August 1, 2022
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Rev. Arthur Ritter, Moderator
Like many of you, I am still processing the Annual Meeting and Conference In Wichita. It was wonderful seeing friends and colleagues in person. I am grateful for the technology that allowed many to be part of our business meeting virtually. 
During the meeting there was much discussion about the problems our churches face. There is uncertainty that might make us uncomfortable and discouraged. Yet in the workshops and presentations, and even in the business meeting, I heard words and conversations that offer hope. Our minds are open to new ways of thinking. Our hearts are open to new ways of being. We see the challenges clearly but through God’s help we seek to turn them into possibilities.
I look forward to next year’s meeting in Milwaukee, whose theme is "The Daring Endeavor of Being Church.” Let us lift one another in prayer as we dream of possibilities in the midst of real ministry.
Jodee Lord, Vice Moderator
It is an honor for me to serve as the Vice-Moderator of the NACCC. I look forward to working with those on the Board of Directors, Leadership Council and NACCC staff.

As I reflected on the Annual Meeting and Conference in Wichita, the word “vision” keeps coming to my mind. Vision defined from the Cambridge Dictionary is the ability to think about or plan for the future with imagination or wisdom. The conversations I had the privilege of being a part of echoed a great hope for the future of the NACCC. I encourage you to jump on board and be a part of the excitement and enthusiasm within the NACCC. By working together, much can be done.
Listening Tour Update
Rev. Dr. Ashley Cleere, Executive Director
Between July 8 and 18, I set foot in seven church buildings and visited with members of 20 NACCC congregations in Maine and Massachusetts. Some gatherings included members of multiple churches. Other stops involved spending several hours with one community. I heard prayer requests for church growth, pastoral leadership, our nation, and Ukraine. During Sunday worship, we grieved two baby eagles who died while learning to fly. Campers of all ages learned new songs and cherished familiar hymns. Many congregations provide food for neighbors in distinctive ways. These stories of faithful commitment nourish hope for the NACCC. Photos and details can be found here.
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