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December 9, 2015

Delegate meetings have been set for March 5 and 12, with a snow date of March 19. Check the website to see whether you will head north to Grand Rapids or south to Kokomo.

November was an unusual month for staff. The calendar was full of events that take place just occasionally: present for part the Missional Leadership Team retreat day, Pastoral Leadership Team (PLT) Weekend at Amigo, a staff planning day right after PLT, and conference ministers meetings.

Cheryl Beachy, Dan Miller and Gene Hartman met with several Elkhart pastors for the early stages of planning for Annual Sessions. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 16-18 and come to Elkhart, Indiana to see what God is doing among the eight IN-MI Conference congregations present in that city. Plan on a significant time or worship, celebration and visioning.

Everence has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation to address financial stressors of pastors and their families. The grant will be used for educational events about some of the financial challenges pastors face, and there will be matching grants available for those facing difficult financial challenges. Let staff know if you have ideas for educational topics that will be helpful to you as a pastor or for pastors in your congregation.