2018 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference

Now is the time to gather the church and to celebrate and recommit to our shared covenant as The United Church of Christ in Florida comes together in Naples, Fla., Oct. 11-13 for the 2018 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference United Church of Christ. 

The United Church of Christ in Florida is a progressive Christian movement that represents the great diversity that is the United Church of Christ. No two congregations are exactly alike, each a reflection of their individual culture, theology, setting and heritage. Yet, while we are very different from one another, we are connected and share in common a love of our neighbors, a concern for stewarding the gift of creation, and a desire to create a just world for all.

This year's theme is "Faith on the Move," and we are pleased to welcome Rev. David Vásquez-Levy, president of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, as our keynote speaker. Vásquez-Levy is a committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought-after speaker. He regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives.

We hope you will join us at the Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, FL 34103, as Florida Conference staff, lay people, musicians, clergy and guests gather for fellowship and to worship, discern, deliberate, learn and serve together.

Regular registration is $99 per person and includes a fajita bar lunch buffet and a banquet dinner on Friday, Oct. 12, at Naples United Church of Christ. Registration with no meals included is available for $49, and you may choose to add lunch for $20 or dinner for $30. Early bird registration and a $20 discount to either registration option is available through Sept. 5.

In addition, before the main event on Friday and Saturday morning, come join us from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, for "Local Church University," followed by a fabulous reception with appetizers and drinks starting at 6 p.m. and then a concert featuring the band Bluegrass Central starting at 7 p.m. Local Church University is all about helping local churches to excel and thrive, with four 50-minutes seminars on timely and helpful topics – "Guns and Church Security", "Church Administration Basics and Secrets", "Mass Communication & Marketing Strategies for Churches" and "Money (fundraising)". There is no additional cost to attend the Thursday events for anyone registered to attend the 2018 Annual Gathering.

Check-in for the 2018 Annual Gathering will begin at 7:30 Friday morning at Naples United Church of Christ. At 9 a.m., the first of two sessions of workshops will begin, followed by lunch, a brief opening worship service, the keynote address and the plenary session. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. The plenary will reconvene at Naples United Church of Christ at 9.a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by the Confernece Minister's address, a town hall session and the closing worship. We expect that everyone should be on their way home shortly after noon on Saturday.

We've negotiated deeply discounted accommodations at the newly renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort for the 2018 Annual Gathering. The resort is within walking distance, just across the street from Naples United Church of Christ.

Please note, if you wish to take advantage of the discounted rates we've negotiated at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, you must register and pay here by no later than Sept. 5. Registrations may be canceled by calling (407) 835-7501 before 4 p.m. on Sept. 6. After that time, any refunds may be limited to the registration fees for the event. We cannot guarantee refunds of charges for accommodations at the Naples Grande Beach Resort after Sept. 6.

For complete details on Local Church University, the reception, event venues, workshops, speakers, the event schedule, nearby restaurants, shopping and things to do in the area, please stay tuned for the 2018 Annual Gathering Brochure, which will be published in e-Celebrate and on our website in late August or early September.

To register multiple people at once, please enter your first name, last name and email address under contact first name, contact last name and contact email address below, and then enter the names and information for each registrant (including yourself) below that. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference!

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Early bird regular registration is $79 through Sept. 5 and includes all 2018 Annual Gathering events and materials plus a fajita bar buffet lunch and a banquet dinner on Friday, Oct. 12, at Naples United Church of Christ. After Sept. 5, regular registration is $99.

The no-meals registration option includes all 2018 Annual Gathering events and materials except for lunch and dinner on Friday, Oct. 12. Those meals are included in the full registration option or may be purchased with one of the ala carte options below. All prices below will reflect the $20 early bird discount through Sept. 5.

Regular registration ($79)
No-meals registration ($29)
Lunch-only registration ($49)
Dinner-only registration ($59)
Complimentary Accommodations at the Naples Grande Beach Resort

We've arranged for complimentary rooms for up to two nights for Florida Conference staff, Board of Directors and Budget and Finance or Legacy Funds Committee members at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. The Conference will pay for your room, less any incidentals, for two nights. If you wish to stay for additional nights, please also select the appropriate additional night charges below. Single- and double-occupancy rooms are $175 plus a $5 resort fee (normally $37) per night that covers local and toll-free phone calls, standard wifi in rooms, two bottles of water daily, free newspapers in the lobby, 24-hour access to the fitness center, bicycle rentals, beach towels and luxury chaise lounges, beach games, range balls and the use of the driving range at the Naples Grande Golf Club. Self-parking (normally $18/day) also is included. If more than two adults will be staying in a room, there is an additional charge of $20 each per night for the third and fourth guests. There is no additional charge for children under 18. Maximum occupancy is four people per room. If you will have more than two adults in your room, please call us at (407) 835-7501.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box that says "Click to choose a different answer for each registrant" and select accommodations for just one person in each party sharing a room. Otherwise, you are asking for a single-occupancy room for each registrant.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Thursday, Oct. 11
Friday, Oct. 12
Saturday, Oct. 13
Sunday, Oct. 14
First additional night charge ($180)
Second additional night charge ($180)
Third additional night charge ($180)
*Entree choice for dinner

Please enter your entree choice for the banquet below.

Kona-crusted beef tenderloin
Mahi Mahi with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken stuffed with Boursin cheese, cranberries and spinach with white la creme sauce
Orzo pasta with roasted Japanese eggplant, sun-dried tomato sauce, baby spinach and fresh basil garnished with grated Parmesan cheese
Accommodations at the Naples Grande Beach Resort

We've negotiated deeply discounted accommodations at the newly renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort for the 2018 Annual Gathering. The resort is within walking distance, just across the street from Naples United Church of Christ, at 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. Single- and double-occupancy rooms are $175 plus a $5 resort fee (normally $37) per night that covers local and toll-free phone calls, standard wifi in rooms, two bottles of water daily, free newspapers in the lobby, 24-hour access to the fitness center, bicycle rentals, beach towels and luxury chaise lounges, beach games, range balls and the use of the driving range at the Naples Grande Golf Club. Self-parking (normally $18/day) also is included. If more than two adults will be staying in a room, there is an additional charge of $20 each per night for the third and fourth guests. There is no additional charge for children under 18. Maximum occupancy is four people per room. If you will have more than two adults in a room, please call us at (407) 835-7501.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box that says "Click to choose a different answer for each registrant" and select accommodations for just one person in each party sharing a room. Otherwise, each registrant will be requesting a single-occupancy room.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 ($180)
Thursday, Oct. 11 ($180)
Friday, Oct. 12 ($180)
Saturday, Oct. 13 ($180)
Sunday, Oct. 14 ($180)
Room preference

If you are requesting accommodations at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, please indicate your room preference below.

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*Thursday Afternoon "Local Church University"

Local Church University will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. There is no additional cost to attend for anyone registered to attend the 2018 Annual Gathering. Will you be attending?

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*Thursday Night Reception

There will be a reception with appetizers, drinks and entertainment at Naples United Church of Christ starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. There is no additional charge for those registered for the Annual Gathering. Will you be attending?

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