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2019 General Assembly - Abide in Me

  • Iowa Events Center 730 3rd Street Des Moines, IA 50309 (map)
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.“

John 15:1-5 NRSV


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Worship that lifts your soul. One of the highlights for many who attend the assembly is the worship. Musicians of professional caliber, speakers of high quality and special experiences envelope the congregation with a sense of God’s presence and call. Worship planners offer varieties of expression and some may be just the thing to freshen your own faith and perhaps take home to try.

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Stories that touch your heart. We love our stories and General Assembly is a place full of stories. There are the biblical stories retold in worship and song; the stories of sisters and brothers who have overcome adversity; the stories of distant lands whose people are our family; the stories of the work done on our behalf by the general ministries of the Church; and your own story as you are invited to share in learning communities.

Educational Resources to assist your congregation in ministry. Learning is an integral part of General Assembly. Besides the preachers that will open your mind to new understandings in worship, there are plenty of other opportunities to learn. In Des Moines, we will have workshops and classes that will include both inspiration and practical topics.

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Conversations that stretch your mind. It is exhilarating to be in worship with literally thousands of Disciples, and energizing to gather new ideas and insights from speakers and learning communities, so we think you’ll be glad you came.

Messages that call you to action. In addition to all this, there are special opportunities for youth and children as well as mission projects. These will be added to the website as the time approaches.

Connections that remind you that God’s family is bigger than a local congregation. General Assembly is also an opportunity to make connections and build relationships. Whether it is in the exhibit hall at a display or at a special meal event, the staff of the general ministries of the Church make themselves available to talk about your particular question or challenge. You can find out about programs, processes and people that can help your congregation flourish in its mission in your particular situation.

All this and more in five short days!

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Earlier Event: April 19
Good Friday Service @ 7:00pm