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Danville St. James UMC renovation project ‘a great joy’

published 10/3/2018
With a major renovation project nearly finished at St. James United Methodist Church, the Rev. Randy Robinson said, “We’re all smiles.”

Rossville UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

published 10/3/2018
The Rossville United Methodist Church observed its 150th year with a celebration Sept. 30 with worship services at 9 a.m. and a dinner at noon followed by a celebration at 1:30 p.m.

Conversion of former Springfield First downtown location moving along

published 10/2/2018
The long-awaited conversion of a former downtown church to apartments, office and retail space could be complete by late spring to early summer, according to project stakeholders.

Fairfield First UMC celebrates 200 years of ministry

published 10/2/2018
On Sunday, Oct. 14, the members of Fairfield First United Methodist Church will be celebrating 200 years of Methodist worship in Wayne County.

Hall of Fame singer, five-time Grammy winner in concert at 2019 Annual Conference

published 10/2/2018
The only person in history to be a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is 5-time Grammy and 11-time Dove Award winner Larnelle Harris. Harris will be in concert on Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. at Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in a concert for the Our Conference, Our Kids campaign.

Wooden It Be Lovely

published 10/1/2018
Their next sale date is November 10th at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

Bloomington Wesley converts bank into distribution ministry

published 8/31/2018
No family with young children can thrive without toilet paper, diapers and bandages.

Galesburg First renovates for children’s wing

published 8/31/2018
The children’s ministry at Galesburg First United Methodist Church is on track for an exciting year. The children’s area of the church just completed its first renovation since 1962, and the colorful new railroad theme was chosen with Galesburg in mind.

Rutland, Moore keynote speakers for Covenant Keepers 2019

published 8/31/2018
Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced that Dr. Mark Rutland and Dr. Joy Moore will be the keynote speakers for Covenant Keepers 2019 which will be Jan. 28-29 at the Regency Convention Center in O'Fallon.

Suits for Success helping parolees get back on their feet

published 8/31/2018
Getting out of prison can be a jarring experience, especially when it comes to finding employment. One organization is helping parolees across the state find employment by providing them with professional clothing.

Bishop, conference working with UM Village to repair relationships, build trust

published 8/30/2018
Bishop Frank J. Beard and conference officials are working with the administration and board at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville following a summer of financial stress triggered by the state’s delay in reimbursements of Medicaid payments for residents at the main and North campuses.

Decatur Grace hosts block party for neighborhood

published 8/30/2018
Grace United Methodist Church in Decatur believes the mission to reach souls for Jesus doesn’t have to involve a lot of travel.

Donovan Gardner Room dedicated at Evenglow Lodge

published 8/30/2018
Donovan Gardner had a long association with Evenglow. He served as Administrator for almost 15 years beginning in 1965. He later returned to Evenglow service as a member of the Board of Trustees, and in 2002 for two years as Interim President and CEO.

Living Faith celebrates six Eagle Scouts

published 8/30/2018
Living Faith UMC in Bowen has been the Charter Sponsor of BSA Troop 32 for many years. Ranking high on a list of proud moments has been the advancement of six Eagle Scouts from the same patrol.

Preachers’ Aid Society unveils mission and giving websites

published 8/30/2018
The primary mission of Preacher's Aid Society and Benefit Fund is to take care of our IGRC pastors in their retirement years.   We accomplish that mission by providing a medicare supplement to our retirees (certain conference qualifications must be met); providing emergency financial assistance to retirees; providing pre-retirement training; providing numerous fellowship opportunities and much more.

Viola UMC food pantry

published 8/30/2018
Viola UMC in the Spoon River District held a grand opening of its new food pantry May 23. The ministry is open two times a month and serves approximately 45 persons and is the third location due to the ministry’s growth. The former parsonage garage was remodeled to become the new location for the food pantry as there are no stairs to navigate and the building is situated at ground level. Pictured at the grand opening were from left, Spoon River District Superintendent Stephen Granadosin, ...

Bishop, conference working with UM Village to repair relationships, build trust

published 8/24/2018
Bishop Frank J. Beard and conference officials are working with the administration and board at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville following a summer of financial stress triggered by the state’s delay in reimbursements of Medicaid payments for residents at the main and North campuses.

Brown selected as new DCM

published 8/23/2018
Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown as the new Director of Connectional Ministries, effective Oct. 1. Brown will succeed the Rev. Dr. Thomas Logsdon who went on medical leave June 30.

Brown emerged from a field of more than 20 candidates in a nationwide search in which six finalists were selected. A pastor, church planter, consultant and coach who has worked with hundreds of churches and leaders across the United States and currently serves as strategist for the Western Jurisdiction for Path One, the church planting office for Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship.

Totten receives Advance Special Number

published 7/23/2018
Rev Erin Totten of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference has received her Advance Special Number for Global Missionary.  That number is 3022468.  To donate to Erin send your check with the Advance Special Number in the memo section to Finance Team Office, PO Box 19207 Springfield IL 62794-9207.      

