Illinois Conference
United Church of Christ
E-Newsletter
March 2022, First Edition
UCC 2022 Yearbook - Data Hub closes March 2nd!

If you have any questions, please call the Conference Office at 708-344-4470 or email Naomi. Click here to download the instructions from National.
UCC officers share prayer for Ukraine

We the officers of the United Church of Christ join our prayers with those of churches and people of faith all over the globe that the attack against Ukraine will cease...

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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.
A Message for TPIRC Congregations
The Rev. Melody Seaton
Peace and Greetings TPIRC Congregations,

It is our prayer during these uncertain times that you can still feel God’s presence. Life has happened to us in many different ways, but the God we serve has remained faithful. If you can hold onto that image and promise, I believe we can accomplish much.

My team has hit the ground running and have established an aggressive schedule for keeping this valuable program moving forward. However, we can’t do this without your participation and input. Some of you had great things to say about TPIRC and we need to keep them flourishing and share with others. Some had experiences that didn’t meet their needs. Let’s come together and see how we can change that perspective.

Summer Volunteers Needed!
Tower Hill Camp and Retreat Center

Volunteer and enrich your life by helping others! Tower Hill Camp needs you in 2022, especially during the month of July, to work our dining hall. You would be setting up, serving, and cleaning up three meals a day for our youth camps. We would provide you housing in Gammon Hall and meals for a week. As a "blessing" we offer volunteers a week stay (off season) in return for their week of volunteering! So connect, engage, and enhance your life by calling Tower Hill at 269-426-3881 for details!
Active UCC Global H.O.P.E. Appeals

Yes, our camps are open! And busy getting all things ready to expand, uplift, shape and form your life! Visit our website to see what retreats, camps, get-aways, and programs are available at Tower Hill and Pilgrim Park this year.

Calendar At A Glance
Ordinations, Installations, Ecclesiastical Councils & More
Mar. 20: Ordination and Installation of Keitric Emory. 1:00 p.m. at Faith United Protestant UCC in Park Forest and via Facebook. Chicago Metropolitan Association Cluster 5.

Mar. 20: Installation of David Sheridan. 3:00 p.m. at Spring Creek UCC in Rockford. Prairie Association.
Events in the Illinois Conference & Beyond
Mar. 2: Ash Wednesday. There will be NO All Conference Chat.

Mar. 8-10: CHHSM's 84th Annual Gathering. Louisville, KY.

Mar. 9: The US Military & Environmental Justice UCC webinar. 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.

Mar. 9: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. ACM with Responsibilities for Program, Innovation, and Events Position Overview.

Mar. 12: Farewell Celebration at Amistad Chapel. 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.

Mar. 15: Chicago Theological Seminary's André LaCocque Interreligious Lecture. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 16: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. TPRIC Program Director, Coordinator, and Assistant Positions Overview.

Mar. 23: Restoring Nature UCC Webinar. 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.

Mar. 23: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Associate Conference Minister with Responsibilities for Pastoral Transitions Position Overview.

Mar. 30: All Conference Chat. 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Conference Update.
Conference and Association Meetings
Feb. 28: CMA Justice & Witness Committee Meeting. 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 1: Property Committee Meeting. 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 3: Prairie Association COM Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 10: Fox Valley Association COM Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 10: CMA Church & Ministry Committee Meeting. 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 12: Outdoor Ministries Committee Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 12: Eastern Association Council Meeting. 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 15: FAB Committee Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 15: Western Association COM Meeting. 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 19: Conference Council Meeting. 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 21: CMA Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 27: Western Association Spring Meeting. 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 28: CMA Justice & Witness Committee Meeting. 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Mar. 30: Eastern Association COM Meeting. 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
Events and Training Opportunities
US Military & Environmental Justice
Wednesday, March 9 @ 12 PM CST
United Church of Christ Webinars

The U.S. Military is one of the world’s biggest polluters. What do faith communities need to know about this in order to protect God’s creation and to love our neighbors? Learn from those engaged in the struggle by registering for this webinar. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 12 PM CST on Wednesday, March 9th, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!
Farewell Celebration-Amistad Chapel
Sunday, March 12 @ 1:30 PM CST
United Church of Christ

It’s sacred space. A gathering place. A vessel of God’s love, of worship and extravagant welcome. The Amistad Chapel at the United Church of Christ Church House has served all those roles since 2000, anchoring the downtown Cleveland building that has been home to the denomination’s national headquarters since 1990. On March 13, Amistad Sunday, the chapel will host its last worship service at 2:30 p.m. ET, a commemoration of the mission and ministry of the building lovingly referred to as “700 Prospect.” Read more.
André LaCocque Interreligious Lecture
Tuesday, March 15 @ 6:30 PM CST
Chicago Theological Seminary

The 2022 André LaCocque Interreligious Lecture and Schaalman Award (formerly the IRI Spring Lecture) will be held this year on Tuesday, March 15. We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Laura Limonic to discuss Jewishness, race, ethnicity, and immigration through the stories of Latinx Jews in the United States.
Restoring Nature Webinar
Wednesday, March 23 @ 12 PM CST
United Church of Christ Webinars

Douglas Tallamy’s books have awakened thousands to the problem of wildlife decline and the solution that resides in habitat restoration. This is a solution of which you and your faith community can be a part. The solution can be as close as your backyard or the property surrounding your place of worship. In this webinar, Tallamy will outline the crisis faced and what we can do in response. Even if you can’t make the scheduled time of 12 pm CST on Wednesday, March 23rd, still sign-up, and we will send you a recording. Register now!
Recurring East Side Vaccination Event
Every Sunday, 1:00-4:00 PM CST
Advocate United Church of Christ
10259 S. Avenue L, Chicago

Advocate United Church of Christ in Chicago is hosting a recurring vaccination event every Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. This is a Healthy Chicago Equity Zone Community Event in partnership with Youth Advcocay Foundation, Vax Chi Nation, Phalanx Family Services, and Victory Pharmacy. Minors must be accompanied by parents. While supplies last-receive a $50 gift for first and second doses! Email your name and cell phone number to connecttoyaf@gmail.com to sign up for your appointment and reserve your gift card! Download the flyer here.
Resources and More
One Great Hour of Sharing 2022
United Church of Christ

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ involves you in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery.

The 2022 OGHS offering date is March 27th. View more information and access the resources by clicking here.
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. Campaign guidance and calendars help leaders make the best use of these robust materials for their specific context and size.
 
Click here to watch a video by Bruce Barkhauer about these materials. Materials are available for purchase in the UCC Resource Store.

Free Chairs!!
Christ Church UCC - Des Plaines

Christ Church UCC - Des Plaines (located at 1492 Henry Avenue) has about 35-40 folding chairs free to whoever would like them and can pick them up. Call the church office (847-297-4230 to make arrangements Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Willing to Respond - A New Resource!
UCC Disaster Ministries

Does your congregation desire to be more prepared for disasters, both to protect yourselves and to help your neighbors in time of need? Willing to Respond is for you! This new and rapidly growing network is providing congregations with practical tools, training and relationships, including online resources and connection to denominational, ecumenical and other disaster response resources. It's simple to access and easy to register.
Resources to Support the Safety/Security of Religious Organizations
Department of Homeland Security

Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have shared information on to protect against and prevent violence aimed at houses of worship. 
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:

NEW POSTING: Sawyer (MI), Tower Hill Camp seeks Summer Staff

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

Oak Park, Pilgrim Congregational Church seeks PT Assistant Pastor


For more lay employment opportunity postings, click here.

Please let us know if you have a job opening you would like to have shared,
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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