25 Feb 52 Attend Regional Meeting in Willshire, Ohio
On Monday morning, February 25, 2013, Praise Point UB church (Willshire, Ohio) hosted a regional meeting attended by 52 people. The event was designed primarily to provide a preview of proposals which will come before the US National Conference in June 2013.
The award for coming the farthest goes to Kevin Bergdall, a layperson from Kilburn Avenue UB in Rockford, Ill. Other distant travelers came from Blissfield, Mich., Oak Harbor, Ohio, and Lancaster, Ohio.
The event began with a devotional by Todd Fetters, newly hired as Director of National Ministries. Jeff Bleijerveld, director of Global Ministries, gave an update on UB mission work around the world, and then Gary Gates, the Director of Ministerial Licensing, gave an update on some licensing issues.
After a short break, Bishop Phil Whipple spent the rest of the morning walking everyone through the nearly 30 proposals for revising the Discipline. There was some feedback and discussion on a few issues, with some good suggestions.
Two more regional meetings are scheduled:
- March 18 at Pleasant Heights UB church (East Liverpool, Ohio).
- April 8 at East Washington UB church (Ashley, Mich.).
These meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend. However, we ask that you register online so the host church can be given a count for lunch.