The Christian Church in the Upper Midwest gets to host General Assembly in 2019!

We are very excited to showcase the hospitality and professionalism of our Region.

We hope that you will find a way to join us this summer.  There are many opportunities to help.  Please take a moment to consider your own gifts and find a need that would put those gifts to use.  

Share the News

Help promote this great Disciples event!  Below are videos and links to help share the news!

Want to Attend?

Special Upper Midwest Discount Available through April 20, 2019!!!  Contact the office for the code.

Special Volunteer Rate for all Assembly Volunteers.  Please contact the Regional Office for the volunteer code: office@uppermidwestcc.org

Upper Midwest Church Contest

We want to astound the General Church with an overwhelming presence of Disciples from the Upper Midwest.  The Local Arrangements Committee is hosting a friendly competition to see which of the Upper Midwest churches can bring the most members to General Assembly 2019.  The competition will be based on the ratio of attendees to members, so small churches and large can compete alike!

 

The winning congregation will get to celebrate with a guest preacher and fellowship dinner hosted by the Christian Conference Center!!

 

Some things to keep in mind as you plan to attend:

  • Worship is free to attend each evening regardless of registration, but there are many fantastic activities and events that are included with registration.

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 will be Upper Midwest Day at Assembly.  We will be hosting a gathering of disciples from across our Region on this day and hope to connect with each other and celebrate our Region in a very visible presence. 

  • Volunteers get a discounted rate for Assembly—there are lots of opportunities, big and small.  Sign up today and then register with the discount!

  • Don’t let lodging costs keep you from coming!  We will be working to offer Disciples hosts in the Des Moines area for those who are interested. 

Every Disciples of Christ Congregation is eligible to send voting delegates in addition to their pastor (or any other clergy from their church).  For details to determine the number of delegates and the process for your church, visit here.

Host an Attendee Overnight

Many of our smaller churches are unable to send their pastor or a delegate to Assembly due to the cost of overnight lodging.  We hope to make Assembly accessible to everyone!  

If you live nearby and are willing to host an attendee or a family, please use the button below as a resource to connect you to someone in need.

Volunteer Teams

Want to volunteer, but wish there was a way to do so with you best friends from church?

We've got lots of opportunities where teams can sign up and work side by side.  Look for these opportunities to sign up together: Registration, Worship Offering Counters, Transportation, Serving Communion, Security, Preschool Program, School-age Children Program. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Many hands are needed in July to help host.  What gifts can you bring?

Training will be provided for all roles!

Registration Kiosks: 10-25 people each day

Needing super friendly greeters with some comfort with technology to help attendees check-in on the kiosks.

Sign up here for a shift.

Cashiers: 6-9 people each day

Cashiers work alongside the registration kiosk volunteers to allow guest to register on-site as well as obtain meal tickets.

Sign up here for a shift.

Communion/Offering Servers: 40-75 people 

Do you want to assist with worship?  Communion servers and offering collectors are needed during the worship services.

Sign up here for a worship service.

Information Desk:  8-12 people each day

Do you know Des Moines?  Can you help others find the services they need.  Many resources will be provided for those who work this busy booth.

Sign up here for a shift.

Transportation Desk and Ambassadors: 

8-12 people each day

Can you assist visitors with the shuttle system and their questions about getting to and from Assembly activities?

Sign up here for a shift.

General Assembly Choir​

Do you love to sing?  Join the General Assembly choir and help offer praise through worship.  

Sign up here for the GA Choir.

Hospitality and Security

Are you good in an emergency?  We need individuals who are capable of walking throughout their shift to help patrol the halls and assist with the safety of all guests.

To sign up, please email Arnie Porath, Committee Chair.

Lost and Found

Needing some caring individuals to collect lost items and assist owners in reclaiming them.

Sign up here for a shift.

Mission Hosts

Mission work that will be taking place during assembly includes everything from a blood drive, to building tiny homes, to helping in the food pantry, to letter writing, to blanket and lap robe making, and more!  We need hosts at each activity to help guide the volunteers in their work.

Check out all of the needs here and Sign up for a shift.

Offering Money Counters

Is counting money your skill?  Are you good with the detail work of recording checks?

Sign up to count offering after worship.

Infant and Preschool Programming

Do you love working with young children?  We have put together an age appropriate program for infants and preschoolers, but need helpers during each session to carry it out.  

Sign up for a shift with these little ones.

Greeters

Help us welcome and direct visitors to Assembly activities.  

Sign up to help greet people as they arrive.

Visit

5064 Lincoln Street

Newton, IA 50208

Call

T: 515-255-3168

 

Contact

Lori Krase-Cayton

office@uppermidwest

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