SECUCC Conference Connection: February 1, 2020
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Come to a beautiful rural setting in Tennessee with lovely vistas and near amazing overlooks. Limited time offer for March 1-3 only. Incredible price: 2 nights' lodgings and 3 days of fascinating programs for only $20 pp. Not only that, but you can also get this deal for your significant other!
What is covered? Two nights lodging, meals, programs, and incredible chair massages. This is an incredible offer! But wait; it gets better. Our special guest is Rev. Dr. Arthur Crilles from California. The programs are selected with you in mind. This wellness and health retreat has everything. You can choose to be part of the Sparkling events or the Still events. You can even go back and forth. It will give you relaxation and renewal so needed this time of the year. Plus, the event will give you a chance to mingle with friends and colleagues.
Come join us for the best event and bargain of 2020. Sponsored by the United Church of Christ Pension Boards and the Southeast Conference United Church of Christ. Learn more on our website.
Hurry before it is too late! Registration closes on February 21, 2020.
Celebrating Black History Month
by Rev. Char Burch, Transitional Conference Minister
Grace and Peace! This month as we celebrate Black History Month, I want to express particular appreciation for our churches that bring us gifts from the African American heritage. Twenty-one (21) of our fifty-four (54) churches described themselves as predominantly African American! As you may know, fifteen (15) of these churches have their roots in the American Missionary Association efforts to start schools across the south for freed slaves following the Civil War. Many of these churches have produced amazing leaders and were at the center of the Civil Rights struggles in the 1960's. Their voices and their actions made a difference then. But they are also making a difference now! (Read all about our AMA history on our website.)
The other six (6) predominantly African American churches, although begun more recently with their own history and heritage, have also been a blessing to us. They have enriched us in understanding through their involvement and their presence.
While we celebrate the African American heritage of those within the Southeast Conference, we must also acknowledge the suffering and pain that is part of it - and which some of our ancestors were complicit. Unfortunately, racism is very much prevalent in our communities today!
We are a Conference with many voices. Each of us brings a unique perspective to life, to community, to hopes and dreams because of our heritage, our understanding, and our experiences. Each voice adds a greater understanding of what it means to be a child of God, bringing the richness of our different communities.
This is why we seek to have diversity on our Conference Board and Committees as we learn to listen more deeply to each other and reflect more fully the community that God has called us to be.
Thank you to all of you who help us be more aware and more faithful to God's love.
From the Generosity Coordinator
by Min. Carrole Moss, Generosity Coordinator
First and foremost, a huge note of thanks to all of you who have given your contributions, financially or otherwise to support this conference. Because of you, we are able to give back to our communities, our world and to all those in need. We are visible in our communities and our world. We are grateful.
"Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men/women give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." The more you give, the more GOD gives to you...
Thank you, Thank you, Thank You...
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our stories and all of the work that is being done in this conference and and wider churches in the world. Please mark your calendars and plan to be with at Annual Meeting 2020 in Montgomery, AL on June 19-20, 2020. Please bring your ideas, your youth, your love and spirit of making this world a better place.
I'm excited.....and I pray that you are as well. Blessings, as we continue to journey, TOGETHER.
Upcoming Coffees with Char & Heather (Virtual Conversations)
February - Specialized Ministers: How can the Conference support you in your valuable ministry The ministry of Specialized Ministers touches hundreds of people and the Conference is grateful! This will be a time for you to share your perspectives on ways in which the Conference can provide support to you.
February 11 (Tuesday) - 10 am Eastern: Register Online
February 13 (Thursday) - 7 pm Eastern: Register Online
After you have made a reservation, you will receive an email providing you with the link for the connection. If you need assistance making a "reservation" please contact Heather at email@example.com or 404-719-6572. Come and join with your colleagues in conversation!
Seeking Nominations (Volunteers!) for Conference Leadership Positions
by Rev. James Harris
"We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness." Romans 12:6-8
Are you looking for ways that your unique gift can be used? Perhaps serving on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Conference is just what you have been searching for! We are looking for leaders willing to help guide and serve, as we do God's work within our Conference. If you have the desire and willingness to bring your gift of leadership, compassion, generosity, and teaching as a way of ministry, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeast Conference Annual Meeting
The theme of our 2020 Annual Meeting is "Reflecting on Our Past: Focusing on Our Future." Please join us from June 19-20, 2020 at Community Congregational UCC in Montgomery, Alabama. Watch for the exciting details. Registration will open later in February.
Read more online at www.secucc.org