2014 Annual Conference - Omaha, Nebraska
“ God is doing a new thing…”
64th Annual Conference
July 14-17, 2014 - Omaha, NE
“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”
You’ve heard that before. It comes with a picture of a young man carrying another young man on his shoulders. It’s origin is from Boy’s Town in Omaha, Nebraska where this coming July we gather for a power filled shoulder carrying Annual Conference.
Omaha has so much to offer not withstanding the incredible hotel facilities of the Downtown Double Tree. In terms of food there is much to pick from in walking distance from the Hotel.
Actually to the amazement of many it is a destination vacation area. You will be pleased with our middle of America venue.
Yet we know it is not about Omaha or any other city we find ourselves in. It is about God and
God’s mission and call to the Community Churches to meet in Annual Conference. We renew friendships and make new ones. We worship and we study the Word. We meet in workshops that inspire and “train us in the way we should go.” We offer continuing education for our ICCC clergy and oh yes we eat and we eat and we eat.
This year is no different we will be inspired by great preaching and powerful Bible Studies.
Our entertainment will come from world class performers that you will be talking about for a long time to come.
But you know the best part? The best part is God and the Holy Spirit of God will be there! It just does not get any better than that. God and you and me in Omaha. It is a foretaste of the Kingdom Place.
See you in Omaha!!!
Harry Foockle, Antioch Community Church, Conference Chair
Bible Study Leader
Tex Sample Returns for Bible Study!
We are pleased to welcome back Tex Sample as our Bible Study Leader at the 2014 Annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, and the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at the St. Paul School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary in Kansas City, MO where he taught from 1967–1999. One of his specialties is working-class people and he has published four books in this field.
Born in Brookhaven, MS, Sample received a BA from Millsaps College, an MDiv and PhD from Boston University, and a DD from Coe College. A former cab driver, laborer, and oil field roustabout, he is currently a freelance speaker and consultant and lives in Goodyear, AZ. A much sought-after lecturer, storyteller, workshop leader and consultant, Tex is a contributor to many of the DVD programs in the Living the Questions series. His two most recent books are Earthy Mysticism (2008) and The Future of John Wesley's Theology (2012).
Keynote Speaker and Preacher
Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III is the oldest of four children born to Dianne and Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, II. The accomplished graduate of Philander Smith College received his B.A. in political science; accepted his calling into the ministry in 1995; and is now an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May of 1999, which school recently recognized him with its highest alumni award. Cleaver served as pastor of Longview for three years and was then appointed to St. Andrew, both United Methodist Churches in Kansas City. In 2004 Dr. Cleaver became the pastor of Centennial United Methodist Church. During his tenure at this congregation, he received his doctorate of ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology. Under his leadership this church, located in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District of Kansas City, Missouri, made renovations to its facility, and started a weekly Saturday evening hip hop worship celebration. On July 1, 2008 Dr. Cleaver joined his father as the co-pastor of the 2,500 member St. James UMC in Kansas City.
The dynamic clergyman is involved in several organizations and has served on numerous boards in Kansas City including the Concerned Clergy Coalition where he currently serves as vice-president. Dr. Cleaver is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, serves on the Philander Smith College Board of Trustees, and is an adjunct professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to frequent preaching, teaching, and lecturing engagements he has also had several works published. Dr. Cleaver is married; he and wife Sharon and are the parents of two boys and one girl, Emanuel IV, Isaac and Alayna.
2014 Annual Conference Monday Night Entertainment
by the Beach Nuts of Kansas City, MO
Group members Rod Fleeman, Jurgen Welge and Walter Bryant are world class musicians and entertainers. The three have been working together for the last decade and a half, performing songs from the late ’50s-mid ’70s, mostly instrumentals that include songs recorded by The Ventures, Dick Dale, Cannonball Adderly, Mason Williams, Ramsey Lewis, The Beach Boys, Fats Domino, Santo and Johnny, The Monkees, The Surfaris, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Booker T and the MGs, Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini.
Fleeman, one of Kansas City's most noted jazz guitarists, is in constant demand. He currently records and tours the world with jazz vocalists Karrin Allyson and Diane Schuur. He also serves as an adjunct educator for the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas City Kansas Community College.
