Higher calling inspires
[JUNE 30, 2004] First Christian Church in Champaign will host a senior adult ministry conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. The conference will feature Champaign minister and author Dr. Harold Davis, who will lead workshops on his TALKS mentoring program. In his keynote presentation he will address the important role adults play in the lives of children. As a man is, so is his strength.
The conference, built on the theme of "Sharing Golden Nuggets in Golden Years," will offer a variety of workshops designed to show adults how they can stay physically, mentally and spiritually healthy by staying active in church ministries and by volunteering. Representatives from area ministries and organizations will also be available to answer questions and provide information about volunteer opportunities.
"Sharing Golden Nuggets in Golden Years" is the brainchild of First Christian's senior adult's minister, Don Hatfield. "Older adults have golden nuggets of wisdom that are needed by the younger generations. Society and the church needs these people to be involved in mentoring, teaching and serving," explains Hatfield. "There are a variety of ministries that retirees can get involved in and really make a difference, really have a positive impact on the people around them, young and old alike."
The conference is sponsored by First Christian Church in Champaign and Christian Homes in Lincoln. Conference registration includes continental breakfast, worship sessions and speaker, three workshops, and lunch. For more information visit the First Christian Church website at www.fcc-online.org/ministries-senior.html or call the church office at (217) 356-1649.
Bergin, communications coordinator,
St. John United Church of Christ members attend Illinois conference
[JUNE 26, 2004] The 40th anniversary of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ met on the Elmhurst College campus in Elmhurst recently.
Michelle Johnson and Heather Goetsch of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln carried a banner in the parade of over 100 banners from the participating churches at the opening worship service.
Under the theme of "From a Firm Foundation Our Future Flows," special speakers were the Rev. Dr. W. Sterling Cary, conference minister emeritus; the Rev. Dr. John Thomas, general minister president of the United Church of Christ; and the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
During the business meeting, the gathering voted to create a partnership with the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola. Several delegates from Angola were present to participate in the meeting and to be recognized following the vote.
Representing St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln were youth delegates Lois Leonard and Heather Goetsch. Also attending from the Lincoln church were Michelle Johnson, the Rev. Richard Reinwald, and the Rev. Wallace and Tonita Reifsteck.
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