OCTOBER 21,  2023

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Pastors ** Lay Delegates ** Visitors & Youth

Saturday, October 21, 2023
9:30 am - 5 pm
St. Peter UCC, Red Bud

Doing a New Thing: Connection, Collaboration, Creativity.

We believe in this moment of our nation and world’s history, more than ever, people need to try something new.

Want to Sing? - Our keynote musician, Rev. Monty Jackson, is extending an invitation for singers of any congregation to join the all-Conference choirs, which will be featured in the worship services at the Annual Meeting.  If you would like to be a part of the Annual Meeting choir, please plan to attend the workshop Rev. Jackson will offer on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10 am to noon at St. Peter’s UCC, Red Bud.  The more....the musical merrier!

Business - Worship - Fellowship
Rev. Monty Jackson (above), singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer, will inspire us with music and words. Rev. Monty Jackson is an award-winning artist, singer-songwriter, arranger, and record producer. He has served ecumenically as a Pastor of Worship and Arts in various denominations. He graduated from Eden Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree—Monty Co-Pastors Christ Church UCC in Maplewood, MO. An internationally acclaimed artist, Monty has performed throughout the United States, Canada, the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the South Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The venues where he performed include the Sydney Opera House, the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral, and the Crystal Cathedral. He was a regular musical guest on the Praise the Lord show on Trinity Broadcasting Network. He says, “Out of all the places I have performed, no experience compares to singing an American spiritual on the Sea of Galilee.” Today, Monty has over a million views on YouTube from those who love his musical gift. Monty, and his wife Patti, enjoy spending time with their two children: Christian and Cetera.

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Frostbite Fun Youth Event presented by the ISC Local Church Ministries Team is scheduled for January 13 and 14, 2024 at DuBois Center. All junior high (middle school) and high school youth are invited to attend. You may attend in one of two ways: Single Day ($50) on Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm or Overnight ($100) on Saturday from 10 am to Sunday at 11 am. Click here for a flyer to share with your church and its youth. If inclement weather causes us to postpone this event, it will be held on February 17 and 18, 2024.

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.
Payroll for Pastors
Often the Conference office receives calls about whether a minister is an independent contractor or a W-2 employee. Heather Kimmel, legal counsel of the United Church of Christ has added a section on the United Church of Christ website which is a helpful overview in addressing this question.  We encourage you to read and share with the bookke​eper and/or the person(s) who handles finances in your church.