You don’t want to miss this! RSVP ASAP for Growing Your Emotional Maturity/Having Difficult Conversations Workshop will be held in our region on November 23 from 9am-3pm (CENTRAL TIME) at American Reformed Church in DeMotte, IN. Also during these workshops, participants will have a chance to examine and discuss the 3 scenarios put forward by the Vision 2020 Team of the RCA. Jim Herrington and Trisha Taylor facilitate the Vision 2020 team and will lead us in these workshops. Lunch will be provided and there is no cost for this event. You are encouraged to bring as many people from your church as possible. We have held similar workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin and they have been very helpful.
What you will learn in the workshop:
- A different way of listening to those with whom you disagree.
- Everyone contributes to the results we are getting in conflict, even me. “You’re not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic.”
- How to engage in conflict in a healthy way. Often we engage in destructive conflict where we make things worse or walk away, resigned and cynical.
- How can you hold on to what you believe and also stay connected to those who see things differently.
- The ability to act out of our deeply held values despite the pressure to do otherwise.
- How do we stay calm and thoughtful when the emotions in and around us are so powerful.
- Principles and practices for managing ourselves while the tension around us and in us rises.
- How God will help you grow in your own emotional maturity in the face of conflict in ways that help you to be healthier and more effective in your congregation, the classis, the workplace, our families and in our marriage.
*RSVP by emailing Chad by November 20.
New Advent Resources from the RCA – If you’re still looking for Advent resources, check out these children’s bulletins with whimsical art by Joel Schoon Tanis. This year’s lectionary-based Advent devotions are written by leaders from the RCA’s Council of Pacific and Asian American Ministries; subscribe to get these devotions in your email on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during Advent. Or check out the comprehensive Advent resource guide from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship.
FCC Changes to Wireless Microphone Bands – you may have already noticed some interference in your wireless microphones. That’s because Wireless microphones that operate in the 600 MHz service band will be required to cease operation sort by no later than July 13, 2020, and may be required to cease operation sooner if they could cause interference to new wireless licensees that commence operations on their licensed spectrum in the 600 MHz service band. Your church may even be fined if it continues to use these service bands. More information can be found HERE and HERE. Churches are encouraged to consult with their wireless microphone providers for more information and help with this change.
Churches Learning Change – a new monthly learning community model beginning January 22, 2020 will help pastors and churches looking for tools and skills to more successfully navigate change. Pastors will receive monthly online training, coaching, and churches will receive great monthly content to help equip leaders, increase discipleship, and learn adaptive leadership skills. All for the low price of $250! Any questions, email Chad.
The RCA’s Mission 2020 will be held in Orlando, FL January 16-18, 2020 (just 8 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 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
Enjoy a taste of fall at the Red Oak Luncheon, a pleasant occasion for adults, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center on Wednesday, December 4th. Coffee & rolls will be served at 10:30am. Our program will begin at 11:00am with lunch to follow at 12:00pm. Tours of the grounds will be available after lunch. Cost for the event is $10.00. Please make reservations at 815.469.2319 by December 2.
Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center is currently hiring lead cooks and food service assistants. Shifts needed are mid-week days (ideal for moms with children in school), mid-week evenings and weekends all days. High School students and college students are ideal candidates as well! Fall season begins immediately after summer and stays busy through mid-November. Visit Manitoqua.org/jobs or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the office at 815.469.2319 for an application.