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2024 Annual Celebration

Ready... Set... Grow

Fresno, California | February 23-24 2024

Join us live, online for the 2024 MDS Annual Celebration! Be inspired and encouraged as you hear stories of MDS service across the U.S. and Canada!

View the celebration online via YouTube/MDSmennonite. Friday program begins at 9:30 PM Eastern Time. Saturday program begins at 11:30 AM Eastern Time.

Schedule*

*Subject to Change

Friday, February 23

08:00 am Doors Open

08:30 am Welcome

08:45 am Plenary Session

10:15 am Workshop Session 1

Opt A: Volunteer Roles Within MDS
Opt B: Communications Resources

11:15 am Workshop Session 2

Opt A: Volunteer Development: Everyone's Role
Opt B: Meet Regional Operations Coordinators

12:00 pm Lunch at Butler Church

01:30 pm Workshop Session 3

Opt A: Strengthen Your Servant Leadership Skills
Opt B: MDS Cash Flow

02:30 pm Workshop Session 4

Opt A: Church Contact Person Engagement
Opt B: Early Response

03:15 pm Break

03:30 pm Region Meetings

04:00 pm Doors open at Fresno Pacific University (FPU)

05:00 pm Dinner at FPU

06:30 pm Welcome at Butler Church

08:30 pm Fellowship & Ice Cream

Saturday, February 24

08:00 am Doors open at Butler Church

08:30 am Welcome and Celebration

Region 1-4 Stories and Guest Speakers

11:00 am Lunch at FPU

12:00 pm Optional Tours

Location

The event will take place at the Butler Church and Steinert Campus Center on Fresno Pacific University, 4884 E Butler Ave, in Fresno, California. For those unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed on the MDS website.

Butler Church – All workshops, celebrations, and Friday lunch
Steinert Campus Center – Friday dinner and Saturday lunch

7-minute walk (0.3 miles) from Butler Church to Steinert Campus Center

Cost

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

More Information

The following hotels are available to you at a group rate.
The group rate applies from February 21-25.
(Rates do not include taxes and fees.)

You are responsible to book your hotel room. MDS does
not cover the cost. Call the hotel directly to book it and
tell them you are with MDS to receive the group rate.

All hotels are within walking distance of Fresno Yosemite
Airport and offer shuttle service to/from the terminal.

QUALITY INN / 5113 E McKinley Ave / 559.375.7720
$85 per night – rate expires February 1, 2024

PICCADILLY INN / 5115 E McKinley Ave / 559.375.7760
$109 per night – rate expires January 24, 2023

HAMPTON INN / 1515 N Peach Ave / 559.486.1532
$139 per night – rate expires January 22, 2024
Discount code: Mennonite Disaster Service

FAIRFIELD INN / 1535 N Peach Ave / 559.825.5200
$139 per night – rate expires January 31, 2024
Discount code: Mennonite Disaster Service

MDS will provide transport between Butler Church
and the hotels listed above. Please indicate on your
registration form if you require shuttle transportation from
your hotel to Butler Church on Friday and Saturday.

Click here to view shuttle schedule 

2023 Annual Celebration Highlights

Day 1

Day 2

Short Recap Video