IKC News


Greetings from Your Indiana-Kentucky Conference Board of Directors!

We continue to appreciate all the Our Church's 

C.  As you likely know, your OCWM gifts support meaningfu

The 4-year budget approved at last year's Annual Gathering was based on a projected annual decrease in OCWM giving of about 7%.  At this time, we are on a pace to see a 14% decline from 2016 OCWM giving.  We look forward to continuing the important work of the IKC and your generous giving to OCWM is needed to support these ministries and programs.  Please do whatever you can to help our OCWM make a difference in Indiana, Kentucky, the nation, and beyond.

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful giving,
Your Indiana-Kentucky Conference Board of Directors
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Shaped by Sacred Story: 2018 UCC/DOC Clergy Retreat

The 2018 UCC/Disciples of Christ Clergy Retreat 

will be on January 22-24, 2018 (beginning at 11am on the 22nd).  We will gather for lunch at Fatima Retreat Center (Indianapolis) on Monday the 22nd, and will be on the road by noon on the 24th.  
We will use the Moses birth story as a lens through which we will look at our own lives and ministries, while asking the deep questions and listening for the still-speaking voice of God.  Our time together will be shaped by sacred story, quiet and conversation, poetry and art.
We hope this retreat will be a time of rest, renewal, and rejuvenation. Registration will open in the next few weeks!
Rev. Leah Robbert-Mosser will be returning as our presenter for Worship and the Arts 2.0.  Leah will help the participants tap into the gift of creativity God has given to each of us.  

Mark down these dates.  Hope to see you there.
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Professional Boundary Training

There will be another session offered for authorized clergy that were not able to be at the fall training events.  The event will be held at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W 42nd Street,
 Indianapolis, IN 46208 on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from12:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $40.00. There will be a limited (10) number of spots open to take this training via video conferencing. Register today.
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Unpacking Power and Privilege: The Kentucky Council of Churches
By Rev. Kent Gilbert

The churches of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC (and predecessor bodies) have been a strong component of the Kentucky Council of Churches ever since its inception in 1947.With 70 years of ecumenical witness, the KCC represents 800,000 Kentuckians from 16 conferences, dioceses, regions and presbyteries of 11 denominations and several independent congregations.

The KCC is, without question, among the strongest, broadest, and most long-lived ecumenical partnerships in the country. From cooperating in mission work, to educating law-makers on significant humanitarian policy concerns, the conference ministers, bishops, and other officers give flesh to Jesus' prayer "That they all may be one." To read more from Kent Gilbert about the Kentucky Council of Churches' efforts, click here
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Teach Your Children (Stewardship) Well

By Rev. Michael Erwin

How many of you had this experience as a child? Sitting in church with your family, the offering time arrives, 
the ushers come forward, the music begins, and you proudly place your offering in the plate as it goes by. My earliest memories of giving occurred in church. My parents made sure I had something to put in the offering plate every Sunday... (continue reading)
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Resources on Church Safety

The national setting of the United Church of Christ and several of our partners have offered a number of resources that might help your church as you consider the safety and well-being of the people in your pews. Click here for resources.
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Igniting Faith: Annual Gathering 2018

Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)
 
IKC Annual Gathering 2018 
June 1-2, 2018

with 
Education Day 
May 31, 2018
Friedens UCC, Indianapolis
 
We are igniting faith with:
  • A concert with singer-songwriter and author Carrie Newcomer http://www.carrienewcomer.com
  • Worship, workshops and keynote with Marcia McFee, Worship Design Studio, http://worshipdesignstudio.com/
  • Preaching by Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser and Rev. Vince Amlin
  • Church vitality and research Education Day with Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi
  • Opportunities for conversation that will fuel your fire for mission and outreach
Save the dates - June 1 & 2 with Education Day on May 31. Registration will be available in early 2018. http://www.ikcucc.org
 
Questions? Call the IKC Office at (317) 924-1395.
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IKC Office Volunteers Needed
By Cheryl Whitmore

The Indiana-Kentucky Conference Personnel Committee needs volunteers who can help us with hospitality and administrative ministries at our Indianapolis office a few hours a month.

Rebecca Braganza, the Conference Administrator, needs a pool of people who are available to help host meetings scheduled at the Interfaith Center. Each volunteer would likely be called upon to help for three hours for a meeting about once per month.
We are also seeking volunteers who enjoy data entry work and and have a strong eye for detail. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Access programs is helpful. Individuals are needed to help update records and maintain data bases quarterly and can work remotely from the office.
If you have interest in these opportunities, please contact Rebecca Braganza at 317.924.1395.