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Annual Meeting
2017 Warm Up Workshops

Prior to the annual meeting, there will be two workshops offered to lay and clergy on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:30 am - 4 pm at the St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville, Illinois.
Cost is $35/person. Lunch is included.
(After October 3, cost is $40)
Warm Up Workshop Registration  pdf
Register online.

1 pm – 4 pm
Storytelling in Worship
presented by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs
Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. See how you can use storytelling in worship.

9:30 am – 4 pm
The Secret Lives of Pastors
presented by Rev. Shana Johnson, Designated Conference Minister
This workshop is for all those who love the church and are curious about the lives of pastors – what a minister does and why, as well as the relationships between a pastor and the congregation.

9:30 am – 4 pm
History and Governance of UCC
presented by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell
The history of the UCC can help churches understand the differences of the original denominations that seem to create times of conflict in the present day church.

9:30 am – 4 pm
Understanding Personalities Through Enneagrams
presented by Dr. Jill Baker
The enneagram is an insightful tool that defines personalities in nine distinct types, examining those types in times of growth and stress. It can illuminate your spiritual development and add to your relationships.

2017 Annual Meeting

October 21, 2017

Gateway Convention Center

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Click here to register online.
Call for Church Delegates

Complete Delegate Packet pdf

Jim Bear Jacobs is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities. He presently lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Susan and three (soon to be four) young children.

Winter Weekend 2018
January 13-15, 2018
DuBois Center.

Click here for more information.

The theme for this year is "Seeing Clearly: No conflict between faith and science."

Special Musician: Andra Moran, a songwriter, singer, author, worship designer and freelance touring musician from Nashville, Tennessee

Special Guest: Paul Wallace,  an author of Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos and psnt.net. Paul lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Church Youth Organizer: click here for the full packet or here for more information.

ISC Hurricane Harvey Clean Up Bucket Assembly Day

by Priscilla Self, Disaster Relief Coordinator

As Hurricane Harvey was finally leaving the Texas area, Priscilla Self, ISC Disaster Coordinator, Chris Cox, President/CEO and Rev. Mike Southcombe, Board Chairperson of Hoyleton Youth and Family Services, and the ISC Highland office staff were collaborating on how the Illinois South Conference and Hoyleton Youth & Family Services could respond.

On September 21, volunteers gathered at St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville to assemble 93 CWS Clean-Up Buckets for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response. At the same time, ISC church members dropped off completed Clean-Up Buckets and extra supplies from their congregations. By 2 pm, 469 Clean-Up buckets and two pallets of extra cleaning supplies were loaded onto the Stock Transport truck. These items would be delivered to St. Paul UCC in Corpus Christi, Texas to be distributed to Harvey victims in that area including Rockport and Port Aransas.

Thanks and appreciations go out to the above named and:

  • ISC Congregations and Hoyleton Youth & Family Services for financial and supply donations
  • All the volunteers, from the beginning to the completion of this effort
  • Rev. Katie Jo Bielke, Amy Rhymer, Rev. Marvin Morgan, and St. John Evangelical UCC, Collinsville for their time, hospitality and use of facilities
  • Ray Ferrero of Collinsville
  • St. John Evangelical UCC for organizing their facilities and the Home Depot supplies
  • Stock Transport of Lebanon for donating the truck and driver
  • Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose, Pastor of St. Paul UCC in Corpus Christi for facilitating the delivery and distribution of these supplies to those in need.

There is, and will be, much Disaster Ministries response work to do in the years to come. You will be hearing and presented with more opportunities to do just that. Please open your hearts, minds, resources, hands and feet to respond to neighbors in need. Learn more.

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