Rev. Ethan CarnesSecretary's page

February 1, 2022

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 2022 Annual Conference online session, June 9-11.  This marks the 200th session of an organized Methodist gathering in Illinois.  Our theme is based in Ecclesiastes 3:8, A Time for Love and A Time for Peace.  To prepare for annual conference, please make note of the following items.

Attendance: Registered members will be able to attend annual conference in-person at Peoria Civic Center or online (ZOOM) using their own computer or device. Those attending in person will need to follow appropriate COVID safety practices as recommended by public health officials. At this time that includes wearing a facemask while in all indoor public spaces. The IGRC Committee on Sessions is also recommending that participants be vaccinated against COVID or screen themselves by getting a COVID test before attending.  Pre-Conference Briefings will be available online in May to help inform all participants about conference proposals.

Annual Conference and Secretary Website: Don’t forget that the websites and the SCHED app will be key resources for you.  Information on lay member alternates, absentee forms, hotel blocks, legislation, and more can be found at and

Legislative Materials: All 2022 pre-conference and legislative materials will be posted online at  In addition, all 2022 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 27.

Annual Conference Checklist: In the Annual Conference section of the website you will see the Annual Conference Checklist.  There is also 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. 

Streaming for Public Viewing: Sessions will be livestreamed through for public viewing. 

Special Worship Services and Offerings: Continue to watch for announcements about scheduling of Conference Memorial Service, Conference Retiree Recognition Service and Ordination Service.  Throughout the Conference Session and Worship Services, there will be invitations and opportunities for individuals and churches to share in special offerings. In addition, each year we remember our deceased clergy members and lay members to annual conference from the previous year.  Submit the names of those deceased persons to Mr. Paul Black,, 217-529-2824.  

Special Guests: Special guests to the session may be introduced to the assembly if the request is made in writing to the Conference Secretary.  Guest biographical information must be turned in by April 27.

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

Grace and Peace

Rev. Ethan L. Carnes
Annual Conference Secretary    


2021 Journal-Yearbook

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Equalization Lay Member to Annual Conference Update Form

Absentee Request Form for Excused Absence from Annual Conference

Change in Lay Member to Annual Conference