SCC spent significant time last year meeting with leaders and congregations, listening and discerning together where the conference is being led. These meetings resulted in a Strategic Planning Team being formed and tasked with exploring ways in which the conference may need to change its structure and function in order to best live into the mission to which we have been called.
The team spent a few months gathering the data they needed in order to make recommendations regarding structure of the conference. This data came in the form of a digital survey sent to congregational leaders as well as face-to-face interviews with each congregation.
The team has met to review the compiled data and made initial recommendations to the executive team and regional conference ministers, and received approval to proceed with the next steps for this recommendation. Moderator, Tim Sweigart, who was a part of the team has sensed a need for an additional face to face meeting of conference and congregational leaders in order to decide the concrete steps SCC will take in the next two to three years.
All congregational leaders, pastors, and conference leaders please plan to attend a third visioning meeting on April 27, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Kansas Electric; 1420 NW 36th St, Newton, KS or attend via video conference at https://zoom.us/j/141617271. At this meeting a summary of the data gathered and structure proposed will be presented followed by a day of working together to clarify the steps and goals SCC will work toward in the coming years. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/Rq9gL7NzdMtmGrQ52 by April 1st.
At annual assembly July 20-21, 2019 at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Hydro, Oklahoma, we hope a well laid out plan for accomplishing the mission and vision of SCC will already be in the beginning stages of implementation and be presented in detail. So plan to join us in Hydro to hear about and join in this kingdom building work. Look for registration information soon!
Save the Date: Annual Assembly 2019 will be July 19-20, 2019
at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Hydro, OK
More Information Coming Soon!!
At the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series the weekend of Feb. 23-24, over 200 persons, including a significant number of Hesston College students, were present to deal with areas of injustice and inequality that we face, some that are clearly obvious and visible, some that are more subtle and even hidden. I could not help but be reminded of the way that one SCC congregation is responding to the needs in their community .
For the past several years, the Rey de Gloria congregation in Brownsville, Texas, has organized a summer daycare program for children whose parent or parents, many of them undocumented, are working at minimum wage (or less) jobs that do not provide enough income to cover childcare service. Members of the congregation, along with whatever other volunteers they can recruit, offer a safe place for such children during the day. They provide food, clothing, access to health care as needed, transportation, recreation and consistent supervision. They raise the funds however they can, including the sale of meals throughout the year. Some years, the Schowalter Foundation has provided grants to help.
Conference leadership has endorsed this service, which will happen again this coming summer, encouraging congregations and individuals to consider providing financial assistance to help relieve the burden being carried by Rey de Gloria. Funds can be channeled through the conference office.
–Bill Zuercher, SCC Ministry Coordinator