Annual Celebration

Save the date for the MDS Annual Celebration!

2022 MDS Annual Celebration  

The Annual Celebration is MDS’ annual meeting in which volunteers, donors, friends, and MDS staff come together to worship, learn, and fellowship. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Location

The event will take place on January 21-22 at Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida.

Cost

The event is free and includes four meals (lunch and dinner on both Friday and Saturday) and snacks and drinks. You are responsible for travel and accommodations. Donations are welcome and can be given during the event.

How to Register

It is important that you complete the registration form so we can prepare for meals.

Register here to submit your registration form (one form per person).

Questions? Contact Brian Pipkin at bpipkin@mds.org

Registration Deadline

The last day to register is January 10, 2022.

Hotels
The following hotels are within a 10-minute drive to Palm Grove Mennonite Church. MDS will provide a shuttle to Palm Grove Church from the following hotels. Please note that hotel rooms are limited. You may continue to check this webpage for updates to other hotel options with a group rate if they become available. If you have the option of staying with family or friends in the Sarasota area, please consider that before booking a hotel room as rooms are limited.

Ameniti Bay Hotel
5985 Brookhill Blvd
Sarastoa, FL 34232
941-500-9960
$95 per night – rate expires Dec. 15, 2021
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to check-in
Discount code: MDS22

Magnolia Pointe Hotel  
5965 Brookhill Blvd
Sarastoa, FL 34232
941-500-4700
$95 per night – rate expires Dec. 15, 2021
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to check-in
Discount code: MDS22

Transportation
Free transportation will be provided to and from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport to your hotel. Information regarding travel plans should be sent to Merlin Wittmer prior to your departure. You can reach Merlin at merlin.wittmer@gmail.com or 941-544-8812.

Health and Safety Protocols

To ensure reasonable safety, the facility will be disinfected and cleaned. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the facility. Masks are optional for attendees.

Schedule
This schedule is subject to change.
Friday, January 21
12:00 PM        Lunch  
2:00 PM          Registration  
5:00 PM          Dinner and special music
6:30 PM          Welcome, devotional, singing  
                        Guest speaker
MDS Year-in-Review
                        Special music
Saturday, January 22
9:00 AM         Welcome, singing
                        Devotional
                        Region stories of hope 
                        Break               
12:30 PM        Lunch
2:00 PM          Plenary session on MDS and innovation
                        Singing
                        MDS board update
                        Closing reflections
                        MDS 2023 Annual Celebration Invitation
5:00 PM          Dinner
6:30 PM          Special country and folk music


2021 Highlights

Click here to watch the Annual Celebration and Worship                                                      Click here to watch Annual Reports from MDS Regions

 

2020 Highlights

On February 7-8, 2020 MDS held its annual All-Unit meeting at Maple City Chapel in Goshen, Indiana. See photo highlights below. Watch the video livestream here.

See 2019 highlights here. 

See 2018 highlights here. 

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.