From June 15th through 19th, 11 members of Central: Ron Babcock, Charles Bentley, Sr., Sena Dixon, Velma Fansler, Audree Flynn, Joan Norman, Jud and Dotty Parkhurst, Nancy Tossey and I attended Adult Conference at Northwest Christian Church in Columbus. You have heard of, or sent your children to camp or conference at Camp Christian for years. After Advance Conference, Adult conference is there for persons 30 and up.
Our mornings started with a devotional and song by various conferees at 8:30 a.m. We had a great week, choosing two of six classes, all taught by Disciple ministers, plus a wonderful historical presentation by retired minister and teacher at Lexington Theological Seminary, Dr. Bill Pausell, on the history of the Disciples movement. Dr. Pausell also led two afternoon Bible study sessions on Praying the Psalm’s and Meditating on the Life of Christ with the Gospel of Mark. Forums on Spiritual Direction and The Alexander Campbell Mansion rounded out the study part of the week.
Meals were catered in for lunch and dinner and were excellent. We had sing-alongs after lunch and dinner, and each evening attended Vespers in Northwest’s beautiful sanctuary. The choir was comprised of members of churches across the state under the direction of Charlotte Bouger, choir director at Gender Road Christian Church in Canal Winchester. She does a marvelous job of blending voices to inspire all of us. The choir was accompany by piano, violin and flute, and was interpreted in American Sign Language. Our Vesper speaker was Reverend Heather Schimmel, daughter of Jim Schimmel who will be guest minister in August to kick off our fall study of Unbinding Your Heart. Heather is as vivacious a speaker as her father, and brought great messages every evening. Especially moving was the Thursday night Consecration Service which included a communion service in offering. There were about 100 conferees in attendance and the offering was $4010.00! This offering, which is divided into four parts, goes 25% each, to Adult Conference Scholarships, Regional Office Leadership, a daughter of a Disciple minister with severe lung problems and finally, in light of the national financial picture, to the National Food Bank.
Following Vespers was fun time, get-acquainted activities, game night, open mike night, and an Ice Cream Social. The
evenings closed with a song and prayer circle. The fellowship and love in the conference group is indescribable, and you have to be there to understand it, just as our youth feel about their camp and conference experiences. Next year the conference dates are June 14-18. If you are over 30, please give some prayerful thought to attending. If cost is a
factor, we are sure Central can help as we do for the youth, and there is a Conference Scholarship Fund. Some members of Northwest opened their homes in case staying in a hotel is out of range. However, the hotel rooms are large enough to accommodate 4 if needed, and we get a special rate for the 4 days. Talk to some of those who attend, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to share their enthusiasm with you.