Today at Annual Conference – Monday, July 4, 2011

Quotes of the day

“Christians have faith when they act in ways that anticipate that God’s promises are true.” – Carol Scheppard giving the morning Bible study on the book of Hebrews

“Hooray for us for being willing to struggle with these issues together rather than apart.” – One of the many people who spoke today at the microphones during the Special Response business, Step 3, in which time was given both for affirmations of and concerns about the recommendation on the floor

Conference by the numbers

— 2,132 people in attendance at worship today

— $7,820.33 received in the offering

— 307 is the peak number of viewers of the webcasts of business sessions today, during the afternoon session. The number was 223 for the afternoon business session, and 235 for the evening worship service.

Brethren on the street, interviews and photos by Frank Ramirez

The question of the day: How do you and your church celebrate as “Third Day Christians”?


“We just moved to our new church! We try to encourage everyone to celebrate their lives in Christ!” – Ginny Mason, West Lafayette, Ind.
“We do have a lot of meals and fellowship! We have a great time with yard sales! And we’re dedicating a new Fellowship Hall.” – Priscilla E. Whitlock, Floyd Va.
“We do a lot of potlucks! We celebrate a lot!” – Stephanie Vanas, Wyoming, Mich.
“We had a nice birthday cake for Pentecost, to celebrate the birthday of the church. It was red and decorated nicely.” – Sherri Sampson, Mt. Blanchard, Ohio
“Shall we have a huddle? (After consulting for a couple of minutes….) We love music. We sing Happy Birthday in the church. We celebrate new life through children dedications. We celebrate the service of Sunday School teachers. We go to NYC. We have loud singing and wonderfulness. We have singing circles. We do all this together.” – Amanda Hollinger of Orrville, Ohio; Chelsea Goss of Portland, Ore.; Tyler Goss of Mechanicsville, Va.

Coverage of the 2011 Annual Conference is by the News Team of Jan Fischer-Bachman, Mandy Garcia, Karen Garrett, Amy Heckert, Regina Holmes, Frank Ramirez, Glenn Riegel, Frances Townsend, and editor and news director Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford. Wendy McFadden serves as executive director of Brethren Press. Contact

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