Important Upcoming Events

Advanced Lay Servant Classes

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (UM 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:  Living Our Beliefs:  The United Methodist Way by Bishop Kenneth Carder (ISBN 9780881775716).  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments, due electronically to the instructor by Sept 10.  Text is available through Amazon (paperback & kindle), and Cokesbury

Date:  Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

Time:  8am – 7pm; Registration begins at 7:45 am

Location: Urbana First United Methodist Church, 304 S Race St, Urbana, IL 61801

Cost:  $30.00 (includes lunch and snacks)

Registration:  Advance registration is required.  Deadline is Friday, August 31.

Flyer                      Registration

 

Life Together in the United Methodist Connection (UM Polity)

Why does the United Methodist Church do things the way it does?  And what does any of this have to do with trying to be a place and a people that embody the Kingdom of God?  This course will help participants get their bearings and consider the specific structural challenges the United Methodist Church faces in the 21st century.  Counts toward the Lay Speaker Track.

Required Text:  The Method of our Mission by Laceye C. Warner.  (ISBN 9781426767173)  Available through Amazon (paperback & Kindle), Cokesbury (paperback & eBook) and Upper Room).  Participants are expected to read this text prior to class and complete required assignments, due electronically to instructor by Sept 10. Participants should bring a copy of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline to the course.

Date:  Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

Time:  8am – 7pm; Registration begins at 7:45 am

Location: Urbana First United Methodist Church, 304 S Race St, Urbana, IL 61801

Cost:  $30.00 (includes lunch and snacks)

Registration:  Advance registration is required.  Deadline is Friday, August 31.

Flyer                    Registration

 District Wide Church Conference

 Saturday, November 10        

 10:00am - 2:30pm

 Danville St James

All 84 Iroquois River District churches will gather together for one joint Church Conference this year to worship, to celebrate our accomplishments, to share stories and experiences and to do business. 
The day’s schedule will be -
10am - 12pm     Workshops for clergy and laity
  12 - 1pm     Lunch/church conference registration/joint choir rehearsal       1 - 2:30pm    Church Conference (worship/business)
 
During the Church Conference worship we will have a district wide joint choir.  Please communicate with your choir director, choir members, and congregation and encourage them in praising God by participating in the choir.  The choir will sing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” as the opening hymn and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah for the sending forth hymn.  Rehearsal will be Saturday, Nov 10 at 12pm at Danville St James UMC just prior to the church conference.  Mark Lindvahl, choir director at St James, will be directing the joint choir.  If you have any questions about the music you can email him at markl@stjames-umc.com.  Here is a YouTube link to the Hallelujah Chorus” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBqNOjnizoU.
 

We would also like to have a children’s choir sing during the offertory.  If your church has a children’s choir please contact the district office.

The deadline date for the Church Council Report, Pastoral Financial Support, the 2019 Budget and the Pastor’s Compensation Reduction Agreement (green sheet) will be due no later than Monday, Oct 1.  All other church conference paperwork is due by Monday, Oct 22. 

Please remember the reason for the one big church conference - the 2018 theme is “to live in peace and harmony”.  We can show the power of love which binds us all together in perfect harmony through worship and music.

We are open to other ideas so please share with the district office.

    

                                       

Please remember these people in your prayers:

  • Rev Ed Davis (Mansfield) - health issues
  • Rev Ted Mitchell (medical leave) - health issues
  • 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
  • Rev. Bob Hackl (Retired) - health issues
  • Rev. Jim Till (retired) - health issues

District Newsletter

February 2018

May 2018