Fall Gathering

Introduction

 

October 20-22, 2017

Join us for the Association weekend filled with laughter, fellowship, food, friends, and re-centering worship.  

Spring and Fall Gatherings are a time for Association members and prospective members to share together in worship, fellowship, volunteer projects, and more. Our semi-annual business meeting is held on Saturday, offering you an opportunity to hear about news and events taking place at Laurelville, vote for and affirm board members and welcome new members into the Association. Activities for children of all ages are also provided, making our spring and fall gatherings a terrific experience for the whole family. Find more information about our Association here.

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Speaker

Loren Swartzendruber

Loren Swartzendruber grew up in Kalona, Iowa, and graduated Iowa Mennonite School in 1968. He holds a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University, an M.Div. from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a D.Min. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as pastor of Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA, ten years as associate executive secretary of the former Mennonite Board of Education, ten years as president of Hesston College (KS) and retired as president emeritus in 2016 after 13 years as president of EMU. He is currently employed part-time as a business development consultant for Secure Futures, the commercial solar installation company that partnered with EMU in 2010 to install what was then the largest commercial solar array in Virginia.
Pat is also a native of Iowa. She began her career as a psychiatric nurse, completed a B.A. at Eastern University and a M.S.A at Notre Dame University. She served as vice president for administration at the former Mennonite Board of Missions and executive vice president of Prairie View Behavioral Health (KS). Loren and Pat are parents of four married adult children and grandparents of two grandsons and three granddaughters ages 3-8.

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Music

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Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 20 
4:00-6:00 pmRegistration with light refreshments in the Small Dining Hall
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pmGathering in the Meetinghouse
8:45 pmFellowship/Refreshments/Open Shenandoah

 

Saturday, October 21 
8:00 amBreakfast
9:15 amLaurelville Business Meeting
-Childcare provided in the Lodge and Shen
10:30 amVolunteer projects begin
11:00 amGuesthouse Room Owner Meeting (in Guesthouse)
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmVolunteer projects continue
1:30 pmSolarhouse Room Owner Meeting (in Solarhouse)
3:00 pmPopcorn on Gazebo Hill
4:00 pmPeopleMover Ride
5:30 pmDinner
Prospective Members Meeting over dinner (Small Dining Hall)
7:00 pmGathering in the Meetinghouse
-Childcare is provided in the Lodge and Shen
8:30 pmFellowship/Refreshments

 

Sunday, October 22 
8:00 amContinental Breakfast
9:00 amGathering in the Meetinghouse
-Childcare provided in the Lodge and Shen
10:30 amHelp yourself to snacks for the ride home!
12:30 pmRoom Check-out
Is It Really Free?

Yes, registration for Association weekends is provided at no cost to Laurelville Association members and those considering joining the Association. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, both financially and through prayer and volunteer work. Many attendees typically make a monetary donation during their stay, but you are not required to do so.

 

To support us with a financial gift, make an online donation or send us a check.

 

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