The theme was "A Time of New Beginnings"

Jubilee Mission Conference

Our 50th annual conference was the biggest and best ever, with 13 of the 30 missionaries our church supports represented and participating!

Charles and Vivian Hoffmeier were the first missionaries our church supported. Charles is now with the Lord but Vivian is still in active retirement. She could not be with us, but sent us photos and other articles which reminded us of their ministry of many years. Several members of FBC-Elmer are in the following photo, taken aboard the ship which took them to Egypt in October, 1950.

Retired missionaries, Albert & Dorothy Gaunt, served many years in Africa, but could not be with us for health reasons. This was also the case with Charles Guth, who lost his dear wife, Betty, a few years ago.

The decorations in the sanctuary were great! Thank you Mike, Brian and team!


Jeannine created a special bulletin board

Wednesday

Members of the Mission Committee worked hard to prepare the hall for our banquet. Dave and Chad set up the sound system and Lisa Taylor and her efficient team prepared a delicious meal and decorated the hall according to the jubilee theme. It started to snow on Wednesday and the weather forecast was for lots of white stuff. Would people come?

Only a couple of inches of snow fell and over 190 persons attended the Kickoff Banquet in the Grange Hall




The hors d'oeuvres table


Sufficient food to feed an army!





Desserts!


Pastor Richard Jones led the program which included special Music by Mark Lucas, a children's missionary story by the Malik family and a challenging message from Rev. Jim Bracelin.


Everyone received a commemorative mug and bookmark.

Each evening we heard special music, field reports, and challenging messages. Tapes and CD's of every service in the auditorium are available at no charge.



About 400 stuffed animals were collected by church members for Dr. Ebersole and his wife, who serve in a children's hospital in Togo.

The mission displays were also very informative




All our missionaries with families had supper in the church prior to the evening service on Friday.

A Dessert Social followed the Friday service and was enjoyed by all.








More than 50 men attended the Men's Breakfast. Dr. Bud Morton, Jon Allinson and Doug Fry shared with us (sorry, I forgot to take pictures!). 
Even more attended the Ladies Tea in the afternoon. Missionaries took part in a Panel Discussion. Following are photos from the ladies tea.











Rod Burnette was able to be with us to give a report on Saturday night, accompanied by his daughter Kathy. Both of them lost their spouses during the past year but they were a great encouragement to us. Several former HiBAers from the 50's and 60's were present in the service.


Following the Saturday evening session, Jim Bracelin challenged the youth.

Volunteers staffed the nursery for most meetings and a Childrens' Mission Conference ran parallel to the evening sessions.


The sanctuary was packed on Sunday morning for both the worship service and Sunday School. In the closing service on Sunday evening, participating missionaries were asked to quote John 3:16 in the language of the countries where they served. They also sang together as a choir for the first time, but they sounded like they had been singing together for years!


Pastor Richard and Bev Jones sang a duett and many responded to a call for missionary committment.






A hearty "Thank you" to the Mission Committee, our church musicians and all others who had a part in making this the best conference ever!