2020 Northern Lights Regional Assembly- Shine! logo

Beacons, the sun, flashlights, lighting bugs, even “this little light of mine”… they all SHINE!

And you’ll do the same at the inaugural Northern Lights Region Assembly in 2020!  Be there to watch faces and spirits light up with the purpose and joy that only Regional Assembly can create  Mark your calendar to join the fellowship, business, worship, and R&R time happening May 22-24, 2020 at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn.

As a first assembly of the Northern Lights Region we want to make the experience memorable!

We’re teamed up with the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn to offer a deeply discounted daily rate, available several days before and after the Assembly so that you may have more time to enjoy Coeur d’Alene.  The planning team is also configuring the schedule to have a large block of unstructured time on Saturday afternoon.

The Regional Assembly Planning Team is excited that we can welcome you to this year’s Regional Assembly at a full-service location.  Having contracted with the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, you can expect our fellowship, work, and play to be in one comfortable location.

While you’re waiting for registration to open, check out the hotel and its amenities at cdainn.com

506 W Appleway Avenue
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, 83814-9510, US

Consider adding one of our group activities during the free time on Saturday afternoon to your trip. Sign up for an easy-going group hike in the area, a Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise, or a trip to the Tree to Tree Adventure Park.  We’ll also have a mission-oriented interest group at the hotel for those who prefer to stay on site.  Of course you’ll be welcome to spend that time swimming, enjoying a spa treatment, finding time to golf, or checking out the local shopping too.  You name it, the time will be yours to enjoy with family and friends.  As a destination, the Northern Lights Regional Assembly will make your 2020 Memorial Day holiday a memorable one!

Friday, May 22, 2020


10:00am-4:00pm  Healthy Boundary Training for Clergy

1:00pm – 4:00pm  Training for Congregational Moderators and Treasurers

Assembly Begins

4:00pm  Check-In Opens

7:00pm – Opening worship with Derek Penwell

9:00pm – After session Reception

Saturday, May 23, 2020

8:00am  Gather and Mingle

9:00 am  Morning Worship with Terrell McTyer

10:00am  Business Session

12:00pm  Assembly Lunch (included)

1:00pm  Afternoon Activities and Free Time– Explore!

4:30pm  Assembly Choir Practice

5:30pm  Clergy Casual Gathering @ Best Western

6:30pm  All Assembly Banquet

7:30pm  “Northern Lights’ Got Talent” Variety Show and Mission Fest

Sunday, May 24, 2020

8:00am  Assembly Choir Practice

9:00am  Workshop with Derek Penwell

10:30am  Closing Worship with Sandy Messick

Shine a light on the ways in which your congregation is bringing God’s love and light to the world around you. Each congregation of the Northern Lights Region is invited to bring examples of your mission projects and activities, which will be put on display. (Think: science fair style!) In addition, a slideshow presentation will be available for your viewing, featuring the mission work being done within and by the churches in our region.

Please contact Sylvia O’Neal, sylviamt@montanasky.net,  for more information on items for your mission display and space available.

Please contact Tamalyn Kralman, (360)734-6820 or tamalyn@bellinghamdisciples.org, to add your pictures to the slideshow.

We’re getting to know one another in these early days of a new region– what better way to really see one another than by sharing your gifts in a spectacular variety show?!  Part of our All Assembly Banquet dinner on Saturday evening, you’re invited to bring your gifts to share with us and help us get to know you better.  Ideas? We’re encouraging just about anything– it’s a variety show after all- voice/song,  instrumental performances, acting skits, creative dance, comedy, we will only be limited by the space we’re in!  We welcome creativity and groups!

Sign up when you register and our variety show coordinator will be in touch!

Pastor Terrell L McTyer serves as the Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. He is the founding pastor of Manifestation Christian Center (Kansas City, MO) which was an innovative, cause-driven gathering of young people steeped in unique tactics for discipleship, social enterprise and leadership development. Today, Terrell works to teach, equip, assist and multiply leaders through the New Church Ministry with an aim to increase missional efficacy and efficiency towards starting sustainable, world-changing churches and making disciples. His mission is to equip leaders to equip leaders.

Rev. Sandra Morgan Messick was called to be Transitional Regional Minister and President of the Northern Lights Region beginning in January of 2020. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from San Diego State University (1985) and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (cum laude, 1990). Among her publications and certificates in Transitional and Interim Ministry, Sandy has also pastored congregations in Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington. Rev. Messick was also the Regional Minister and President of the Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from June of 2009 through December of 2019 when the Northwest and Montana Regions merged.

Rev. Derek Penwell is an author, speaker, pastor, and activist. He is the senior pastor of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities. Derek has a Ph.D. in humanities from the University of Louisville, and is the author of articles ranging from church history to aesthetic theory and the tragic emotions. To read more about Rev. Penwell and for information about his written works, visit derekpenwell.net

Feel free to contact the Northern Lights Regional Office at (253) 893-7202 ext. 1 or by emailing office@northernlightsdisciples.org

We will have online registration and paper/mail registration available soon.  Thanks for your patience while we complete those interactive pieces.  Watch your church information channels and the Region’s news emails or social media for updates that sign up is available.