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2022 Annual Celebration

Restoring Hope With Love

Sarasota | January 21–22

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.

For more information about the event, or to register by mail click here.

Join the Live Stream

*See schedule below


*Subject to Change

Friday, January 21

12:00 PM Lunch

07:45 AM Registration

05:00 PM Dinner & Special Music

06:30 PM Welcome, Devotional, Singing

Guest speaker, MDS Year-in-Reiview video, Special music

Saturday, January 22

09:00 AM Welcome, singing, devotional

Plenary Session on MDS and Innovation

12:00 PM Lunch

01:30 PM Singing, Region Stories of Hope, & Refreshments

MDS Board of Directors Report, MDS 2023 Annual Celebration Invitation, & Closing Reflections

05:00 PM Dinner

06:30 PM Special Country & Folk Music

Download a PDF of the Progam


The event will take place on January 21-22 at Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida. For those unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed on the MDS website starting January 21 at 6:30pm ET.


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.

Registration Options

  1. Online: www.mds.org
  2. Phone: call 1-800-241-8111.
  3. Detach and mail the form below to: MDS 2022 Annual Celebration / 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543
Print Registration Form

More Information

The following hotels are within a 10-minute drive of Palm Grove Mennonite Church. MDS will provide a shuttle to the church from the following hotels. Please note that hotel rooms are limited. You may check the MDS website (www.mds.org) 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 / 941-500-9960
$95 per night before taxes – rate expires Dec. 15, 2021
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours prior to check-in
Discount code: MDS22

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

Comfort Suites Sarasota Siesta Key / 5690 Honore Ave / 941-554-4475
$129 per night before taxes – rate expires Dec. 20, 2021
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours prior to check-in
Discount code: MDS22

Carlisle Inn Sarasota / 3727 Bahia Vista St / 844-369-2275
$129 per night before taxes – rate expires Dec. 17, 2021
Discount code: MDS22

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 [email protected] or 941-544-8812.

To ensure reasonable safety, the church will be disinfected and cleaned. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the facility. Masks are optional for attendees. The event will also be live-streamed via a link at www.mds.org.

2021 Highlights