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October 22, 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 six sites 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.

If you are planning to attend one of the General Conference briefing sessions, 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.
National Prison Summit

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will host the National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration Oct. 25-27 at the Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ in Nashville, Tenn.

SBC21 National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration is identifying and providing transformative training, awareness and resource services to appropriate the passionate and transformative ideas of John Wesley’s prison ministry and reform programs to annual conferences and communities across the Country. The goal is to equip and encourage congregations with fundamental strategies on how to reach and engage persons who have been impacted by incarceration.

For more information, visit the National Prison Summit website
Ignition Middle School Conference

Registration is now open for Ignition, a conference for middle school students grades 6 to 8, which will be held at Troy UMC on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers for the day include Sue Busler, Paul Fernandes, and Andrew Spainhour. Harvest will be leading worship. Students will be challenged to grow in faith and live for Jesus. The schedule for the day includes music, worship, fun, seminars, lunch, snack breaks.

Find out more by contacting Clint Benesh (618-210-5493) or by visiting the Ignition Conference website.
Friday, Saturday
Disaster Response training events

Two IGRC-sponsored Disaster Response Trainings are quickly approaching. There is still time to sign up. Please go to https://www.igrc.org/disasterresponse and sign up for one of the following ERT (Early Response Team) trainings:
  • Nov  9 ERT Recertification – Olney First UMC
  • Nov 10 ERT – Full Training – Olney First UMC
  • Nov 10 ERT – Full Training, Fairview Heights Christ UMC
Cross Racial/Cross Cultural
learning event

A cross racial/cross cultural learning event aimed at assisting churches which are in cross racial and cross cultural appointments will be held at Willow Hill UMC in East Peoria on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who should participate?
  • Teams of persons from congregations/charges with cross-cultural appointments
  • A team is the pastor and a minimum of three laypersons from each congregation
What will I learn?
  • Explore our understanding of the meaning of culture
  • Identify commonalities, difficulties, joys and celebrations of cultural diversity
  • Inspiring, guided Bible Study
  • Cultural assessment exercises
  • Respectful communication guidelines
  • Shared stories and community-building skills
  • Grow in faith together

Registration is requested ahead of the event and participants will pay $10 at the door. Deadline is Nov. 6.

Rev, E. Michelle Ledder. Director of Program Ministries for the General Commission on Religion and Race, will be the facilitator.
Webinar: Ten Strategies for Connecting Young Adults

The IGRC Young Adult Committee will be hosting a webinar, Ten Strategies for Connecting Young Adults in Your Congregation on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 2 p.m.

The webinar will be led by Rev. Jennie Edwards Bertrand and Roxy Twaddle. Bertrand is pastor of a four-year old church plant, Hope Church, reaching millennials in Bloomington-Normal. Hope Church was planted by the Wesley Foundation at Illinois State University. Roxy Twaddle is the co-director of the Wesley Foundation at Illinois State University, where you can find her on Sunday nights equipping a vibrant student leadership team and growing Pulse worship.

Registration is underway. There is no cost for the webinar.
Safe Sanctuaries - Best Practices

A Safe Sanctuaries – Best Practices training workshop will be held at Raymond Community of Faith, 418 N Springfield Rd., Raymond, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon.

This workshop is designed for churches seeking to develop or update a Safe Sanctuaries policy, but it can also be used for training in best practices for leaders in ministry with children, youth, or vulnerable adults.

Topics to be covered include: what to include in a policy, how to report suspected child or elder abuse, and best practices for participation in a congregation by a registered sex offender.

This FREE workshop is supported by your apportionment giving. Registration is encouraged by Dec 1 to ensure sufficient seating and materials. Presenter will be Beth Fender, IGRC Coordinator of Discipleship and New Streams.
Candidacy Retreat

Candidacy Retreats for persons wishing to become certified candidates for ministry will be Jan. 4-5 2019, at the Chiara Center in Springfield. The retreat will run from 1 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Lodging will be at the Baymont Inn.

