There are plenty of restaurants in the area around the hotel, and time is built into the agenda for fellowship and relaxation. Here are a few highlights to keep in mind.
Embassy Suites restaurant/food options:
Breakfast for Embassy Suites guests is complimentary.
A la carte items are available for lunch, as well as the sit-down restaurant in the hotel.
A buffet is available in the evening for $18.
The hotel bar is open each evening.
This year is a plenary assembly, meaning there are no workshops. But there are blocks of time when groups can gather for networking and fellowship. One specific block of time is on Friday during lunch, from noon-2:00 pm. With notice to Michele Hilton, a group can request space to gather during this time. We cannot guarantee technology set-up or food, but we can reserve space. This is an opportunity for you to intentionally connect with individuals or groups in whatever way you desire. Email Michele Hilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your group wants to reserve space for networking and conversation on Friday. No refreshments or snacks will be provided, but we will print a sign and include your group meeting space in announcements.
There are several “working lunches” being offered on Friday at Assembly. These are opportunities for people to grab a lunch and gather for focused conversation around specific topics. Lunch is NOT being provided in these working lunches. Please bring your own lunch
Friday, 12:30-2:00 (location TBA): Times of transition have their own particular dynamics that affect congregations, whether that transition comes from a pastor’s departure, a new pastor’s arrival, or a desire to find new direction in mission and ministry. This gathering will examine those dynamics and focus on what it is that motivates ministry so that the “yet to be” is fully in the hands of God, and God’s people are themselves renewed in the transition. The session will include information that is shared in the training of pastors for Transition Ministry in the Florida-Bahamas Synod. Bring your lunch and join the conversation.
Special feature at this year’s Assembly:
FRIDAY: Friday evening will include a special wine/cheese/fruit bar, with special music provided by guest musicians. More information coming soon.
SATURDAY: WEAR YOUR COLORS! Wear your ‘church’ shirt…it can be an ELCA shirt (like God’s Work Our Hands), or your Synod Shirt or your congregation shirt!
Manager’s Reception each evening
Each evening, enjoy a beverage and lite hors d’ouvres ‘on the house’ as a part of the Manager’s Reception.