German-born drummer Welge graduated in 1989 from the Hilversum Jazz Conservatory in the Netherlands before he came to Kansas City on an invitation from KC's late blues and jazz singer Richard Ross in 1992. He quickly became a well-respected member of the Kansas City jazz community and currently performs with Dave Stephens, The Wild Women, Lynn Zimmer, Tim Whitmer, Bram Wijnands, Don Accurso Orchestrina and Beach Nuts. Welge also teaches applied percussion and band classes at KCK Community College.
Bryant, keyboards, is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He composes and produces music for TV and radio commercials and has served as musical director for Worlds of Fun in Kansas City since 1976 He plays a number of different instruments with a variety of ensembles in musical styles ranging from classical to rock.
You want to make plans to share a delightful evening on Monday!
Laughter..... another Gift of God
Life in Christ Circus, a clown ministry troupe founded and led by Dr. Dick Hardel “Dr. H.,” will lead worship and share the Gospel on Wednesday, July 16th. Life in Christ Circus has performing units is Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska, and Poland. They spread the Gospel of Christ through laughter and joy.
Traditional circus clowns, at their best, serve up generous portions of the foibles of our own human nature for our amusement. Christ Clowns add a new dimension to the circus clown. They are “fools for Christ” in the best sense of those words of St. Paul (1 Cor 4:8-13). With their colorful antics they reveal our human frailties and allow us to laugh at ourselves.
Life in Christ Omaha clowns have performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. We have shared the art of Christian Clown ministry with the world, teaching and performing in homes, clown alleys, conventions, parties, picnics, family gatherings and schools.
Most importantly, we are Servants, not stars! Our ministry of love and giggles is contagious!
For more information, visit their website: http://www.faithwellmt.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59:clown-ministry-and-wellness&catid=36:living-well-in-christ&Itemid=59
Leading into Unchartered Territory
Besides preaching at 2 of the worship services, Dr. Emanuel Cleaver will also lead a Clergy Continuing Education Workshop on Monday, July 14th. He will discuss the importance of leading congregations to reach new people. Together, he and participants will examine why it is necessary for the well-being of the congregation, the risks involved, and how to lead the congregation to reach new people.
The New Council Governing Structure - Why and What?
Past Moderator for the Design Committee, Rev. Herb Freitag will lead a workshop to discuss the new ICCC governing structure approved at the 2013 conference, which starts implementation with the 2014 conference. It will include exploring how the plan was developed, the reasons for the change and what we hope to accomplish.
The Children's Program Director Returns for the 2014 Conference!
At this year’s conference in Omaha Nebraska, Sister Shyreece Pompey, Children’s Coordinator for ICCC conference, has created meaningful learning experiences and projects that encourage children to live their faith in Christ. Children, K-6th grade, will be structurally engaged from 9 AM to Noon Tues, Wed & Thurs during the life of the conference. Lessons will be age appropriate and centered on the conference theme. Worship, praise, make it/take it activities and field trip opportunities will ensure practical application of the Bible lessons and conference theme. Furthermore, children’s work/dioramas will be displayed in a gallery walk.
Shyreece Pompey is a passionate educator. She has served and taught in the Covert Public Schools for the past 12 years. She has implemented several student-centered programs which have brought joy and academic interest to the learning environment on her job and in her church. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western University Michigan in Education and plans to complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and become a certified K-12 Principal in April 2014. Shyreece (Also Known As: Sister Pompey) has been using her gift of teaching in the youth ministry at Emmanuel Community Church in South Haven, Michigan for the past eight years. She currently serves as Sunday School Superintendent at the church.
If you would like more information regarding these hands-on / minds-on activities for your grandchild or children to participate in during the conference, please contact Sister Pompey on her cell phone at (269) 849-6419 or at her work number (269) 764-3730.
As we all prepare for our conference participation, let us remember the words of Jesus “whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:5)
2014 Board of Directors
This is your opportunity to have a significant positive impact on the future of the International Council of Community Churches. The Council’s Transitional Nominating Committee is asking you to identify from your congregation one or more talented and highly qualified candidates to serve as officers on its reorganized Board of Directors approved at last summer’s Annual Conference. That includes congregation members who may not be presently involved with the ICCC but who are blessed with specific leadership and management skills.
Click here for a portion of the Council’s new bylaws pertaining to the recently restructured Board of Directors. These describe the job responsibilities that would be handled by qualified candidates for these positions. Your help is needed to secure names of these candidates for the Board’s open positions, including those of new vice president offices, each with different functional responsibilities. We encourage you to submit 1 – 2 names of candidates who can fill these vital roles for the Council.
