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FROM THEEPISCOPALNEWSOFFICEAppointmentsIn consultation with the Cabinet of the IGRC, Bishop Jonathan D. Keatonmakes the following appointments:Mary Kathryn Pearce to Illinois RD Superintendent, effectiveAug. 1.Linda Harris-Cosby to Viola-Preemption, Spoon RD, effectiveAug. 1.Christopher Quick to Flat Rock, Embarras RD, effective July 1.Cindy Rettig to Centerville/Seymour/White Heath, Iroquois RD,effective Aug. 1.Elton Storey to Mt. Vernon Epworth/Wayne City/Zion/Hopewell, Kaskaskia RD, effective July 1. This is a new chargealignment.Lisa Wiedman to Gifford, Iroquois RD, effective July 1. This is anew charge alignment.Steven Barrett to Alton Grace-Hartford-Elsah, effective July 1.This is his first appointment.Chad Cox to Medora-Piasa, Mississippi RD, effective July 1. This ishis first appointment.Robert Dillingham to Staunton, Mississippi RD, effective July 1.This is his first appointment.Anthony (Tony) E. Reed to Lawrenceville Zion and UnionChapel, Kaskaskia RD, effective July 1. These are two separateappointmentsWilliam F. Campbell to Maryville St. Luke, Mississippi RD,effective July 1.Supply Not AppointedCameron St. Michael to Montrose and Harmon, Embarras RD,effective July 1. Note: These are two separate assignments. This ishis first supply assignment in IGRC.Richard Madden to May Chapel, Kaskaskia RD, effective July 2.This is his first supply assignment in IGRC.Ray Long to Ashley, Kaskaskia RD, effective July 1. This is his firstsupply assignment in IGRC.Patti and Tom Hanzel to Lancaster/Pleasant Grove/Nye Chapel,Kaskaskia RD, effective July 1. This is their first supply assignmentin IGRC.Tawnya Fairchild to Marshall Asbury and Brick, Embarras RD,effective July 1. Note: These are two separate assignments. This isher first supply assignment in IGRC.Jon Warren to Oquawka/Biggsville/Gladstone, Spoon RD, effectiveJuly 1. This is his first supply assignment in the IGRC.Marvin (Bud) Bennett to Steeleville-Percy, Mississippi RD,effective July 1.DeathsAdra M. Reinhardt, widow of the Rev. Wilbur O. Reinhardt, diedJuly 13, in Brighton. She and her husband served churches in theformer Southern Illinois Conference, primarily in the Metro-Eastarea, retiring in 1978. He passed away in 1996.Condolences may be sent to a son, Glenn Reinhardt, 3740 BrightonBunker Hill Road, Brighton, IL 62012.A full obituary may be found at http://kurrusfh.com/index.aspx?news=869 and notes may be left for the family online.Mildred Hooper, widow of Leland E. Hooper, passed away onJuly 10, in Fairfield. She and her husband served local churches inthe former Southern Illinois Conference. He died in 1971.Condolences may be sent to her caregiver, Rita Kunz, 809 RobertsRoad, Sandwich, IL 60548-1159.Noreta Joan O’Dell, wife of retired pastor John L. O’Dell, diedJuly 7, in Clayton, Mo.Together with her husband they servedlocal churches in the former Southern Illinois Conference, retiringfrom Salem Trinity UMC in 1995.Condolences may be sent to Rev. John O’Dell, 923 N BroadwayAve., Salem, IL 62881-1271Gloria D. Davis, a retired pastor, died July 6, in Lacon.She served at Witt and Athens-Cantrall, retiring in 2010.Condolences may be sent to a son, Todd Davis, PO Box 144, Varna,IL 61375. Online condolences may be left at www.lenzmemorialhome.com.Carroll Erwin, husband of IGRC retired pastor Rev. Mary Erwin,died June 26.Condolences can be sent to Rev. Mary Erwin at 1202 Anderson Dr.,Marion, IL 62959, or his daughter Delores Bowers, wife of retiredpastor Don Bowers, at 12986 Whippoorwill Lane, Creal Springs,IL 62922.Vickie Killus to Iroquois-Sheldon, Iroquois RD, effective July 1.This is her first supply assignment in the IGRC.Caleb McGregor to Middlefork, Iroquois RD, effective July 1. Thisis his first supply assignment in the IGRC.Gary Mosimann to Granite City Niedringhaus, Mississippi RD,effective July 1.Ellen Dodd to Smithfield-Brock-Locust Lane, Illinois RD, effectiveJuly 1. This is her first supply assignment.Eunice Glasser to Calhoun-Ebenezer, Kaskaskia RD, effective July1. This is her first supply assignment.Adam Hosmer to Bethel-Kane, LaMoine RD, effective July 1.Russell Rhodes to Deer Creek, Illinois RD, effective July 1. This ishis first supply assignment.Lenny Summar to Pesotum, Iroquois RD, effective July 1. This ishis first supply assignment.Change of statusDan Harry to leave of absence, effective July 1.Sonia Alvarado to family leave, effective July 1.Jane Heinzmann, discontinuation of supply position, effectiveJune 30.Sheila Ducommon, discontinuation of supply position, effectiveJune 30.James Williams, discontinuation of supply position, effectiveSept. 