Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District
 
 

Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Allegra Hess, Moderator
Paul Kohler, Moderator-Elect
Andrea Garnett, Administrative Assistant
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher
Jim Miner, District Webmaster

Announcements

  • Donate
  • March Events

    1 - Ash Wednesday
    1 - Deadline for newsletter articles
    5 - Midwest District Executives meet @Camp Mack, Milford, IN
    12 - Daylight Saving Time begins
    18 - District Potluck @Virden COB

  • Christian Citizenship Seminar 2017

    April 22-27: Christian Citizenship Seminar 2017

    Christian Citizenship Seminar (CSS) provides high school aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue, and then act from a faith perspective regarding that issue.

    The 2017 theme focuses on native people’s food insecurity, especially as the issue relates to land rights.

  • Mount Morris Anniversaries

     The Mount Morris Church of the Brethren is celebrating!

    150 years as a congregation (1867-2017)
    60 years in the current building (1957-2017)

    Saturday, May 6, 6:30pm

    Entertainment by Jonathan Shively
    Fellowship to follow.

    Sunday, May 7, 9:30am

    Celebration Worship Service
    Followed by potluck dinner.

    They'd be happy to have you join them.

  • Annual Conference Quilting Bee

    Calling All Needle Artists! 

    Celebrate 2017
    Annual Conference Quilting Bee

    Your finished 8 ½ x 8 ½ inch block must begin at the bottom of this sheet, meeting this line and matching the width of this paper.

    Your congregation is invited to create a block for the 2017 Conference quilts.

    Please follow instructions below.

    ALL Quilt Blocks should be postmarked by May 15, 2017

    Mail your quilt blocks and a dollar (or more) donation (checks payable to AACB) to offset the cost of quilting materials to:

    Margaret Weybright
    17132 US 6
    Syracuse, IN 46567
    Phone - 574-831-2488

    Quilt tops are assembled before conference.
    No blocks can be accepted at conference for this year’s quilts.
    All blocks delivered at conference will be considered for next year’s quilts and wall hangings.

    AUCTION PROCEEDS OF CONFERENCE QUILTS BENEFIT PROJECTS TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER.

    PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR QUILT BLOCK

    TYPE OF FABRIC

    • Pre-shrunk cotton or cotton blend.
    • If you use stabilizer, Please use only water soluble, very soft or easily removed backing. 

    Do not use: double knit, counted cross-stitch on canvas, liquid embroidery, padded blocks, or heat-applied designs or photos.

    PATTERN

    • Use your own creativity to make your design.
    • Important: Identify your block with your congregation’s name, state, and/or district. This makes the quilts more valuable! (Second blocks from your congregation need not be identified.)

    SIZE OF BLOCK

    • Outside border: Not less than 8½ square AFTER it is worked.
    • Inside design: Not more than 8” square.

    Cut the block to size AFTER it has been pieced, embroidered, or appliquéd.

    Accuracy is important. Blocks less than 8½ inches will not fit; larger designs will be obscured.

    BE SURE TO JOIN THE QUILTING IN THE EXHIBIT HALL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI
    JUNE 28 – JULY 2, 2017
    SHARE THE FUN AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE QUILT AUCTION

  • Camp Emmaus Schedule for 2017

    May 26-29 - Memorial Day Weekend Family Camp
    July 9-15 - Senior High Camp
    July 16-19 - Elementary II Camp
    July 19-23 - Young at Heart Camp
    July 23-29 - Junior High Camp
    July 30 - August 4 Elementary III Camp
    August 4-6 - Counselor In Training Event*
    August 5-6 - Elementary I Camp
    August 10-13 - Women's Camp
    September 1-4 - Labor Day Weekend Family Camp

    Camp Rep Meeting - Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM - Dixon Church of the Brethren
    Camp Director's Meeting - Sunday, March 12 at 2 PM - Camp Emmaus

    *There will be an earlier CIT event planned for in the Spring. Stay tuned for details.

  • Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2017

    June 9-11 - Womens' Camp
    June 11-17 - High School Camp 9th-12th grade)
    June 18-24 - Middle School Camp (6th-8th grade)
    June 25-31 - Junior Camp (3rd-5th grade)
    June 29-July 1 - Pre-Junior Camp (K-2nd grade)
    August 4-6 - Men's Camp
    September 1-4 - Family Camp 
    September 23 - Fish Fry
    October 13-15 - Husbands and Wives Camp

    DIRECTORS MEETING – 3/4/17 1:00 p.m. (Virden)
    CIT TRAINING– 3/4/17 1:00 p.m. Virden and 4/1/17 1:00 pm – Camp Emmanuel
    SPRING WORK DAY/WEEK – April 1 / April 2 - 7
    FALL WORK WEEK – October 21 - 24
    CAMP CLOSING – October 24 

  • Young Adult Conference 2017

    'Loving Neighbor' Matthew 22:36-39

    May 26-28: Young Adult Conference 2017 at Camp Harmony (near Hooversville, PA).

    Young Adult Conference (YAC) offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more… with other fantastic young adults!

    • Registration ($150) includes food, lodging and programming!
    • Register online at www.brethren.org/yac
    • Scholarships: Upon request, we will send a letter to your congregation asking them to provide a $75 scholarship. Make your request by April 1. Scholarships are also available to BVSers who are currently serving.
    • A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due within two weeks of registering.

    Meet the Speakers

    Stay tuned for information about YAC 2017 speakers!

    Schedule

    Schedule coming soon.

    Questions? Contact Becky Ullom Naugle in the Yoth/Young Adult Ministry Office at bullomnaugle@brethren.org or 847-429-4385.

  • National Junior High Conference 2017

    National Junior High Conference 2017

    Elizabethtown College - Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

    June 9-11, 2017

    National Junior High Conference is for youth who have completed 6-8 grades and their advisors.

    Sing, laugh, worship, make friends from all over the country, and spend time with God! More information coming soon!

     

  • IL/WI District Conference 2016

    The IL/WI District Conference was held November 4 & 5, 2016, at the Rockford Community Church under the theme Living Together in Unity with Brother Ellis Boughton providing leadership as moderator.>p>

    The conference began Friday evening with spiritfilled worship including lively music led by the Rockford Community Church (RCC) praise team. The RCC youth performed a provocative skit pointing toward the embracing love of Jesus. Ellis Boughton offered a thoughtful message inviting listeners to strive toward unity in Jesus Christ amid our differences. Offering received totaled $899.25.

    A photo album of conference can be found on the IL/WI District Facebook page. Follow this link: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155013791791874&set=a.10155013791711874.1073741836.513296873&type=3&theater

    Highlights of business on Saturday encompassed:

    • Hearing from two emerging ministries, Parables and The Gathering Chicago, led respectively by Jeanne Davies and LaDonna Nkosi. Parables provides a safe worship environment for persons and families with special needs. The Gathering Chicago is a movement for prayer and peace in the city of Chicago and globally. Both ministries are receiving financial support from the district and are seeking additional support from grants, fundraising, and district congregations and individuals. Prayer support is most vital.

    • Hearing testimonies from three congregations— Rockford Community Church (implementation of mobile labs), First Church of the Brethren in Peoria (serving the community), and Neighborhood Church of the Brethren (finding ways to share their faith with all the groups and people who use space in their building).

    • Calling people to serve on various teams and in a variety of leadership positions. Paul Kohler (Champaign COB) is called as moderator-elect.

    • Receiving reports from Pinecrest Community, Pleasant Hill Village, Camp Emmanuel, and Camp Emmaus. Pinecrest and PHV continue to face challenges because of shortfalls in state Medicaid payments. Yet, they continue to faithfully and joyfully serve their residents and constituency.x` The two camps continue as place and space where young people find solace and faith. The camps, while providing separate programming, support their counterpart with prayer and encouragement, while good-heartedly adding a little jovial rivalry.

    • Viewing a video of the work of Bethany Theological Seminary, On Earth Peace, Brethren Benefit Trust, and the Church of the Brethren, Inc. Jay Wittmeyer shared a report for the Church of the Brethren, Inc. speaking specifically about Church of the Brethren influence around the world. Cindy Weber offered greetings from On Earth Peace and spoke about the challenges the agency is experiencing in its relationship with the Church of the Brethren, noting that OEP desires to be a presence of peace among us.

    • Vicki Matheny, Leadership Team Chair, reviewing the work of the Leadership Team in 2016. Two key emphases given attention were emerging ministries and endowing district reserves.