UM Village Lawrenceville

published 7/17/2018
The Bishop and Cabinet in consultation with the UM Village Lawrenceville Board solicit your prayers during this challenging time.  The Bishop expresses confidence and support in the Board and their planned direction.  Please continue to pray for the Director, the Board and the residents.   

Interim District Superintendent

published 7/16/2018
Bishop Beard has announced that the Rev. Roger Russell, retired elder, will be serving as the part-time interim District Superintendent of the Mississippi River District.  The Rev. Dr. Rose Booker-Jones remains in the hospital in St. Louis Missouri. Rev. Russell will fill the void created by her absence effective July 16, 2018.  

Logsdon to seek medical leave

published 6/1/2018
IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries, the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Logsdon has announced that he will be applying for disability benefits and has requested an appointment to Medical Leave. The announcement was made June 1 through the office of Resident Bishop Frank J. Beard.

Historic church organ cabinet finally reassembled after being taken apart decades ago

published 5/22/2018
With the help of a power lift at Union United Methodist Church in downtown Belleville, three church members were able to finish reassembling an historic organ cabinet that had been taken apart decades ago.
 
The 21-foot-tall wooden cabinet was originally part of an organ installed in 1937 in the former First Methodist Church on Washington Street.
 
But since then, it has taken many twists and turns before Mike Engel, Dick Frette and Don Stein attached the cabinet to a wall May 9 in the atrium of Union United Methodist Church at 721 E. Main St.

Wanda, Wood River UMC’s partner with students on community projects

published 5/22/2018
Roxana High School students are taking to the streets to better the community.

Students have taken on projects to benefit the community including painting houses and making pillowcases.

It’s all a part of what the Roxana School District is about, according to Superintendent Debra Kreutiztrager.

“The purpose is to develop partnerships between the school and community to improve the lives of individuals, the community, and our students,” said Kreutiztrager. “The District vision is ‘excellence with passion, pride, and partnership.’ We believe in serving others and providing diversified experiences to promote the vision.”

Additionally, in a collaborative effort, some students joined together with Wanda United Methodist Church and Wood River United Methodist Church to make sleeping mats for the homeless.

“We ended up getting the churches involved and it took off from there,” said Floyd.

2018 Bishop's Open

published 5/21/2018
Beardstown UMC emerged as the top team among 35 foursomes that participated in the 2018 Bishop’s Open at Piper Glen Golf Course in Chatham May 11. The foursome of Dan McClenning, Larry Kight, Wayne Kight and Wade Mathis is pictured with Bishop Frank Beard on the 18th green. The team from Bloomington Wesley placed second. Members included Brad Schumann, Dave Koth, Rusty DePew and Craig Lutes. In all, more than $22,000 was raised for the Our Conference Our Kids campaign.    

Church ceiling collapse displaces Ellsworth congregation

published 5/16/2018
Services at Ellsworth United Methodist Church have been relocated to the nearby American Legion after the sanctuary ceiling collapsed last week.

Shortly after members left choir practice at 8:30 p.m. May 9, neighbors heard a crash from inside the building at 101 Main St., said Roger Wilke, the church's board of trustees chairman.

No one was in the church, which has about 50 members, at the time of the ceiling collapse.

Christ Church exploring possibility of Carbondale area satellite campus

published 4/25/2018
Christ Church in Fairview Heights has begun the exploration phase for its next satellite campus in the Carbondale area.

Living Biblically

published 4/25/2018
A couple of weeks ago, I happened upon a new television show called, Living Biblically. It’s a sitcom which airs Mondays on CBS.

Franklin promoted to Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministry

published 3/26/2018
To better support the Conference Camping and Youth Ministries, Curt Franklin has been named Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries.

Mississippi River District Administrative Assistant

published 3/20/2018
The Mississippi River District office has announced that Bonnie C. Abel has joined its staff as administrative assistant.

Prentice Sermon at Mt. Vernon First April 8

published 3/20/2018
MT. VERNON – The IGRC Commission on Archives and History has announced that the annual Prentice Memorial Sermon will be held at Mt. Vernon First UMC, April 8 at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Paul Stroble, chair of the IGRC Commission on Archives and History, will be the speaker. Stroble has done extensive research on Zadok Casey, the organizer of the Methodist Society in Mt. Vernon which later became Mt. Vernon First. The site was selected to correspond with the church’s 200th anniversary and how it ...

Annual Conference app wins UMAC award

published 3/19/2018
The 2017 Annual Conference mobile app was recently awarded top honors by the United Methodist Association of Communicators meeting held March 7-9.

Abuse survivor moves forward, one act of kindness at a time

published 3/16/2018
Dan Koenigs is a man who'd give you the shirt off his back.

Statham dismissed as McKendree men’s basketball coach

published 3/16/2018
McKendree University Coach Harry Statham, who with 1,122 wins over a storied 52-year career became the winningest men’s basketball coach among four-year colleges and universities, was dismissed from his post March 6.

Serving others strengthens Anderson’s faith

published 3/7/2018
Before 2006, Miles, Iowa, native and current Monmouth resident Anita Anderson had no passport and had never been farther from home than Colorado.

Cunningham Home hosts 14th Annual Festival of Quilts

published 3/5/2018
Cunningham Children’s Home will host the 14th Annual Festival of Quilts on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Spiritual Life Center on the Cunningham campus in Urbana. The Festival is Cunningham’s largest fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids for more than 120 years.

Phillips selected as conference archivist

published 3/5/2018
Lynne Phillips of Appleton, Wis., was selected from a field of 35 candidates for the shared position between the conference and college. The recommendation was forwarded to the Conference Commission on Archives and History which affirmed the decision at its Feb. 13 meeting. Phillips begins work at MacMurray’s Pfeiffer Library – the location of the Conference Archives – on March 1.

To the Point: Suggestions for churches with young pastors

published 3/5/2018
Churches that receive a young pastor need to remember how lucky they are. Many congregations say they want a younger pastor, but few have the opportunity. They ought not, however, assume their church will automatically reach younger people simply because of the age of the pastor. Having a young pastor might improve the likelihood of a congregation connecting with young people, but not without openness to other kinds of change. Congregations sincere in their desire to work with a younger pastor to reach emerging generations must be flexible and open to new ideas and possibilities. Take the initiative in asking the young pastor for ways in which your church can become more inviting for younger people.

Bishops wrestle with refining options for A Way Forward

published 3/1/2018
Council of Bishops President Bruce R. Ough challenged colleagues to be open to changing their minds as they grapple with how to avoid a breakup of The United Methodist Church over homosexuality.

Clergy Spouse fellowship groups forming

published 3/1/2018
Being a clergy spouse can be hard and isolating. Clergy have their covenant groups for support and fellowship, but often there's no such group for spouses. Pastoral Care and Counseling would like to change that!

Conference staff realignments announced

published 3/1/2018
Following a complete assessment of responsibilities, the General Council on Finance and Administration recommended several changes to Conference staffing that have been accepted by both the Conference Personnel Committee and the Council on Finance and Administration.

Flooding along Iroquois, Kankakee, Rock rivers

published 3/1/2018
The Conference Center received reports Feb, 23 of flooding in the far northeast corner of our conference in the Iroquois and Vermilion River Districts. We are aware of significant damage in Watseka, Cissna Park, and Aroma Park and the waters were still rising along the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers and their tributaries at that time. A week later, there were reports of flooding along the Rock River.

IGRC mission team assists with hurricane repairs on St. Croix

published 3/1/2018
Ten members from a United Methodist church in Illinois are on the island assisting with repairs to three Methodist churches that sustained damages during Hurricane Maria last September.

Rev. Wally Carlson, representative of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, said the mission team, which arrived here Feb. 6 went straight to work when they arrived. The churches being assisted are located in the Estate Richmond, William’s Delight and near downtown Fredericksted.

IGRC one of 29 annual conferences paying 100 percent in general church apportionments for 2017

published 3/1/2018
Twenty-nine annual conferences – 52 percent of conferences in the United States – marks the fourth year in a row that the number of conferences paying 100 percent of general Church- apportioned funds has increased over the previous year. The list of 29 includes the Illinois Great Rivers Conference who paid 100 percent for the 15th consecutive year.

Invest in mission trips for a life-changing week

published 3/1/2018
(Editor’s note: Spring Break is a time where many campus ministries take students on mission trips. The immersion experience is often identified as transformational and life-changing. As you think of your financial support, consider contacting one of the campus ministries or church-related schools to see how you can support such experiences for students like Jaclyn)   By Jaclyn Tekiela Illinois State University Wesley Foundation   “My name is Jaclyn Tekiela, and I was a member of the Illinois ...

Jensen Woods Camp sold to St. Louis developer

published 3/1/2018
The trustees of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church announced Feb. 28 they have reached agreement for the sale of the 550-acre property located in northwestern Brown County, Ill., that previously was the site of Jensen Woods Camp.

Mt. Vernon First celebrating 200 years of ministry and service

published 3/1/2018
Rather than just celebrating the past, members of Mt. Vernon First UMC are seeing God’s work in their midst now and are planning for the future.

Mt. Vernon First to host 2018 Prentice Sermon

published 3/1/2018
The IGRC Commission on Archives and History has announced that the annual Prentice Memorial Sermon will be held at Mt. Vernon First UMC on April 8 at 10:45 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Paul Stroble, chair of the IGRC Commission on Archives and History, will be the speaker. Stroble has done extensive research on Zadok Casey, the organizer of the Methodist Society in Mt. Vernon which later became Mt. Vernon First.

Plans coming together for 2018 Annual Conference

published 3/1/2018
By Paul Black PEORIA -- The Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church will be meeting in Peoria for the 17th consecutive year June 7-9. The Peoria Civic Center will serve as the conference’s central location for the nearly 2,000 who are expected to attend.   The theme of the conference is Let’s Get Fired Up: Moving Forward, with Bishop Frank J. Beard presiding over his second annual conference session.   The Sessions Committee has been working to refine the agenda in ...

United Methodist Village celebrates 110th anniversary

published 3/1/2018
The United Methodist Village is proud to announce its 110th anniversary of providing Five-Star quality care to older adults.

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