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  • Those Who Have Ears to Hear...God's Vision for the EMC

    July 08, 2016

    EMC Convention 2016 Highlights from EM Conference on Vimeo.

    EMC Convention 2016 focused on the theme of God’s vision for our Conference. Three pastors from EMC churches spoke about specific aspects of our vision, each with a challenging message. We delighted in our times of gathering as Ministerial, Conference Council, at inspirational sessions, and as youth and children. All three inspirational sessions were live streamed, providing even greater access to Convention.

    The three inspirational sessions were filled with wonderful worship music, inspiring stories of faithful living from the churches in the region, motivating reports from church planters and missionaries serving in our Conference, and ending with a challenging message from our guest speakers. Each session also included a short video to explain how God helped us develop the vision for our Conference.

    Garry Koop unpacked the main statement of our Vision on Friday evening: “EMC is a movement of people advancing Christ’s Kingdom culture as we live, reach, gather and teach.” His excitement and enthusiasm was contagious, and we were inspired by the vision that God has placed before us.

    Darryl Klassen presented the case on Saturday evening for how we “teach the gospel with a Christ-centred approach to Scripture, affirming Anabaptist convictions.” He reminded us that the gospel is much more than personal salvation – it is the story of Jesus within the entire story of Scripture.

    Dylan Barkman provided a challenge on Sunday morning from the letter to the church in Laodicea, reminding us that the only way for us to be truly rich is to follow the pattern that Jesus provides: repent, listen, open the door, invite Jesus in, and enjoy real and personal communication with Him. Then we will awaken the “life-changing experiences when we gather.”

    Offerings were taken on Friday evening for the support of SBC ($5,970), on Saturday evening to offset Convention expenses ($5,373), and for Missions projects on Sunday morning ($17,850). More donations are still being received.

    A special thank you is extended to all of the volunteers who gave generously of their time and expertise to make Convention a special time of gathering. The Region 8A churches participated enthusiastically, and Lloyd and Marilyn Plett provided solid leadership in planning Convention. Thanks also to SBC for providing a wonderful venue for our gathering. We are also grateful to the national staff, who are dedicated to the ministry of our Conference, including the Convention event.

    The Convention weekend was encouraging to all who attended. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event! Make your plans to attend Convention next year in Morweena, Manitoba from June 9-11, 2017.