IGRC Events-full
October 29, 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.
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.
Children's Ministry Leaders' Retreat

A children's ministry leaders' retreat will be held at Little Grassy Camp Jan. 18-19, from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The retreat is designed as a time of spiritual renewal, networking, and resourcing for adults who serve as leaders in children's ministry (Sunday School, Children's Church, VBS, midweek programs, after-school programs, etc.). It will include times of worship, prayer, and reflection, as well as times of large and small group conversation, informational presentations, and fun.

Presentation topics will include recruiting, equipping, and retaining volunteers; equipping families to practice their faith at home; and how the conference camping ministry supports and interacts with your local church children's ministries.

You will return home with some tips and tools to put to work right away.

Cost is $120 for a single room or $75 for a shared room. These fees cover lodging (in rooms with bunk beds and their own bathroom), meals, and all materials.

Scholarships are available to help with the cost of a shared room, and may be requested by completing the "Workshop/Conference Grant Application" at https://www.igrc.org/cesundaygrantapps.

For those unable to attend on Friday, the "Saturday-Only" rate is $25. Saturday-only participants will miss at least one workshop, worship, and fellowship time, so participants are encouraged to participate in the entire retreat.

Registration deadline is Jan. 10.
Covenant Keepers 2019

Regency Conference Center, O'Fallon
Speakers: Dr. Mark Rutland, Dr. Joy Moore
Opening to God Retreat

The second Opening to God retreat will be at Little Grassy Camp Feb. 15-16.

Online registration opens Nov. 1 and continues through Feb. 1.

The purpose of this retreat is to provide immersion experiences to help lay and clergy explore spiritual disciplines they may have never tried before or that they would like to know more about in a safe to explore environment. Each small group session includes both lecture and practice time to actually try the practice featured in the session.
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 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)
IGRC scholarship application process opens Dec. 1

The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is offering a scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students during 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be accepted starting Dec. 1.
Applicants must be members of a United Methodist Church in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference for a minimum of one year. Scholarships awarded will be sent to the community college, college or university that the student will be attending during the 2019-2020 school year to help pay for their undergraduate tuition. The scholarships awarded will be a minimum of $500.
Applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on March 1, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Christy Blickensderfer or Amy Shreve .
Please note: There is no way to save this application in process. Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to review or edit it. It is recommended to review the entire application process before beginning.  
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
Financing College workshop

The student ministry of Bloomington Wesley UMC will sponsor a workshop for high school juniors and seniors on choosing and financing a college education.

The workshop will be in Wesley Hall of the church.

Representatives from Thrivent Financial will be on hand to cover these topics:

  • The importance of incorporating a threefold approach to college planning: integrating academic, admissions, and financial strategies
  • How your child can stand out from the crowd when applying to college
  • The “magic of six” concept that makes it a financial necessity to apply to at least six different colleges
  • Why ACT/SAT preparation courses can be more beneficial than applying for scholarships

Doors will be open for registration at 6 p.m. and the workshop will begin at 6:15 p.m. There is NO COST for attending this event. 

To reserve your place, please email Frank Newburn or call 309-827-8046, ext. 24.
Coming soon
2019 College of Christian Life

The 2019 College of Christian Life will be Aug. 12-14, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

Speaker for the event will be the Rev. Dr. Terry Teykl, author of several books on prayer, will be speaking on Praying and the Miraculous.

Cost for the school is $175 before July 14 and $200 after that date until registration closes. CEU's are available to clergy, local pastors, lay servants, and lay speakers upon request.

Consider adding the College of Christian Life to your 2019 and further information and registration will be available soon.
Senior High NOW Retreat
March 1-3, 2019
Details and Registration Coming Soon
$140 per person 
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