    • District Executive, Kevin Kessler, offering thoughts
    about his work in the district. Of continued importance is the building and maintaining of relationships. He noted that he will have, at the end of 2016, served as DE for 10 years. He offered gratitude to Beth Kelly, Administrative Assistant, for her years of service since she is moving on to a full-time office manager position at the church she attends. Andrea Garnett will be assuming the Administrative Assistant duties in earnest Jan. 3, 2017. He shared about the re-building project at Oakley Brick and the opportunity to contribute to a fundraising event the congregation is promoting.

    • Loren Habegger, Disaster Response Coordinator making it clear (in a light-hearted way) that he does not coordinate disasters but response to disasters. He noted that our district is scheduled to provide teams of responders a couple weeks in 2017. Watch for announcements about these opportunities.

    • Holding Silent and Live auctions. The total amount raised was $2,406.00.

    • Consecrating Allegra Hess (York Center) to serve as moderator through district conference in 2017. York Center Church of the Brethren (Lombard, IL) is the site of the 2017 conference.

    • Offering a heart-felt thank you to the Rockford Community Church for their wonderful hospitality as host of this year’s conference. Job well done, sisters and brothers!

  • Guest Speaker List
    There is a Speakers List for the Illinois/Wisconsin District. Persons included in this document have accepted the invitation to be available to preach during worship services or for other special events as indicated. Hopefully you will find this tool useful and valuable when the need arises for inviting a guest speaker.

    The speakers on this list are all credentialed ministers, either licensed or ordained. We would like to expand the list to include more credentialed ministers as well as interested laity. If your name is absent from the list and you have interest in serving as a guest speaker, please inform the district office. We would also welcome the names of persons you might suggest for inclusion on the list.

    Since this is a new venture, it is likely we may need to provide more information than is included. Your input as to how the list can be improved would be welcomed.

    Please share with the District Office any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

  • Mission and Mortar

    The purpose of the Illinois/Wisconsin District is supporting the growth and development of the member churches. One means of support is financial assistance. Congregations in good standing are eligible to apply for assistance through the Mission and Mortar program. A congregation in good standing is one that has in the past two years sent delegates to district conference and has supported the district with undesignated gifts of at least $100 per year.

    Assistance if provided up to a maximum of $7,500 of which $2,500 is a grant and the remainder is a loan. All requests for assistance shall be submitted to the district office.

  • Information Reporting
    All ordained ministers, licensed ministers, and congregations need to keep the District Office informed of changes in contact information. Changes include: phone number, cell phone number, email address, mailing address, and congregational email or website. Please email Beth Carpentier, bethc.iwdcob@att.net or call (309)649-6008 with your updates. Your effort will save valuable staff time trying to track down these changes. Other information to share: changes in key leadership positions at the church or the death or serious illnesses of minister, retired ministers, or spouses. Help us serve better!
  • CEU Credits for Ordained Ministers
    Do not wait to begin to log your Continuing Education Units. The 2015 Five-year Ordination Review process for ALL ordained ministers will launch in 2014. Ordained ministers are required to produce verification of 5 CEU credits for this five-year period. It is your responsibility to secure certificates, letters or verifying documentation regarding CEU credit. Retired clergy are exempt from this requirement with the exception of those retired clergy actively involved in Interim Ministry.

    CEU Notation: The district does not grant CEU credit for personal study and/or self-designed experiences you have had and/or books you have read. It is the minister's responsibility to secure a CEU certificate, Letter of Verification, and/or authentication document for completed training, seminars or workshops, or learning experiences offered by the presenting organization. This verification should always state the number of hours of the training - 10 hours of training equals 1.0 CEU credits. Please take personal initiative to become a life-long learner and increasingly effective minister of the Gospel.

  • Gifts Discernment
    The Gifts Discernment and Call Committee seeks your help. We are commissioned to call active, informed, and committed members of congregations or fellowships from within our District to positions of service. These persons, both pastors and lay members, are to be called from all parts of the District and to represent the diversity among us. Our committee's knowledge of members eligible and capable to serve is limited. Therefore, we make this appeal for assistance.
  • Each congregation in the district has a Liaison Leadership Team member who may be contacted with any questions or concerns about the ministries of our district.
  • Add news, announcements, or your congregation's web site URL to the district site. Email your information to the

  • Please check the District Disaster Response website for disaster relief news.