Due to the Covid 19 international crisis, and in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control, by their standards and recommendations we deeply regret that our 129th Annual Conference has been cancelled.
I have been working with your District Leadership Team and our Annual Conference host church, Eaton Evangelical Free Church, trying to decide what is best for our churches and our district as we anticipate our 129th Annual Conference. The Center for Disease Control has suggested no large gatherings of people through sometime in May, and encouraged conference organizers to postpone or cancel any conferences between now and then.
Our District By-laws require us to hold our annual business meeting in April, which is also the beginning of our fiscal year. It is not wise or prudent for us to gather together in Eaton as planned April 28-29. We are, therefore, cancelling the training portion of our conference for 2020.
The first week of April your church will receive a letter from the RMD office with the ballot for our District Leadership Team and the Annual Budget, both items which need to be passed or defeated by our conference. Your Lead Pastor will receive an email with the link for voting to be distributed to the delegates which your church has approved for the conference. nations for our District Leadership Team.
A third business item which is scheduled for our conference is voting on changing the Statement of Faith for the Rocky Mountain District. We want to allow ample time and discussion for this, but we do not have to make a decision on this until the end of 2020. Therefore, we will change the focus of our Fall Summit from a training conference to a business meeting, primarily for discussion and voting on this issue. The date of our Fall Summit is September 17.
We will continue with our Healthy Church Network meetings, holding them virtually. You will receive a separate email with instructions on how to connect virtually on the normal day of the month and time that you meet in your region for our April Healthy Church network, since we will not be meeting for our annual conference.
Know that I am praying for each and every one of you, as well as for your church. Thank you to the scores who have already registered for the Annual Conference. If you paid online, a refund will be issued through PayPal as soon as we can replenish funds in the RMD account. If you sent in a check for your registration, please email Sheri Williams, our financial secretary, with your address so she can send you are refund check. Her email is Swilliams@rockymountaindistrict.org.
The Lord will use this worldwide challenge to His honor and glory. You will be His ambassador of grace and hope as you take this challenge and use it to turn others to faith and grow closer to our eternal hope and promise. May He protect and encourage us in our faith, spiritual and physical health, as we continue to faithfully serve Him and lead others in His grace.