Annual Conference to feature original composition ‘All Things New!’

“Don’t miss the original composition ‘All Things New!’” says Conference director Chris Douglas, inviting Church of the Brethren members to log in early to the Sunday morning worship service of the 2021 Annual Conference on July 4. “Worship will actually begin 10 minutes before the hour (9:50 a.m. Eastern time) with gathering music featuring an original composition by Greg Bachman of the York (Pa.) First congregation.”

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Those who register for the Conference will receive several emails with identical access codes for the virtual Conference–“buttons” that appear as green boxes. These are personalized for each attendee. Click on the button to go to the Conference event page. If you are registered and have not received an email, check your “junk” or “spam” folder before contacting annualconference@brethren.org.

First-time attendees and anyone who would like an overview of the Conference are invited to “New Attendee Orientation” led by the moderator-elect David Sollenberger, Annual Conference secretary Jim Beckwith, and Conference director Chris Douglas on June 30 at 3:30-5 p.m. (Eastern time). Request the link from annualconference@brethren.org.

2020 Annual Conference Logo
The logo for Annual Conference 2021. Art by Timothy Botts

Nondelegates registered for the Conference will be assigned to virtual “tables” of 10 people for small group break-out sessions during business on July 1-3. Both delegates and nondelegates will have the option of responding to the compelling vision questions and offering their input. Only delegate “tables” will have assigned facilitators.

The Office of Ministry reminds ministers of the many opportunities to gain continuing education credit (CEUs) during Annual Conference. All sessions that offer CEUs are being recorded and will be available for several weeks after the Conference. Fill out the CEU registration form on pages 191-192 of the Conference booklet and mail it to your district office for inclusion in your ministerial file.

All Things New!

Bachman composed “All Things New” especially for this Annual Conference and was able to virtually direct and record this orchestral and choral anthem. Musicians who are featured include:

— Ron Bellamy on bells

— Josh Tindall on the organ

— Jan Fisher Bachman, Anabel Ramirez Detrick, Benjamin Detrick, Matthew Detrick, Venona Detrick, William Kinzie, and Joel Staub playing violin and viola

— Sebastian Jolles and Bree Woodruff playing the cello

— Benedikt Hochwartner playing the bass and Nate DeGoede on electric bass

— Singers Joe Detrick, Emery DeWitt, Mary Ellen DeWitt, Elizabeth Tindall, and Josh Tindall

Find the free log-in to Annual Conference worship services at www.brethren.org/ac2021/webcasts. Registration is not required to attend worship services. More details about the 2021 Conference are at www.brethren.org/ac2021.

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