Our streamlined, COVID-constrained district conference was held on August 31 at Camp Shamineau. Hearty attendance filled Oak Hollow, where tables were arranged for spacing.
After lunch on the lawn by the dining hall, attendees heard updates on a wide variety of district-related ministries and conducted these business highlights:
- Brian Farone was reelected as superintendent, Dan Moose as church planting catalyst.
- Julie Andersen and Jim Hodgson were reelected to the district board; Tom Cairns and Darrius Hubbard were newly elected. Appreciation was expressed to Dale Robins for his two terms of faithful service.
- The district budget that was presented on June 1 was formally approved.
- All proposed bylaws amendments were approved. The revisions that were sent to the churches earlier this summer will be voted on at the next district conference.
- Accepted as district churches were Gospel Life Church (church plant in SE Minneapolis), Northlight Church (church plant in Byron), and Riverview Church (non-denominational church in Pine River officially affiliating).
Affinity groups provided opportunity for interaction and mutual support. A closing worship service included the honoring of Jim and Lois Anderson for their many years of service to our district. The Anderson House was unveiled in their honor.
A steak dinner during the Shamineau annual meeting capped off a refreshing day filled with therapeutic sunshine. The hospitality of Herb and the Shamineau staff was superb, as always.