Sunday, December 01, 2019

2019 District Conference Wrap Up

Sadly, Moderator Leslie Lake was unable to see the fruit of all of her labor in preparing for the district conference. Leslie suffered a severe stroke a little over a week prior to conference. She had worked had to ensure that this was a great conference, and her advanced planning made it easy for everyone to step in and carry out her plans. Her diligent planning and preparation made it possible to present many of the things that she hoped would inspire, encourage, and challenge us at District Conference.

The theme was: For Our Neighbor’s Good. The conference followed the theme closely. Video presentations and reports revealed that our congregations are serving within our neighborhoods and in-with our neighbors. Funds raised through the silent and live auctions were nearly $3000 which was designated for disaster response. The Dixon congregation was a stellar host. Neighboring COB congregations assisted as well. Several clean-up kit buckets were brought to conference and will be delivered to Church World Service. In addition, items were donated to the local P.A.D.S. agency to assist the homeless in the greater Dixon area. A district budget was approved that will require using approximately $31,000 of interest and growth of invested reserves. If the market corrects or appreciates less than expected, the possibility is that principal of reserves may be dipped into. The conference approved to continue financial support to Parables Community and The Gathering Chicago, our two newest ministries, through 2020 at $6000 apiece.

Thanks to Moderator-elect Rick Koch for fulfilling the moderator duties faithfully and well. Rick stepped in without reservation to hold up the conference theme established by Moderator Leslie Lake.