Greetings to one and all. It's hard to believe we have entered into the last half of 2020. ( One of the strangest years we've had in a long time).

I trust you all are staying safe and sound and didn't eat too many hot dogs over the 4th.

The end of June brought the first time ever Virtual Indiana-Kentucky Annual Gathering. All sessions, workshops and worship services were held online - and if I do say so myself - all went very well. I've often said - I don't understand how these "tech" things work - but I'm very glad someone knew what to do in order for the Annual Gathering to proceed.

Last year, the Conference adopted a new Constitution and By-laws - which entitled each local congregation to have two lay delegates plus the Pastor. Zion's delegates were Barb Engle and Jeanne Reidenbach. At the business meeting, two historic resolutions were discussed and passed by the delegates.

We became the third UCC Conference to become a WISE Conference (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health).

We also passed a resolution committing ourselves to address and root out racism in our conference. This resolution includes the creation of an anti-racism task force which will lead us into action.

The Annual Gathering began Friday evening (June 26) with a Love Feast Gathering, continued Saturday with workshops and the business meeting, and concluded Sunday afternoon with the closing worship.

I thank Barb and Jeannie for giving their time for this meeting and hope that the actions taken will result in a much more loving and caring Indiana-Kentucky Conference for all of us.

God Bless You All.

In Peace and Love