Logo160th Regional Assembly of the
Christian Church (DOC) in Georgia

November 6-7, 2009
Cherry Log Christian Church

Recordings of the Live Video Broadcasts from the Worship Services:


Friday Night

The 2009 Regional Assembly began on Friday afternoon with a Clergy Gathering where Jamie Brame of Christmount led a session on clergy sabbaticals.  Following the clergy, the Regional Board met and then a wonderful Dinner hosted by Cherry Log Christian Church.

During Dinner, Regional Minister Rev. Ray Miles presented certificates to congregations for growth in membership and for Disciples Mission Fund giving.  Ray pointed out that most of the certificates handed out were for 10% growth as a percentage of worship attendance which is a very positive sign!

Download the list of congregational awards. More

After Dinner it was time for fellowship and a chance to check out the book display and various display boards before worship.

Friday Evening Worship began with a prelude by the Cherry Log Christian Church Bell Choir followed by a call to worship of "Lift Thine Eyes" by Felix Mendelson Bartholdy performed by the Cherry Log Christian Church Ladies Ensemble.

Saturday

Men's breakfast as reported by President Will Purdue:  We had a great start to our day with the Men's Hour at 8am. It was early, but everyone quickly got in gear with a rousing praise hymn led by Bob Grant (Griffin) and more than enough coffee supplied by Cherry Log Christian Church. The video about COOKIN' FOR MISSION (formerly Int. Day of Pancakes) was viewed with an invitation for all Georgia Men's Groups to hold a fundraiser event to support this national endeavor.  Several announcements were made including the dates March 19 - 21, 2010 for Georgia Men's Retreat at Camp Christian and the needs for Layman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award nominations.  Dick Savage of Disciples Benevolent Services then spoke to us about this vital service ministry with an emphasis on the Chaplaincy to US Seniors.  Please enjoy the newest edition of the Disciples Men Quarterly now called THE VOICE OF DISCIPLES MEN.

The morning was Workshop time.  There were three tracks of workshops to choose from:
1) Fellowship and Personal Growth
2) Congregational Leadership
3) Regional Ministry and Vision

Following lunch, a Business Session was held that included the presentation of staff and other reports, elections and installations, presentation and approval of budgets and some special recognitions.

Download all business reports: PDF

Closing Worship followed the Business Meeting.  Worship began with a prelude "Brother James Air" played by Ida-Anne Clarke followed by a call to worship from the Men's Chorale of Cherry Log Christian Church singing "All That I Am".  The worship featured the installation of the new Regional Elders and a sermon from Rev. Sekinah Hamlin.

Featured Speakers at the Assembly

Sekinah HamlinSčkinah Hamlin
is currently the Minister for Anti-Racism and Reconciliation for the South East Regional Fellowship. Previously she served as Director of Multicultural Education, Chief Diversity Officer and First Year Experience Instructor at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She has also served in various roles at Bennett College, Greensboro, NC., as well as positions of ministry in congregational settings. Rev. Hamlin received a BA from Bennett College, a MA in Political Science from Howard University, Washington, DC, and a MDiv from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. She was ordained to the ministry at Covenant Christian Church in Cary, NC.
She is a dynamic and energetic speaker who brings her wide experience and passion to her messages and her work with us in Anti-Racism.

Watch just Rev. Sčkinah Hamlin's Sermon

Dr. Fred CraddockFred Craddock
is the Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is the director emeritus of the Craddock Center, a non-profit service group which operates in rural Appalachia.  He has been named as one of the top preachers in America by Newsweek magazine. Dr. Craddock is a prolific author. Widely sought as a lecturer and preacher he has regularly provided continuing education for preachers in this area. For those of us in Georgia, he is known as a wonderful preacher and churchman, founder of the Cherry Log congregation, and a true gift to the church of Jesus Christ.


Watch just Dr. Fred Craddock's Sermon


Business Items

The following Business items will be on the agenda for the Business Session.

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