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Annual Conference and Exposition Moving to September
Based on everything we now know, and everything we’re learning about how things might unfold coming out of spring and heading into summer, we decided to push forward our big event by roughly three months. The new dates are September 16 – 19, still at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hilton. Here are the reasons: (1) The hotel is still not fully open. (2) They cannot tell us when the 25 percent of capacity meeting space restriction will be lifted. (3) There are at least three potential “political issues” in Baltimore that could affect our early June dates. (4) Dr. Deborah Birx (formerly of the White House Coronavirus Task Force) said in a recent phone call that, based on the vaccination strategy in place, the meeting industry in America would probably need until July or August to recover. We presented these concerns to our board right after Christmas, and the response was overwhelmingly in favor of moving it to September.
Interestingly, we had the highest Early-Bird registration in several years. (You all really do want to get back together. We understand. We’re anxious, too.) If you were one of those who signed up in November or December to get the best rates but cannot make these new September dates work, email Aly Zadurowicz and she’ll help you get a refund. Otherwise, we’ve rolled everything over to September 16 – 19. Watch for a new 12-page brochure, showing the program changes, in the March/April issue of Instigate and on our website soon.
Our CEO Summit Moves to June 22-24
Government Clarifies Vaccination Prioritization
Also on the Vaccination Front: Major Webinar Scheduled for Tuesday
Second Draw Call Recording Now Available.
Supporting Expansions to Tax Credits
Looking Down the Street
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Delayed Start to Tax Filing Season
New Law Requires Grocery Stores to Donate Expiring Food
Congress Predominantly Identifies as Christian
Employers Consider Vaccination Policies
Province Returns to Lockdown
Vaccine Prioritization Questioned
Nationwide Diversity Evident in Graphic Analysis
Attention Turns to Nominating a Black Woman for SCOTUS
Accounting Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Addiction Counseling Online Adjunct Faculty, Techmission/City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Admin Assistant (Remote Work) Paid MBA Fellowship, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Bookkeeper, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Business Development/Partnerships Director: remote, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Development Officer, Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
Controller, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Culinary Food Truck and Catering Instructor, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development/Fundraising Online Adjunct Faculty, City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Director of Development, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Reno, NV
Director of Human Resources, Winston Salem Rescue Mission, Winston-Salem, NC
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director of Recovery Programs, Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Donor Engagement Specialist, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Facilities Manager, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Health and Wellness Nurse, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Homeless Shelter Manager, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
Maintenance Technician, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Major Gifts Officer, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Online Marketing Coordinator (remote work), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Outreach Specialist (Seattle Area), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Director: Justin's Place Women, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Search and Rescue Specialist, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Security Team, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Vice President of People Services, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Vice President of Programs, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Women's Recovery Counselor (CADC I), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Women's Transition Specialist (Live-In), Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Outside the Box
In Luke 5, people wanted to know why Jesus and the disciples weren’t fasting like the Pharisees and John the Baptist’s disciples. They expected Jesus to maintain their vision for holiness and piety, but once again, he broke their expectations by living out different standards:
“No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
Disrupting the status quo meant life as people knew it changed. People projected their version of how they believed God’s Messiah should behave and got their feathers ruffled when he did meet their expectations. If he had just adapted to their ways, it would have damaged and torn apart the ultimate mission he had been sent to accomplish, just like the old garments would tear, bursting the skins. But people get attached to the familiar ways of doing things—and by clinging to those old ways, they reaped the same old results.
We cannot afford to be those people, clinging to the past, clinging to the ways we’ve always done things or saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If Jesus lived the life people expected, it would have devastated God’s plan of salvation for the whole world. Thankfully, Jesus pursued his purpose undeterred.
Jesus came to earth as a disrupter who faithfully did and said only what the Father told him to (John 12:49). He maintained a single purpose. His actions were relentlessly consistent. And he pushed hard; after all, he only had three years to save the world. By accomplishing his mission—to seek and save the lost, bear witness to the truth, and be sacrificed as our substitute—Jesus saved the world.
Is the Holy Spirit leading you to push outside any of your old familiar ways and make a change this year?
Adapted from a devotional by Jordan Loftis and used with permission from shortdailydevotions.com
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