30, 2012.Dennis Divan, discontinuation of supply position, effective Sept.30, 2012.David Estep to Springfield Woodside-Northside, Sangamon RD,effective Aug. 1. The effective date has been changed.Linda Harrod to Springfield Woodside-Northside Associate, SangamonRD, effective Aug. 1. The effective date has been changed.Nathan Jeffries to Danville: First, Iroquois RD, effective July 1.This is a status change from supply to student local pastor. He isa certified candidate in the Missouri Conference and a studentat Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This is a first-timeappointment.Matthew Jaiah, discontinuation of supply position, effectiveJune 30.Richard Small, discontinuation of supply position, effectiveJune 30.Karen Blank Ewell, discontinuation of an extension ministryappointment, Director, IGRC Pastoral Care and Counseling, effectiveJune 30.Lucille M. Follis Mitchell, widow of Rev. Louis C. Mitchell, diedJune 24 in Anna. She and her husband served churches in theformer Southern Illinois Conference, nearly all in what is now theCache RD. They last served the Creal Springs Circuit in 1975. Hepassed away in 1987.A full obituary may be found at http://rendlemanhilemanfh.com/ where you may leave a personal message.Condolences may also be sent to a son, Fawn P. Follis, 455 FollisLane, Jonesboro, IL 62952.Maxene Raper of Bloomington, died June 23. Maxene served asa lay person working at the Central Illinois Conference office fromthe mid-1970’s to the early 1990’s as the Administrative Assistantto the Program Director.Arrangements and a full obituary and condolences may be leftonline at www.calvertmemorial.com.Rev. Dr. E. Michael Jones, elder of IGRC and spouse of KaskaskiaRD Superintendent Rev. Cynthia Jones, died June 22. He servedat Westmer Larger Parish, Quincy Vermont St UMC, Chaddock,Countryside UMC, Cunningham Children’s Home, Peter CartwrightUMC, Charleston Wesley UMC, and as dean and teacher for Courseof Study while on disability.Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: Rev. Cynthia Jones, 405Jay Drive, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-2249.Retired pastor William Jack Martin died June 12, in Hueytown,Ala. Rev. Martin served in North Carolina, Alaska and in the formerSouthern Illinois Conference, retiring from Bluford Otterbeinin 1987. His wife, Rachel Aidella, died in 2001.Condolences may be sent to a niece, Cathy Speakman, 148Wickstead Road, Hueytown, AL 35023.Take Disciple Bible Study behind barsThousands of United Methodists have celebrated the value of Disciple BibleStudy (DBS). They have learned more about the church, their discipleship andthe human condition from Genesis to Revelation.Some graduates of Disciple I Bible Study have been inspired to go deeper. Theyhave taken Disciple II, III, IV and continued their spiritual growth and development.Biblically speaking, Disciple Bible Study was created “to equip the saintsfor the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12).Recently, Illinois Great Rivers (IGR) and Northern Illinois Conferences agreed toa joint approach of “equipping the saints for the work of ministry.” We launchedan initiative to conduct Disciple Bible Study in the statewide prison system.Admittedly, the church has been a bit skittish about visiting the imprisonedmuch less connecting with them on a consistent basis. To be sure, fear has immobilizedtoo many of us. What might happen in face to face encounters hasresulted in the response of avoidance? On the one hand, the disguised look ofsome jails and the remote locations of some prisons have resulted in anothertypical human response “out of sight, out of mind.”“Out of sight, out of mind” won’t work as sufficient rationale for the church toavoid prison ministries. Too many pastors have preached on Matthew 25:31-46and Luke 4: 17-19 for the church to say, “we didn’t know Jesus cared for the imprisoned.”In one scripture, our Lord came “to proclaim release to the captives.”In another passage on the Last Judgment, Jesus declared that “failing to visitthe imprisoned was a failure to visit him.” Men, women and children locked upin prison may be “out of sight,” but rarely are they “out of mind.” Radio, television,newspapers, family and personal situations, and the rising cost of buildingprisons have made it so.A little known hymn story about a famous revival hymn has a similar awarenessbuilt into its genesis. Blind Fanny Crosby, born 1820 and