Annual Meeting - October 24: Christ's Love in Action: 3 Great Loves
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.
Local Church Ministries Presents Virtual Workshops
There is no registration. A link to the workshops will be sent to everyone by email.
Friday, October 23 - Afternoon
The Re-formation of the Church
Come as you are with your questions and comments to speak with Rev. Dr. Chris Davies of Faith Education, Innovation and Formation of the national setting. We will take a breath together, witness to the time we are in, and hope for the world we are co-creating together. We hope that you will feel restored and deeply heard after having attended this conversation and Webinar on October 23 from 2 pm to 3 pm.
Engaging the Youth
Are you struggling with keeping your youth involved? Bring your questions and concerns regarding ways to keep your Youth engaged in the life of your church during these unprecedented times. Join us via Zoom on October 23 from 3:15 pm to 4 pm as we pose questions and seek the wisdom of our panelists: Julie Gvillo, former Presbyterian Youth Pastor and founder of A Place of Grace and Rev. Debbie Jo Atkins, pastor of St. Paul UCC in Staunton. Gain insight and ideas to rekindle or spark your youth ministry.
Friday, October 23 - Evening
Friday night, Chilang Lawless and Eileen Hoag will host a celebration of churches and pastors who are celebrating milestone anniversaries, the Memeber in Discernment and the pastors who have retired this year.
Saturday morning, October 24 - Business Meeting
The Conference Council with all church delegates will experience a combination of pre-recorded videos and 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 creation.
Registration is in the process of being set up and will be done online.
Sunday morning, October 25
Join the rest of the conference in an online pre-recorded worship service that will be available for everyone in the Illinois South Conference to view.
The Conference Council approved the Conference Gatherings Team's decision that the Annual Meeting offering will be designated for food pantries supported by our ISC churches. We will ask churches to "bring" their offerings to the meeting by sending in their checks to ISC with Annual Meeting offering on the memo line and the amount being donated on the "Hunger Project" line of the monthly contribution form. The ISC Hunger Action team will assist in the distribution of the monies raised for our food pantries. We know that hunger is an ongoing issue and that COVID-19 has put an extra strain on the pantries. So, we pray that the generosity of the churches and delegates will assist the pantries and their patrons during this time.