Atlantic Northeast District Conference 2024

District Conference is the annual gathering of Church of the Brethren congregations, fellowships and projects within the Atlantic Northeast District.  District Conference offers an opportunity for fellowship, worship and a chance to participate in important topics related to the district.  The goal is to work together to create spiritually healthy congregations who covenant and network together to further the Kingdom of God.

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ANE 55th District Conference
October 11 & 12, 2024

Christ’s Ambassadors: Pursuing the Path of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

2024 ANE District Conference Moderator, Kathy Brode

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2024 Offering and Donations

Each year, we collect monetary donations and physical donations for various organizations.  This year, our offering will go to Nigerian Crisis Home Rebuilding.  We will also be collecting the following items for bcmPEACE to distribute during their Health & Wellness Hub on Fridays:  Any hygiene products/kits, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant.  Cleaning supplies are also appreciated.  Please bring items to the Worship Service or Business Session.  To donate via Amazon Wish List, click here .

District Conference 2024 Events:

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30pm — Delegate Briefing, Online Only via Zoom

Link for briefing can be found above in the quick links.  It will be emailed directly to those registered for the Business Session, and will be sent out through our publications.  District Leadership will provide background and review the business items as well as provide a time for delegates to ask questions regarding those business items.

Tuesday, October 1:  7:00pm  Bible Study, Online Only via Zoom

Please join us for a District wide Bible Study led by Jeff Keller, Pastor from Lebanon Church of the Brethren.  Jeff will have a study focused on the theme of Conference. All are welcome, even if not attending other events.  Let us gather as one.  A Zoom link will be posted above in the quick links when available.  It will be emailed to those registered for the Business session as well as included in our publications.

Friday, October 11:  For My Neighbor’s Good, 4-6pm at Mountville Church of the Brethren

Separate registration Required.  Join Nate Polzin, Executive Director of Discipleship and Leadership, Church of the Brethren for a 2 hour session prior to the Worship Service.  Registration Fee:$10, CEUs (.2) available, light dinner included.  Click here to learn more and to register.  Directions.

Friday, October 11:  Worship Service 7:00pm, Mountville Church of the Brethren, 60 Clay St. Mountville 17554

Open to All, no registration needed.  Join us as Angela Finet (Mountville CoB) preaches and we recognize ministry activity of the year.  Spanish interpretation available for those in attendance. Link will be posted above and emailed to those registered for the business session).  Directions.

Saturday, October 12: Business Session,  Elizabethtown College, The KAV, Brossman Commons

8:30am – 4:30pm:   Registration Required.  There will be a limit of 200 people in attendance.  Click here to register.  (Registration details and deadlines below)  Buffet breakfast opens at 7:00am.  (Campus Map with Parking  Google Map)  There will be assistance available from the parking lot to the doors for those that need it.  Please notify a parking attendance upon arrival.

Join us for a day of information, learning and sharing!  In addition to voting on business and hearing updates, you will participate in table discussions regarding ANE Ministries (Discussion questions will be included in the Conference Book).  In addition to the small group discussions, DJay Martin (Parker Ford CoB)  will bring an opening with music and meditation. Visit with representatives from many organizations affiliated with the Church of the Brethren at our Expo available throughout the day!

The afternoon brings equipping sessions (see below), a hymn sing, and a time period of guidance and discussion around reconciliation steered by the ANE  District Board.   We continue to offer an open microphone question and answer time with District Executive, Pete Kontra and Board Chair, Jim Grossnickle-Batterton.

Spanish interpretation available.  Childcare is available through the District at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren for a nominal fee.  Registration for childcare is required by September 15.  Click here to register.

Pick one of three one hour equipping sessions that are planned.  Attendees may participate in one or elect not to participate.  CEUs (.1) are available through the District Office.  Please indicate on registration if a certificate is needed.

PT Pastor; FT Church

.1 CEU credit available through ANE Ministry Commission

Session presented by Circuit Rider Angela Carr, Virlina District.  Details to be posted soon.

Fresh Expressions

.1 CEU credit available through ANE Nurture Commission

WHAT IF CHURCHES WENT TO PEOPLE INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO THEM?

Ordinary churches, just like yours, are finding renewed energy and connecting with new people as they experiment with fresh expressions of church. What is Fresh Expressions? It is an incarnational approach to ministry that follows Jesus into the everyday spaces of everyday life. There, friendships are built and spiritual community forms among people groups, shared passions, and natural gathering places with those who may never come to your church doors. Your heart for mission and justice in our world today is a ripe opportunity for you to connect with new people and help them experience deep community.  This session will explore how your congregation can actually do that. Connect with the stories and the approach that has the potential to re-invigorate your church and transform your community in the way of Jesus.  Presented by Kate Bechert.

Discipleship/Leadership

.1 CEU credit available through ANE Nurture Commission

Nate Polzin, Executive Director of Discipleship & Leadership Formation of the Church of the Brethren will present The Priesthood of Regular People.  Based on Eph. 4:11-16, it will equip all to help the members of their congregation discover, develop and deploy their gifts in service to Christ, the Church and the world.

Listening Team for District Conference

Members of the District Shalom Team will be available throughout the day on Saturday to listen to any thoughts, concerns, ideas, etc. that may arise among those attending Conference.  If there is something on your heart or mind that day and you would like someone to hear you in a sincere and meaningful way, please feel free to come to lobby and speak to someone from our team.  One of us will be there between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., and again from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  We pray this resource will be a help to those who may need it.

Registration Information for Business Session, Saturday, October 12

Registration Fee:  Includes Conference Book and Folder, Buffet Breakfast and Buffet Lunch in the Marketplace, and one Equipping Session
$30 – Early Bird Discount:  Register before August 1
$40 – Registration:  Register between August 1 and September 15
Same Day Walk In Fee:  $50
Registration Closes September 15

  • All Congregational Delegates need to be registered before August 1 in order to receive conference materials prior to the Delegate Briefing scheduled for September 17 6:30pm on Zoom.  When registering, delegates will need an individual email that is unique to them.
  • Each Delegate needs:  unique email, mailing address if receiving conference book via post, interest in buffet breakfast, choice of equipping session- if any.
  • There will be assigned seating to encourage meeting new people and a diverse table.  Please contact the District Office should you need special accommodations to sit with someone specific.
  • An online option is available for Non Delegates Only:  $10 Registration Fee.  This is a viewing option only.  No discussion or feedback ability.  Electronic District Conference Book included.
  • Conference Books will be sent out in August.  If you do not receive yours by the end of August either by USPS or email, please contact the District Office.
  • Congregational Delegates for 2024- Pastors and Board Chairs have received information regarding Delegates through The Parking Lot (April 25).  If you need specific information about your congregation’s eligible delegates, please call the District Office at 717-367-4730.

 

If you have questions, or would like additional information,
please contact the District Office.

Last updated 6/12/24