Congo Mission Network 2012 Conference

The Congo Mission Network
Of The Presbyterian Church (USA) Invites You To Attend
Its 2012 Annual Conference
Empowerment Through Collaborative Advocacy
for The Democratic Republic of Congo

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11:30 A.M. – Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 12:30 P.M.
Find information & registration details
Hosted by:
New Castle Presbytery of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore Contacts: Bill Rule or New Castle Presbytery (302)366-0595
Conference site, date and time: 
The Conference will be at First Presbyterian Church, 292 W Main St., Newark, Delaware 19711; phone (302) 731-5644.  Registration Wednesday, October 3 is 10 am – 11:30 am followed by lunch and opening session.  Shuttles will be provided from the hotel, Ramada Inn, to and from the conference site three periods a day.  These free shuttles are provided compliments of Community Presbyterian Church, Bayshore Ford and New Castle Presbytery.
Conference Registration
Cost is $80 for full attendance (2 and 1/2 days).  For Wed or Thursday, $35/day or $70 for both days.  For Thursday & Friday – $55.  For Friday only – $20.  Conference handouts will be provided free on the internet, with WiFi access at the meeting.  For those wanting a hard copy, pay $5 before the meeting thru your registration process. Registration deadline: September 12.
Accommodations:  For room accommodations, call Ramada Inn, 260 Chapman, Rd., Newark, Delaware at (302) 738-3400. 
Ask for the group discounted rate ($59 plus tax/night/room) for “Congo Mission Network.”  Continental breakfast provided.  Cancellation policy: may cancel up to 14 days before arrival.  Check-in after 3 pm. Contact Bill Rule if you need a roommate for splitting costs.
Congo Mission Network Conference
October 3 – 5, 2012 – Newark, Delaware
Conference Program
Wednesday (Oct. 3)  
10:00 – 11:30 Registration – Bill Rule
10:30 Congo Ministry Basics for New Comers – Jeff Boyd
11:30 Lunch
12:15 Welcome & Introductions – Charlotte White & Rev. Jim Moseley
12:30 Devotion – Christ as Advocate for All People – Rev. Laurie Loveless and Rev. Jim Moseley
12:45 Christian Service and Advocacy  — Charlotte White
1:00 Congo’s Presbyterian Ministries Empower People – Dr. Mulumba, General Secretary of the Congo Presbyterian Church
1:45 Questions and Answers for Dr. Mulumba
2:00 CMN and Churches as Agents of Change for the Congo – Debbie Braaksma, Coordinator of the Africa Office, PCUSA
2:15 Break
2:30 Advocating for Justice and Peace: Sudan Advocacy Experience — Bill Andress
3:15 Congo-Related Objectives and Actions in Washington and in the UN  — Catherine Gordon, PCUSA’s Office of Public Witness in Washington & Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Ministry at the UN
3:45 – 5:30 Advocacy Training – Enough Representative

  • Identifying objectives
  • Building a compelling story
  • Building an extensive body of advocates
  • Interacting with legislators
  • Collaborating with multiple organizations
  • Engaging media to tell the Congo’s story

5:30 Break; then Dinner
6:30 PCUSA’s Mission Co-Workers Serving the Congo

  • Jeff Boyd – CPK’s Primary and Secondary Schools and Education Advocacy
  • Christi Boyd — Joining Hands Against Hunger and Other Advocacy Work
  • Frank Dimmock- Congo Orphans & Vulnerable Children

7:15 Break
7:30 Worship with Communion – Rev. Laurie Loveless and Rev. Jim Moseley
8:30 Transportation to Hotel Available (15 minutes)

Thursday (Oct. 4)        

7:30 Transport to Church
8:00 Introduction/Devotion – C. White/New Castle Team
9:00 Primary and Secondary Schools of the Presbyterian Church of the Congo (CPC) — Gwenda Fletcher, PCUSA Mission Co-Worker in the Congo
9:30 Congo’s Health Ministries & Women’s Program in NE Congo– Larry Streshley, PCUSA Congo Mission Co-Worker
10:00 Panel of Christian Church Representatives Explaining Their Church’s Programs in the Congo & Congo Advocacy Work – Moderator: Phyllis Green

  • Derek Duncan- Associate for Global Advocacy and Education – Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ
  • Mark Harrison – Methodist Church
  • Karen Hallberg — Director, Mobilization & Connection, Covenant World Mission, Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Catholic Church Representative

11:15 Break; then Lunch
12:15 Work Groups

  • Women’s Ministries and Needs
  • Education Ministries and Needs
  • Health Ministries and Needs  

2:00 Break
2:30 Work Groups

  • Women’s Ministries and Needs
  • Education Ministries and Needs
  • Health Ministries and Needs

4:00 Work Group Summaries and How Churches Can Work Together for Congo Discussion
4:45 Raleigh Congolese Group’s Presentation – Steve Kande and Marcus Tshibangu
5:00 Break; then Dinner
6:15 New Castle Presbytery Presentation on Its Congo Partnership — Steph Clewer, Convener of New Castle Presbytery Congo Group
7:00 Partnership Reports by Churches and Presbyteries
7:45 CMN Business Meeting/2013 Steering Team Elected
8:15 Break
8:30 Worship – New Castle Team
9:00 Hotel Transportation Available
Friday (Oct. 5)         
7:30 Transport to Church – 10 to 15 minutes
8:00 Effecting Change for the Congo thru Washington — Respected U. S. Senator

  • Q &A With Senator Regarding Congo objectives and how to accomplish them

9:00 Panel Presentation on Advocacy – Etienne Bote-Tshiek; Bill Andress; Enough Representative:  Jan Sullivan – Moderator
10:00 Small Group Discussions about the Next Steps for Congo Ministries and Advocacy
10:45 Break
11:00 Summary and Challenge by Charlotte White

  • Passing of Gavel to New CMN Board

11:15 Closing Devotion – New Castle Team
12:00 Lunch, then departure

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