Important Upcoming Events



















District HS Youth Retreat

Friday – Saturday, Feb 17-18, 2017                                                                                      Urbana Wesley UMC


2017 Spring Basic Lay Servant Classes

Saturdays, February 25 and March 11, 2017                                                              8:00am-4:00pm                                                                                                                    Grace Quest UMC (2004 S Philo Rd, Urbana)

These classes are for laity wishing to begin the Lay Servant process.  This course invites you to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in discipleship.   It offers guidelines for optimal communication in leadership and presents numerous types of lay servant ministries.

Advanced registration is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, February 17.  Click on the links below to download a Course Description Sheet or to register. 

Course Description

To Register


2017 Spring Advanced Lay Servant Classes                                                                             Saturdays, February 25 and March 11, 2017                                                                 8:00am-7:00pm                                                                                                                    Grace Quest UMC (2004 S Philo Rd, Urbana)

The district will be offering 2 Advanced courses – “Leading Worship" and “Leading Prayer”. 

Advanced registration is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, February 17.  Click on the links below to download a Course Description Sheet or to register. 

Course Description

To Register

Reaching New People Workshop                                                                                Saturday, April 29                                                                                                                   9:00am – 3:00pm                                                                                                                  Gibson City UMC (206 E 10th St, Gibson City)

Too often churches take a “wait for people to come” approach or they think ‘invitation’ means standing on street corners or initiating painfully difficult conversations.  This workshop will equip the church to reach out in non-threatening ways.  If more people of the church intentionally engage in this invitational model, the church will be more effective in reaching new people. 

Cost is $10 per person and includes snacks and lunch.  Registration is required and can be done on line by following the link below.

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District Mission Trip

Tree of Life Ministry, Mission SD                                                                                                July 8-16, 2017

A group of approximately 25 clergy and laity will depart on July 8 for Tree of Life Ministries, Mission SD on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation and return home on July 16.  Cost of the trip is approximately $425 per person.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is due to the District Office by February 1 and the second payment of $125 is due by April 1.  The remainder is due by June 1.

For more detailed information download the Information Sheet below. 

Other forms to complete and send in to the district office by May 1, 2017 include the VIM Skills List, Safety Policy, Release of Liability and the Medical Release form.


 Information Sheet            VIM Skills List             Safety Policy              Release of Liability

 Medical Release




 Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Rev Leroy Allison (retired) knee replacement surgery on Feb 14
  • Rev Kevin Nourie (Donovan/Crescent City) - health issues
  • Rev Dennis Divan (retired) - health issues
  • Connie Tennyson, wife of Rev John Tennyson (Gibson City) - health issues
  • Nancy Snyder, wife of Rev Clyde Snyder (retired/Allerton) - health issues
  • Rev. Bob Hackl (Retired) - health issues
  • Dan Reeder, husband of Jan Reeder (Danville Farmers Chapel) - health issues
  • Rev. Jim Till (retired) - health issues