Gathering of the Orders – Casting Our Nets

Photo: Courtesy of David Clode.

When: January 28-30, 2020
Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, Livermore, CA

We are called to the ministry and anointed for service. As we answer this unique calling we experience the celebrations AND challenges of ministry in today’s America in many different ways. Bishop Carcaño calls the Orders to gather this January for a time of retreat, learning, and strengthening relationships with one another as we continue on the journey of ministry with our congregations, our communities, and our conference. In keeping with our Book of Discipline, the bishop’s invitation extends to the Orders of Clergy listed here: Elders, deacons, provisional members, commissioned members, licensed local pastors serving under appointment, retired clergy of the CA/NV Annual Conference, clergy of other annual conferences, and ministers of other denominations who are serving in the CA/NV Annual Conference.  

Let’s share together, as we explore "Casting Our Nets" (John 21:1-6), which builds on our 2019 Annual Conference Session theme (In the Boat with Jesus) by inviting us to face and share the difficulties of ministry, as well as embrace and be re-energized by new perspectives and creative cooperative forms of mission and ministry. We will also engage the story from the perspective of the fish we are not catching. "Casting Our Nets" encourages us all to be caught by the Spirit of our Living God!

Bishop Minerva Carcaño will lead us in Holy Communion and also a time of sharing, as she has in past Gatherings. Through worship and workshops, small groups and new experiences, we will be reaffirmed in our covenant relationships and the endless possibility of ministry.

On Wednesday evening, we will journey to Campo Di Bocce where we will have dinner, have the opportunity to play bocce ball (lessons are available), and enjoy the fellowship of one another. We have the entire venue for the evening, including the outdoor cluster spaces around fireplaces.

This retreat is eligible for .75 CEUs  under Professional Development.

Make plans now to get away in January for this special time of renewal with Bishop Carcaño and your colleagues.

Scholarships will be available when registering online. Deacons and elders who are in ATEM or ABLC appointments and who do not have a professional reimbursement budget are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships of $200 per day will be available for retired clergy through Retired Clergy Association (receipts will be needed for reimbursement). Please apply by contacting the RCA at 9328 Elk Grove Blvd. #105=141, Elk Grove, CA 95624.

The deadline for registration is January 6, 2020. Late registrations will not be accepted. PLEASE NOTE: This registration is for meals and the program. Each participant is to obtain their own lodging: There are no hotel blocks this year!!!

For questions about registration, please contact Vathanak Heang at 209-423 0842 or For questions about the event itself, please contact Kathy La Point-Collup at or 916-690-2321 (cell).

Contact Info:

To register another person to attend the Gathering (e.g., spouse or guest), please complete a separate registration form. Contact Heang at 209-423 0842 or if you have questions. *Denotes required field.

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No refunds will be issued after January 6, 2020.

Sign me up for Gathering of the Orders – Casting Our Nets ($178)

By checking this box, I confirm that I understand that my registration includes 2 lunches, 2 dinners, an evening at Campo di Bocce, and all program expenses related to the Gathering. I also understand that I need to register separately for lodging: There are no hotel blocks this year, so each participant is responsible for securing their own accommodations. The cost for registration is $178.

YOU WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION VIA EMAIL WHEN YOU CLICK ON "SUBMIT." You may pay online (using the CA/NV PayPal account) or if you prefer, by check: Make checks payable to California-Nevada Annual Conference and add "Gathering of the Orders" on the memo line. Print a copy of your registration and mail with your payment to: Gathering of the Orders Registration, California-Nevada Annual Conference, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798. If you have questions about registraton, please contact Vathanak Heang at 209-423 0842 or


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