Rev. Ethan CarnesSecretary's page

February 8, 2021

Members of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference,

Greetings in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ!  I look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Annual Conference online session, June 11-12.  To prepare for annual conference, please make note of the following items.

On-Line Annual Conference Schedule for Registered Members:

  • Clergy and Laity Session:  Friday June 11 
  • Full Plenary Session (lay and clergy):  Saturday June 12

Attendance: There are two options for registered members to attend the session. 

  • Online:  Only voting members who are registered will have access to the virtual meeting platform through your log-in credentials. 
  • Remote Sites:  There will be remote, in-person sites available throughout the Conference with limited seating based on the pandemic safety guidelines.  These sites are for members with poor internet connection or who find the technology challenging.  The sites will be staffed by several hosts who will assist with technological issues, count the votes, and report the votes to me/the Annual Conference Secretary.

Annual Conference & Secretary Website:  Don’t forget that the website and the SCHED app will both be key resources for you.  Information on lay member alternates, absentee forms, and more can be found at Pre-Conference Briefings will be available online in late May and early June.  Stay tuned for the dates and times for these online briefings.

Legislative Materials: All 2021 pre-conference and legislative materials will be posted online at  In addition, all 2021 pre-conference materials will be sent via email to lay and clergy Conference members.  In addition, all pre-conference materials/workbook will be available at the annual conference webpage and SCHED app.  If you wish to receive paper copies of Conference materials through the mail, please contact the Print and Mailroom Manager, Mr. Doug Stone at 217-529-3267 or P.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794 by April 26.

Annual Conference Checklist: In this mailing you will see the Annual Conference Checklist.  On the second page (shown below) is a ‘blueprint’ to use if you wish to submit a resolution to the bar of the conference.  If you have any questions about how to format the resolution, please do not hesitate to contact me

Online Streaming for Public Viewing: The laity session and plenary session will livestreamed through for public viewing.

Special Worship Services & Offerings: Continue to watch for announcements about scheduling of Conference Memorial Service, Conference Retiree Recognition Service, and Conference Ordination Service. Throughout the Conference Session and Worship Services, there will be invitations and opportunities for individuals and churches to share special offerings through an online giving portal.

Annual Conference webpage:

Grace and Peace
Rev. Ethan L. Carnes
Annual Conference Secretary


Download the 2021 Pre-Conference Workbook (revised June 2, 2021)

2020 Journal-Yearbook

2019 Journal-Yearbook

Equalization Lay Member to Annual Conference Update Form

Absentee Request Form for Excused Absence from Annual Conference

Change in Lay Member to Annual Conference