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
Last year at a workshop with other pastors, I came away with a very helpful insight. It had to do with loving my neighbor. In our culture, the word "love" carries a lot of baggage, some of which we may find in our own hearts and spirits. Most of us feel love for people who reciprocate our love or appreciate our efforts to help them. Loving like Jesus and Father God love (what we know as "agape love") is a much different kind of love. [more...]
- DE Ponderings - Kevin Kessler
To say that this winter was harsh is an understatement. Peoria, the closest weather station to Canton, reported record snowfall for the area. Based on my own observation, this winter was downright cold!!! I wore out a snow shovel (actually it broke not from overuse but from being old and brittle). I made a few trips this winter on roads that were less than safe due to snowy, windy, and icy conditions. Scheduling meetings was a challenge because we were unsure if weather would permit traveling to the meeting site. Frequently I heard grumbling about this winter and I, at times, groused a little, too. Okay, maybe more than a little. [more...]
- April Events
Child Abuse Prevention Month
4-5 - Bethany Seminary Presidential Forum
5 - Camp Emmanuel Opening
5 - Chicago Ministry Study Team - Elgin
6-12 - Camp Emmanuel Work Week
12 - District Leadership Team Meeting - Peoria
13 - Palm Sunday
17 - Maundy Thursday
18 - Good Friday
20 - Easter Sunday
22 - Earth Day
23 - Administrative Professionals Day
- District NYC Bus Information
Hop on the bus for fun and adventure as the IL/WI District Youth travel to NYC in Ft Collins, CO! Join other youth and advisors from exotic far away places like Canton, Elgin, Freeport, Lombard, Milledgeville, Naperville, and Peoria. The 2014 National Youth Conference theme is "Called by Christ, blessed for the journey together," based on Ephesians 4:1-7.
Relax and have fun while you journey together to what others have referred to as "a once in a lifetime, life changing experience!"
When: Buses will leave Illinois in the evening on July 18 and return in the morning on July 25th, see the registration form for exact times for each location.
Where: We will have pick up in Central, Northeast, and Northwest locations. Bus pickups and drop offs will occur at Naperville Church of the Brethren, Peoria First Church of the Brethren and Milledgville Church of the Brethren
Cost: $ 375 (this is the cost of the bus only, and does not include your NYC registration or meals along the way) $175 deposit are due by April 18. The remaining $200 balance is due by June 7. This does include the cost of a District NYC T-shirt.
Reservations: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with basic information (name, address, e-mail, church, and advisor) as soon as possible. Complete the registration form and return to Ralph Miner, 7 South DuBois Avenue; Elgin Illinois 60123 with your deposit by April 18th.
- National Youth Conference price goes up May 1st
Youth have less than a month to register for National Youth Conference before price goes up.
Youth and advisors only have the rest of April left to register for this summer's National Youth Conference (NYC) before the price goes up to $500 on May 1. All participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid a late fee. For all information regarding the conference, visit www.brethren.org/NYC.
NYC is an event for senior high youth and their advisors, held every four years. All youth who have finished ninth grade through one year of college are eligible to attend. The week of NYC includes worship services twice a day, Bible studies, workshops, small groups, hiking, service projects, and outdoor recreation. NYC is held on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
The NYC 2014 theme is "Called by Christ, Blessed for the Journey Together," based on Ephesians 4:1-7. To learn more about the theme, explore Bible studies on the conference scriptures, or check out some of the week's speakers, visit the NYC website. For all questions regarding NYC, please contact the NYC office at 800-323-8039 ext. 323 or email@example.com
- May Events
Older Adult Month
1 - National Day of Prayer
3 - District Potluck Planning Mtg - Peru
4 - National Youth Sunday
10 - Property and Asset Mgt. Team Meeting
10 - Bethany Theological Sem. Commencement
11 - Mother's Day
15-17 - Church Planting Conf. - Bethany Seminary
23 - Young Adult Conf, Camp Brethren Woods
23-26 - Memorial Day Family Camp - Camp Emmaus
26 - Memorial Day
29 - Ascension Day
30 - Ministry Summer Service Orientation, Elgin
30-June 1 - Women's Camp - Camp Emmanuel
- National Youth Sunday - May 4
- Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2014
Camp Opening - Saturday, April 5, 2014
Camp Work Week - Sunday - Wednesday (Thursday & Friday if needed)
April 6-12, 2014
Womens' Camp - May 30, 31 and June 1, 2014
Youth Camp - June 8-14, 2014
Junior High Camp - June 15-21, 2014
Junior Camp - June 22-28, 2014
Pre-Junior Camp - June 26-28, 2014
National Youth Conference - July 19-24
Mens' Camp - August 1-3, 2014
Family Camp - August 29 - September 1, 2014
10th Annual Fish Fry - September 20, 2014
Camp Closing - October 25, 2014
Mandatory CIT training:
3/9 1:00 p.m. at Virden COB
or 4/12 1:00 at Camp
(2 dates, your options)
- Camp Emmaus 2014 Schedule
May 23-26, 2014 - Memorial Day Family Camp
T.B.A. - June - Counselor-in-Training Event
July 6-12 - Senior High Camp
July 13-16 - Elementary II Camp
July 18-19 - Elementary I
July 19-24 - National Youth Conference
July 20-25 - Elementary III Camp
July 27-August 2 - Junior High Camp
August 8-10 - Women's Camp
August 15-17 - Time Capsule Weekend
Aug 29 - September 1 - Labor Day Family Camp
- 2014 National Youth Conference - July 19-24, 2014
Dates for the next National Youth Conference will be held July 19-24, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo.
NYC is a week long faith formation extravaganza for high school youth and their advisors. All youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college (at the time of NYC) are eligible to attend.
Registration is open!
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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