Honoring Our Stories Women’s Retreat – The Regional Synod of Mid-America, Chicago Classis and Christ Community Church warmly invite all women to join us in Lemont, Illinois, for a day of spiritual refreshment, story sharing and meaningful fellowship with other sisters in Christ. We will gather on Saturday morning beginning with worship and prayer. There will be an interactive Bible study, workshops, reflections and plenty of time for connecting and conversation. All meals and materials will be included for a cost of $20.00. Register here: http://www.ccconbell.com/event/honoring-our-stories-womens-retreat/
Local retreat leaders are Rev. Jewel Willis Thomas, Rev. Caryn Baham, Pastor Pam Otten, and Rev. Marge Vander Wagen. For more information, contact Rev. Jewel Willis Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-257-7770.
New Emotional Maturity/Having Difficult Conversations Workshops will be held in our region on November 23 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.
Often we engage in destructive conflict and make things worse or we walk away, resigned and cynical. How can we hold on to what we believe and also stay connected to those who see things differently? How do we stay calm and thoughtful when the emotions in and around us are so powerful? In this workshop, we will learn principles and practices for managing ourselves as the tension around us and in us rises. We will learn how God will help us grow our own maturity in the face of conflict in ways that help us to be healthier and more effective in our congregations, our classes and our families.
RSVP by emailing Chad by November 18.
Learn more about short-term mission trips through the RCA’s Volunteer Engagement Office by checking out their Facebook page and viewing a recent video that can help you learn more about volunteering with RCA Global Mission and also give you a glimpse into the volunteer experiences that are available
The RCA’s Mission 2020 will be held in Orlando, FL January 16-18, 2020 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. Scholarship for the next generation of leaders are available by clicking HERE and the deadline is September 20 for applying for these scholarships.
Minutes of General Synod 2019 are now available by clicking HERE.
Board of Benefits Services Annual Insurance and Retirement Benefits Booklet is now available by clicking HERE.
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 are yet to be approved by our individual classes at their fall meetings but 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.
NEWS FROM CAMP MANITOQUA
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 email@example.com or the office at 815.469.2319 for an application.
Teachers and Parents: Have your preschooler’s class attend our Fall Preschool Days, an educationally fun day for preschool groups, at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center, Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3. This outing includes a native animal hike, campfire stories, playing our kid-sized Candy Land game, our pumpkin patch, and more. For more information visit Manitoqua.org/events, or call our office at 815.469.2319. RSVP required for this event, minimum group size is six.
Storm the base, capture the flag, and win the game! Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center invites you out to one of the most epic days of paintball you will ever experience on October 19 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 marker and mask rental, 1000 paintballs, and a box lunch). Register online at Manitoqua.org/events by October 15. Ages: 7thgrade and older. Questions: call the office at 815.469.2319.