The retreat enables participants to worship together, have a chance to ask questions and learn about call, learn about the process of ordained ministry and meet with mentor groups.

Cost is $315 (includes lodging, meals and psychological assessment)

For more information, contact Kathy Crozier at kathycrozier@outlook.com, who serves the IGRC Board of Ministry as its vocational discernment coordinator.
Registration deadline is: Dec. 3.
Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

The 2019 Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation will be April 28-May 3 at King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville.

The theme for the 2019 Academy is “Peace”-ing Together a Broken World. Faculty speakers are Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and Dr. Amy Oden. For more information, visit www.igrc.org/fiveday.

Registration begins Nov. 1 at: www.igrc.org/fiveday2019.

The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, is a program of Upper Room® Ministries, for clergy and laity which provides a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, Eucharist, learning and reflection, in the context of Christian community. Faculty speakers this year are: Bishop Hee Soo Jung, and Dr. Amy Oden.
Upcoming Certified Lay Minister training weekends

The CLM Coordinating Team has announced the fall 2018 schedule for CLM training. All modules will be held at Little Grassy Camp near Makanda (Carbondale area) in the Cache River District.

Persons interested in the IGRC training to become a CLM must first meet one of the following requirements:
  • Be or become a Certified Lay Servant.
  • Have previously completed License School.
  • Have completed one year of seminary studies.

For more information, please check out the pages on the IGRC website at: http://www.igrc.org/clm
or contact one of our CLM Co-Coordinators, Cheryl Cain,  cherylbecker52@yahoo.com,  618-322-5246; or Ava Williams,  adwilliams2@juno.com,  217-563-7439.

Registration Links and related information can be found on this webpage https://www.igrc.org/modules

Links for registration once they become alive:
Module 2, Part 1  (Registration began Monday, Oct. 8, and ends Saturday, Oct. 27)
Module 1  (Registration begins Monday, Oct. 29, and ends Saturday, Nov. 17)
Module 2, Part 2  (Registration begins Monday, Oct. 29, and ends Saturday, Nov. 17)
Intern applicants sought

Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 Intern Program.

Prospective interns, mentors, and host churches/ministries will find application materials and a handbook to answer most of your questions at www.igrc.org/interns. Priority deadline is Jan. 15. Final deadline is March 1.
Local church events
Engaging in Ministry with the Community workshop

Engaging in Ministry with the Community and Those in Poverty Seminar presented by Pastor Jeff Newton, Executive Director of Kokomo Urban Outreach, will be held at Fairfield First UMC on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. 
The mission of Kokomo Urban Outreach in Kokomo, Indiana is to mentor and provide tools that will empower their neighbors to reach their highest potential.  

As Pastor Newton says, “We know we have accomplished the mission when young men and women transition successfully into adulthood and families become self-sustaining.” This outreach ministry believes there are three ways to move out of dependence to independence: education; mentoring/coaching; and a job that will provide enough income to support a family.

Finding the best way for your church to work with families in poverty can be challenging. Pastor Newton’s seminar will help your congregation understand the culture of poverty, ways to help without hurting and practical ways for any size church to be missional. This seminar is open to both area clergy and lay persons. Pastor Newton’s message will be beneficial in helping churches develop plans to assist those in need seeking help from your church.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by registering by email at: fairfieldfirstumc@gmail.co m or by phone 618-842-2129. (A count is needed for a mid-morning brunch.) 
Kewanee plans Reunion Sunday

Kewanee First UMC is hosting a Reunion Sunday, Oct. 28.

The church is extending an invitation to all who have previously worshipped with them or have served as a pastor.

Worship begins at 9 a.m. followed by a fellowship time.
Coming soon
Covenant Keepers 2019

Regency Conference Center, O'Fallon
Speakers: Dr. Mark Rutland, Dr. Joy Moore
Registration Opens Nov. 1
Senior High NOW Retreat
March 1-3, 2019
Details and Registration Coming Soon
$140 per person 
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
5900 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62711
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