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Show Up Expectant

Depend on God as you participate in General Conference 2023.

By Ben Tolly

Vital Signs | Light+Life Magazine

Many of us have an insecurity about the unknown, and it can be difficult for people to sit with their thoughts about the future.

When I was a senior in high school, I was diagnosed with a broken back that ended my basketball season before it began. I had been named captain of the team only weeks earlier. Now I was dealing with the knowledge that I would never step on the court for my senior season. Instead, I would undergo a brutal surgery, spend three months in a body cast, and wheel myself around the school lying flat on a special wheelchair. I would go on to spend an additional six months in a back brace.

On the eve of my surgery, I spoke to my grandparents on the phone. Understandably I was anxious about what I was about to face. Before we ended our conversation, they prayed for me. Then my grandmother said to me, “Benjie, God is already in that surgical room. You can depend on Him.” I have carried that encouragement through many difficult moments or gatherings with unknown outcomes.

Big events can intimidate us, and the Free Methodist General Conference is a big event full of unknowns. However, when it comes to special gatherings, especially one that only happens once every four years, we can choose to show up dependent on God and trust that He is already present. By relying on God, we participate in a way that connects us to Him and to others.

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Durley Family Camp

1391 Woburn Road, Greenville, IL

June 2-8, 2023

Family Camp begins on Friday, June 2 (registration/check-in begins at 4pm)

It concludes with breakfast on Thursday, June 8


Speaker: Kyle Krober

Worship Leader: Marissa Horning

Children's Breakout Teacher: Laura Riddle

Teen's Breakout Teacher-Jeremy Martin

Adult Breakout Teacher-Gene Dunkley

Nursery Coordinators/Activity Directors-Rachel and Austin Burkhart

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Durley 2023 Youth Camp Schedule

June 2-7-Family Camp Week

June 10-Day Camp (Grades K-2)

June 12-16-Young Teen Camp 1 (Grades 6-9)

June 19-23-Young Teen Camp 2 (Grades 6-9)

June 26-29-Guide Camp (Grades 4-6)

July 5-7-Trailblazer Camp (Grades 2-4)

September 1-20-Senior Teen Weekend: Labor Day Retreat (Grades 9-12)

Important Information:

Churches should have received packets with detailed information.

Dealine for Youth Camp Early Bird Pricing is May 15 ($20 increase in price of all overnight camps and $5 increase for Day Camp after that date)

Scholarship bucks are available

Registrations will be processed online again this year (paper form is available in packet if needed) Register online at Durleycamp.org/camps

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May 31, 2023

Local Church Grant Initiative Letter of Inquiry Due

To further the goals of the Free Methodist Church USA and Gateway Conference, you are invited to submit a proposal that advances the opportunity for local churches to begin new initiatives that support these goals. Specifically, the Conference desires to support initiatives that engage the local church in the life and lives of the community in which they serve.


  • A letter of inquiry (one page) must be received by the Superintendent by May 31 to begin the process. The Superintendent will ascertain if the inquiry meets the Grant criteria and vision for the conference.
  • June 5 - Grant Application is sent to selected inquiries by Conference office via e-mail. The completed Grant Application must be received in the Conference office (either via email or standard mail) by July 5. Incomplete grant requests will NOT be considered. Confirmation of receipt of proposal, as well as request status, will be sent to the address and contact on the application form.
  • SDFGC will review applications from July 5-August 5 and send recommendations to the BOA Chair and Superintendent for dispersal to the BOA for approval or denial.
  • September 1 – notification of awards will be sent
  • Dispersal of grant awards will occur in January; grant cycle will be one calendar year unless multi-year awards are made.

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May 31, 2023-Local Church Grant Initiative Letter of Inquiry Due

Durley 2023 Summer Camp Schedule

June 2-7-Family Camp Week

June 10-Day Camp (Grades K-2)

June 12-16-Young Teen Camp 1 (Grades 6-9)

June 19-23-Young Teen Camp 2 (Grades 6-9)

June 26-29-Guide Camp (Grades 4-6)

July 5-7-Trailblazer Camp (Grades 2-4)

September 1-20-Senior Teen Weekend: Labor Day Retreat (Grades 9-12)

July 14-22, 2023-Cowden Family Camp

July 24-28, 2023- FMCUSA General Conference

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Superintendent's Schedule:

May 10-Chestnut Faith & Recovery Program Zoom Meeting

June 1-Gateway Conference BOA Meeting

June 13-Supt.'s Zoom Meeting

July 24-28-General Conference

August 22-Joint BOA/MEGA Meeting, HIllsboro FMC

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