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District Apostle Kolb meets with Rainbow-NAC United States

On Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, DA Kolb, Apostle Thomas Schmidt, and District Elder Mark Diefenbach met with representatives of Rainbow-NAC United States in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rainbow committee members came from North and South America. Discussions centered on commitments and successes that resulted from last year’s meeting and focused on setting goals for the next twelve months. Much positive progress was made to continue “stepping forward” into the 21st Century, ensuring that all are welcome and valued members in the church.

A PowerPoint training presentation on “Inclusion: A Christian Virtue” was presented by Rolf Hammer from Santiago, Chile, which was approved for use in English and Spanish areas served out of the U.S. as well as various pilot projects were suggested which will be implemented in selected areas, a Rainbow-NAC presence at Pillar meetings and at the 2013 DOY, USA. More information will be released regarding commitments from the District Apostle at a later date. Past problems with the existing CSA (Committee for Special Affairs-NAC International, Europe) were discussed, as well as dates and locations for the 2013 committee meeting.

Saturday evening, the rainbow members and ministers were invited to a barbeque and fellowship sponsored by the members of the Indianapolis congregation at the home of Priest Sigg which also included some members from the Lafayette congregation. The highlight of the weekend was a combined service Sunday morning for both congregations and all the Rainbow delegates in Indianapolis, followed by another fellowship for everyone. It was a wonderful weekend where all the rainbow reps felt welcome and at home.

Rainbow-NAC expressed their heartfelt thanks for the warmth, openness, and kind hospitality they were shown by the members. Indiana will forever hold a special place in our hearts!

 

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