Beware of employment poster scam

published 9/26/2016
It appears that another round of scam threatening letters is going around regarding employment posters. These letters look very "official" and threaten the church with dire consequences if you don't buy their posters. Churches are not exempt from posting requirements, but ALL the posters you need are available for FREE download from the Illinois Department of Labor.

GCFA clarifies insurance letter

published 9/26/2016
The general secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration has sent out a follow-up letter in an attempt to clarify matters for local churches as it relates to insurance coverage.

Healthy Congregations workshop slated for Oct. 28-29

published 9/26/2016
The IGRC Cabinet and the conference Conflict Transformation Team, in cooperation with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, are sponsoring a Healthy Congregations workshop Oct. 28-29 at Sugar Creek UMC.

The Healthy Congregations workshop uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders and all members become more effective stewards of their congregation's health. The workshop was developed by Dr. Peter Steinke and is based on the work of Dr. Edwin Friedman, author of Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue.

Important numbers for 2017

published 9/26/2016
Clergy salary and benefits costs for 2017 have been posted on the IGRC webpage at These will be helpful to you as you prepare 2017 budgets and Charge Conference forms.

Umembudi to itinerate in IGRC Oct. 24-Nov. 7

published 9/26/2016
General Board of Global Ministries missionary Jacques Umembudi will be itinerating in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Oct. 24-Nov. 7.
Umembudi, program director of Wings of Caring aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is supported by six IGRC churches and will be open to additional engagements while in the IGRC.

Beardstown UMC builds new parsonage

published 8/22/2016
Beardstown First UMC had an Open House for new church recently. The parsonage, which conforms to The Book of Discipline, was constructed utilizing local vendors who had opportunity to showcase their skills.

Five Star Mission Churches for 2015

published 6/10/2016
The following churches were recognized as Five Star Churches for 2015. To become a Five Star church, follow the guidelines that are given in the 2016 Five Star Challenge booklet. Certificates are given at Annual Conference to all Five Star churches. If you have any questions, contact Bunny Wolfe.

Construction underway at Chaddock

published 10/29/2015
Construction crews are starting to erect structural steel on the new school at Chaddock. More than 15,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved, 1,500 cubic yards of concrete poured and 4,000 tons of gravel laid. The plan is to have the building under roof before winter weather sets in so that work can start on the inside during the winter months. The project is still on its timeline for children to occupy the new school by the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Jacksonville Grace UMC addressing homeless problem

published 10/27/2011

Shelter Director Vanessa Tyus, a homeless advocate, discusses the ministry with Grace UMC pastor Mike Fender.


Shelter Director Vanessa Tyus, a homeless advocate, discusses the ministry with Jacksonville Grace UMC pastor Mike Fender.

Photo by Paul Black

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Pogemiller, Rorex, Russell named superintendents

published 2/25/2011
Two superintendents are returning to familiar geographic territory while a third finds his assignment as being very compatible to his ministry, as Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has announced the appointment of three superintendents to the IGRC Cabinet, effective July 1. Revs. Leah Pogemiller, C. Douglas Rorex and Roger Russell will assume superintending responsibilities in the Vermilion, LaMoine and Cache River districts respectively. Pogemiller will succeed the Rev. J. Keith Zimmerman, who has ...



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