2023 PSMC Annual Gathering - June 9-10
The 2023 Annual Gathering of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference will be held in person on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2023. The Gathering will be hosted by four churches in the Central Valley -- First Mennonite Church/Primera Iglesia Mennonita, Reedley; Mennonite Community Church, Fresno; Wild Church, Fresno; and Willow Avenue Mennonite Church, Clovis.
Theme for the Gathering is "Discerning our Call in Context and Crises," and the Biblical text is Micah 6:8.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Wilma Bailey, Professor Emerita of Christian Witness and of Hebrew Bible and Aramaic Scripture at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Friday, June 9, in Reedley
2:30-5:00pm: Farm tours - Meet at First Mennonite Church, Reedley, to carpool, or drive directly to the farms:
- Boldt Farm: 6299 Lac Jac, Parlier, CA 93648
- Loewen Farm (Blossom Bluff): 17564 E. Clayton, Parlier, CA 93648
5:00-6:00pm: Tour of MCC Global Center - 1012 G St, Reedley, CA, 93654
6:00-8:00pm: Dinner and worship at First Mennonite Church/Primera Iglesia Mennonita - 1208 L Street, Reedley, CA 93654
Saturday, June 10, in Fresno and Clovis
7:45-8:45am: Breakfast at Mennonite Community Church - 5015 E. Olive, Fresno, 93727
9:00am-2:00pm: Worship, prayer, workshops, keynote addresses, lunch, and Communion at Willow Avenue Church - 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612.
12:15-12:45pm: PSMC Abbreviated Delegate Business Session at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church. The Abbreviated Delegate Business Session will attend solely to two matters important for the ongoing operation of conference: Adoption of a proposed Slate of Nominees for leadership positions of conference; and, Adoption of a Proposed FY 2024 Conference Budget.
Please note: If you are a delegate, you will need to register for BOTH the conference AND the abbreviated delegate business session.
A Regular PSMC Delegate Business Session will be held on 9 September 2023. More information to follow.
The suggested registration fee for adult participants is $30. If you prefer to pay in person by check or cash, please enter 'CHECK' or 'CASH' in the promo code field. If you are unable to pay, please enter 'WAIVE' in the same field. We would love to have as many persons participate as possible, and would not want financial challenges to be an obstacle for participation.
Please register by May 31.
For those in need of accommodations for Friday night, we recommend the following motel/hotel options:
Best Western Plus Fresno Airport Hotel - $112, 3 stars; 1 mile/5 minutes from MennoCom Church; 4 miles/10 minutes from WAMC
Piccadilly Inn Airport, Fresno - $100, 3 stars; 1.3 miles/5 minutes from MennoCom Church; 3.7 miles/9 minutes from WAMC
Wyndham Garden Fresno Yosemite Airport - $125, 3 stars; 1.7 miles/5 minutes from MennoCom Church; 3.5 miles/9 minutes from WAMC
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Clovis - $139, 2 stars; .9 mile/3 minutes from WAMC; 4.5 miles/12 minutes from MennoCom Church
Hilton Garden Inn, Clovis - $150, 3 stars; 1 mile/3 minutes from WAMC; 4.5 miles/12 minutes from MennoCom Church
If you would prefer lodging in a local PSMC member's home, please contact the conference administrator, Karen McKeever ([email protected]), for assistance in making arrangements.
Plans are underway to provide van transportation for those members who will be traveling from Southern California. Please let your pastor know if you would like to be included in this travel group.