DATE CHANGE: Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) is an opportunity for any RSMA church to be in an RCA learning community led by Ken Eriks and the Lake Institute focused on growing a culture of generosity in congregations. In three one-day seminars, pastors and ministry leaders learn to unearth and energize congregational generosity by exploring the significant and necessary steps to creating lasting cultural change. Interactive segments of CCCG explore theology, the role of adaptive leadership, fiscal transparency, and the importance of donor care. Participants leave with action steps for both laity and clergy to explore and experience generosity. The dates for this learning community are November Nov. 19, 2016, January 14, 2017, and March 4, 2017 and it will be held at Christ Community Church in Lemont, IL. For more information, click HERE. If your church is interested in joining this learning community, please contact Chad Schuitema.
A new website and a new tool to help your church find help for its mission and ministries is available from the RCA’s Transformed and Transforming staff. The updated Transformed and Transforming website can be found by clicking HERE. To connect with RCA leaders and resources to help your church, simply go to this quiz.
The 2016 Book of Church Order is now available online.
Green Standards is a company that has helped one of our region’s churches save thousands of dollars by providing access to safe, functional office equipment. Check out Green Standards online to get free, gently-used office furniture and equipment delivered for free.
The 2017 RSMA Salary Schedule, Rules, and Guidelines is now available. These guidelines are recommended to classes to adopt as their own.
There are many resources available on the Regional Synod of Mid-America’s website such as a pulpit supply list, information on personnel committees, prayer resources, and disciple resources. For more, visit: http://www.rsmam.org/resources/
News from Camp Manitoqua
Teachers and Parents: Have your preschooler’s class attend our Fall Preschool Days, an edu-fun day for preschool groups, for an autumn hands-on learning experience, at Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center, Wednesday, October 5, Thursday, October 6, or Friday, October 7. This outing includes a native animal hike, camp fire stories, playing our kid-sized Candy Land game, our pumpkin patch, and more – costumes encouraged! For more information visit www.manitoqua.org/events, or call our office Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm at 815-469-2319. RSVP required for this classroom attendance.
Experience the Oak Leaf Festival, an autumn event for families, youth groups, and more, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center on October 8th, from 10am-3pm. Activities include tree & wall climbing, creation exploration, family scavenger hunts, campfire, inflatable jumpies, wagon rides, autumn arts & crafts, and food treats. $6 admission fee (2 and under are free), additional costs may apply for treats and climbing. All details available at our website: www.manitoqua.org/events.
Storm the base, capture the flag, and win the game! Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center invites you out to one of the most epic days of paintball you will ever experience on October 22 from 10am – 4pm! Come play a full day of paintball on our wooded course. Space is limited; registration processed on first come first serve basis. Cost is $36 (includes gun and mask rental, 1000 paintballs, and a box lunch). Register online at www.manitoqua.org/events by RSVP by October 19. Ages: 7th grade and older. Questions: call the office at 815.469.2319.
Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center’s fall retreat season has begun. At this time, we are offering groups a 15% discount on any retreat booked for December 2016 or January 2017. Please contact Ken at 815.469.2319, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability.