Annual Meeting
October 24, 2020

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Visitors - call 618-357-1809 or email Julie to be put on the list to receive a link for visitor viewing of the meeting.

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Zoom Basic Use Instructions

This year’s Annual Meeting will center on the 3 Great Loves campaign of the UCC which will wrap up at the 33rd General Synod of the United Church of Christ. We believe in this moment of our nation and world’s history, more than ever, people need to hear and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Our focus will be on how we can uniquely continue to tell and live out the story of Christ’s love through expressing love to neighbor, children, and creation.   We hope to inspire you and your church to continue to tell and share Christ’s love, which has the power to impact and transform the Church and the world in a common purpose of creating a just world for all.

WORKSHOPS  2 pm - 4 pm

Friday, October 23 will consist of a panel of educational speakers.

CELEBRATION OF MINISTRIES  6:30 pm

Friday, October 23 evening will feature a pre-recorded celebration event which will include highlights from churches and pastors who are celebrating milestone anniversaries. Click this link http://bit.ly/ISCAM2020Celebration to view it. It will NOT be available until Oct 23 at 6:30 pm.

BUSINESS MEETING  8:30 am - 12 pm

Saturday morning, October 24, will be a combination of pre-recorded videos and five interactive webinars with voting capabilities for the business portion of our meeting. We plan to have our guest speaker, Rev. Dave Sigmund, the UCC's 3 Great Loves Campaign ambassador, talk to us about the ways in which the Church has been the Church by caring for our neighbors, children, and the environment.

Delegates should have their link to the meeting by email.

Visitors, please use this link to view the meeting.

ANNUAL MEETING WORSHIP  10 am

Sunday morning, October 25, will feature a worship service that will be available for everyone in the Illinois South Conference to view. Click this link http://bit.ly/ISCAM2020Worship to view the service. It will NOT be available until Oct 25 at 10 am.

Bulletin for Sunday worship.

GOODBYE GALA  2 pm - 4 pm

Sunday afternoon, October 25, will feature a Goodbye Gala for Shirley Asmussen. Click here for the invitation to attend by Zoom and click here for a flier with the information to share with your friends.

Joy and Sadness - A Letter from Shirley Asmussen
Dear Friends and Partners in Ministry:                September 9, 2020
It is with great joy and great sadness that I announce my resignation as the Director of Outdoor Ministries, effective December 1, 2020. This decision has been percolating for the last 12-18 months. I turn 65 at the end of October and it's time for new adventures and new challenges, as well as a little less stress and responsibility. I love working at DuBois Center and enjoy living at camp, but the last months have taken their toll. I am looking forward to spending quality time with friends and family, traveling and working on my bucket list - all with good safety precautions in place. Read more.

Shirley Asmussen, Director of Outdoor Ministries

Zoom Prayer and Lectionary Lunch Hour for Pastors
Starting Wednesday, September 9, the Local Church Ministries team will be hosting a weekly Zoom Prayer and Lectionary Lunch Hour on Wednesday at 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 invitation will go out later this week. We hope to see you in Zoom for our Wednesday lunch hours. An email with Zoom link was sent to all pastors.

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Boundary Awareness Training

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.  If you are unsure about when you are due to re-qualify, please check with the Conference Office at 618-654-2125 or email Christy.

Current Schedule

RESCHEDULED  - Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020 (RSVP deadline – Nov 3)
BOUNDARIES FOR ACTIVE CLERGY
8:30 am breakfast; 9:00 start.  Conclude by 2:00 pm

RESCHEDULED - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (RSVP deadline  - Nov 4)
BOUNDARIES FOR RETIRED CLERGY
8:30 am breakfast; 9:00 start.  Conclude by 12:00 pm

NEW COMBINED TRAINING DATE - Tuesday, November 17, 2020
BOUNDARIES FOR ACTIVE & RETIRED CLERGY
8:30 am breakfast; 9:00 start.  Conclude by 12:00 pm

Training Facilitated by Rev. Shana Johnson, Conference Minister

Training via Zoom

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Free to You
The Gift of Revitalization:
6-week interactive online worship learning with
Dr. Marcia McFee

Pastors, musicians, and worship leaders and congregations have adapted to the many challenges of worshiping in the ever-changing world of COVID.  To help make this Advent/Christmas season rich with worship, the Illinois South Conference has paid through our Strengthen the Church funds so that anyone may participate in the deeply transformative offering of new resources, ideas and techniques provided by Dr. Marcia McFee. Anyone in your church can participate in Dr. Marcia McFee's "Reboot Your Worship" training at no cost to you starting on September 20th, 2020. Read more about the program here and more about Dr. McFee at her website. Click here for our registration link.

Illinois South  Conference shares  the  inspiring  stories  that  show the  faith-filled  lives  within  our  Conference.  We  hope this  gives  you  comfort  during  this  time  of  sheltering  in  place.

If you know of stories that show people being the church, please send it to ISCspirit@iscucc.org. Share the stories that are warming your heart. #ISCspirit.

To see all of the #iscspirit stories, click here.