Newport Beach, CA Regional Conference

Saturday, November 22, 2014St Mark CA

St. Mark Presbyterian Church

2200 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, California 92660




Marriage Matters:
Marriage, the Bible, and the Church


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Keynote Speaker Mark Achtemeier, a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a theologian and writer. He has served the church as a pastor and professor, and was a member of the Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church.  His most recent book is The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart, which “chronicle[s] the journey with the Bible that took [him] from a personal stance of judgment and exclusion to a changed heart that longs for the day when the church will fully celebrate and participate in God’s blessing of same-gender relationships.”



Preacher D. Mark Davis began his service as the pastor of our host church in January.  He came to St. Mark from Iowa, where he was pastor of Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive. He has earned both a Ph.D. and a D.Min., and is the author of two books: Talking About Evangelism and Left Behind and Loving It.

Read his sermon, “Being Humble When You Know You’re Right.”





8:30 a.m.                     Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m.                     Welcome

9:10 a.m.                     Morning Prayers

9:30 a.m.                     Keynote Address 1 — Mark Achtemeier, “The Bible and Same Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart”

10:15 a.m.                    Question and Response

10:45 a.m.                     Break

11:00 a.m.                     Workshops

12:00 noon                    Lunch

1:00 p.m.                      Keynote Address 2 — Mark Achtemeier,  “GA Actions and the Church’s Witness to Society”

1:45 p.m.                      Table Talk

2:15 p.m.                      Covenant Network Reflections

2:30 p.m.                      Closing Worship — D. Mark Davis, preaching


Communication Matters: Navigating Difficult Conversations — Lucy Stafford-Lewis, Teaching Elder,  Marriage and Family Therapist
Living in unity with those with whom we disagree is not easy. Learn strategies for engaging in respectful conversations with a focus on listening and finding common ground.

Covenant Network Matters — Brian Ellison, Teaching Elder, Covenant Network Executive Director; Tricia Dykers Koenig, Teaching Elder, Covenant Network National Organizer
Join the Covenant Network staff for a discussion of what’s happening with the PC(USA) and the Covenant Network, as well as a focus on organizing for the Marriage Amendment, 14-F.

Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible, Seeking the Heart of God — Mark Achtemeier, Conference Keynoter
A time for informal conversation about reading the Bible.

Family Matters: Blessed by Covenantal Promises
Join married couples Robin and Stephanie Wade, Sue and Monica Riley, and Norm Lessard and Geof Wickett for a moderated exploration of marriage and what it means to their families.

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