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2019 General Assembly
July 20, 2019 - July 24, 2019
July 20-24 in Des Moines, Iowa
The Theme: “Abide in Me”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”John 15:1-5 NRSV
MissionFest! looking for projects
Often when Disciples gather we are energized by the creativity and passion of those who have launched and sustained ministries and mission in their communities. We want to hear how they did it and maybe get some advice about how we could implement a similar mission in our own area.
We are looking forward to learning from each other at this General Assembly through the MissionFest!
Speakers set for worship
You may have heard that Rev. Dr. Nancy Gowler, senior pastor of First Christian Church in Puyallup, WA, will be preaching on Sunday night, but you may not know about our other exciting speakers for worship. (And don’t forget to be there Saturday afternoon for our opening ceremony!)
- Saturday evening: Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President
- Monday evening: Rev. Ruben del Pilar, lead pastor at Community Worship Center in Gardena, CA
- Tuesday evening: Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, founding pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA, and Rev. Mark Briley, senior pastor at Harvard Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, OK
- Wednesday morning: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC
Worship, learning, fellowship and business all make up the biennial gathering of the WHOLE Church from across the United States and Canada. Come early for one of the pre-events offered by Green Chalice, Phillips Theological Seminary, Disciples Alliance Q and Disciples Church Extension Fund. (And stay after worship Wednesday morning for a rally at the state capitol.)
Join in the celebration that begins at 1:30 pm (CDT) on Saturday, July 20, in the Iowa Events Center’s arena. Meet Disciples from across all expressions of the Church and ecumenical and international visitors. Worship with thousands of Disciples and hear inspiring Bible studies and preaching. Learn in workshops, in the MissionFest displays, from exhibitors, during special meal events and after-sessions. Find out what the general ministries have been doing the past biennium and what plans are for the future. And throughout the experience enjoy the fellowship of those who share the name “Disciple” while experiencing the amazing hospitality of the Upper Midwest region. Register now.
New: Youth! Join the Virtual Choir
You’re invited for the first ever Disciples virtual choir! This remote collaboration works by recording your singing and sending it in to us. We’ll stitch together all of the singers into one giant sonic collage debuting at General Assembly! Can’t travel to Des Moines? No worries! Our Church will see and experience your powerful voice & the young people throughout the Disciples of Christ. This is your chance! Show the world what God’s doing through your generation.
New: Escape Room Adventure Game
Break out of the workshop mold with this wild and wacky adventure game. Designed for all ages. Reserve your adventure at the Disciples Church Extension Fund booth, just inside the doors in the Exhibit Hall. Reservations available for adventures during After Sessions (Saturday through Tuesday 9 – 10 p.m.), and anytime workshops are in session. (Sunday-Tuesday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.) No experience necessary — with church or with escape rooms!
New: Hunger Simulation
Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Hunger Simulation is an immersive interactive experience for you to learn what it’s like to live with food insecurity. Tuesday, 1:30 pm Hall A. Revise your existing registration to include this experience.
MissionFest applications open until June 30
Mission is happening all over the Church from congregations to regions to general ministries. We’re out to celebrate the many creative and varied ways Disciples are having an impact with and for God’s children.
And don’t forget:
Once again the Capital Area Region will host a reception following the evening program on Saturday, July 20 in the Convention Center. Friends, former members, and all current CCCA clergy and lay leaders are invited to attend!