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2021 All Congregational Gathering

October 2, 2021

Christian Conference Center, Newton, IA

Plan to join your fellow Upper Midwest Disciples at the 2021 All Congregational Gathering either in person at the Christian Conference Center or virtually!  The day will be filled with worship, fun, inspiration, connection, and the formal commission of our associate regional minister on her sabbatical.


Friday Night:

6:00 p.m. Potluck Dinner (main dish will be provided, please bring a dish to share)

8:00 p.m. Campfire


10:00 a.m. Opening Worship

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Praying By Color, led by Suzie Moore

  • Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Ministry in the Local Congregation, led by Gary Sneller

  • Conversation Partners, a participant-led opportunity for conversation

  • CCC Tour by Hay Ride, led by Greg Champion

  • or Enjoy the CCC Grounds!

11:30 a.m. Grab-n-Go Lunch

12:15 p.m. Business Session

1:00 p.m. Closing Worship

Childcare will be provided from 10-11:30 and 12:15-3.  Children will share in lunch with their parents.

COVID Precautions

In order to prevent the potential spread of disease, almost all of the day's activities will take place outdoors.  Masks will be worn on the premises whenever a group is gathered, regardless of whether it it indoors or outdoors.  Tables will be set up outside for lunch.  

The business session and closing worship will be livestreamed for those who cannot or do not feel comfortable attending in person.

Join in Virtually using the links below!!!


Both the morning and afternoon worship services will be livestreamed from the regional accounts.

Direct You Tube Link for Morning Worship:

Direct You Tube Link for Afternoon Worship:

Order of Worship

Opening Worship Slides

Closing Worship Slides

Offering received at the All Congregational Gathering will be used to help support Pleasantville Christian Church in their rebuilding efforts after the fire.  

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Business Session

The business session will be a hybrid format with some voting delegates joining in person and others joining in virtually. Please see your email for the meeting room link.  Voting delegates that join in virtually will use the meeting platform to vote on the Proposed 2022 Regional Budget.

Business Meeting Agenda

The ballot for Operations Council Representatives will remain open until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 2.  Please see your email for the ballot link.  


Operations Council Representatives

There are 6 open seats for the 2021-2022 Operations Council.

  • 2 Clergy Seats

    • These seats are nominated and elected by the Upper Midwest clergy.

Clergy nominations include:

  • ​Leslie Dotson, pastor Bloomfield Christian Church

  • Richard Jumper, pastor FCC, Vinton

  • Katie Russell Hainline, pastor Runnells Christian Church

  • Tony Thurston, pastor FCC, Creston

  • 4 Geographic Representative Seats

    • These seats each represent a specific geographic area.  The four open areas include:

  • Spencer/Sioux City Area - no nominations received

  • Altoona Area: nominations include: Tim Butler, Elkhart Christian Church

  • Marshalltown Area - no nominations received

  • Creston/Osceola Area - no nominations received

2022 Budget

The proposed 2022 budget is below.  This budget was developed by the Budget Committee and sent to the Operations Council.  The Operations Council approved the budget to be considered by the regional body.  A discussion and vote will be held at the Business Session at the All Congregational Gathering.  Please feel free to submit questions ahead of time to

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