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Updates from your Conference about the Coronavirus-19

Conference COVID-19 Update #21
Suggested Staff, Employee & Visitor Protocol and Checklist
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Boundary Awareness Training
For those pastors who are due for Boundary Training this year, ISC has scheduled one for Monday, July 19, 2021, via zoom from 8:30 am – Noon. This training will be for both active and retired clergy.  Email Christy to register and get the zoom meeting info. Cost: $20 for retired pastors, $25 for active pastors, $25 for non-ISC retired pastors, and $30 for non-ISC active pastors.

This year’s Day of Discipleship “Strengthening the Ties that Bind Us Together” was a wonderful virtual event.

If you would like to see resources that were shared during the event, click here. Check out the great video by the Hunger Action Team and another one by DuBois Center. You can visit our website - for other resources, info on our ministry partners, and ways to give.
Workshop Resources

UPCOMING STEWARDSHIP WEBINARS From the UCC Generosity Outreach Officer, Rev. Andrew Warner

July 28 at 3 pm:           Pastors & Paychecks: The Inner Work of our Relationship with Money
A Reflection with Pastors. Click here to join the meeting at that date and time.

Aug 23 at 5:30 pm: Annual Campaigns 101
An Introduction to Stewardship for Pastors and Lay Leaders

Designed for pastors and lay leaders planning an annual pledge campaign, we will explore ways to create an effective campaign.  We will reflect on core purpose of a campaign, discuss practical steps leaders can take, and explore creative ideas to design a campaign uniquely suited to your congregation.  Join this webinar to develop and strengthen plans for a successful fall campaign.  Click here to join the meeting at that date and time.

Oct 6 at 4 pm: Don’t Beg – Rethinking the Stewardship Sermon
A Conversation with Pastors

A Bible Study for pastors as we think through options for sermons on Stewardship for a fall pledge campaign.  We will be guided by Henri Nouwen’s observation, “Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging. Rather, we are declaring, ‘We have a vision that is amazing and exciting.’” Click here to join the meeting at that date and time.

Nov 10 at 5:30 pm: Planned Giving to Support Mission and Ministry
An Introduction to Planned Giving for Pastors and Lay Leaders

While a significant wealth transfer occurs (and will occur) in our country as our eldest generation passes, many congregations and ministries remain unprepared to promote planned giving options among their members.  Only 5% of people leave a charitable bequest even though nearly a third of people would if asked or invited to consider one.  Through this webinar, you will learn key concepts and create an actionable plan for your congregation or ministry. Click here to join the meeting at that date and time.

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Flooring Replacement
We're Not Done Yet!!
The DuBois Center office needs your help to replace the DuBois Center office flooring.
An office update, started in late 2017, needs to be finished. Currently the four types of office flooring are uneven; some areas may be old asbestos tiles; and some areas are down to the sub-floor. The cost is just under $9,000. The new flooring materials and installation has been approved by the Conference Council Executive Committee. Donations of money, time or installation skills are welcomed from individuals, churches and/or their organizations. Checks should be made payable and sent to the ISC office at 1312 Broadway, Highland IL 62249 with a notation that it is for the flooring or click here to donate online.
Donations are welcomed from individuals, churches and/or their organizations. Checks should be made payable and sent to the ISC office at 1312 Broadway, Highland IL 62249 or click here to donate online.   Note that your donations are for the DuBois Office Flooring Project.
If your group plans to donate or raise money to donate to this, please contact Julie at 618-357-1809 or email.
If you or your group have experience with this type of work and want to volunteer to help, contact one of the ISC Property Co-Chairs: Priscilla Self at 618-318-0083 or email or Dave Hoffmann at 618-791-7002 or email.

Zoom Prayer and Lectionary Lunch Hour for Pastors
The Local Church Ministries team hosts a weekly Zoom Prayer and Lectionary Lunch Hour on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm for all Illinois South Conference pastors. This is an opportunity for clergy in the Conference to get together for weekly prayer, support, and the sharing of preaching and worship ideas for the coming Sunday.  An email with Zoom link was sent to all pastors. The same link is used each week.