Donate to Disaster Relief
Online donations to the IGRC Disaster Response Fund can be made here. Funds will be used to address emerging needs in areas hit by disaster within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. And 100 percent of your donation goes to disaster response -- nothing is taken off the top to pay for administrative costs.
UMCOR responds to Typhoon Haiyan
UMCOR has released a $97,000 emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan to provide food, water and water purification tablets. UMCOR is ready to respond as soon as the impacted areas are accessible. The UMCOR Philippines national field office, just outside of Manila, was not directly affected and is operational.
Donations to assist UMCOR’s work in the Philippines may be made to Advance #982450 International Disaster Response and designated as “Typhoon Haiyan” Find out the latest on the United Methodist response as well as resources for local churches.
Pastoral Care and Counseling Coordinator
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church is conducting a search for a Pastoral Care and Counseling Coordinator. This is a half-time, year-round Conference staff position with a suggested start date of Feb. 1, 2014.
Bishop Keaton: 'Finish What You Start'
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton urges the congregations and United Methodists of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference to "finish what you start" in their disciple-making process, their payment of apportionments and in their commitment to Imagine No Malaria.
Tornados ravage IllinoisWashington residents emerge from a damaged home in the Devonshire subdivision Sunday after a tornado stuck the town. Washington was one of several Illinois communities ravaged by EF3 and EF4 tornados. Click here for the latest information and the IGRC disaster response. Photo courtesy of Peoria Journal-Star Read more »
Covenant Keepers 2014Registration is underway for Covenant Keepers 2014. Leonard Sweet will be the speaker with Tim Price leading worship. This year's format will include a Monday evening free for fellowship with colleagues and friends. Read more »
Bishop's statement on same-sex marriageFollowing passage of legislation by the Illinois General Assembly, legalizing same-sex marriage, Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton issued a statement in response to inquiries about The United Methodist Church's position on the issue. Read more »
First Wesley Foundation celebrates 100 yearsIn the midst of celebrating 100 years of campus ministry at the Wesley Foundation on the campus of the University of Illinois, Illinois Area Bishop Jonathan Keaton challenged campus ministries everywhere, asking, “What good news of the gospel is available to students who live with their backs against the wall?” Read more »
Liberia's president makes quiet visit to SpringfieldLiberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited Springfield Oct. 4-6 for surgery on her wrist at Springfield's Memorial Medical Center. Read more »
Pearce installed as Illinois River District SuperintendentMary Kathryn Pearce and Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton are pictured following Pearce's Installation Service as Illinois River District Superintendent held Sept. 29 at East Peoria First UMC. Click to view the gallery of photos from the service. Read more »
A Living MemorialConference staff, along with friends and family of the late Rev. E. Michael Jones gather for a service of dedication of a living memorial on the Conference Center grounds Oct. 1. To view photos of the construction and dedication, click the link below. Read more »
A century of adventure in higher educationOn Oct. 13, 1913, the Wesley Foundation was born as a new way for Methodists to minister on college campuses that became a model for campus ministry across the nation and world. And it all began on the campus of the University of Illinois. Read more »
Bias nominee for GBOD General SecretaryRev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, former pastor of Peoria First UMC, has been selected as the nominee for General Secretary of the General Board of Discipleship. Bias will be presented as the search committee's selection at the Oct. 10-12 board meeting. Read more »
IGRC helping to finish off malariaThe Rev. Kathy Crozier poses with children at Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village in Duahzon, Liberia. Crozier, who contracted malaria during a 2008 mission trip to Liberia, and her husband Jim helped raise more than $323,000 to help fight the disease. Read more »
Civil rights protesters 'representatives' of their communitiesLorene King remembers 1963 as a summer of sit-ins and marches during the fight for equality. During that summer, King and many others picketed CILCO in a non-violent protest. She was arrested and earned a trip to the Peoria County Jail. Read more »
Ken Garfield covered the famous preacher for more than a dozen years. “There’s much that organized religion can learn from Graham.”
Rev. William Holmes had to go into hiding after taking Dallas to task, post-assassination.
Former senators Lugar and Inouye honored by Obama for their public service as examples of those who have “strengthened our nation.”
“Immersion experience” for Council of Bishops begins at Trail of Tears. Churches can “choose to be a catalyst of healing and reconciliation.”
Warner H. Brown Jr. will become next president, and council elects Bruce R. Ough as president-designate and Cynthia Fierro Harvey as secretary.
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