Church of the Brethren
Illinois & Wisconsin District

Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Stan Rodabaugh, Moderator
Dana McNeil, Moderator-elect
Beth Carpentier, Administrative Assistant
Gil Crosby, Newsletter Editor
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher


  • From the Moderator - Stan Rodabaugh
    Is truth your bottom line?

    If Jesus of Nazareth would like to share truth with you, would you want to know what he had to say to you?

    If there is sin in your life that is disrupting your relationship with God the Father, the Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and your friends and neighbors, would you want the Lord to show it to you? If the Lord would help you remove the sin from your life, would you be willing for Him to help?

    If He wanted to teach you about your part in cooperating with removing the sin, would you want to learn what he has to teach you? [more...]

  • District Conference - Elgin: November 7-8
    The theme of the conference "Abide in the Vine, Abide in my Love" is really my prayer for each one of us coming to District Conference and the congregations being represented. I pray that each one of us will abide in Jesus and his love, and that his words will abide in us more and more. I pray that the fruit Jesus assures us will follow will be evidenced in our lives---more answered prayer, more joy and more capacity to love as He has loved us. So, Lord Jesus, this is my prayer for each person and each congregation represented. Amen.

    Stan Rodabaugh

    * Moderator Letter
    * Conference Schedule
    * Conference Registration Form

    * Nursery/Pre-K Registration
    * K-5 Registration
    * Junior High Registration
    * Senior High Registration and Senior High Volunteer Consent Form

    * Elgin Restaurants and Hotels
    * District Auction Poster
  • September Events
    1 - Labor Day
    7 - Grandparent's Day
    8 - District Executive Sabbatical Ends
    20 - 10th Annual Fish Fry, Camp Emmanuel
    21 - Bethany Sunday
    21 - International Day of Peace
    21 - Mission Offering Emphasis
    22 - First Day of Autumn
    27 - Adult Day of Camp, Camp Emmaus
  • Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2014
    10th Annual Fish Fry - September 20, 2014
    Camp Closing - October 25, 2014
  • Peace Day - September 21
    2014 Theme: "Visions and Dreams of Building Peace" "Your young people will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams." --Joel 2:28 | Acts 2:17

    Church of the Brethren congregations are invited to include special prayers for peace as part of Sunday services, September 21. Will you join all those around the world whose hearts are broken and lives are shattered by violence, by praying and acting for peace that day? September 21 can be a time for your congregation to lift up your concerns about violence and brokenness, and to ask God for a vision about how you can respond. Some congregations also plan public events or prayer services to connect with the broader community. You can find stories from previous Peace Day events, along with online registration, prayer resources, half-page activity sheets, children's peace mural kits, and more, online here: Contact campaign staff with questions or ideas:

    Matt Guynn
    Director of Nonviolent Social Change
    On Earth Peace
    E-mail: Skype: matt.guynn
    Twitter: @OEPNonviolence Tel: 503-465-4557
    Mail: 12727 SE Market St, Portland, OR 97233 USA

  • October Events
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    4 - Ministerial Leadership Dev. Team - Peru
    5 - World Communion Sunday
    6 - Child Health Day
    11 - District Leadership Team Meeting
    12 - Laity Sunday
    14-16 - Interim Ministers Trng. - Camp Mack, IN
    16 - World Food Day
    16-18 - Midwest DE's Gathering - Camp Mack, IN
    16-24 - Peace with Justice Week
    24 - World Disarmament Day
    25 - Camp Closing, Camp Emmanuel
    26 - Reformation Sunday
  • November Events
    1 - All Saints Day
    2 - National Jr. High Sunday
    2 - Daylight Time Ends
    7-8 - District Conference @ Highland Ave., Elgin
    7-9 - Fall District SrHi Youth Retreat @ Highland Ave., Elgin
    9 - Stewardship Sunday
    15 - Leaf Raking, Camp Emmaus
    15-16 - Powerhouse 2014 @ Camp Mack, IN
    23 - Christ the King Sunday
    27 - Thanksgiving
    30 - First Sunday of Advent
  • 2014 Fall District Youth Retreat
    Are You Hungry?
    When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me - Matthew 25:31

    November 7th through November 9th 2014

    Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin Illinois 60123

    When: Registration will begin at 7 pm on Friday Night. Retreat participants will be dismissed on Sunday around 11:45 AM. Note that District Conference will end on Saturday - please indicate if you will be picking up your youth on Saturday evening or on Sunday.

    Who: Everyone currently in 9th through 12th grades during the 2014-2015 school year. Friends and advisors are welcome.

    Where: The Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren is located at 783 West Highland Avenue in Elgin Illinois.

    Cost: $40 for youth - no charge for advisors. Make checks payable to "Illinois/Wisconsin District Youth" Please also bring a food donation for the Illinois Food Bank. Please check that the food has not expired as the food bank will not accept old food.

    What to Bring: Bible, Games, Sleeping Bag, Snacks to share, Towel, and Work clothes.

    Service Project Information - Northern Illinois Food Bank:

    We recommend dressing comfortably and in layers - the warehouse can be chilly. A T-Shirt with a Sweatshirt is a great combination. You will need close-toed shoes - sneakers or work boots work great. Long shorts or pants are part of the warehouse dress code.

    You must have your parent sign the separate consent form for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

    Registration Deadline: October 26th, 2014
  • Powerhouse 2014
    Coming Nov. 15-16 at Camp Mack!

    The Powerhouse Regional Youth Conference has reached its fifth anniversary! Powerhouse will return to Camp Mack again this year, providing a weekend of worship, workshops, music, recreation, and more for senior high youth in the Midwest and their advisors. We hope you can join us for this action-packed weekend! Opportunities will also be available to visit and tour the Manchester University campus (about 45-50 minutes from Camp Mack) before or after the conference, and perhaps as a workshop option on Saturday.

    Cost this year will be $75 for youth, $65 for advisors (for extenuating circumstances, please contact us). At the camp, everyone will have a bed to sleep in, and the camp will be preparing our meals.

    If your group is coming from a distance and needs a place to stay in the area Friday night, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements at Manchester University or with congregations in the area. Please be in prayer for this event and, encourage your youth and advisors to attend. Watch for more details coming soon!

    Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor

  • Camp Emmaus Schedule for 2015
    Memorial Day Family Camp - May 22-25
    Elementary II Camp - July 5-8
    Women's Camp - July 9-11
    Church of the Brethren Annual Conference - July 11-15
    Counselor In Training Event - July 17-19
    Elementary I Camp - July 18-19
    Senior High Camp - July 19-25
    Junior High Camp - July 26-August 1
    Elementary III Camp - August 2-7
    Young Adult and Young at Heart Camp - August 7-11
    Labor Day Family Camp - September 4-7
  • 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
    Sustaining and developing ministry (mission) within congregations, as well as maintaining property (mortar), is sometimes hindered because of inadequate financial resources. The Illinois/Wisconsin District, whose mission is to support the growth and development of member congregations, realizes that this dilemma exists and desires to financially support congregations that are in good standing with the district and have specific needs. Congregations in good standing are those that for the past two years have sent delegates to district conference and have supported the district financially with undesignated gifts of at least $100 per year for the past two years.
  • 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, 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.
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  • Please check the District Disaster Response website for disaster relief news.