Rev. Ethan CarnesSecretary's page

July 1, 2020

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 2020 Annual Conference online session, Aug.15.  To prepare for annual conference, please make note of the following items.

Registration & Rules of Order 

Included is registration information and the documents for voting: 

Legislative Item 100: Amendment to Standing Rules to Provide Rules of Order for Online Annual Conference Sessions

Legislative Item 101: Amendment to the IGRC Corporate By-Laws to Clarify Rules of Order for Online Annual Conference Sessions

On-Line Annual Conference Schedule for Registered Members

  • Clergy Session:  Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Full Plenary Session (lay and clergy):  Saturday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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

  • Online:  Only voting members who are registered will have access to the plenary virtual meeting.  Your log-in credentials will be given to you upon registering.  Please ensure you log into the session 30 minutes before the sessions begin.
  • Remote Sites:  Each district will have at least one remote site with limited seating based on the pandemic 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.  You must register to attend a remote site in your registration form. 

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

Legislative Materials: All 2020 legislative materials will be posted online.  All pre-conference materials, including the Agenda and Consent Calendar, will be available at the annual conference webpage and SCHED app on or before July 15.

Online Streaming for Public Viewing: The plenary session from 1 pm – 4 pm will livestream for public viewing. 

Special Worship Services and Offerings:  IGRC Communications is working with the worship team to provide prerecorded Memorial and Retiree Recognition Worship Services.  The Ordination Worship Service will take place at a later time.  Special offerings can be sent through secured giving platforms.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Annual Conference Webpage:

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


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