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The communion service at love feast
Photo by Keith Hollenberg

The communion service at love feast

Proclaim Christ as Servant

“Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him” (John 13:5).

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Quotes of the day:

“If we do not live in the spirit of feetwashing we have no part with him.... Jesus’ servanthood is our example in our relationship with each other.... God’s will for our lives is that we learn to give ourselves in service to others.”
-- Christina Singh preaching for the morning worship service.


“We entered this process by faith.... I just deeply appreciate your presence here as we continue the journey this morning.”
-- Moderator Donita Keister introducing the morning’s compelling vision session.


“We are being seen by more people than are in this room right now.”
-- Overheard during the morning’s business session, in a comment on the positive view of the church that is being shared with the world by webcasts of the compelling vision process.

Christina Singh preaches for the Saturday morning worship service
Photo by Glenn Riegel

Christina Singh preaches for the Saturday morning worship service

“Draw nigh to God and receive these sacred symbols to your comfort.”
-- Moderator Keister offering traditional words of invitation to receive the communion service, during the love feast that was the closing event of business and a worshipful conclusion to the compelling vision conversations.

Jeremy Ashworth speaking for evening worship
Photo by Glenn Riegel

Jeremy Ashworth speaking for evening worship

“We cannot serve our neighbors if we stay stuck in the Brethren bubble. Get out there! ... Potlucks, people. Think of the potlucks.”
-- Jeremy Ashworth, this evening’s preacher, encouraging Brethren to welcome people of all nations and to savor the gifts of all cultures in the church.

By the numbers:

$12,674.51 received in the evening offering for Brethren Disaster Ministries response in Puerto Rico, following the hurricanes that caused devastation across the island in 2017.

$1,312 received in an offering for ministers' assistance during the pre-Conference Minister's Association event. At least 132 people participated in the event led by Dr. David Olson on the theme, “Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence.”

$2,500 given by the conference center in Grand Rapids to purchase free ice cream bars for this year’s Conference goers, as a gesture of thanks to the Annual Conference for returning to their city again next year in 2020.

2,155 total registration as of Saturday evening, including 677 delegates and 1,478 nondelegates.

 The moderator's quilt  Children's activities
 Enjoying ice cream bars provided by the Grand Rapids convention center  Conference choir singing Saturday evening, with violinist Jan Fischer Bachman

Photo credits: top left Glenn Riegel; top right Laura Brown; bottom left Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford; bottom right Donna Parcell

WOW! The Conference daily journal was so exciting this evening! #cobac19
Photo courtesy of Alaina Pfeiffer

WOW! The Conference daily journal was so exciting this evening! #cobac19

For more onsite coverage of Annual Conference go to www.brethren.org/ac/2019/coverage . #cobac19

Coverage of Annual Conference 2018 is made possible through the work of news team volunteers and communications staff: Frank Ramirez, Conference Journal editor; photographers Glenn Riegel, Keith Hollenberg, Donna Parcell, and Laura Brown; writers Frances Townsend and Tyler Roebuck; Press Room office manager Alane Riegel; Jan Fischer Bachman and Russ Otto, website; Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, News Services; Wendy McFadden, publisher. Contact cobnews@brethren.org .

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