Lodging
- Goshen Area Restaurants
- Things to do in Goshen
- 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
- Items for a Relief Kit
Come, walk with us.
Central District Conference Annual Meeting
June 21-23, 2018
College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
MCC Relief Kits
Help the Gr6 -12 children gather items for MCC Relief Kits. The kits will be put together during a seminar on Friday afternoon — anyone interested is invited to help put them together. Bring items with you when you register and drop them off in Rooms 131-132.
Items to be included in the kits:
Contents (NEW items only)
- 4 large bars bath soap (leave in wrapper)
- Shampoo (1 or 2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
- 4 large bars laundry soap (such as Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
- 4 adult-size toothbrushes (in manufacturer’s packaging)
- 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 29 in x 60 in)
- 2 wide-toothed combs (6–8 in)
- 1 nail clipper (good quality)
- 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted)
- Sanitary pads (THIN; 1 or 2 packages, minimum 28 pads total)
Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed. Due to strict regulations some countries have on the expiration date of toothpaste, MCC no longer asks for toothpaste to be donated with the kits. Instead, we will provide toothpaste with the kits when they ship from our warehouse.
Thursday, June 21
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!
10:30a Golf Outing Fundraiser
Form your own team of two and join us at Black Squirrel Golf Club, Goshen, Indiana at 10:30a 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 $80/person. Women, men, and youth are expected! Proceeds from the event go to support the Leadership Development Fund of Central District Conference. This fund provides resources for our pastors, such as helping new pastors engage in the Transitioning into Ministry program provided by MC USA. The fund also helps provide the Healthy Boundaries Training program that trains all credentialed persons to identify the complexity of relationships in ministry and provides essential understandings and practical ways to manage these relational and ethical boundaries with integrity and faithfulness. For more information and to register, click here.
1:00p Bike, Run, Walk
Do you like to bike, run, or walk? We have lovely trails in the area, and invite you to explore them before the conference, while raising funds for CDC’s Leadership Development Fund. This fund provides resources for our pastors, such as helping new pastors engage in the Transitioning into Ministry program provided by MC USA. The fund also helps provide the Healthy Boundaries Training program that trains all credentialed persons to identify the complexity of relationships in ministry and provides essential understandings and practical ways to manage these relational and ethical boundaries with integrity and faithfulness.All are welcome and encouraged to take part in the annual pre-conference CDC fundraiser event on Thursday afternoon, 1-5pm.
Fundraising: We ask that participants find sponsors for funds or donate a minimum of $20, and families raise or donate a minimum of $50. Individuals and families raising $100 will receive a T-shirt (one per family). Additional T-shirts will be available for a $10 donation.
Schedule/Routes: Participants will register and leave from College Mennonite Church, 1-3pm. We’ll welcome you back with snacks until 5pm. Registration will be in the lobby outside the fellowship hall (delegate hall). Changing facilities and showers are available in the College Mennonite Church. Run and walk routes are available along the Millrace. Bike routes of 15, 25 (Middlebury), and 40 miles (Shipshewana) are available along the Pumpkinvine Trail. Maps of each route will be provided and routes will be marked.
Logistics: You should bring your own equipment for this event, including bikes, running shoes, water bottles, etc. Consider bringing smartphones or GPS devices to help you on the route. It is important that you at least have a cell phone. Printed maps of routes will be provided ahead of time and the day of as well. Bike rental is available through Lincoln Avenue Cycling in Goshen. Call to arrange at 574 533 7425.
For more information and to register, click here.
3:00 – 4:30p The Art of Listening
Presenter: Nina Lanctot. Meets in Rooms 112-113
Our conference theme is “Come walk with us. Tell us your story.” Implied in the theme is, “And we will listen.” What kind of listening helps us hear Spirit — Christ — Presence as we share stories? The discipline of spiritual direction is a quest for just that kind of Holy Listening. In this contemplative gathering we will listen to the story that shapes conference worship, Acts 16:6-15. Then we will turn to listening inwardly to our own (perhaps hidden) stories. Finally we will listen to one another in “sacramental conversation.” Since Nina is the preacher for Thursday evening, we will especially listen for the theme of stories of “The Divine No.”
5:00p Backyard Picnic
A welcome picnic will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 at College Mennonite Church in the fellowship hall on Thursday evening. We encourage everyone to join us for a time of fellowship before the evening service. You may eat in the fellowship hall or carry your food outside, weather permitting.
Cost is $10/adult and $7/child age 8 and under. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Please register in advance through the adult registration form.
Place: College Mennonite Church Sanctuary
Speaker: Nina Lanctot
Text: Acts 16:6-15
Theme: The Divine No
Sermon Title: “O, Jesus! Why don’t you answer?
When seeking direction, Quaker’s use this expression: “Have faith and Way will open.” But what about when Way doesn’t open, and all doors seem locked and barred? Where is God/Jesus/Spirit then? And what is the wisdom that can only emerge in the waiting? What if Way is only seen in hind sight?
Nina B Lanctot served as pastor of three congregations, in IN/MI Conference and CDC, over the last 27 years while concurrently offering spiritual direction. She is in the midst of one of those liminal times when, as Merton prayed, “O LORD, I have no idea where I am going. I cannot see the road ahead.” “Sounding out Wisdom in a Noisy World” is the theme of her ongoing and expanding spiritual direction practice. She lives with Donald, a high school English teacher, and Taavi, a Chinook dog, and enjoys continuing to grow up with her adult children and grandchildren.
9:00p Ice Cream Social
Following the worship service, you are invited to the fellowship hall to enjoy some ice cream and a relaxing finish to our opening day.