2019 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 Orlando Oct. 10-12 for the 2019 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 "What Wondrous Love," and our scripture is Acts 2:42-43, "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles."

Featured presenters at this year's annual gathering include our own Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson and the Rev. Velda Love of the UCC national setting.

Rev. Jackson has served as pastor of First United Church of Tampa for almost 10 years. She is an activist on behalf of human rights, civil rights and women's rights, and she has been an advocate for peace with justice and ecumenism around the world, including serving as president of the North American region of the World Council of Churches for nine years. She just finished her term as co-president of HOPE (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality) and still chairs its Criminal Justice Committee.

Rev. Love joined the UCC as Minister for Racial Justice, beginning her ministry to help the church live into its vision of building a just world for all. A native of Chicago, she brings to the national setting of the UCC her knowledge and expertise in critical race theory, leadership development, community outreach, along with preaching, teaching, writing and even fund development. "Given this critical juncture in our nation, conversations on race are still a priority," Love says. "Racial justice and racial equality need to be part of our national dialogue. As Christians in the United Church of Christ, we are responsible for changing the narrative of how we engage the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is inclusive, liberating and radical."

We hope you will join us at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, as Florida Conference staff, lay people, musicians, clergy and guests gather for fellowship and to worship, discern, deliberate, learn and serve together.

Registration is $99 per person and includes a lunch buffet and a banquet dinner on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive.

In addition, before the main event on Friday and Saturday morning, come join us from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, for "Local Church University," followed by a reception at Chuy's, just across the parking lot from the Wyndham. We'll be handing out a drink ticket to everyone, good for a free margarita, beer or glass of house wine, and happy hour pricing for these drinks ($6) will apply until 7 p.m. after that. There will also be a free nacho cart with all the fixings.

Check-in for the 2019 Annual Gathering will begin at 8 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 11, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. The program will begin at 9 a.m. Friday and will conclude at 4:30 p.m., when Affinity Groups will meet. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program continues at 8:30.a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and we expect to adjourn at 11:30 a.m.

We've negotiated discounted accommodations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive for the 2019 Annual Gathering. The resort is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, shops and attractions on and around International Drive. It's just three miles from Universal Orlando and Universal's City Walk and five miles from SeaWorld Orlando, and free scheduled round-trip bus transfers to these attractions is available. Rooms are available for $155 per night on a first-come, first served basis.

For the budget conscious, we've also arranged for a limited number of rooms with breakfast included at the Comfort Inn and Suites Convention Center (about a five-minute walk from the Wyndham) for $89-99 per night or at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Orlando I Drive/Convention Center (less than a mile from the Wyndham) for $109-119 per night. Again, these rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note, if you wish to take advantage of the discounted rates we've negotiated at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, The Comfort Inn & Suites, or the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, you must register and pay here by no later than Sept. 11. Registrations and accommodations may be canceled by calling (407) 835-7501 before 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. After that, refunds may be limited to your registration fees only. However, you may call us at (407) 835-7501, and we will attempt but not guarantee to obtain refunds for accommodations up to three days before check-in.

For complete details on the 2019 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference, Local Church University, the reception, event venues, workshops, speakers, the event schedule, nearby restaurants, shopping and things to do in the area, check back here, on our website or in e-Celebrate for a link to the 2019 Annual Gathering Brochure, coming soon.

To register multiple people at once, please enter your first name, last name and email address under "Who is filling out this form?" below, and then enter the names and information for each registrant (including yourself) under "Who are the participants" below that. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference!

Please note: If you experience difficulties while registering, please try using a Chrome or Firefox web browser to register, or call the Conference Office at (407) 835-7501 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and we'll be happy to register you over the phone. Thank you!

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*Registration fee ($99)

Registration is $99 per person and includes a lunch buffet and a banquet dinner on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive.

Complimentary Accommodations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

We've arranged for complimentary rooms for up to two nights for the Florida Conference Board of Directors and staff members at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. If you wish to stay for additional nights, please also select the appropriate additional night charges below. Rooms are $155 per night for up to quadruple occupancy, and the $26 daliy resort fee is waived. The resort fee covers local and toll-free phone calls and up to 30 minutes of long distance within the contiguous United States, standard wifi in rooms, fitness center and spa access, two bottles of water daily, free newspapers from the lobby or fitness center, roundtrip shuttle service to Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, and overnight self-parking. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and check-out is at 11 a.m.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box next to the text with a green background that says "You can click to choose a different answer for each person. Otherwise, the answer you give applies to all" 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.