died 1915, wrote thehymn. During one of her routine prison visits, Fanny prepared to leave. Apparently,Crosby passed by an inmate who needed to see her as well. Before Fannycould depart, the inmate’s fervent plea stopped her dead in her tracks. “Fanny,do not pass me by.”According to Fanny Crosby, she went straight home and wrote the verses toa popular revival hymn still sung today Pass me not O gentle Savior, hear myhumble cry; while on others thou art calling, do not pass me by. Circa 1868, thathappened. Yes, an inmate, jailed for his transgression against society inspiredwords and verses touching many hearts today. Even today, right now, inmatesbehind bars everywhere are still making that plea to anybody who will listenespecially the church “while on others thou are calling, do not pass me by.”How can UMs in this conference respond to this heartfelt plea?• First, pray and ask God to make known the more excellent andpermissible way to take God behind bars.• Second, encourage your pastor to become a Volunteer Chaplain.Chaplains may be allowed to preach, pray, read scripture or be alistening ear.• Third, locate a transitional house in your area. Find out how your churchcan be in ministry to and with them. Then, do it.• Fourth, get your church involved or continue their involvement inDisciple Bible Study.• Fifth, become a Disciple Bible Study Outreach (DOBM) Prison Volunteer.Newly launched by IGRC and Northern Illinois Conferences, a trainingevent will be held at Dwight UMC, Aug. 24, to train and certify DOBMPrison Volunteers. It will convene from 1 to 4 p.m. Before the afternoonDOBM event, persons will be trained to lead Disciple Bible Study intheir local church from 9 a.m. to noon. Information on both seminars ison the conference website. For registration and link to the bulletin insertvisit www.igrc.org/disciple2013. If you have additional questions, callBeth Fender, Coordinator of Discipleship and New Streams, at theIGRC(217-529-2611).I am calling on every church, clergy and laity, to remember one of the issueswe’ll have to respond to at the Judgment. “I was in prison and you visited me.”“And when was it that saw you sick or in prison and visited you.” “What youhave done to the least of these my brethren,” Christ replied, “You have done itunto me.”A bonus is bound up is such visitations. Just as John Wesley discovered a fieldof harvest awaiting him outside the walls of the church via field preaching, wemay discover a bigger field of harvest awaits us inside prisons through DiscipleBible Study.Bishop to lead Holy Land trip• Day 1 & 2 travel days• Day 3 to Galilee• Day 4 to Nazareth, Megiddo & Caesarea• Day 5 to Jericho, Qumran & the Mount of Olives• Day 6 to Jerusalem & Bethlehem• Day 7 to Jerusalem & the Old City• Day 8 to Masada & the Dead Sea or Day ofLeisure• Day 9 to Jerusalem• Day 10 Travel date or beginning one of twoextensions -- Cairo & the Route of the Exodus– 4 days for addit'l $798; or a Nile Cruise – 7days for addit'l $1,448)The Current (USPS 014-964) is published monthly by theIllinois Great Rivers Conference of The UMC, 5900 South Second Street,Springfield, IL 62711An individual subscription is $15 per year. The opinions expressed inviewpoints are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect theviews of The Current, The IGRC, or The UMC.Communications Team leader: Paul E. Black; team members: NatalieRowe and Michele Willson. Send materials toP.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794-9207or tel. 217.529.2040 or fax 217.529.4155thecurrent@igrc.org, website www.igrc.orgPeriodical postage paid at Peoria, IL, and additional mailing offices.POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to The Current, IllinoisGreat Rivers ConferenceP.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794-92072 | August 2013 | The Current news from the episcopal office

events&announcementsMcCarty itinerating in IGRCDeaconess Janet McCarty will be itinerating in the IGRC from July to Novemberfollowing her retirement from Southern Philippines MethodistColleges, Inc.If your church would like to host McCarty for a visit, contact Conference Secretary forGlobal Ministries Carolyn Yockey to arrange a time between mid-July and November.Yockey can be reached at 309-452-3936, by email at CLPY508@aol.com, or by mailinga request to her at 508 Normal Ave., Normal, IL 61761.Gulley to speak at Aug. 24 banquetMT. VERNON – Rev. James Gulley will be the keynote speaker at theThird Annual Living the Adventure Ministries banquet at Mt. VernonWest Salem Trinity