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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. April

    I was raised around the German Baptist. In fact I lived beside the church in our community. My great grandfather was german baptist, (my grandmother joined the Church of the Brethren). I can remember when Annual Conference was is our backyard I was about 6 or 7 (that was 40 plus years ago). It was back in our area a few years ago. All the tents, people, cars, and food. Can’t ask for better neighbors and friends.

  2. Mary Beth Northrup

    I was born and raised German Baptist and this brings back memories! I well remember the fun of going to Annual Meeting as a youngster, hanging out with my girl cousins, eating in the cook tent (helping out with the dishwashing between sittings), and sleeping on make-shift beds on the floor of a relative’s home. We were expected to attend worship services, but the rest of the time was fun and socializing! I remember buying sno-cones at a vendor stand, which was a special treat — there’s no shade in the open field other than the tents themselves, and the sun could be HOT!

    One year, we were one of the host districts, and I remember watching my dad and others erecting the large tents and setting up the plain board benches. A lot of logistics goes into the conference; just the food preparation alone is a massive undertaking.

    Even though I left the denomination many years ago, my mother recently gave me an updated verson of the “Indiana Cookbook”, a compilation of recipes from Indiana GB districts. It includes a section all about being a host family during Annual Meeting — tips for arranging sleeping accommodations, large-scale prep-ahead recipes and suggestions for helping everything flow smoothly on such a busy long weekend. Fascinating reading!

    1. Kevin

      Mary Beth, always good to hear from you! And thank you for such a vivid account of the meetings…It does seem a good-time for the kids! Would love to see that cookbook, is there an exact title for it and a publisher? – Kevin

  3. Tikva

    If you are interested in attending Annual Meeting of the OGBB New Conference, it will be held in Cedar.ville OH on the grounds of Cedarville University, over the weekend of May 25, 2014. you can read more at their website: http://ogbbc.org/calendars/region/annual-conference/

    If you are not able to come in person, there is provision made for calling in by phone and listening!
    The call in number for live listening during the conference is 712-432-8773 – pin 2012NC ( 201262) #
    We will try to post sharing numbers for recorded sermons of the conference as soon as possible after they are finished . The recording line is 712-432-8774 – pin 2012NC # then 0 # for the last recording or the sharing Number & # as we can assign them.

    1. Kevin

      Tikva, thank you for the info! Cedarville is not far from me, so maybe I will try to drop in. I’ll be attending the Old Conference annual meeting in Lima the first part of June, so that will be interesting…I’ll try to make it to this one!


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