IKC News

Adult Leaders For Young Ambassadors Generation 7
We have begun planning for our participation in Generation 7 of our Young Ambassadors ministry with the region of Wittgenstein in Westphalia, Germany.  We are seeking two exceptional adult leaders who will shepherd this ministry involving 15 of our youth over the next three years.  The German youth delegation will come to us in July of 2019, and our youth will go to Germany in July of 2020.
To apply to become one of the two leaders, complete this application and return to Rev. John Krueger  (john_kreuger425@comcast.net) by September 30, 2017.
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Youth and young adults drive Just Peace work in southern Indiana congregations 
A UCC pastor in rural Southern Indiana, representing his conference, helped turn the tide in the Sri Lanka peace process several years ago with Just Peacemaking practices. Two groups of young people, from the communities and two congregations in which he serves, are following in his footsteps as they work for the love of neighbor to build a just world for all. (Read more)
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Annual Missionary Conference for Global Ministries

The annual Missionary Conference for Global Ministries will be held in Indianapolis and personnel will be available to be in YOUR congregation on Sunday, August 27, 2017! Would your congregation like mission personnel to preach, teach a class, speak at a luncheon or give a moment of mission in your congregation? If you are interested in hosting please contact Dawn Barnes, dawn@indianadiscples.org

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The Pledge Campaign is not about Money
Rev. Michael Erwin, Church Campaign Services

The goal of the Annual Pledge Campaign is to grow generous givers. Your Finance Committee may disagree. But the Annual Pledge Campaign not about money, and it's not about the budget. The work of stewardship and generosity is more important than that. Billy Graham was famous for saying, "The last thing between Jesus and someone's heart is their wallet." Approach the annual campaign not as a way to keep money coming in, but as a way to transform the hearts of the people who are in our pews and our small groups and in our ministries. There are three basic formats for an annual pledge campaign (read more).
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UCC ministers oppose toxic waste dumping in East Chicago
A United Church of Christ minister is adding her voice to the activists and Indiana residents angered at a plan to move dredged waste to a toxic disposal facility located near communities of color in their state. The Rev. Marie Siroky delivered a call for love of neighbor and the love of creation at a standing-room only meeting with U.S. Congressional representative Steve Visclosky (D-Ind.), who says he will not oppose the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to dispose higher levels of PCB contaminants in East Chicago, Ind. (Read more)