District Conference Wrap-up

2018 District Conference Wrap-up

Here is a video clip provided by Charles Eldredge

Offering totals as of October 31, 2018

Puerto Rico District: $5,746.00 ($1,500 given previously and will send anything over that amount)

Pennies for Witness: $4,464.68 (Goal $8,500.00)






District Conference was held at Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren with leadership provided by District Moderator Janet Sell.

Friday evening began with David Banaszak recognizing those with Ministry Milestones.

Janet Sell created the District Conference logo this year.  It was printed on a blanket that hung in the front of the sanctuary as well as a visual worship center display.

Worship with Donita Keister, our 2019 Annual Conference Moderator for the Church of the Brethren shared a message of Trust, Transformation and Truth. She said, God wants to do a miraculous and mysterious work of transformation among us. Will you TRUST and faithfully walk in that place of TRANSFORMATION? Will we together walk in TRUST and TRANSFORMATION, prepared to see and understand the TRUTH of God’s vision for us.

Terry Hershberger provided music leadership along with Barb Wineland and Cathy Petre. A District Choir sang. There were 165 in attendance and many enjoyed a time of fellowship following worship that was provided by Holsinger COB.  Friday evening offering of $5146.00 supported  the Puerto Rico District.

David Banaszak shared a State of the Church and encouraged congregations to remain faithful and keep Christ at the center.

Saturday morning began with a continental breakfast and a ministry moment by Janet Sell. Janet shared a story about an angel that appeared and stood over Robert when he had his accident several years ago. Janet opened the business with a welcome. There were 137 registered delegates and 39 non-delegates in attendance.

The consecration of delegates, accepting agenda and minutes. Approval of audit reports and accepting all other written reports. A presentation of the Slate for Affirmation was shared by PowerPoint of each individual that has been called to serve. Pennies for Witness offering totaled $3757.00. Outreach emphasis was for the Puerto Rico District Recovery.

 Ministry Moments were shared by Beverly Skopic (Bright Beginnings Nursery School) and Nancy Kerry (Johns Way) by sharing Where they have seen the light of Christ shining in their congregation or personal life...so that the lost may come to see the light of Christ love.

 Connie Maclay, Board Chair, thanked the congregations for their continued support. Emphasis was given to what DISTRICT ministry is. David stressed that if you believe that what the district is doing is important and vital, we encourage you to continue your support financially. David Banaszak and Connie Maclay presented the Mission Plan for 2019 budget which was approved for $228,413. The conference body also approved a recommendation from Program & Arrangements to move to a one-day conference beginning in 2019.

 Verbal reports were shared by: Chaplain Bruce Maxwell at Trucker Traveler; Harry Claycomb with Disaster Response; Chaplain David Flumerfelt, Park Ministry; Corey Jones at The Village at Morrisons Cove; Scott Douglas, BBT & David Steele, Shared Ministries of the Church of the Brethren Agencies; Donna Rhodes shared about Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center; Chaplain David Witkovsky gave his last report for Juniata College; and Loren Rhodes and Connie Maclay shared as delegates of Standing Committee.


During the lunch time conference attendees received an intro to the Compelling Vision Process from Donita Keister & David Steele. They also had opportunity to visit exhibits and enjoy a wonderful meal provided by Roaring Spring & Frederick’s Meat Market. A cake was designed by Elaine Decker with the District Conference Logo and scripture.


Conference was suspended for 2018 Camp Blue Diamond Annual Meeting. A DVD was shared. Lois Lynn (Camp Board Chair) and Dean Wenger (Co-Director) gave the delegates an update about the ministries that are taking place at Camp. Jerri shared about summer camp. Dean shared about the Capital Campaign progress and where they are financially. Approved slate: Jeannie Lashlee and Barbara Detwiler Program Committee; David Flumerfelt, Finance Committee; and Jack Morgan, Treasurer.


Janet Sell consecrated the 2019 Moderator, Deb Gary.                          

A service of laying on of hands followed by a                     presentation of passing the basin (instead of the gavel). A tradition which began last year as a sign

of service.