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5-17-16 Blessings Celebrated at Lake Union's 22nd Constituency Session
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The Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists celebrated the blessings of the Lord during the past five years at its 22nd Constituency Session on Sunday, May 15.
 
The constituent delegates affirmed the union’s leadership and voted to retain all officers, directors, and associates as follows:

 
From Left: Carmelo and Rosanne Mercado, Glynn and Donna Scott, 
Don and Barbara Livesay, Maurice and Sharon Valentine pose for an officer's group photo.
Photo supplied by the Lake Union 
Herald
 
 

Officers
Don Livesay, president
Maurice Valentine II, executive secretary
Glynn Scott, treasurer
 
Vice Presidents, Departmental Directors, and Associate Directors
Carmelo Mercado, vice president, Multi-Cultural Ministries and ASI
Diana Bruch, director, Adventist Community Services
Gary Burns, director, Communication, Native Ministry, and Prayer coordinator
Linda Fuchs, director, Education
Ron Whitehead, director, Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Sean Parker, director, Information Technology
Nicholas Miller, director, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL)
Barbara Livesay, director, Women’s Ministries, assistant director, PARL, associate director, Human Resources
Jon Corder, associate treasurer
Richard Moore, associate treasurer
Debbie Michel, associate director, Communication
Ruth Horton, associate director of Education
Lance Mack, associate director, Information Technology

Don Livesay, in his session message, “Commission Culture in the Lake Union,” outlined the myriad of ways the union has been intentional in supporting the gospel commission, to “go ye therefore …” He said, “We can become so accustomed to church … that we do things by rote, we do things by habit, instead of intentionally. The commission; it has to be something we do all the time … it’s something that becomes a part of us so that we … do things to connect withpeople, to plant the seed, to cultivate, to bring people to the point of making a decision for Jesus. And then, disciple them so they are part of commission culture.”

 
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Maurice Valentine reported: “Over the last five years, the Lake Union added 10,000 members, bringing the total membership of the Illinois, Indiana, Lake Region, Michigan, and Wisconsin conferences to 86,517.” He said that Lake Union, as well as the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist Church, is experiencing steady growth, which stands in marked contrast to other denominations who are facing declining numbers.
 
The treasury report highlighted the union’s stable finances, growth in assets and the return of funds back to the conferences. Last year, the union directed $750,000 to the local conferences, much of which helped finance the 500 evangelistic meetings that have been or will be held during 2016. 

 
A video still from the film shown at the Lake Union Conference's Constituency Session
Photo supplied by the Lake Union 
Herald
 
 

Other highlights from the constituency meeting included a short film illustrating how members in the Lake Union are fulfilling the gospel commission in their everyday lives.
 
A proposal to change the articles and bylaws to enable an organizing committee to select a nominating committee to meet up to eight days prior to the next session was rejected.
 
The session officially opened at 9:30 a.m. with the seating of 234 delegates. Dan Jackson, president, and G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, oversaw the proceedings.

A full report was published in the April 2016 Lake Union Herald.
 
 

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