Illinois Conference
United Church of Christ
E-Newsletter
April 2022, First Edition
Celebrating Rev. Kim Wood's Installation as Conference Minister!

Former Illinois Conference Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Kim Wood, is being installed this Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00 PM CST as the Conference Minister for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Heather Fosburgh will also be installed as their Associate Conference Minister.

The service will be live-streamed to their YouTube channel for any and all who would like to participate.

Click here for more information.
UCC Officers urge confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
United Church of Christ

"On Monday, March 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee [opened] four days of hearings into the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. As those hearings [began], the National Officers of the United Church of Christ [spoke out] in support of Judge Jackson, whom the American Bar Association has unanimously rated as “Well Qualified” — ABA’s highest ranking — to serve on the high court."

Disaster Relief Bucket Challenge
Illinois Conference Disaster Ministries

We have a challenge from now through May 30th to assemble 500 Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets. Will your church commit to assemble at least ten (10) buckets to help us meet this goal?


For more information, email our Conference Disaster Coordinator, Roger Dart at disaster@ilucc.org.
UCC minister: Illinois church supports Ukraine appeal

St. John's United Church of Christ, Union, Ill., is a small congregation in a rural area northwest of Chicago. You might think world affairs pass us by without much notice. But we have a personal stake in Russia's war on Ukraine...

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Fight LGBTQ+ Discrimination

While there have been important gains over the last several years in securing LGBTQ civil rights protections, there remain significant gaps in the law that leave LGBTQ Americans vulnerable to discrimination. These gaps are especially prominent in light of the many recent discriminatory bills being passed in state legislatures.

Please take action and urge your senators to support the Equality Act.
Support Maternal Health

Around the world, maternal mortality rates have been steadily decreasing for most countries. In the United States, however, the rates of pregnancy-related death and injury are actually increasing with most severe consequences for Black women who are dying at rates 3-4 times higher as compared to their white counterparts.

Please join us in urging Congress to to pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.
Active UCC Global H.O.P.E. Appeals


For decades Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park have been here to change the lives of young people, and your financial gifts to uplift, shape and form our campers spiritually is a wonderful blessing. Please consider donating a needed scholarship directly using the "Donate Online" button below.
 
Many retreats, camp offerings and special events are happening in 2022 promising a joyful experience for all. Call Tower Hill at 269-426-3881 or Pilgrim Park at 815-447-2390 for details or visit the Outdoor Ministries website to see what is available this year.
Summer Volunteers Needed!
Tower Hill Camp and Retreat Center

Tower Hill Camp needs you in 2022, especially during the month of July, to work in our dining hall. You would be responsible for setting up, serving, and cleaning up three meals a day for our youth camps. We will also provide you with housing in Gammon Hall and meals for a week. As a "blessing" we offer volunteers a week's stay (off season) in return for their week of volunteering! Call Tower Hill at 269-426-3881 for details!
Camp Sunday Resources
Outdoor Ministries

The Illinois Conference Outdoor Ministry Committee put together several resources that can be used in our local churches for a “Camp Sunday” in order to promote the various camps and retreats that are happening at Pilgrim Park and Tower Hill in 2022. Click here to access our Camp Sunday webpage where you can find resources to hold a Camp Sunday in your church!
Calendar At A Glance
Ordinations, Installations, Ecclesiastical Councils & More
May 22: Ordination Service for Pamela Floyd. 3:00 p.m. at Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland. Chicago Metropolitan Association Cluster 5.
Events in the Illinois Conference & Beyond
Apr. 6: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Guest speaker from Administer Justice.

Apr. 13: Getting Ready for Earth Sunday UCC Webinar. 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.

Apr. 13: NO ALL CONFERENCE CHAT. Have a blessed Holy Week.

Apr. 15: CONFERENCE OFFICE CLOSED in honor of Good Friday.

Apr. 20: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. UCC Disaster Ministries - Willing to Respond.

Apr. 23: The Faith of Prophets UCC Webinar. 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.

Apr. 27: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Conference Update.

Apr. 29 - May 1: Spring Break Family Camp. Tower Hill Camp.

May 3: Clergy Boundary Awareness Training. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. Limit of 50 participants.
Conference and Association Meetings
Apr. 2: Personnel Committee Meeting. 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 4: FVA Council Meeting. 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 5: Property Committee Meeting. 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 5: Western Association Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 7: Joint COM Meeting - All Associations. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 9: Outdoor Ministries Committee Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 9: Eastern Association Council Meeting. 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 18: CMA Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 25: CMA Justice & Witness Committee Meeting. 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 27: Eastern Association COM Meeting. 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Apr. 30: Eastern Association Spring Meeting. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.

