Important Upcoming Events



















 District Clergy and Laity Leadership Training

 Saturday, January 28, 2017

 9:30am – 2:30pm (registration begins at 9:00am)

 Champaign New Horizon UMC

 The theme for this year's event is "Helping Hands".  The morning session will include a panel discussion of different agencies that help those individuals who need "helping hands".  Panel speakers include Ervin Williams, Executive Director, Restoration Urban Ministries and Katie Thomas, Director of Food Pantry, U of I.

Our workshops will answer questions, equip,  encourage and focus on specific topics that will help clergy and laity as they lead their local  congregations in ministry during 2017.  Persons who currently serve or have been elected to serve in  related ministry areas for the coming year are encouraged to attend and bring members of their team. 

 Workshops and Leaders –

  1. Trust Clause/Trustees - Rev Rick Van Giesen
  2. The Role of the PPRC - Rev Rose Booker-Jones
  3. Self-Care for Your Pastor - Rev Curt Keller
  4. Young Adult Ministries - Rev Miriam Snider
  5. Safe Sanctuaries - Beth Fender

 Lunch and snacks will be provided. Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required and must be done by Monday, January 23.  Child care will be provided by reservation only. To register click on the link below.

If you have any questions or do not wish to register on line contact the district office at 217.359.0640 or

Register              Flyer

District HS Youth Retreat

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

Guest speaker will be Bobby Davis from Edwardsville IL.  Music will be provided by My Anchor Holds, a married acoustic duo out of Bloomington IL by way of Nashville TN. 

Tentative schedule for the retreat is –

Friday, Feb 17

  • 6:00-7:00pm – arrival/register
  • 7:00-9:00pm – opening activities
  • 9:00-10:30pm – pizza party/games
  • 10:30-11:00pm – small groups
  • 11:00-midnight – free time
  • 12:00am – lights out

Saturday, Feb 18

  • 8:00am – wakeup call
  • 8:30am – morning prayer
  • 9:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:30am – Free time
  • 10:00am – Community Service project
  • 11:00-12:00pm – Small groups
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – Free time/pack up
  • 1:00 pm – Closing worship/Communion
  • 2:00pm – Head home                                                                                                        Please check back regularly as more information will be posted as it becomes available. 
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 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