Special activities included in Gathering 2020 schedule

Congolese gathering, opening event hosted by MB Foundation and MCC’s 100th anniversary celebration are planned for National Convention

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Delegates to the 2018 USMB National Convention enjoy ice cream and toppings at South Mountain Community Church Draper prior to the Friday evening session. Photo: Janae Rempel
While USMB Gathering 2020 is scheduled for July, a final decision about proceeding with the biennial National Convention and Pastors’ Conference in light of the coronavirus will be made Monday, June 8, 2020.

USMB Gathering 2020 organizers are planning a slate of special activities in conjunction with the National Convention to be held July 23-25, 2020, in Independence, Mo.

A gathering for Congolese pastors and church leaders will be held Thursday, July 23, from 1-5 p.m. Nzuzi Mukawa, Garry Prieb and USMB leadership will facilitate the gathering. Congolese pastors are encouraged to participate in this gathering and the convention in order to make new connections and establish a sense of belonging in the USMB family.

MB Foundation is sponsoring the opening dinner and session of the National Convention on Thursday, July 23. According to an MB Foundation statement, the dinner will be the celebration of a story that spans 140 years in the Mennonite Brethren history, culminating in the ministry of MB Foundation. As MB Foundation recognizes its 30th year of incorporation, it celebrates the longer 140-year story of stewardship and generosity that has been its legacy. A stewardship initiative began in 1880 by the Mennonite Brethren to spread the Gospel around the world. Through the next 140 years, the stewardship ministry operated under several different titles and structures, eventually becoming MB Foundation. The evening will include featured speaker Gary Hoag, president and CEO of Global Trust Partners.

Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial celebration will be marked by a reception, sponsored by MCC, after Friday evening’s session. The reception will include MCC stories from around the world, a brief report and video and a special presentation.

Convention goers can attend an optional Kansas City Royals baseball game following the close of convention Saturday, July 25 at 6:05 p.m. Tickets may be purchased with registration.

Register online at www.usmb.org/gathering2020.

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