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April 2017

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Important Information
What you need to know
Dennis Jeffery, Superintendent 
Leadership Summit July 14-15
  • This year's Leadership Summit is at Colorado Christian University. You can register on-line at theriverconfernce.org or by clicking on the Leadership Summit registration button found in this email. All pastors and delegates need to attend.
  • Superintendent's Search Committee will report on the Superintendent's transition updating the conference on this process.
  • Dr. Preston Sprinkle, author of "People to Be Loved", will be speak on sexual wholeness.
Assistant Superintendents and District Leaders
In an effort to better serve the churches, pastors and congregations of TRC, we now have two Assistant Superintendents and five District Leaders. TRC encompasses a wide area of the country literally spanning from Canada to Mexico. These gifted individuals are a blessing and will help TRC grow in our Vision and Mission.

Assistant Superintendents
Serving the Columbia River Region is Dave McGarrah, pastor of Deer Flat Church in Caldwell, ID. The Rocky Mountain and Texas Region will be covered by Scotty Priest, pastor of Journey Church in Colorado.

District Leaders
Spokane District: James Leman
Boise District: Salomon Ruano and Doug Roberts
Rocky Mountain District: Travis Waits
Dallas District: Angela Castilla

Easter Sunday
Please send your Easter worship attendance, number of people born again, and any special Easter praises to TRC's office so that we can share your joy and glorify God for how He is growing His church.

TRC Mexico Mission  October 15-21, 2017
Join TRC on their Mexico Mission trip 2017 where we will build a home for a family in need. 

Evening of October 15th  Arrive in Ensenada
October 16 through 19 Build the home
Afternoon of October 19 Dedicate the home
October 20 Local Ministry Day
October 21 Cross the border and head home

The cost is $275 for lodging and meals. Travel to and from San Diego is not included. Arrangements can be made for pick-up and drop off from San Diego's airport. Contact the River Conference Office for more information..

TRC Army Chaplain Update
Major Anthony Randall makes it into Sports Illustrated. How many of us can say that? An article by Luke Winn on Gonazaga's Men's Basketball team was published in the April 4, 2017 edition.

"The trip was run by an Army Special Forces chaplain, Anthony Randall, and it was the brainchild of the Zags' strength and conditioning coach, Travis Knight, and their team psychologist, Jon Hammermeister. And the Zags were no ordinary campers. Their coach, Mark Few, dropped in on them and found them to be "such wusses, out there in the woods," that he worried: "How could they possibly be tough?" Or as Knight puts it, "Most of the guys who only own designer jeans were struggling."

We are so excited about this year's TRC's Leadership Summit. It begins at 1pm on Friday, July 14th and concludes at 3pm on Saturday, July 15th. We will be hosting the event on the beautiful campus of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. 

The following meals are included with your registration:
Friday's Dinner
Saturday's Breakfast
Saturday's Lunch
All other meals will be own your own.

Friday, July 14, 2017
11:00 AM   Leadership Summit Check-In Begins
12:00 PM   Lunch on your own
1:00 PM     Leadership Summit
5:15 PM     Dinner together
7:00 PM     Evening Worship & Ordination Service
8:30 PM     Free Time

Saturday, July 15, 2017
8:00 AM    Breakfast together
9:00 AM    Worship & Devotional
9:30 AM    Annual Conference Session
12:30 PM   Lunch together
1:00 PM    Prayer with District Leaders
3:00 PM    Closing Blessing and Dismissal

Colorado Christian University is offering on-campus housing to TRC Leadership Summit attendees who need overnight accommodations. Each apartment has two bedrooms (with two twin beds in each room), one bathroom, and a full kitchen. The cost is $117/night per apartment. If you would like to share an apartment, please indicate that on your registration form. Accommodations are on a first come first serve basis and will fill up fast, so register today.
Next Year In Jerusalem
Pastor Dave McGarrah
An exciting trip to Israel is being planned for all who are interested in traveling to the land that is closest to God's heart. This is a special trip for the pastors, leaders, and spouses of The River Conference. Very soon you'll be given all of the ingredients and the details, so be watching for the next communication from TRC.
Here's just a brief overview some of the many places we'll be visiting...
* Caesarea by the sea
* Mt. Carmel and the Valley of Armegeddon
* Miggido
* Nazareth
* The Sea of Galilee
* Capernaum
* Caesarea Philipi
* Jericho
* Jerusalem
* The City of David
* Mt. of Olives
* Garden Tomb
* The Old City of Jerusalem
* And so much more
We'll be staying a couple of nights right on the Sea of Galilee, and the rest of the time in Jerusalem. You are in for an amazing, unforgettable trip. This trip is a SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED TRIP which makes it very affordable. We will be traveling in mid February of 2018.  Believe it or not, it's going to be here before we know it.
This trip includes round trip airfare from the departure city (TBD), hotel, guide, beautiful touring coach and driver, wonderful breakfast and dinner buffets, tips and taxes.  It doesn't cover the cost of lunch or any spending money, but everything else is included.
Once you get the itinerary, move quickly to save your seat. A deposit will hold your seat and you can cover the balance over the next number of months. I, along with Superintendent Jeffery, are looking forward to traveling with you.
As the Jewish people say, "Next year in Jerusalem!"
Journey Church Build Update

We are so blessed to be a part of the growth of God's Kingdom. Journey Church, a TRC church in Colorado, is undertaking a building project. Here is an update. Your prayers are appreciated.
Apportionment Changes

The TRC Board of Directors approved a motion by the TRC Finance Team to raise the required apportionment percentage. Last year, TRC had the lowest apportionment in the denomination. That rate has been assessed by TRC's Board and Finance Team as fiscally unsustainable for a healthy conference. Beginning in January 2018 the apportionment will be 9%. Beginning in January 2019 it will be 10%. 10% is the average conference apportionment in FMC-USA.
TRC Upcoming of Events

19-Apr Board of Directors Conference Call
2-May Ministerial Appointment Committee Conference Call
9-May Ministerial Education & Guidance Ordination Team Conference Call
10-May Finance Team Conference Call
14-May Mother's Day
17-May Asst. Supt / District Leaders Conference Call Conference Call
17-May Board of Directors Conference Call
Colorado TAG Intensive
St. James Church in Colorado Springs, pastored by Ted Haggard, one of our Free Methodist Pastors, will be hosting a four-week Colorado TAG Intensive for young people ages 18-24 in Colorado Springs. It's a Christian discipleship program for college age students with the addition of Colorado adventure. Last year the team hiked portions of the Colorado Trail, went white water rafting, climbing, camping, outdoor survival skills, enjoyed the hot springs, mountain biking, and much more -- all with an emphasis on growing in Christ and the importance of building a life-giving local church.
If you have any young people interested, please refer them to www.coloradoTAG.org or click on   Colorado Tag Intensive. Cost is $800. Host homes will be provided by church members.  

Act now the deadline for signing up is May 19, 2017.

Children's Ministries
Larry Roberts, Chief Operating Officer
Free Methodist Church - USA

We had a meeting of Children's Ministries Directors this past August at the W.M.C. It involved CMDs from a number of churches and conferences in the Midwest. Out of that meeting, we created a resource page on our web-site and also created a Facebook page for CMDs. The Facebook page is quite active as those who were here communicate with each other. We want to inform all our CMDs of the Facebook page and the Resources now available on our web-site so everyone  can join in on the conversation.
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