All-Unit Meeting

Welcome to the MDS All-Unit Meeting

The All-Unit Meeting (AUM) is MDS’ annual meeting in which all units, volunteers, and MDS staff come together to worship, learn, and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The 2020 theme is “Seeing Jesus Among Us.”

Location
The next AUM will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 7-8, 2020 in Goshen, Indiana at Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway E., Goshen, Indiana.

How to Register
Online (one form per person).
By paper: U.S. residents or Canadian residents
By phone: (800) 241-8111 (US residents) or (866) 261-1274 (Canadian residents)

Hotel
The following hotels are within a mile of Maple City Chapel in Goshen, Indiana. MDS will provide shuttle transportation to Maple City Chapel from these hotels.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot
2110 Keystone Dr
574-538-2027
Click here to book your room online

Quality Inn & Suites
1930 Lincolnway East
574-534-3133
$93 USD per night – rate expires Jan. 5, 2020
Discount code: Mennonite Disaster Service

Hampton Inn
1968 Lincolnway East
574-533-8800
$97 USD per night – rate expires Jan. 6, 2020
Discount code: Mennonite Disaster Service

Holiday Inn Express
1415 Lincolnway East
574-535-9200

Super 8 Goshen
2628 Lincolnway East
574-642-9944

Transportation
Free transportation will be provided to and from South Bend Regional Airport and the Elkhart Amtrak station to the hotels listed in Accommodations. Information regarding travel plans should be sent to Manass Hochstetler, AUM Travel Coordinator, prior to February 2020. You can reach Manass at 717-383-8974 or aumtravel@mds.mennonite.net

Attendees are encouraged to fly into South Bend, Indiana. However, there is public transportation operated by Coach USA between South Bend Regional Airport and O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago. Information about these services can be found online.

Tours
The following tours will take place on Friday, February 7. Contact Titus King with questions at 517-416-4487 or by email at titusking1@gmail.com

(1) South Bend, Indiana Tour
Price: $40 USD pp (all-inclusive)
Depart: 9:00am from Maple City Chapel
Return: 4:45pm to Maple City Chapel 

In this tour you will:

  • Visit the Studebaker National Museum
  • Visit the History Museum
  • Visit the Oliver Mansion
  • Visit the Civil Rights Heritage Center
  • Eat buffet lunch at The Indian Garden
  • Visit the Notre Dame University campus – Golden Dome, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
  • Take a driving tour of revitalized areas of South Bend
  • Mennonite connections, near Northwest Neighborhood and Kern Road Mennonite Church

(2) Shipshewana, Indiana Tour                           
Price: $30 USD pp (all-inclusive)
Depart: 9:00am from Maple City Chapel
Return: 2:30pm to your motel or Maple City Chapel, OR join either the Elkhart or the Goshen tour group after lunch, beginning at 2:15pm.

In this tour you will:

  • Visit the Menno-Hof Mennonite and Amish Visitor Center
  • See the campus of Everence Financial Services
  • Eat buffet lunch at Maple Indian Cuisine

(3) Elkhart, Indiana Tour                                    
Price: $8 USD pp
Depart: 2:00pm from Maple City Chapel
Return: 4:45pm to Maple City Chapel
In this tour you will visit:

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Great Lakes offices of Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA)

(4) Goshen, Indiana Tour                                    
Price: $8 USD pp
Depart: 2:00pm from Maple City Chapel
Return: 4:45pm to Maple City Chapel 

In this tour you will visit:

  • Great Lakes offices of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission offices
  • MCUSA Central District Conference offices
  • MCC Material Resources Center
  • MCC Thrift Shops at The Depot
  • old Bag Factory and shops
  • Goshen College campus (including the new Haitian Art Gallery)
  • Greencroft Communities

Optional Friday Lunch 
If you are not taking a Shipshewana morning but would like to take one of the afternoon tours, join us for lunch at ($13 USD per person; no need to pay or sign up in advance) at Maple Indian Cuisine in Goshen at 1:00pm, followed by the afternoon tour of your choice at 2:15pm. Transportation for lunch at Maple Indian Cuisine will be provided from Maple City Chapel at 12:45pm if needed.

Workshops
The following workshops will be available on Saturday, February 8.

(1) Effective Volunteer Engagement / facilitators: MDS Volunteer Team
Learn ways to identify and engage local volunteers, to provide meaningful experiences for them, and to retain them with your organization.

(2) MDS Construction Standards and Problem Solving / convener: Harold Friesen
A panel of MDS construction supervisors will address common problem areas and discuss solutions and best practices on the job site. In preparation for this session, email your “favourite” problem detail to RegionV@mds.mennonite.net

(3) Tools for Telling the MDS Story / facilitator: Jess Huxman
Media interviews, church presentations and even elevator rides give us opportunities to tell the MDS story. This workshop will help you craft articulate messages that tell the MDS story and convey the passion we all share for rebuilding and restoring lives after disasters hit.

(4) Case Management by MDS /facilitators: Evelyn Peters-Rojas and others
MDS Canada is most often required to provide their own case management. This workshop will offer training on how to do unit-based case management in order to ensure a good match with MDS’ mission.

Learn More
To learn more about the event including the schedule, please view the registration form.

 

2019 Highlights

On February 8-9, 2019 MDS held its annual All-Unit meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. The estimated 300 people that attended enjoyed presentations from all five regions, five different workshops, delicious food, and good fellowship.

 

2018 Highlights

2017 Highlights

Past All-Unit Meetings

The first All-Unit meeting was held in the middle 1950s and outside of a few years the meeting has been held every year since in all parts of the U.S. and Canada.