Sabbath Retreat: Mind, Body & Spirit
Led by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell

The Illinois South Conference of the UCC cordially invites you to participate in a time of Sabbath Retreat: Body, Mind, and Spirit led by the Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell. This retreat is designed to nourish your body, mind, and spirit while providing ample time for personal reflection and fellowship. All meals are included.
Schedule: for January 8 - 9, 2020

10:00 am              Gathering - Cranmer Conference Center
11:00 am              Worship and start of retreat
1:00 pm                Retreat continues
5:30 pm                Dinner

8:00 am                 Breakfast
9:00 am                 Retreat continues
10:00 am               Break to remove belongings from lodging
Noon                     Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:30     Closing and departure
Register online.

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The Green DuBois Advent Devotional was just released at Annual Meeting, and it's now available for download.  This beautiful work was written by Rev. Dr. Don Wagner, who also wrote the companion Lenten Devotional last spring. It's filled with gorgeous photos of DuBois Center, along with entries from the start of Advent through the twelve days of Christmas. It's a wonderful resource for personal reflection and for adult education time during the Advent season. Click here to get your copy.

Celebrating Anniversaries at Reception!

Cahokia Bethel UCC 60 years
Dupo First Congregational UCC 110 years
Collinsville St. John UCC 125 years
Farina Friedens UCC 135 years
Hecker Friedens UCC 145 years
Troy Friedens UCC 145 years
Okawville St. Peter's UCC 155 years
Floraville St. Paul UCC 160 years
Edwardsville St. Paul UCC 165 years
Nashville St. Paul UCC 165 years
Plum Hill St. John UCC 165 years
Smithton St. John UCC 170 years
New Hanover Zoar UCC 175 years
Belleville St. Paul UCC 180 years
Godfrey Congregational UCC 180 years
Rev. Christy Eckert 5 years
Rev. Libby Feagans-King 5 years
Rev. Dana Schindler 5 years
Pastor Norma Patterson 10 years
Pastor Tom Ellison 15 years
Pastor Matt Friz 20 years
Rev. P. Jerry Bennett 25 years
Rev. Jeffrey Schwab 25 years
Rev. Michael Cassady 30 years
Rev. Karla Frost 30 years
Rev. Jerald “Jerry” MeCaskey 30 years
Rev. Pamela Smith 30 years
Rev. Robert “Bob” Goddard 35 years
Rev. Nancy Peebles 35 years
Rev. Sheldon Culver 45 years
Rev. Allen Reiter 45 years
Rev. Paul Thompson, Jr. 45 years
Rev. Ken Knobloch 55 years
Rev. C. Dwayne Dollgener 60 years
Rev. Allen Kolmer 60 years
Rev. Herbert Schafale 60 years
Rev. Paul Schippel 60 years
Rev. Robert Utke 60 years
Rev. Wesley Bornemann 70 years


Four ISC General Synod Delegates presented to the Delegates at Annual Meeting. Picture here are (l to r) Dale Fiedler, Freeburg St. Paul's UCC; Rev. Christy Eckert, Pastor at Trenton St. John UCC;  Rev. Lori Schafer, Pastor at Midway St. John UCC; and Clyde Donovan, Collinsville St. John UCC. Part of their presentation was to give the Delegates ideas for reducing their carbon footprints at the churches. One of the ideas was to reduce the use of styrofoam. Here are some links that were given at Annual Meeting that may help your church as well. The list is also on our website at
Photos from Annual Meeting, click here.

To download the PowerPoint about Operation Shimmer to show in your church, click here.

Boundary Training 2019

In order to maintain ministerial standing in the Illinois South Conference, authorized ministers are required to receive Boundary Awareness Training every three years.  Boundary Training is based on the curriculum from Faith Trust Institute. Emails have been sent to all those who are due in 2019.  However, if you are unsure about when you are due to re-qualify, please check with the Conference Office at 618-654-2125 or Click here for a flyer.

COST: $20 covers food and materials for ISC pastors; $30 for non-ISC pastors

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (RSVP deadline November 6)


8:30 am registration; 9:00 start.  Conclude by 2:00 pm

Illinois South Conference Office:  1312 Broadway, Highland, IL  62249

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