Annual Meeting News Relocated to Special Page

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CHICAGO, IL (June 30, 2008) – Now that the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church has ended, all of the news stories have been moved from the daily news report on the home page to the special news section available by visiting the 2008 Annual Meeting link on the home page.

“This year’s news coverage includes one of the more robust collection of news stories, photographs, videos and related material since we began daily news coverage of annual meetings nearly a decade ago,” says Don Meyer, executive minister of the Department of Communication.

TentThere were five live broadcasts of worship services this year, including three evening and two morning sessions. The live broadcast (via the Covenant website) of the Thursday evening ordination service set a record in terms of the number of individual connections to the broadcast, Meyer notes. Videos of each service can be found in the special Annual Meeting news section for downloading and viewing.

Other resource materials also will be found in this special section, including items like the newly approved Covenant Resource Paper on how the Covenant reads scripture (in both English and Spanish), PowerPoint slides from various reports, videos of the tribute to retiring President Glenn Palmberg (including a humorous “roast” segment), video segments for three key awards (T.W. Anderson, Irving Lambert, and Paul Carlson Partnership), and many photo gallery pages that capture moments during events spanning the three-day meeting in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

A special meeting summary, distributed to delegates at the conclusion of the meeting, includes a brief recap of key decisions, awards, key statistics from various reports, election results, the 2009 budget summary, and a host of other useful information designed to assist delegates in preparing reports to their local congregations in the days ahead. See Delegate Summary to download a PDF of that resource.

“The setting in Green Lake was reminiscent of the old tent meeting days,” Meyer observes, with a large tent erected in a meadow on the grounds of the Green Lake Conference Center (accompanying photo was taken during the concluding ordination service). “It was a technological challenge as an entire convention center environment – large screens, sound systems, Internet capability – had to be erected in the middle of nowhere,” he adds. “Hats off to Annual Meeting Coordinator Melissa Velez Luce and the incredible crew of volunteers and other staff for a superb job.”

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