The Current Week in Review
September 7, 2018
Bishop to host meetings on 2019 General Conference

Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced he will host meetings throughout the Illinois Great Rivers Conference discussing the three plans which have been offered as plans for A Way Forward with regard to the issues of human sexuality and unity.

The following dates have been confirmed:
  • Sunday, Nov. 11 -- Edwardsville St. Johns UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 12 -- Jacksonville Grace UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 -- Marion First UMC, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 -- Chatsworth UMC, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 -- Peoria First UMC, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 19 -- Arthur UMC, 6 to 8 p.m.

Bishop Beard is asking that you register in advance as a courtesy to our venue host. We are wanting to have adequate seating for those wanting to attend.
Summaries of the three plans

The center spread of the September issue of The Current includes a summary of the three plans being forwarded to the 2019 Special Session for consideration. These summaries were developed by Bishop Scott Jones, episcopal leader of the Texas Annual Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction.

Several persons have requested copies of the three summaries for download. You can click the links below to access all three plans.

THERE ARE NO ADDITIONAL COPIES AVAILABLE, so persons wanting to use the resource may want to avail themselves of the Download option.
Charge Conference forms on church portal page

The forms for the 2018 Charge Conferences are now available through the Church Portal page on the IGRC website.

Churches can access them by clicking on the Church Portal Page link on the IGRC Homepage. Click on the appropriate District from a dropdown menu. Select the appropriate church from a second drop-down menu and then enter the six-digit GCFA code as your password. Once on the Church Portal Page, select 2018 Charge Conference Forms, which will provide links to all of the forms.

Please note: complete ALL forms that apply to your congregation. Some forms (such as Parsonage Report, Pastor’s Report or Lay Servant Report) are listed as optional, but are required if you own a parsonage; each pastor needs to complete a pastor’s report as do lay servants.

Links to all of the “paper” forms which attach to the electronic forms are also provided for download and completion. Please attach these forms on the appropriate form.

A training event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Conference Center. This session will be recorded and made available for playback. All other training events will be coordinated through your District offices.

Please contact your District Offices with any questions.
Online charge conference forms training

IGRC Communications conducted an Aug. 25 charge conference training at the Conference Center. The training was videotaped and is provided above as a guide to changes in the process since last year.

The video is also loaded on the Church Portal Page above the links for the 2017 and 2018 charge conference forms.

District offices are responsible for training within the district. Questions may be directed to them if you need assistance
Bishop issues challenge to IGRC churches

Bishop Beard has issued a challenge to IGRC congregations to grow their mission outreach:

Our commitment to generosity is one of the strengths of our denomination. 

Allow me to issue a challenge to each of the IGRC churches : I invite you to host a special Sunday between now and the end of the year dedicated to helping community ministries. You pick the Sunday, you choose the project, you collect and distribute what is gathered. 

Some of you will want to collect can goods to help stock a food pantry, some will want to collect blankets to be used by first responders, some will choose to collect back packs, and others will want to gather items that can be used to comfort someone that is grieving or sick. Of course, you can always bring items and funds for the OCOK campaign. The list of possibilities is endless.

My suggestion is to advertise what you are doing, set a realistic goal, invite folks to bring their items to worship, bless and consecrate the items on the altar and then distribute them to the places that have been selected. 

I look forward to hearing that your church took the challenge. If you need ideas just call the Midwest Distribution Center. There are many ways to let folks know that we care.

Generosity is contagious, let’s start an epidemic!
Hurricane Florence information

As many storms threaten different areas around the world, including hurricane Florence along the eastern coast of the United States and super typhoon Mangkhut near the Philippines and mainland China, please join us in prayer for those that will be impacted in the days and weeks ahead. As we continue to assess the potential impact, we will share the ways in which you can help.

As of noon Thursday (Sept. 12), UMCOR and its partners are preparing for the deployment of Early Response Teams and supplies for communities affected along the East Coast.
 
UMCOR International Disaster Response is closely monitoring communications from our partners in the Philippines and will provide updates as they relay information to us.

Hurricane Florence and assistance to the Carolinas will be funded through UMCOR's U.S. Disaster Response No. 901670. For offerings for disaster assistance outside the United States, use UMCOR's International Disaster Response No. 982450.

Ways in which you can help:
  • PRAY for those whose lives will be impacted by current disasters. 
  • MAKE relief kits and send them to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center
  • Cleaning Kits
  • Hygiene Kits
  • School Kits
  • GIVE toward the efforts of UMCOR and its partners. Donate to U.S. disaster response, international disaster response, or to the UMCOR undesignated fund on the mobile giving platform or in the Sunday offering. Please designate the fund to which you are giving..
Breaking Barriers: HIV and AIDS ministry conference in Indianapolis Oct. 25-27

St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis will host an HIV and AIDS Ministry Conference Oct. 25-27. The event is sponsored by the Global AIDS Committee of The United Methodist Church and co-sponsored by the annual conferences in the North Central Jurisdiction, including the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Special guests and speakers for the event include Dr. Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordination and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy; HIV activist Hydeia Broadbent; and Bishops Minerva Carcano, Julius Trimble and Tracy Smith Malone.

Learn more and register online before Oct. 11. The hotel deadline for securing rooms within the event block is Oct. 1. For further event details, contact Linda Bales Todd.
United Methodist Center Contact Information
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Office Phone: 217-529-2040
Email: info@igrc.org
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United Methodist Center
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Springfield, IL 62711
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