Please submit candidate names to Nominating Committee Chair, Roberta Smith by no later than Friday, January 31, 2014. Include a copy of the nomination form that includes a brief bio to tell why a person is qualified for the position for which they are being recommended and a list of references. Interested candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by another. If you have any questions, you can contact Roberta or any member of the Transition Nominating Committee. Click here for Nominations form.
Transition Nominating Committee members:
Roberta Smith, Chairperson (RobertaICCC@aol.com); Myrtis Brame (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rev. Shirley Cooper (email@example.com); Rev. Michael Donahue (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rev. Herb Frietag (email@example.com); Bob Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rev. Leroy McCreary (email@example.com); Rev. Charlene Watkins (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rev. John Woodcock (email@example.com)
ICCC Bucket List - Omaha
We've heard the rumors...... Nebraska's boring! Nebraska's flat! Who WANTS to go to Nebraska? Well, WE DO!
Omaha, NE is the site for the 2014 Annual Conference. The Doubletree Hotel is located near the Omaha Old Market. Check out their website www.omahaoldmarket.com. But better yet, click on the link below and see what beautiful country you will be missing if you don't attend.
Watch upcoming Christian Community Newsletters and updates to the website for conference information.
Mark your calendar: July 14-17, 2014!
2014 Annual Conference Sponsorships
An Opportunity For You!
Your business, professional association, labor union or service group may invest in the cause of furthering Christian unity by investing in a sponsorship of an ICCC annual conference. By sponsoring an event you will participate in building the community church movement, which seeks Christian unity without uniformity, and models diversity without division. In an era of conflict and suspicion, the community church movement demonstrates that though we may differ in practice and organization, cooperation and service to human need and aspiration is not only possible; it is happening now. To find out how you can sponsor an Annual Conference Event, click here.
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a public agency that serves as a member-focused cooperative for over 50,000 member agencies nationally. NJPA offers a multitude of cooperatively contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education and government entities throughout the country. NJPA offers their members contract purchasing solutions that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficient as they do business with each other. NJPA does this by establishing a business and service alliance between member buyers and contracted suppliers ensuring a valued and successful national cooperative contract program.
The ICCC Board of Trustees decided at the July board meeting to join the NJPA so that all the ICCC active member churches can take advantage of this program. To learn more, visit their website www.njpacoop.org. Contact the Council Office for account information.
The following resolution was endorsed by the ICCC Board of Trustees at the Summer Board Meeting during the 2013 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan:
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES
The International Council of Community Churches is an international, an intercultural, an interracial, and an inclusive fellowship of churches and ministry centers which seeks to realize Christian unity in local, national and world relations. The Annual Conference of the Council is pained and saddened by the death of Trayvon Martin. We are likewise pained and saddened by the violent deaths of so many others whose presence and potential have been cut short.
We give witness to the gospel truth that all human beings are God’s beloved children. We proclaim our conviction that it is only through reconciliation that we will discover God’s justice and mercy in human society.
We call upon those in positions of governmental leadership to re-examine laws that may fail to lead us toward equal justice, to take steps to encourage open communication among human beings, and by legislative action to reduce the possibility of both planned and random violence, so that justice may “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
We encourage our churches and ministry centers to nurture their ministries of Christian compassion, and to witness by deed and word the reconciling power of God’s love. In and through these ministries the dividing walls of hostility will be broken down and we will move forward toward God’s eternal realm of forgiveness and grace.
We invite all people of good will to work with us in creating and walking in paths of peace, following God’s guidance and wisdom so that together we may continue the quest for dignity, respect and justice for all of God’s people.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Criminal violence is a scourge affecting urban areas across the United States , endangering all of our citizens and especially our children. We give thanks to God for the creative efforts generated within our own member churches and ministry centers, and within the larger faith community, seeking to address this tragic situation through cooperative action.
We urge the servant leaders of our own churches and ministry centers, businesses, civic and community service organizations and government, and to all who are in positions of influence and authority to participated in practical efforts to reduce violence as a first step in building that which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the beloved community.” We pledge our own participation in these proactive efforts by prayer and by action.
Resolved this second day of March in the year of our Lord 2013.
The Board of Trustees of the International Council of Community Churches