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.

Thank you to the AMAZING ISC Gatherings Team for imaging, planning, and offering this informative continuing education event for our churches. THANK YOU, Chilang Lawless and Eileen Hoag (co-chairs, Carol Harms, Walt Hart (advisory), Mimi Llamas, Matt Swinford, Rev Michelle Torigian, Pastor Tarrah Vaupel, Rev Andy Wilson, Rev. Lisa Hart, and Angie Zapp (Local Church Ministries' liaisons) and ISC Staff.

Thank you to the REMARKABLE workshop panelists for sharing your experiences, wisdom, insights, and practices with us. THANK YOU, Rev. Christy Eckert (pastor of St John UCC Trenton, IL), Dale Ritzel (member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Carbondale, IL), Rev. Michelle Torigian, (pastor of St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL), Katie Hotze-Wilton, Eden Theological Seminary, Rev. Jeremy Wood and Ron Schmidt (Salem UCC, Alhambra, IL), Rev. Don Wagner and Becky Harrison (St. Paul UCC, Lebanon, IL), Rev. Tim Darmour-Paul (Grantfork UCC, Grantfork, IL), Rev. Lori Schafer (pastor of St John Midway UCC, Moro, IL), Rev. Andy Wilson (pastor of St John’s UCC, Smithton, IL), and Rev. Rosemary Captain (pastor of St John UCC, Fairview Heights, IL).

And thank you to the INCREDIBLE “behind the screens” crew for helping it all come together. THANK YOU, Christy Pursell, Executive Administrator, Debbie Kesner, Office Coordinator, Lynnette Schuepbach, Communications Coordinator, Nikki Shaw, Social Media Coordinator, Julie Riechmann, Conference Registrar, and Rev. Shana Johnson, Conference Minister.

Great leadership, great programs, and great people giving generously of their time, talents, and resources for the sake of the Church of Jesus Christ are the ties that hold us together in the Illinois South Conference.

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Space to Put Our Best Foot Forward

The DuBois Center office needs your help to replace the DuBois Center office flooring so that the new Acting Director, Haley Elliott can “put her best foot forward” in her new position at DuBois Center.

An office update, started in late 2017, needs to be finished. The Conference Property Committee has undertaken the lead on this project and identified these necessary updates:

·     Prepare and paint all interior walls and ceilings,
·     Replace all ceiling light fixtures,
·     Remove carpeting in one office,
·     Level all floors,
·     Install all new baseboard trim and
·     Cover all floors with new laminated flooring.

Currently the office has four types of flooring, of which all are not level from room to room. Some small areas might be old asbestos tiles and some areas are down to the sub-floor, as you can see in these photos.

Volunteers have offered to provide the labor to do everything except lay the new flooring. Dave Hoffmann, Co-Chair of the Property Committee, has secured a price of just under $9,000 for the new flooring materials and installation. The Conference Council Executive Committee has given approval for this work; however, we lack a big portion of the funds to start with the floor replacement. That’s where you come in – your donations, your intent to donate, or your skill in laying flooring is needed soon to “put our best foot forward” in welcoming Haley to the Illinois South Conference and DuBois Center.

Donations are welcomed from individuals, churches and/or their organizations. Checks can be sent to the ISC office at 1312 Broadway, Highland IL 62249 or click here to donate online.   Designate your donations to 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.

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Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Pastors’ Retreat sponsored by the ISC Local Church Ministry Team on Wednesday, May 12 and on Thursday, May 13 from 10 am – 2 pm on both days at the Mercy Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The retreat will be based on the book, Pursuing Pastoral Excellence by Paul Hopkins. We are planning on a mixture of free time activities, such as walking the labyrinth or the beautiful grounds as well as indoor and outdoor safe (based on current CDC guidelines) socially distanced group activities. Click here for a flier. Registration deadline is May 5.

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.
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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.