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JACKSONVILLE -- The Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church is hosting an online Service of Leave-Taking for MacMurray College on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
Persons wishing to attend the leave taking can access the stream at: https://www.facebook.com/IGRCCollegeStudentMinistries/
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A leave-taking is a service of farewell usually used when a local Methodist church has completed its mission. Closing, grieving, and celebrating this historic institution is difficult in the best of times. In an effort to mark this closing, as well as to celebrate and remember the mission and ministry of MacMurray College, Trustee Beth Fender ‘91 and IGRC Coordinator for Higher Education Amy Shreve invite students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community to participate in an online closing worship for the leave-taking of MacMurray College and the de-consecration of the Annie Merner Chapel.
Music recorded in the chapel by Christine Wallace Smith ‘92 will be accompanied by pictures of campus, alumni, and worship. Video reflections, scripture reading, greetings, and a litany of thanksgiving will precede the declaration of de-consecration.
Participants include Rev. Dr. Beth Gallegly Fender ‘91, Rev. Michael W. Fender ’83, Kevin Hinkle ’05, Chris Douglas (head football coach), Dr. Mark Hanshaw (Associate General Secretary, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry), Dr. Beverly Rodgers (current president), Judah Renfro ’20, Rev. Dr. Camilla Pierce Hempstead ’84, Hope Marquardt ’23, William Stanton ’72, John Nicolay ’90, Lucas Secrist ’20, Rev. Curt Lindquist (former chaplain ’85-87), Rev. Deborah Blackard Talbott ’93, Rev. Nic Showalter (IGRC superintendent assigned to the LaMoine River District), and Todd Sweatman (current chaplain).
The Illinois Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church established the Illinois Conference Female Academy in Jacksonville in 1846. The institution provided "for the intellectual and moral education" of women in the interests of government and society.
The Board of Trustees of MacMurray College voted unanimously in March to close the 174-year-old institution at the end of the spring semester in May 2020.
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference is the regional body of The United Methodist Church encompassing 85 counties in the southern two-thirds of Illinois. It is comprised of 800 local congregations with a combined membership of 119,000. MacMurray College was one of three United Methodist institutions of higher education within its boundaries.