Conference Annual Planning Event (CAPE)



October 14, 2015



Call to a Special Meeting of the Missouri Mid-South Conference - Saturday, November 14, 2015

 Grace and Peace to our sisters and brothers in Christ!


The Conference Council Executive Committee, at the request of the Conference Minister Search Team, is delighted to call a Special Conference Meeting of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ, to be held at Columbia United Church of Christ, in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. The Special Meeting will convene promptly at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of this Meeting will be to consider extending a call to the position of Conference Minister, based upon the Search Team's unanimous recommendation of a candidate for Conference Minister of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. This Meeting is called pending the Conference Council's consideration and approval of the recommendation. Conference Council will meet at Camp Mo Val on Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, and will consider the recommendation and will announce its decision via an all-Conference mailing during the first week in November.


This Special Conference Meeting will precede the already-scheduled Conference Annual Planning Event (CAPE) which will also take place on November 14, 2015 at Columbia UCC. The CAPE, as promoted throughout the Conference for several weeks, will begin following the close of the Special Meeting.   It is our hope that all interested people will participate in both the Special Conference meeting in the morning and the CAPE in the afternoon. Only registered, elected delegates and authorized ministers will be able to vote on the Conference Minister candidate, pending the Conference Council's recommendation; however all are encouraged to attend both events. Registration is required for all who plan to attend CAPERegistration form (to be completed on your computer).


The Bylaws of the Missouri Mid-South Conference specify that a special Conference meeting must be called at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled meeting. In order to comply with this requirement, this announcement serves to announce the Meeting and to encourage you to make plans and adjust schedules to participate in these very important Conference events.  Below is the schedule for November 14:


9:15 am     Registration

9:30 am     Conference Minister Search Team Candidate Presentation and Vote

11:45 am   "Setting The Sights" (plenary)

Noon         Lunch - catered, no charge

12:45 pm   Small Planning Groups begin meeting (bio breaks as needed)

2:45 pm     Plenary gathering to share key ideas so far

3:00 pm     Small Planning Groups reconvene for further planning

3:45 pm     Closing worship and dismissal

4:00 pm     Departure


Once the Conference Council has taken action, an early November all-Conference mailing will be sent out to every congregation and authorized minister in advance of the November 14 Meeting. In that mailing, we will announce the name of the candidate and will provide information about credentials, references, and other pertinent details. 


Thanks for your patience and understanding! We hope to see you in Columbia on November 14 - to call a new Conference Minister in the morning and to plan together for our future in the afternoon!


Joyce Bathke, Conference Moderator
David Mehl, Conference Vice Moderator & Search Team Chairperson
Laura Mignerone, Conference Council & Search Team Vice Chairperson


Printable letter

Registration form (to be completed by hand)