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November 2023
143nd Diocesan Council 2023
Diocesan Council 2023 will be held
at St. Stephen's RE Church in Eldersburg, MD
on Thursday and Friday, November 2-3.

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The Diocesan Council will meet on Nov. 2 & 3, 2023 at St. Stephen’s R. E. Church in Eldersburg, MD.  The opening service of Holy Communion, Thursday lunch and all business meetings will be held at the church.  There will be no Thursday evening meal served or meetings scheduled and the delegates are encouraged to join with others by making local dining reservations.  A list of local restaurants is posted below.


Also, there is no host hotel.  A list of local hotels is posted below so each clergyman and lay delegate can make their own reservations at the hotel of their choice.  Most hotels are found around Routes 695 and 795.  Turf Valley Resort is another option.

This is the preliminary schedule for this year’s diocesan Council:


Thursday, November 2
9:00AM – Registration at St. Stephen’s Church
10:00AM - Opening Service of Holy Communion at the church
12:00PM - Catered luncheon at St. Stephen’s Church
1:30PM - Afternoon business session at the church
4:00PM - Teaching Session
5:30PM - Dinner on your own


Friday, November 3
Breakfast on your own
9:00AM – Morning Prayer at St. Stephen’s Church
9:45AM – Teaching Session
11:00AM – Business Session
12:00-1:00pm – Adjournment

Please note these times are subject to change.

Thank you for your understanding and we trust this year’s arrangements will not inconvenience anyone. It is anticipated that Diocesan Council in 2024 may have similar arrangements as plans are being made to meet in the Philadelphia area.


The Registration Fee for Council is $50 for all delegates, clergy and laity.  We are using an EventBrite payment website to collect fees and organize our delegate data.  The fee includes the administrative costs of Council as well as the shared lunch on Thursday.  Individuals who are accompanying delegates to Thursday lunch but not voting or attending business sessions may use the reduced Lunch-Only option.


CLICK HERE to link to the EventBrite registration website for Council.


CLICK HERE to open the Downloadable PDF of the Certificate of Lay Delegates for 2023


Deadline for All Delegate Registrations:  Monday, October 16, 2023

Deadline for Submission of all Council Reports:  Monday, October 16, 2023

Deadline for Submission of Nominations:  Monday, October 16, 2023

Deadline for Submission of Lay Delegate Certificates:  Monday, October 18, 2023


- Council Schedule 2023  (V1- 9/11)

- Directions to/from Church    (9/11)

- List of Area Hotels   (9/11)

- List of Local Restaurants   (9/11)

- Minutes of NEMA Diocesan Council 2022

- Diocesan Council Order of Business (from 2014)

- R.E. Rules of Order (from 2014)

- Credential Committee Report  

- Program Committee Report  

- ALLREPORTS PDF Report Packet 

Council Reports and Additions:

Reports of Officers & Elective Boards:

- Bishop Gillin's Report  

- Bishop Gillin's Exhortation  (Thurs. Sermon)

- Bishop Jenkin's Report

- Standing Committee Report  

- Trustees Secretary Report   

- Trustees Treasurers Report  

- R.E. Seminary Directors Report  

- R.E. Seminary Presidents Report 

- R.E. Seminary Audit Report  

- R.E. Seminary Expenses Report  

- R.E. Seminary Giving Report   

- R.E. Seminary Alumni Report  

- Nominations Committee Report 

Reports of Committees:

- Constitutions & Canons  

- Examining Chaplains   

- Memorials  

- Christian Education   

- Young People's Work   

- Evangelism & Church Growth (see
- - - REC100 Front Porch Newsletter

- State of the Diocese  

- Looney-Hoffman Fund

- Bassinger Home Fund   

- Public Relations  

- Official Auditor

Special Appointed Committees:

- Spiritual Growth & Nurture   

- - - 2024 Clergy Retreat Brochure  

- History of the Diocese   

- Foreign Missions   

- - - BFM September Newsletter

- - - 2023 Advent BFM Appeal  

- Short-term Missions   

- Ministry to Men

- Women's Ministries   

- Ministry Wives   

Additional Reports and Documents:

- Lay Delegate Certification Form 2023

- NEMA Tithe Calculation Form 2022

- Bishop's Committee Appointments 2023-2024

- Teaching Session Recordings
   Part 1
   Part 2

Meetings Recordings
   Thursday Communion
   First Business Session
   Second Business Session
   Friday Morning Prayer


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