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2020 All Congregational Gathering

October 3, 2020


9:30 a.m.

A Business Session took place at 9: 30  a.m. - just before the virtual gathering.  The agenda included presentation of the 2021 Budget and an online vote by delegates, an update on the status of the Christian Conference Center, and announcement of the 2020-2021 Operations Council members.

**Voting delegates include all clergy with standing in 2020 and two delegates from each of the Upper Midwest congregations.  

Business Items

The 2021 Budget is here for your review.  

2020-2021 Operations Council Members

The Operations Council includes

  • 8 clergy, who are nominated by and voted into office by the clergy who currently hold standing in the region.

  • 14 lay leaders, representing the 14 geographic areas of the region, and voted into office by the voting delegates representing each congregation.  Here are the geographic areas.

Clergy Representatives

Mary Jane Button-Harrison                    Katie Russell Hainline

Owen Cayton                                            Dennis Sanders

Mark MacWhorter                                   Travis Stanley

Doug Pfeiffer                                             Loren Strait

Lay Representatives

Nancy Berneman, Hampton Area

Amber Elliott, Marshalltown Area

Vern Hawkins, Boone Area

Dan Mineck, Waterloo Area

Jovey Molayal, Panora Area

Zach Newbrough, Creston/Osceola Area

Betty Rae Potts, Ottumwa Area

Peg Rosine-Levinson, Keokuk Area

Jay Thomas, Muscatine/Davenport Area


There will be a run-off election for the Minnesota and Des Moines areas.  The Spencer/Sioux City, Oakland, and Altoona areas are all currently vacant.


10:00 a.m.

Witness in the Wilderness

Congregations from across the region contributed different elements of our worship together and our message comes from our new Regional Minister and President, Rev. Joshua Patty.


We use streaming music prepared for the live stream under these licenses for use: Copyright CCLI – 11091492, Streaming CCLI – 20799392, Copyright and Streaming OneLicense – A-731102.  "One Voice" by Ruth Moody, arranged by Marcelline Moody.  Copyright 2004 by Ruth Moody.  Used with permission.

Stick around after the worship service for a Question and Answer session with our new Regional Minister and President, Rev. Josh Patty.  

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