May 3: FAB Committee Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.
Events and Training Opportunities
Getting Ready for Earth Sunday
Wednesday, April 13, 1 PM EST/12 PM CST
United Church of Christ

With the recently released report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the dire situation faced by our world has never been clearer. To help meet this moment, Creation Justice Ministries has created an ecumenical resource to assist churches. The resource is entitled “Weathering the Storm: Faithful Climate Resilience.” It specifically helps churches respond to the question, “How can our churches be hubs of resilience, helping our neighbors weather the physical and spiritual storms of the climate crisis?” The resource can be used year-round and is also particularly useful in preparing for Earth Sunday (April 24th). In this webinar, Avery Davis Lamb, Co-Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, will introduce the resource and talk about specific ways churches can deliver a powerful message and experience on Earth Sunday. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 1 pm ET on Wednesday, April 13th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!
Spring Break Family Camp
April 29 - May 1, 2022
Illinois Conference Outdoor Ministries

Your stay will include a mix of free time for families to enjoy together and group time for campfires and s'mores, archery instruction, guided hikes, time at the beach, and evening vespers. Cost is $200 for first adult and $100 for each additional family member. All families will be staying at Schrag Retreat Center. Families will be roomed together and have shared bathrooms, kitchen area and living spaces. Meals include dinner Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Breakfast is on your own.

Register online here. Deadline is April 14th.
Clergy Boundary Awareness Training
Tuesday, May 3, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Illinois Conference UCC

Conference Minister Rev. Molly Carlson will be hosting the second of four Boundary Awareness Trainings in 2022. This next event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required.
 
The training will be capped at 50 participants. You must be present for the full duration of the training in order to receive credit. These trainings will fulfill the requirements in all five Associations of the Illinois Conference and will be based on the Ordained Minister's Code. Registration is open to both active and retired ministers.
Resources and More
Strengthen the Church Offering
United Church of Christ

The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of local UCC congregations. Your support of this offering helps the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries that meet emerging needs of UCC communities. Your generosity will plant new churches, awaken ideas and develop the spiritual life of youth and young adults. Most congregations will receive the STC offering on Pentecost Sunday, June 5.

Available as a download or as print resources. Click here for details on offering supplies included.
New Materials Available for Stewardship!
UCC Resources

“From Bread and Cup to Faith and Giving” makes the connection between our experience of God and our generosity as disciples. It includes practical tools such as logos, commitment cards, bulletin inserts, and letters. The materials also provide resources for preaching and teaching about stewardship throughout the year. Materials are available for purchase in the UCC Resource Store.
Learn, Share, Grow: Mental Health Toolkit
Advocate Aurora Health

Learn, Share, Grow is a quarterly toolkit designed for faith leaders. Through each issue, we offer resources to support you and your mental health and help you to feel more confident in caring for the mental health and wellbeing of people in your congregation and community.

Justice Resources
UCC Justice and Peace Action Network

Weekly action alerts based on what is happening at that time in Congress.

Digital platform for sharing ideas focused on building a faith-filled/faith-rooted movement for the care of creation.

A weekly editorial opinion column written by the staff of Justice and Witness Ministries.
Employment Opportunities
Ministerial opportunities within the United Church of Christ.

Recently Added Lay Employment Opportunities:

Chicago, A Just Harvest seeks PT Contract Fundraiser

Chicago, A Just Harvest seeks FT Organizer/Communications Coordinator

Downer's Grove, Advocate Aurora Health seeks Faith/Mental Health Program Specialist

Edgebrook Community Church seeks PT Church Administrator

Elmhurst, St. Peter's UCC seeks PT Office Manager

Oak Park, Pilgrim Congregational Church seeks PT Assistant Pastor

Sawyer (MI), Tower Hill Camp seeks Summer Staff

Wheaton, St. Matthew UCC seeks PT Director of Children's Ministry


For more lay employment opportunity postings, click here.

Please let us know if you have a job opening you would like to share,
and also update us once the position is filled. Contact Sarah Lohrbach.
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THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE UCC E-BLAST is published by the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Suite 200, Westchester, IL 60154. The Rev. Molly Carlson, Conference Minister; Sarah Lohrbach, Editor. Copy may be sent to: SarahLohrbach@ilucc.org. 
 
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