Volume VI | Dec. 2019/Jan. 2020
District Conference Wrap-up
Fri. Evening Service (Photo courtesy of Janet Elsea)
The 2019 Shenandoah District Conference held at Antioch in Woodstock concluded Nov. 2 after the delegate body, comprised of 261 representatives, elected the   leadership slate  and accepted the proposed budget. The   Congregational Withdrawal Paper  passed 240 to 19, and the  Calling the Called resolution  was affirmed with no dissenting votes recorded. Seventy-three congregations were represented at this year's District Conference and 41 people attended as non-delegates.

Before the Fri. evening service, Annual Conference Moderator Paul Mundey addressed the Milestones in Ministry dinner, which honored the memory of three District pastors who have died within the past year, and acknowledged the length of service of 36 other pastors achieving a milestone. Pastors John E. Sayre (Bridgewater), Howard "Hardy" Lutz (Community Mission) and Pat Mellott (Free Union) were remembered for their faithful service to their congregations.
Photos above: from left, George Bowers, Galen Combs and Jan Orndorff). Below: Luray Churches Community Choir (Photo on left provided by George Bowers).
The business sessions were preceded by times of worship. Conference preachers were George Bowers, Galen Combs, and Jan Orndorff. Worship leaders were Linda Waggy and Mark Bowyer, with Stephen Farrar as the pianist. Leah Hileman led members of the Luray congregation, Leaksville UCC, Bethlehem Lutheran, St. John's Baptist, Bethel Baptist and the Bethel-Mayland congregation in a special choral presentation. To listen to these sermons, you may click here

Special offerings were received for a tree planting initiative in Haiti and for the District budget. Gifts for Haiti totaled $4,639.00 and the offering for the District Budget was $2,612. 00.

Moderator George Bowers shared an original poem during his sermon about the barren fig tree from Luke 13. Click here to download a copy of his poem.
Photos above: from left: Mark Bowyer, Paul Mundey and Linda Waggy.
Photos below: from left, newly consecrated District Conference Moderator Marty Barlow (Photo courtesy of Marty Barlow). From right: George Bowers and Dale Bowers (Photo courtesy of Janet Elsea).
After the conference, this worship center, which featured donations of produce and other items, was gathered up to be delivered to Columbia Furnace's Love Center. This food will be distributed to Shenandoah County families who are food insecure.
Consecration of the 2020 District Leaders, Sat., Nov. 2, at Antioch.

(Photos were provided by Becky Leland and Brenda Diehl, unless noted otherwise.)
“I am the vine, you  are  the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Bearing Jesus' Fruit....Continued From the Last Issue
In the Oct./Nov. edition of the Shenandoah Journal, we previewed the fruit being borne in several District churches. Today, we continue to celebrate the fruit showcased at the 2019 District Conference.Continue reading by clicking the 2019 Fruit Borne in the District button below:
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