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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.
Communion/Offering Servers: 40-75 people
Do you want to assist with worship? Communion servers and offering collectors are needed during the worship services.
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.
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?
General Assembly Choir
Do you love to sing? Join the General Assembly choir and help offer praise through worship.
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.
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.
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.
Help us welcome and direct visitors to Assembly activities.