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Drawing from the Sun to Draw to the Son

published 10/24/2018
There are three things a pastor loves to do -- tell the congregation they are saving money, use catchy plays on words, and create opportunities to tell people about Jesus. It is a rare occasion when one can do all three.    But when Colchester UMC installed its new solar panel last summer, the opportunity to do all three was created as a result.    The church found out Tri-States Renewable Energy (Tri-States) through electrician Mark Lowman of Nauvoo. He was making sure the church knew it was ...

Galesburg First renovates for children’s wing

published 8/31/2018
The children’s ministry at Galesburg First United Methodist Church is on track for an exciting year. The children’s area of the church just completed its first renovation since 1962, and the colorful new railroad theme was chosen with Galesburg in mind.

Viola UMC food pantry

published 8/30/2018
Viola UMC in the Spoon River District held a grand opening of its new food pantry May 23. The ministry is open two times a month and serves approximately 45 persons and is the third location due to the ministry’s growth. The former parsonage garage was remodeled to become the new location for the food pantry as there are no stairs to navigate and the building is situated at ground level. Pictured at the grand opening were from left, Spoon River District Superintendent Stephen Granadosin, ...

Flooding along Iroquois, Kankakee, Rock rivers

published 3/1/2018
The Conference Center received reports Feb, 23 of flooding in the far northeast corner of our conference in the Iroquois and Vermilion River Districts. We are aware of significant damage in Watseka, Cissna Park, and Aroma Park and the waters were still rising along the Iroquois and Kankakee Rivers and their tributaries at that time. A week later, there were reports of flooding along the Rock River.

Granadosin appointed as Spoon River District superintendent

published 3/23/2017
SPRINGFIELD -- Bishop Frank J. Beard announced the appointment of the Rev. Stephen Granadosin, pastor of Industry and Vermont UMC's as Spoon River District superintendent, effective July 1. "Steve was an easy pick for DS," Beard said in making the announcement. He is a man of integrity that has the respect of his peers and is a prayer warrior." Born in the Philippines, Granadosin is no stranger to The United Methodist Church as his father, Paul Locke A. Granadosin, served as a bishop of the ...

Weatherall appointed superintendent of Sangamon River District

published 1/20/2017
Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced that Spoon River District Superintendent Sylvester Weatherall is being appointed Superintendent of the Sangamon River District, effective July 1. Weatherall, who is in his fifth year of superintendency, succeeds the Rev. Dr. Terry Harter, who is retiring July 1. The move means that Beard will have two superintendent vacancies to fill – in the Spoon River District and the LaMoine River District, where the current superintendent and co-dean of the Cabinet, the Rev. C. Douglas Rorex, has announced his retirement July 1.

Bishop calls IGRC to prayer Jan. 22-28

published 11/4/2016
Bishop Frank J. Beard is asking that the Illinois Great Rivers Conference set aside the week of Jan. 22-28, 2017, as a Week of Prayer for the Way Forward Commission and its work.

Registration for Covenant Keepers now open

published 11/1/2016
Online registration is now open for Covenant Keepers 2017 which will be Jan. 30-31 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in East Peoria.

Registration and more information can be found at: www.igrc.org/CK2017. Registration is $30 per person and includes a Monday noon luncheon.
The theme for this event is: CK2017: Keepers of the Covenant.

Keynote speakers for the event are Dr. Jay Carter and Dr. Sandra Whitacre Herron.

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.

Important numbers for 2017

published 9/26/2016
Clergy salary and benefits costs for 2017 have been posted on the IGRC webpage at www.igrc.org/numbersfor2016. 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.

Vera Madlem celebrates 90 years of church membership

published 9/26/2016
Vera Madlem, the eldest member of Geneseo First UMC, passed a milestone Sept. 26 when she celebrated 90 years of church membership.
Vera is 99 years old and joined the church as a girl. She is currently a resident at Hammond Henry Extended Care.

Bishop Frank Beard stopped by Hammond Henry facility Sept. 24 when he was in town to speak at Geneseo First UMC. He congratulated Vera on her incredible anniversary of church membership.

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.

Weatherall endorsed for episcopacy by IGRC delegation

published 11/12/2015
The IGRC general and jurisdictional conference delegation has unanimously endorsed Spoon River District Superintendent, the Rev. Sylvester Weatherall as its candidate for bishop. Weatherall emerged from a field of four finalists Nov. 7 that capped a month-long period of prayer and discernment by the IGRC delegation as to whether to offer a candidate to the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference, which will be held July 13-16, in Peoria

A Missionary Who Doesn't Leave Home

published 11/27/2012
Bernice Stropes provides inspiration to her church and the children of Haiti through her sewing.

Weatherall appointed Spoon River District Superintendent

published 2/27/2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has announced the appointment of Rev. Sylvester Weatherall as conference superintendent assigned to the Spoon River District, effective July 1. The announcement was made Feb.26. Weatherall, 56, said he was humbled by the announcement combined with a "healthy fear of the unknown." "I am aware that the learning curve of the office of District Superintendent is steep," Weatherall said. "However, I am confident that my colleagues will be great teachers. They ...