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“Can’t keep Quiet” theme for Charlotte 2005

   

October 5, 2004
-by Dan Dyck with Laurie Oswald

 


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Winnipeg, Man.— Mennonite Church Canada’s Program Committee this year has had the challenge of planning two assemblies simultaneously: the one in Winkler this past July and the 2005 joint assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina.

That’s because the task of coordinating an assembly for 10,000 requires long range planning to book facilities.

Youth representatives and members of MC Canada’s Program Committee joined adults and youth appointed by the MC USA Convention Planning Office to develop the theme, taken from Acts 4.

“We wanted a theme that would address the current realities for both our national churches, and that would build on the themes from our most recent assemblies – Atlanta 2003 for MC USA [God’s Table Y’all Come!] and Winkler 2004 for MC Canada [Enough for All],” said Pam Peters-Pries, executive secretary of Support Services for Mennonite Church Canada. “That was a challenge!”

"I believe God led us in a very good group process in January, even though there were moments when I thought we wouldn't come up with a theme," added Jorge Vallejos, director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA.

On the last day of meetings one participant shared about a sleepless night and how she read and reread Acts 4, unable to gain mental release from the words of verse 20, “can't keep quiet.”

The theme idea was tested in joint youth/adult meeting, along with other alternatives. Breaking into subsequent separate meetings, each group independently settled on the “Can’t Keep Quiet” theme.

Charlotte 2005 will be a joint assembly with Mennonite Church USA. About 10,000 Mennonites are expected at the gathering, which will include adult delegate sessions, a youth convention for about 6,000 teens, junior high and children's conventions and young adult activities. Ken Gingerich, designer for Mennonite Mission Network and the Mennonite Church USA, created the Charlotte 2005 logo.