Important Upcoming Events

Basic Class

For laity wishing to begin taking Lay Servant classes.  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.

REQUIRED TEXT:  Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson.  Individuals will need to order this book.  Available through Cokesbury, Amazon and Upper Room.  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery

DATE: Saturdays, October 13 and 20, 2018  (attendance on both dates is required)

TIME: 7:30am - 3:30pm

LOCATION: Effingham Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham 62401

COST: $35.00  (includes, 2 meals and snacks)

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required and must be done through the conference website.  To register on-line go to: https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/ERD2018FallBasicLayServantClass.  If you experience any difficulties with the on-line registration please contact the Embarras River District Office at 217-347-3915.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, October 5, 2018

Flyer                      Registration

 

Advanced Classes -

Dancing with Words

Through an understanding of the history of storytelling and of storytellers as keepers of beliefs, traditions, history, and values, you will find new meaning in the stories and storytellers of the Bible and of the Christian faith, learn what makes a good story, discover your own style as a storyteller, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from your own experience. Let the dance begin!   Counts toward Lay Speaker Track.

REQUIRED TEXT:  Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley (ISBN 978-0-88177-407-8).  Individuals should order and read this text prior to the class.  It is available through Cokesbury or Amazon.  Also available as an e-book.  Please allow at least two weeks for delivery.

DATES: Saturdays, October 13 and 20, 2018

TIME: 7:30am - 3:30pm

LOCATION: Effingham Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham 62401

COST:  $35.00  (includes two meals and snacks)

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required and must be done through the conference website.   If you experience any difficulties with the on-line registration please contact the Embarras River District Office at 217-347-3915.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, October 5, 2018

Flyer                           Registration

 

The United Methodist Way: Living our Beliefs (Heritage)

This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and   organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive  emphases are still needed in the 21st century church.  Counts toward the Lay Speaker Track.

Required Text:  The United Methodist Way: Living Our Beliefs by Bishop Kenneth Carder (ISBN 9780881775716).  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments.  Available through Cokesbury and Amazon (paperback & kindle).

DATES: Saturdays, October 13 and 20, 2018

TIME: 7:30am - 3:30pm

LOCATION: Effingham Centenary UMC, 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham 62401

COST:  $35.00  (includes two meals and snacks)

REGISTRATION:  Advanced registration is required and must be done through the conference website.   If you experience any difficulties with the on-line registration please contact the Embarras River District Office at 217-347-3915.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, October 5, 2018

Flyer                           Registration

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Special Sundays - 

Human Relations Day (Sunday before the national observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

One Great Hour Of Sharing (fourth Sunday in Lent) enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reach out through worldwide ministries of food, shelter, health and peace.

Native American Ministries Sunday (third Sunday of Easter) nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminarians. 

Peace With Justice Sunday (first Sunday after Pentecost) enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. 

World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October) provides scholarships for U.S. racial- and ethnic-minority students and international students, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate these Special Sundays at anytime of the year.

 

Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Rev Fred White (Oak Ridge, Pearl Chapel)