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Illinois Great Rivers Conference

October 6, 2020

Stewardship Sunday Resources

How do we encourage ourselves and our congregations to live into our faith with generosity during this time of uncertainty?  Amy Shreve and Rev. Betzy Ellifrits Warren will share resources to equip you to host a Stewardship Sunday this Fall or Winter whether you're meeting in-person, virtually or both as well as communicate with givers across many generations.  And you'll have a chance to preview Bishop Beard's Stewardship Sermon you can use in your own context.  

Tuesday October 13, 2:30pm 

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Micro Matching Grant for Online Worship Start-Up

In the spring, the Congregational Development Committee offered a matching grant for churches to assist in the costs related to online worship.
The committee has decided to open the application process again for a limited time (deadline: October 31, 2020) for churches which either did not apply or applied for less than the full $500 matching grant.
If your church is engaged in online worship and have found a need to upgrade equipment or if your church is moving to offering online worship, you can submit an application. (Note: The application requires specific plans and budget.)


Congregational development launches on-demand prayer workshop

People praying Congregational Development has launched a new, "on-demand" workshop. 
This workshop will encourage your church to commit to new prayer practices to ask God to do new things in and through your church. 
The workshop is a series of short videos and can be viewed at any time. It encourages you to develop action steps in partnership with others from the church. 
There are a few stories about churches engaging in particular types of Revolutionary Prayer. 
Start today to Ignite a Prayer Revolution in your church.

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Prairie Fire grants

The first Prairie Fire Resource Grant is awarded to Rev. Shane Fredrick at Sumter UMC!  Their Education Director brainstormed buying three pop-up tents for the church lawn to house Wesley Band Meetings.  This Fall, they'll begin groups meeting outside.  Keep them in your prayers as they use existing leaders to facilitate these groups and may surrounding neighbors be curious and invited into fellowship and discipleship.
Learn more and apply today

Illinois Great Rivers Conference - The United Methodist Church
Office of Congregational Development
P O Box 19207
Springfield, IL  62794-9207
phone: 217-529-3219                e-mail:
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