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Wednesday, Oct. 9
Thursday, Oct. 10
Friday, Oct. 11
Saturday, Oct. 12
Sunday, Oct. 13
First additional night charge ($155)
Second additional night charge ($155)
Third additional night charge ($155)
Accommodations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

We've negotiated discounted accommodations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Rooms are $155 per night for up to quadruple occupancy, and the $26 daliy resort fee is waived. The resort fee covers local and toll-free phone calls and up to 30 minutes of long distance within the contiguous United States, standard wifi in rooms, fitness center and spa access, two bottles of water daily, free newspapers from the lobby or fitness center, roundtrip shuttle service to Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, and overnight self-parking. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and check-out is at 11 a.m.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box next to the text with a green background that says "You can click to choose a different answer for each person. Otherwise, the answer you give applies to all" 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. 9 ($155)
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($155)
Friday, Oct. 11 ($155)
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($155)
Sunday, Oct. 13 ($155)
Room preference

If you are requesting accommodations at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, please indicate your room preference below. (We will do our best to reserve the type of room you request here, but rooms with king beds are limited, and we cannot guarantee to accommodate requests for those rooms.)

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Accommodations at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Orlando I Drive/Convention Center

We've also arranged for a limited number of rooms with breakfast, parking and Internet access included at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Orlando I Drive/Convention Center, 8504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 (less than a mile from the Wyndham). Single- and double-occupancy rooms are $109 per night. Triple-occupancy rooms are $114 per night. Quadruple occupancy rooms are $119 per night. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in starts at 3 p.m., and check-out is at noon. Please select how many occupants will be in your room to display available dates, and then select the dates you wish to reserve.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box next to the text with a green background that says "You can click to choose a different answer for each person. Otherwise, the answer you give applies to all" 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.

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Single or double occupancy
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($109)
Friday, Oct. 11 ($109)
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($109)
Triple occupancy
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($114)
Friday, Oct. 11 ($114)
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($114)
Quadruple occupancy
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($119)
Friday, Oct,. 11 ($119)
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($119)
Accommodations at the Comfort Inn & Suites Convention Center

We've also arranged for a limited number of rooms with a hot breakfast buffet, parking and Internet access included at the Comfort Inn & Suites Convention Center, 7495 Canada Ave., Orlando, FL 32819 (about a five-minute walk from the Wyndham). For up to four occupants, regular rooms are $89 per night, and suites are $99 per night. All rooms and suites have two queen beds, a microwave and a mini-fridge. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in starts at 3 p.m., and check-out is at 11 a.m. Please indicate whether you'd prefer a room or a suite to display available dates, and then select the dates you wish to reserve.

Please note: If you are registering multiple people who will be sharing the same room, make sure to click the box next to the text with a green background that says "You can click to choose a different answer for each person. Otherwise, the answer you give applies to all" 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.

No answer
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Suite
Regular room
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($89) 4 available
Friday, Oct. 11 ($89) 19 available
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($89) 10 available
Sunday, Oct. 13 ($89) 5 available
Thursday, Oct. 10: There are only 4 available
Friday, Oct. 11: There are only 19 available
Saturday, Oct. 12: There are only 10 available
Sunday, Oct. 13: There are only 5 available
Suite
Thursday, Oct. 10 ($99) 10 available
Friday, Oct. 11 ($99) 25 available
Saturday, Oct. 12 ($99) 10 available
Sunday, Oct. 13 ($99) 5 available
Thursday, Oct. 10: There are only 10 available
Friday, Oct. 11: There are only 25 available
Saturday, Oct. 12: There are only 10 available
Sunday, Oct. 13: There are only 5 available
*Thursday Afternoon

Local Church University will take place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. There is no additional cost to attend for anyone registered to attend the 2019 Annual Gathering. Will you be attending?

Yes
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*Thursday Night Reception

There will be a reception on the patio at Chuy's, right across the parking lot at the back of the Wyndham, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. We'll be handing out a drink ticket to everyone good for a free margarita, beer or glass of house wine, and happy hour pricing for these drinks ($6) will apply until 7 p.m. after that. There will also be a free nacho cart with all the fixings. Will you be attending?

Yes
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