UMC on Aug. 24.The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the banquet, Gulley will lead a three-hourmission development presentation, sharing his experience in Haiti. There is no costfor either the presentation or the banquet, although there will be an opportunityto give to the ministry of Living the Adventure ministries. For more information orto register for either event, please contact Rev. Matt Henson at 618-830-6670 or byemail matt@livingtheadventure.net.Registration for 2013 College of Christian LifeOnline registration is now open for the 2013 College of Christian Life Aug. 5-7 at Peoria'sFour Point by Sheraton hotel. This year's topic is Spiritual But Not Religious - featuresDr. Linda Mercadante from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO).Register online or download brochure by visiting www.igrc.org/CCL2013.Disability grant deadline extendedThe application deadline for the next round of grants from the Disability AwarenessSunday offering has been extended to Aug. 31.Grant funding is available for attitudinal accessibility programs such as disabilityawareness workshops, inclusion seminars, startup funds for ministries with individualswith disabilities and/or their families, such as respite ministry or transportationministry. This grant cycle awarded no funds for architectural accessibility.Churches seeking funds for architectural accessibility projects may apply on the Jan.31, 2014 grant cycle. For complete grant criteria and an application form, please visitwww.igrc.org/disabilityconcerns and click on “Grant Forms” or contact Beth Fenderat bfender@igrc.org or 217-529-2611.Downlink site for Global Leadership SummitSpringfield First UMC will be one of the host sites for a Global Leadership SummitAug. 8-9. Thousands of leaders across North America will take part in the Summit,hosted by Willow Creek Church. For more information, visit www.springfieldfirst.org/leadership-summit/East St. Louis Trinity UMC needs Mission teamsVolunteer mission teams are needed at East St. Louis Trinity UMC. A work project isplanned to develop better parking to accommodate the growing congregation andcommunity outreach activities. To schedule work days, contact Rev Nathan Wolff at314-258-1655.Volunteers needed for flood cleanupVolunteers are being sought to assist the community of Marseilles, located in theNorthern Illinois Conference. The community is still trying to rebuild in the aftermathof April flooding. There is work for both VIM teams as well as those not trained indisaster response.Visit www.umcnic.org/n_marseilles_needs_volunteers_for_flood_relief.php for moreinfo.Disciple Bible Study/Outreach trainingThe Illinois Great Rivers and Northern Illinois Conferences, through the newlyformedDisciple Bible Outreach Ministries of Illinois, Inc., will offer training for volunteersAug. 24 at Dwight UMC for those who wish to facilitate Disciple Bible Study intheir local churches or within the Illinois prison system.All DBOM prison volunteers must be trained and certified for this ministry. This trainingis the first to be offered through our brand-new Illinois affiliate. Local church Discipleleaders are welcomed and encouraged to attend, whether or not your churchintends to offer Disciple in the prisons. For more info. and to register for the training,visit www.igrc.org/disciple2013.Sexual ethics training makeupMakeup sessions for persons unable to attend April's mandatory sexual ethics trainingor the June 5 makeup can attend the Oct. 19 makeup session.Online registration is already open for the Oct. 19, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Conference Center. Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. To register,visit www.igrc.org/sexualethics.IGRC to host BMCR eventSpringfield's Crown Plaza Hotel is the site for the 43rd Annual meeting of the NCJBlack Methodists for Church Renewal Nov. 6-9; the theme: Making All Things New.Hotel reservations opened on June 1 with a special block rate of $114 per night,single or double occupancy, and more details about the event will be available soon.Lay servant ministry training for teensJudy Vidakovich is organizing a 24-hr lay servant ministry training event for highschool youth to be held at Petersburg UMC (near Springfield) on Aug. 11-12. If youwould like more information, email Judy at jvidakovich@igrc.org.Pathways to a Praying ChurchPana First UMC is hosting Pathways to a Praying Church seminar on Aug. 16-17, sponsoredby Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.The sessions