News Tagged: COMMAntary

News from the Beloved Land (Timor-Leste)

Submitted by Rev. Tom Liddle who, along with his wife Monica and children Hannah and Simon, is a missionary in East Timor Happy 2018! I saw a woman on the main street of Lospalos selling vegetables the other day.  She was crouched on the sidewalk beside a bucket of jackfruit, selling big pieces of the… Read more »

Should I Really Care About Offering Online Giving? YES!!

You would think that an old fundraising professional like me would know all there is about online giving. Well, you AND I would be very surprised by new data out from VANCO Payment Solutions, a specialist in faith-based online giving solutions that tracks online giving trends! Here are a few of their findings. Older adults… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – January 2018

“Faithful in Every Good Work” Blessings and peace to all of you in this new year of 2018! As one year turns to another, our minds often fill with the regrets that have slowly accumulated over the 12 months past.  This is true for us in our individual lives and in our congregational experiences.  Our… Read more »

The Damascus Project

The Damascus Project is the leadership development collaboration of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Conferences formed in November 2017 during a three-day design workshop in La Crosse, WI. The Damascus project is a vibrant collective of individuals from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin conferences: Clyde Steckel, Anita Bradshaw, Ron Rindfleisch, Tim Perkins, Sandra Graham, Phil Milam,… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – December 2017

The Extraordinary Moment of Advent                                                                                 -by Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister   “The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.  Advent is the name of that moment. The Salvation Army Santa Claus clangs his bell.  The sidewalks are so crowded you can hardly… Read more »

Pilgrim Point Camp 2017 Season Wrap-up

We will love God, one another, and the Earth by providing sanctuary, radical hospitality and faith-forming ministry in a sacred outdoor space.   The summer of 2017 was a memorable one.  As we buttoned up camp the last weekend of October, we had many reasons to celebrate this season. Following are some of our favorites:… Read more »

2020 Vision – Faith Formation Resource Network

In Spring of 2017, the Conference Board of Directors approved our “2020 Vision”, a set of eight strategic objectives that will focus our ministry together over the next few years, with full implementation by 2020.  These objectives align with our Conference’s existing strategic priorities, adopted in 2012.  Our “2020 Vision” was publicly launched at Annual… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister ~ October 2017

HOW LONG? “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?  Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.”  Habakkuk 1:2-3 Grace and peace to all of… Read more »