Dear NCNC Family,
Once again, the opportunity is afforded us as NCNC UCC to participate in the 2019 Annual Gathering.
It is a real pleasure to extend to you a most sincere invitation to a 3 day worship, fellowship, conversation and fun experience taking place at Sonoma State University on June 13- 15. 2019.
Your Annual Gathering Team has started planning for this event. The Theme is “Restore, Reclaim, Resurrect,” based on Acts 2:1-21. We are privileged to have the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, President and General Minister as our guest.
Your active participation in the past has proved that you are willing to extend your help in any capacity for the success of this event. Our conference is calling on you to share your God given talents for Creative worship, sacred space and singing Please contact Rev. Davena Jones or Dr. Sharon Fennema if you wish to participate in worship planning.
We are also looking for 12 youths ages 13-18 to serve as Youth Stewards. Youth Stewards will attend at no charge and will be able to participate as well as help out. In order to encourage a diverse group, we will appoint no more than one youth steward per church. Orientation for the task will be provided. Application form here.
2019 Annual Gathering price list Early bird prices end March 30. New this year: purchase a suite to choose your own apartment mates.
Please take note of deadlines noted in the Standing Rules, posted here.
Here is an overview of the schedule. Please note the earlier start on Thursday!
I urge you therefore, my sisters and brothers in Christ to do your utmost to attend and encourage your church members to join.
May the Advent Season continue to bless you abundantly.
Your humble moderator,
We are a people of covenant.
The Annual Gathering is the assembly of members of the Conference, which consists of all Local Churches and Authorized Ministers, coming together to be about the mutual work of the church. As the highest legislative body of the Conference, the Annual Gathering adopts resolutions for consideration by our members in their discernment and ministry.
Annual Gathering serves as the legal annual meeting required of incorporated nonprofit organizations in the State of California.
As a covenantal polity, the Annual Gathering speaks “to, not for” its members. Unlike hierarchical or centralized church structures, its decisions are not binding on Local Churches but are intended to be considered with highest regard by them.
Decisions of a constitutional nature that affect the entire United Church of Christ, as adopted by a General Synod, are referred back to Conferences for ratification. And measures being submitted for consideration by General Synod are adopted by Conferences. This mutuality reflects how ministry in the United Church of Christ is best understood as a series of overlapping circles rather than a vertical ladder.
Presiding over the Annual Gathering, as is the case in many Local Churches, is an elected individual called a Moderator. Along with the Vice Moderator, the Moderator is an officer of the Conference and runs the meeting with a measured, respectful tone that seeks to build consensus rather than victory.
The annual budget and slate of leaders of the various Committees is approved by the Annual Gathering.
See you at Sonoma State University!
2018 June 16 PM AG Business Meeting Minutes.
The following links are items which were voted on at the Annual Meeting. In addition, the gathered body voted on the Slate of Officers and the NCNC Budget.
Here are the final versions as passed, at Annual Gathering 2018.
More information on the UCC Constitution change, and link to Constitution and By Laws.