is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Theseminar cost is $20 and includes lunch and dinner and a seminar workbook.Questions or to register, contact the church by email or by calling 217-562-2823.Worship in Spirit and Truth seminarWashington Evangelical UMC will host Worship in Spirit and Truth seminar Aug. 21-22, sponsored by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.Sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is$25. For more info, contact Judi Hauck at 309-363-1902 or judi.hauck@gmail.com.The Worship in Spirit and Truth Seminar (WIST) is a team-led weekend renewal eventdesigned to equip participants with a biblical understanding of worship. Incorporatingscripture from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, teachingsexamine both corporate worship experiences and the lives of individual worshipers.Truths gained from this experience will give your church fresh insight into worshipand its importance in and to our daily lives while participants are encouraged todevelop a "24/7" lifestyle of worship.The Well for youth workersHarvest Ministry Team will host its ninth annual event, The Well for youth workers inlocal churches at five locations between Oct. 7 and Oct. 22.The times and sites are as follows:• Oct. 7: Effingham Centenary UMC, 5 to 8:30 p.m.• Oct. 8: Belleville St. Matthew UMC, 9 a.m. to noon• Oct. 10: Cherry Hills Baptist Church, Springfield, 5 to 8:30 p.m.• Oct. 17: The Vine, Carbondale, 9 a.m. to noon• Oct. 18: First Presbyterian Church, Champaign, 5 to 8:30 p.m.The Well is designed to be a "close to home" training and equipping event for localchurch youth workers, volunteer or paid. The three-hour meeting is perfect forlearning, fellowship and refreshment. For more information, including registration,visit www.harvestministryteams.com/thewell/index.html.Ignition Middle School ConferenceHarvest Ministry Team will host its Ignition Middle School Conference (grades 6th- 8th). Oct. 25-26 at Troy UMC; event theme: Live Like That. Featuring speaker LisaJoiner, middle school pastor of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.For more info, visit www.ignitionconference.com. The weekend includes worship,praise, and teaching designed to draw students closer to Christ.Vermilion UMM Trivia NightThe Vermilion RD UM Men is hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday, Oct. 12 at DwightUMC, beginning at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $80 for a table of eight or fewer, $100 for a tableof nine or 10. Silent auction baskets will also be available for bid that evening.To register by Sept. 27 contact Steve West at 815-937-4036. Checks should bemade payable to Vermilion RD UMM and mailed to West at 1346 S. Fourth St.,Kankakee, IL 60901. Proceeds benefit The Baby Fold and E. Bay Camp.Disability Awareness Sunday Sept. 22IGRC churches are encouraged to observe Disability Awareness Sunday on thefourth Sunday of September or another Sunday of their choice. Offerings receivedfrom this observance funds accessibility grants. Please visit www.igrc.org/disabilityconcernsfor links to worship resources and further info.Final Deeper Still event Sept. 27-28The seventh and final event in the Deeper Still series, Sharing Deeply and GivingYour Heart Away: Experiencing Christian Conferencing and Ministry with the Sick,will be Sept. 27-28, at Monmouth First UMC.Featured speakers are Rev. Dr. Scott Kisker of Wesley Theological Seminary andresource people from IGRC churches and ministries.Early registration through Aug. 30 is $25/person, and the final registration deadlineis Sept. 20. For more infor and registration link, visit www.igrc.org/deeperstill."Deeper Still” is a series of experiential retreats exploring spiritual disciplines. Eachretreat offers hands-on experience with one act of piety (which helps us growin our love for God) and one act of mercy (which helps us grow in our love forour neighbor), along with time to explore the connection between the two andreflect on how the practice of these means of grace helps us grow deeper still inour life in the Spirit.ClassifiedsChristian spiritual leader for a new church start in Bloomington Normal area, responsible for organizing all as-pects of music and a/v for worship, and active participant for all aspects of building this new congregation. Applicationsdue by August 5th. Contact Jennie Edwards Bertrand for more information at jennieedwardsbertrand@gmail.com.events & announcments The Current | August 2013 | 3

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