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Day of Discipleship - March 4, 2023
9 am - 12 pm
Alhambra Salem UCC
Theme: Connecting with God: an exploration of deepening our faith with spiritual practices

Meet Noah McCarn,
Executive Director
for DuBois Center

It is an exciting and humbling experience to serve as the next Executive Director of the Dubois Center. As I begin to learn about the camp and talk with people about their camp experiences, I am continually amazed by the passion and love folks have for the Dubois Center.

My own love and passion for camp began at a young age in my home state of North Carolina where I attended summer camp at Johns River Valley Camp, the camp associated with the Southern Conference of the UCC, located in the mountains of North Carolina. It is there that I first felt God's presence in the company of fellow campers and wild beings. This opportunity has served as a foundational experience to my being.

After graduating college with degrees in Math and Computer Science and working as a software developer, I decided that a life working in a cubicle was not for me. I moved to St. Louis to attended Eden Theological Seminary. While in seminary, I remembered my own camp experiences and became curious in the intersections of faith, Earth, and justice.

In the spring of 2020, I graduated from Eden Seminary in the early days of the pandemic and found jobs as a handyman and then at one of the residential mental health facilities at Human Support Services in Waterloo, Illinois, serving clients with mental illness.

While I am much appreciative of those experiences, I am filled with gratitude to be able to return to the work I am most passionate about. I am committed to creating an inclusive community where we all may grow together in our faith and realize we are known by God and connected to one another and all that is.

Give to the Scholarship Fund to bring Campers to DuBois Center

Each year, DuBois Center serves hundreds of campers who are both part of our Illinois South Conference churches and our area neighbors. For some, attending camp would not be possible without the generous gift of a camp scholarship. Each week, campers enjoy countless activities including horseback riding, water mat play while swimming, gaga ball games, campfire cook-outs, and creek walks. They also have a chance to step away into nature, form lifelong friendships, and experience faith formation in a lasting and fun way. Simply put, camp changes lives through radical acceptance, risk-taking in a safe environment, and the chance to step away from busy lives, sports schedules, and all of the things that often distract our attention.
Consider supporting the transformative power of camp this summer by donating to our scholarship fund. This allows us to continue to provide this needed space to our neighbors. You can mail checks to the office or consider an online donation. All funds designated to our scholarship fund will help us provide the camp experience to those who may not be able to experience it this summer otherwise.
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.
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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Delegates & Pastors: You Are Invited
To An Illinois South Council
Ecclesiastical Council
To Examine for Ordination
Amy Brooks
Sunday, February 26, 2023,
3:00 pm on Zoom (Link below)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7088890946

Schedule: 
2:45 – The Zoom session will open
3:00 – Ecclesiastical Council begins
Introduction by a member of the Committee on Ministry
Presentation of the Candidate
Summary of the Ordination Paper
Examination and Discernment
Deliberation and Decision by the Ecclesiastical Council
Announcement of the Vote

Who Should Attend?
An Ecclesiastical Council is an official meeting of the Illinois South Conference acting as an Association. Delegates from each congregation and all United Church of Christ ordained and licensed ministers with standing in the Conference are called to be present for this meeting. Local churches are entitled to the same number of voting delegates as for any meeting of the Conference.

 Why Are We Meeting?
To examine Amy Brooks, a Member in Discernment of Illinois South Conference, for ordained ministry. Amy has completed the preparation steps for ordination, was examined by the Illinois South Conference Committee on Ministry, and was approved as a candidate for an Ecclesiastical Council. It is now the task of the Ecclesiastical Council (the gathered body of voting delegates of our Conference) to discern if Amy is worthy of ordination in the United Church of Christ.

How Can We Prepare?
Please download the ordination paper and the document entitled “The Church’s Expectations of Its Candidates for Ordination,” which will be attached to email invitations sent to your churches. Copies can also be accessed on our Conference website at iscucc.org. Please make copies for other delegates or share the papers so they can read these materials before the meeting. During the Zoom event, delegates can ask the candidate questions about the ordination paper and call to ministry.

Changing Lives

Donate to
OCWM

Donate to
Friends of the Conference

Donate to
DuBois Center

Donate to
Ecuador Partnership

Donate to
Advent St. Nicholas
Church in Ecuador

Donate to
ISC Hunger/Food Action

Donate to
Disaster Ministries

Does your congregation desire to be more prepared for disasters, both to protect yourselves and to extend love to your neighbors in time of crisis? Then Willing to Respond is for you!
Willing to Respond is a United Church of Christ collaboration with Disciples of Christ’s Week of Compassion. It’s simple to access and has an easy three-step process to register.
“Willing to Respond is not a one-size-fits-all program,” emphasized Lesli Remaly, United Church of Christ Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery. “The way you serve is up to your congregation, as God is leading you.
“In fact,” Remaly said, “Your congregation may already be serving disaster survivors by assembling CWS Kits and Emergency Clean-Up Buckets, contributing to UCC appeals, deploying work teams to disaster rebuilding sites or helping people in your community clean up after a flood or storm.
“Willing to Respond will help your congregation review its experience, available resources, and community context; discern your growing edges; and get ready to respond when disaster strikes,” she said. “The Willing to Respond network helps your congregation get connected to collaborate.”
For more information and assistance with registering your congregation or church group, please contact our Illinois South Conference, UCC Disaster Coordinator, Priscilla Self here or 618-318-0083.