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2017 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Rev. Ellen Brantley         Keith Noble                           Britton Jobe

Many thanks to so many who attended our 2017 Annual Meeting on February 2, 2017!

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to these outstanding community leaders!

2017 Budget and New CCO Board Officers

Member Church delegates also approved the 2017 budget of more than $5.9 million, and new CCO Board Officers were presented:
  • Kris Callen, President
  • Rev. David Kendrick, Vice President
  • Rob Rector, Treasurer
  • Cheryl Clay, Secretary

2016 Compassion Campaign Results

We also received a report about the success of our 2016 Compassion Campaign, reaching our fundraising goal of $1.6 million. The 2017 Compassion Campaign goal was also announced, and with your prayers, gifts, and service, we are aiming to reach a fundraising goal of $1.7 million.

It’s A Wonderful Life

I am Delores. I have always worked in construction, but in 2013 I was beaten badly by a man on drugs. I counted 48 blows to my head before I blacked out. After that I could no longer work. I do receive disability, but I don’t receive enough to afford a place to live. Because Safe to Sleep had never been born, I am just 1 of 1,556 women in Springfield in the last 5 years, with no place to sleep at night.

Finally, with a theme built on the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we also explored the question: “What if the Council of Churches had never been born?” Of course, the Council of Churches would never have been born and grow these past 48 years without the vision, hard work, and generosity of our Member Churches!  In the days to come, you’ll be able to access highlights from our 2017 Annual Meeting on our website at

With our mission to improve the quality of life in the Ozarks through “compassionate service and outreach to our most vulnerable neighbors,” in mind, I share this quote from Nelson Mandela:
“Our human compassion binds us
one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly,
but as human beings who have learned how
to turnour common suffering into hope
for the future.”

Photos from the Annual Meeting

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