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Mission Fest



A Celebration of God's People
at Work in the World

August 15 - 25, 2016

Regional Mission Fest


Missionaries from Haiti, Tim and Diane Fonderlin, will be in the Illinois South Conference from August 16 - 24 to share their experiences of Haiti and their work. Tim and Diane Fonderlin have served with Global Ministries for 17 years as part of the National Spiritual Council of Churches in Haiti (CONASPEH). Tim is serving as a teacher of Economics at CONASPEH's Classical Studies program and Coordinator for short-term mission teams and Diane is serving as a teacher at the St. Andrews School of Theological Studies. This has been a joint appointment by the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Click here for more information about Tim and Diane and here for information about Haiti.

Streaming Live at Zion UCC in Marion and St. Paul UCC in Lebanon

On August 20 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, a Grand Mission Festival featuring Peter Makari, GM Secretary from the Middle East, and Minerva Halteh and Rachel Shomali, two women from Palestine,will be held at Colonial UCC, near Kansas City. Their presentations will be live-streamed to download sites at St. Paul UCC in Lebanon and at Zion UCC in Marion., where all ISC members and friends are welcome. Similar stations will be organized in the Missouri Mid-South and Kansas-Oklahoma Conferences and Disciple of Christ churches. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of lunch. You can register online here or email to make a reservation

Regional presentations from Tim and Diane Fonderlin from Haiti

Missionary Schedule at ISC churches 
These are a great opportunities to thank them for their ministry on our behalf, get some great sermon illustrations, and to see how our OCWM dollars make a difference. PLEASE share these opportunities with your members, family and friends.
  • August 16     3:30 pm visit Uni-Pres Kindercottage
  • August 16     5:30 pm presentation with Relay for Jobs Task Force and visitors at Good Shepherd of Faith UCC in East St. Louis
  • August 17     6:30  pm Presentation at Cahokia Bethel UCC
  • August 18     6 pm Meet & Greet and Presentation at Godfrey Congregational UCC
  • August 19     Free day touring St. Louis
  • August 20     Special Mission Fest Streaming Sites at Marion Zion UCC (Tim Fonderlin) and Lebanon St. Paul UCC (Diane Fonderlin) (More information below.)
  • August 21     Tim will preach at 10:15 am worship at Okawville St. Peter's UCC
  • August 21     Diane will preach at 9:30 worship at Grantfork UCC
  • August 21     Diane will present to Region 5 churches at 3 pm
  • August 21     6 pm Tim and Diane will meet with Dessert Meets Church and Society with Rev. Donna Pupillo, Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries at St. Paul UCC in Columbia
  • August 22         7 pm Presentation with Columbia Board of Stewardship and Mission at Columbia St. Paul UCC
  • August 23     Columbia St. Paul UCC
  • August 24     6:30 pm Potluck and presentation at Smithton St. John UCC

Click here for a flyer and registration form. Click here for a poster. Click here for a bulletin insert.

 Sponsored by

Illinois South Conference
Kansas-Oklahoma Conference
Missouri Mid-South Conference

Local Church Visits by Missionaries Serving Around the World

Sunday Guest Preaching Opportunities

Saturday, August 20, 2016 Mission Festival Worship and Keynote Address (live-streamed to gatherings in various areas of the Conferences/Regions)

Contact Rev. P. Jerry Bennett at 618-654-2125.

Confirmation Retreat


Hey confirmands it just goes with being a Confirmand ;

you, yes You, are going to be asked about faith.  

Well what do you say? How about the UCC Faith Statement?

That is always a great place to start but honestly what does it mean to have faith and to live a life of faith.

Can I still have questions?

What if some of it just doesn’t make sense?

Quick answer: yes and even your pastor has faith struggles from time to time.

Our United Church of Christ speaks about “testimonies, not tests of faith” which means that God and God’s people are thrilled that you are taking time to grow your faith...AND that living your faith is a glorious journey.

Contact Rev. P. Jerry Bennett at 618-654-2125.

Click here for the flyer.

Click here for individual registration packet

Click here for group registration packet

Annual Meeting 2016

Plan Now

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw


Call for Delegates Package

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History of Illinois South Conference

History of the Faith within ISC Congregations
and the faith formation of time at DuBois

Cost $30 + shipping

Contact the Conference office at 618-654-2125.

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Statement of Identity


The Delegates of Illinois South Conference developed the following Statement of Identity at the Annual Meeting held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. This completed the visioning process begun at the 2011 Annual Meeting.

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