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

Announcements

  • October Events
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    16-24 - Peace with Justice Week
    24 - World Disarmament Day
    25 - Camp Closing, Camp Emmanuel
    26 - Reformation Sunday
    31 - Engage Visit Day @ Bethany Seminary
  • From the Moderator - Stan Rodabaugh
    As I reflected on a good word to share as we prepare to come together as the Illinois/Wisconsin District of the Church of the Brethren, the words of Jesus quoted throughout the New Testament came to mind. "He that hath ears, let him hear." These words remind me of my years of schooling, especially my time at the Earlham School of Religion. Often, while engrossed in a topic of discussion being addressed by the professor or other students, I would be mentally composing my response. Then I would raise my hand eager to share my great insight into the issue. Meanwhile, I had totally missed the insights of professor and fellow students. It was a major turnaround in my academic career when I came to the conclusion that what I had to say wasn't nearly as important as hearing what the professor had to share; he was the "teacher" after all. In realizing that I was in school to learn and not to teach, I became more teachable. Consequently, I learned more and my grades improved. I am sure my classmates were relieved. While it was important that I learn to speak my mind and share my thoughts, learning to listen first and speak later proved the fruitful plan for me. [more...]
  • DE Ponderings - Kevin Kessler
    The theme of the Autumn 2014 issue of Plough Quarterly is "Building Justice." One article is an interview with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, on the subject of marriage as social justice. Professor George maintains a very traditional view of marriage and, from additional research I did, I learned that he is a prominent conservative thinker. His views were evident in the article. [more...]
  • Bethany Seminary's Engage Day - October 31
    Richmond, IN - Bethany Theological Seminary will welcome prospective students to the fall Engage Visit Day on Friday, October 31, 2014. Now in its seventh year, this event is designed to both provide students with practical information about enrolling in seminary study and to include them in seminary activities and experiences.

    Campus guests will take part in worship, interact with a panel of current students, attend class, meet with faculty, and be informed about the admissions process, all with encouragement for each participant to continue discerning the path to which they are called.

    Registration is now open at www.bethanyseminary.edu/visit/engage, which also lists the day's schedule. For more information, contact Tracy Primozich, director of admissions, at primotr@bethanyseminary.edu.

  • 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/Hot Dog Roast, Camp Emmaus
    15-16 - Powerhouse 2014 @ Camp Mack, IN
    23 - Christ the King Sunday
    27 - Thanksgiving
    30 - First Sunday of Advent
  • Honor God by Honoring Others
    Churches of the Brethren are encouraged to celebrate Junior High Sunday on November 2. The theme for the 2014 observance of Junior High Sunday is "Honor God by Honoring Others," based on Matthew 7:12, "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets."

    Go to www.brethren.org/yya/jr-high-resources.html for more information and resources.

  • 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

    * 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
  • District Conference Food Drive
    2014 Fall District Youth Retreat

    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

    The youth of IL/WI District will be working at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
    during District Conference weekend. They've asked the district people to
    make a donation of foods.

    Below is a list of most-needed food items (no glass jars please):

    Peanut Butter
    Canned Tuna/Chicken
    Whole Grain Pasta and Rice
    Cereal
    Dried Beans
    Canned Fruits (in own juice)
    Canned vegetables
    Reduced-Sodium Soup
    Pasta Sauce
    Please bring the food items with you when you register Friday night for district conference.

  • 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
  • Camp Emmaus Schedule for 2014
    November 15 - Leaf Raking / Hotdog Roast
  • Camp Emmaus Leaf Raking - November 15

    Fellowship, Donuts, Cider, Hot Chocolate
    Raking starts at 9am;
    Followed by a Hot Dog Roast for Lunch
  • 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
    260-982-5243
    wjwiltschek@manchester.edu

  • 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, 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.