Kevin Kessler, District Executive
Stan Rodabaugh, Moderator
Dana McNeil, Moderator-elect
Beth Carpentier, Administrative Assistant
Gil Crosby, Newsletter Editor
Debbie Noffsinger, Newsletter Publisher
- 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.
* 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
- Camp Emmanuel Schedule for 2014
Family Camp - August 29 - September 1, 2014
10th Annual Fish Fry - September 20, 2014
Camp Closing - October 25, 2014
- 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
- 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: www.peacedaypray.org. Contact campaign staff with questions or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Nonviolent Social Change
On Earth Peace
E-mail: email@example.com 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
15-16 - 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.
Registration Deadline: October 26th, 2014
You must have your parent sign the separate consent form for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
- 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
- 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