Dr. Keith Shearer, pastor of New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) this past year, addressed the conference in the Monday morning main session. Speaking from Luke 24:13ff, he noted seven observations about the travelers on the Emmaus Road.
A variety of workshops were held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the convention center in Indian Wells, CA, and some conferees are spending Monday evening on a coach bus tour of Pioneer Town and Joshua Tree National Monument, with dinner at Pappy and Harriett’s, one of the tourist attractions in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area.
Among the items of prayer concern to the conference today were the health of CE National director Ed Lewis, who was admitted to the hospital here with back problems. Also, GBIM missions staff Kip and Mary Cone left the conference early and flew to Hagerstown, Maryland, because of the deteriorating physical condition of Mary’s father, C. M. Hicks, who is a leader in the Maranatha Brethren Church there (Jay Fretz, pastor).
Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 1, begins with women’s and Grace Brethren Ministers’ meetings at 8:30. In the 10:30 a.m. general session the speaker will be Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Grace Brethren North American Missions luncheon and corporate business meeting will be at noon, and the evening general session tomorrow will again feature Cymbala as speaker.