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 at our 2020 Virtual Regional Assembly on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Help us celebrate the launching and resilience of the Northern Lights Region.

The Regional Assembly Planning Team is excited that we have the technology and option to share this event using the Zoom platform during this era of Covid-19 gathering restrictions and safety measures.

If you are new to Zoom and would feel better with a “test run”, please join us Friday evening, November 13,  7-8pm (Pacific Time) for a Pre Assembly Social Hour and Zoom Practice Session.

For security, Zoom links will be shared by email to registered attendees on approximately November 11.

Register Here

There is no charge to attend this regional assembly!

You  have the option of making a donation to the region and purchasing commemorative Northern Lights T-Shirts when registering and during the assembly. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales will be divided between our two related campgrounds, Cane Ridge West and Gwinwood Christian Conference Center.

Friday, November 13,  7-8pm (Pacific Time)- Pre Assembly Social Hour and Zoom Practice Session

An hour designed to start bringing us together, greeting one another, and allowing new Zoom users to use the platform and get comfortable with it ahead of the business session and worship.

Saturday Nov. 14, 9-12pm (Pacific Time) – The Business Session

Using Zoom, we will begin with a video Roll Call of the Congregations. We will hear reports of our various ministries and ministry partners, enjoy some fellowship time in breakout rooms, and vote on some important items of business Breakout rooms will follow the business session for casual conversation and discussion of ideas and opinions about what the next two years’ focus for the region could be.

Sunday, Nov. 15, there will be a pre-recorded worship service available to stream online or be used in in-person worship services.

Our guest preacher will be Rev. Derek Penwell, Pastor of Douglass Blvd. Christian Church in Louisville, KY and the author of several books about the changing church landscape. https://derekpenwell.net/. Other worship elements will be provided by leadership from across the Northern Lights Region.

Coming Soon!

In addition to having business session resources emailed to registered participants, you can find them here as well.  Watch for a complete docket of reports, voting matters, and more to be made available.

Rev. Sandy Messick- Transitional Regional Minister, Northern Lights Region CC(DOC)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- Senior Minister, Douglass Blvd CC, Louisville KYRev. 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

Coming Soon!

Here you will find links and downloads to enjoy the pieces of our worship service on your own schedule if the live stream event on Sunday, November 15 doesn’t work for you or your congregation.

Help share the news!  Select and download a variety of formats for promoting Regional Assembly across your network.  Contact the Regional Office if there’s a format you’d like but don’t see here.  Thanks!

  • 16:9 Presentation Format- suitable for worship service projection, a Facebook Event cover image, or a large format image for your website.
  • Facebook Post Format- use this image as a simple Facebook post at your congregation’s group page.

Mingle with the wider church here in the Display Hall (minus the blisters on your feet from standing so long).  Check back soon for messages and links from our General Units, partner organizations, and others.

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