Eric Swanson, associate pastor of Peoria First UMC, shares a morning devotional as the IGRC delegation begins its journey from Monrovia to Ganta to attend the annual conference session of the Liberia Annual Conference. The group, led by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and district superintendents Cynthia Jones and Gary Wilson, arrived in Liberia around 5 p.m. Feb. 6 (11 p.m. in Liberia). The following post was originally posted around 7 a.m. Feb. 7 (1 p.m. Liberia time).
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I believe I’m going to have an amazing trip. I believe I’m going to be transformed in ways I cannot even anticipate. I believe I will hear stories of hope and redemption that will fill my heart with joy. I believe I am going to build relationship with people that will last a lifetime. I believe that when I get back to Chenoa we will pack up all our stuff on time. I believe that the church in Chenoa will go on strong without me. I believe that the leadership will not lose sight of their mission. I believe that there are tremendous people, opportunities and resources in Moline that will align well with my talents and passion. I believe that together we will do great work for Kingdom of God. I believe these things, and yet I’m scared.
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer expresses his thanks to pastors, congregations and members in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference for support on a number of conference initiatives.
An IGRC pastor shares her experience in contracting malaria and living with the effects.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an opportunity and an invitation to Christians throughout the world to focus new and fresh energy on embodying in the church and the world the unity and oneness that God and the Christ of God, Jesus, intends for us.
Apportionments for 2010 finished at 92.91% -- the highest since 2000. Apportionments by no means tell the whole story of our financial stewardship let alone the ministry that is enabled. Today we remember, reflect and reconnect with the ongoing mission of recovery and rebuilding in Haiti and the IGRC's extraordinary generosity by which $780,396.17 were given through conference channels for recovery.
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer reflects on the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in which a federal judge, a Congressional staffer and a 9-year-old girl were among the six dead in what appeared to be an assassination attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabriella Giffords.
God will ask again the question that can change our lives forever, “Will you be my child?” How will we answer? In Jesus Christ God has said yes, yes, yes and amen to us.