MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE REGIONAL SYNOD OF MID-AMERICA!
Youth Corresponding Delegate to General Synod 2020 Needed – If you know of any youth in your church that may be interested in being a youth delegate to General Synod 2020, please email Chad. In addition to participating in the regular business of the General Synod, the youth corresponding delegates meet together for discussion and equipping. It is anticipated that the youth delegates have given some thought about the possibility that God may be calling him or her to be a pastor or in some kind of active Christian ministry. That does not necessarily mean that a decision has been made. It is an intention of the participation in General Synod as a youth delegate to help that person discern hearing the Holy Spirit’s voice. General Synod 2020 is at Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) June 11-16, 2020. All expenses are paid for this trip.
Take the Vision 2020 Survey – The Vision 2020 Team has put together a survey asking for feedback. All feedback from survey participants will be kept anonymous, and the results will go to their independently contracted survey researcher, Dr. Megan Mullins, who has worked with them to both design the survey and analyze the results. All of your responses will be confidential. Dr. Mullins will only report out survey results in group format. This is such an important season of discernment for our denomination, and your feedback will aid the 2020 Vision Team as they work toward a final recommendation to the 2020 General Synod. Please take this survey by December 18 by clicking HERE.
Registration Closing December 18! The RCA’s Mission 2020 will be held in Orlando, FL January 16-18, 2020 (just 4 weeks away) and will be a festival to God’s goodness. Throughout the three-day event, attendees will celebrate God’s goodness over 377 years of mission and together imagine the future of RCA Global Mission. Registration is now open by visiting mission2020.rca.org.
The She is Called Leadership Collaborative (LC) is being offered in the Chicagoland area for all women feeling led to explore their gifts and grow in their callings as followers of Jesus Christ. This is a low-cost opportunity to get leadership development. Most of the meetings will take place via video conference to make this as accessible to all as possible. Rev. Jewel Willis Thomas will be leading this LC in our region and you can find out more by clicking HERE. The LC will begin in January, so sign up soon!
Growing Young Cohort forming – This yearlong process helps facilitate strategic planning in your worshiping community and uses six principles to help your congregation grow young. You will learn from leading voices and researchers at the Fuller Youth Institute, engage in collaborative learning with other congregations investing in the same work, and begin implementing new innovative strategies to engage the entirety of your church in intergenerational ministry. All this will be accomplished through coaching, webinars, and two in-person summits. Sign up closes January 10. Click HERE for more information.
The RCA’s Board of Benefits Services Employee Assistance Program provides free, confidential Christian counseling either at at an outpatient clinic in your area or via an online telehealth session. Up to 3 sessions per issue are provided at no cost to any employee of an RCA church. Some common issues addressed are depression, anxiety, work-related problems, marital issues, family issues, substance abuse, and others. The 24 hour hotline number is (833) 244-2490. For more information click HERE.
The 2020 RSMA Compensation Guidelines are available by clicking HERE. These guidelines have been approved by all classes and can help guide churches as they budget for this next year. Also available on this page of our website are helpful resources for church personnel committees.
There will be a Faithwalking Retreat on February 7-8, 2020 at Grace Valley CRC in German Valley, IL. (8210 E Edwardsville Rd, German Valley IL 61039). If anyone is interested in attending the cost is $50 and they can contact Scott Stephan for more information or to register.
NEWS FROM CAMP MANITOQUA
Have a BLAST this winter break – Registration began October 1 for our WinterBlast day camp program, a break from school, not from fun, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center. Held during winter break for grades 1-6; featuring classic camp activities, winter snow games, hot lunches, and more. Online registration and additional information (including downloadable brochure) available at Manitoqua.org/winterblast, or call our office at 815.469.2319.
SUMMER STAFF: Camp Manitoqua is looking for ministry-minded college aged students to work on staff for summer 2020 at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center. Starting in November, applications for 2020 summer staff at Camp Manitoqua are available online at Manitoqua.org/jobs.
Stand Out Youth Leadership Retreat – Stand Out seeks to help answer questions about what it means to lead like Jesus did as a youth. During this high school leadership retreat, we will be focusing on many leadership topics with an emphasis on becoming a successful Christian leader. For more information, go to https://www.manitoqua.org/standout