January 19, 2024


New Look and Production Schedule!

Faithful Fridays has a brand new look! You will still find the same news, events, resources and more, but the format has changed and we are going to have a different production schedule at least for the first part of 2024. Our Support Staff for Communications and Technology has several large projects to complete, including building our new database. In order to clear up their plate, we will have fewer communications coming out. There will not be a full monthly newsletter for at least the first quarter of the year, and Faithful Fridays will be published every other week instead of weekly.

If you have questions or would like to submit an article, email Sarah Lohrbach.

UCC Yearbook - March 6 Deadline

United Church of Christ

It is time to submit information for your church to the UCC Yearbook. Letters were previously sent to all churches, but in case you have not received the information you can find everything you need below. The Conference office is doing a BIG push to have our churches submit their yearly information.

In case you were unaware:

  1. Your church's 501(c)3 status is dependent on a current updated listing in the UCC Yearbook. 
  2. When your church is searching for a Pastor you will need current and updated data which comes from the UCC Yearbook. If no reports have been submitted for your church for five (5) years, all data reverts to zeros.  

Linked below are documents from the National UCC office to help you get started:

Data Hub closes to churches at midnight Eastern Time on March 6th. Thank you for all your hard work in collecting and reporting. Your participation is the ONLY way our records are kept up-to-date. If you need help, please contact Naomi in the Conference Office (708-344-4470). 

Jesse Jackson Oral History Project Launch Celebration

Chicago Theological Seminary, in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, presents an evening to introduce and celebrate the Jesse Jackson Oral History Project on Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Join us as we preview the oral archives captured from Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights activists working in the Chicago Breadbasket Movement and engage in conversation with several of the interviewees, including Rev. Jackson himself. Additional guest speakers will include Hermene Hartman, Rev. David Wallace, Rev. Janette C. Wilson, and Rev. Martin Deppe. REGISTER TODAY!

The Pension Boards'

2024 NGLI Cohort

The Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) energizes and empowers younger UCC local church pastors to co-create vibrant congregations that change lives, engage their communities, and further God’s mission in the world.

Applications for our 15th cohort are currently being accepted and we would appreciate your assistance in helping us to get the word out as far and wide as possible. Please forward this email to any pastors that you think might be interested and that fit the application criteria listed below. Notice of intent to apply is February 1st. Learn more here.

Health & Human Service Sunday

Every year, the United Church of Christ designates a Sunday in January as the time to uplift the many gifts of the Health and Human Service Ministries across the church. This year, Health and Human Service Sunday takes place on January 28, 2024.

Liturgical resources for observing Health and Human Service Sunday are now available on CHHSM's website or by clicking on the blue button below. This year's materials were composed by the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, and include unique elements such as a Sound Meditation for Healing and Wholeness and meaningful prayers and litanies.

2024 Grants and Scholarships

The United Church of Christ has scholarships and grants available for a variety of purposes in three broad categories: Ministry Education Scholarships, Program Grants, and Leadership Development Scholarships. In addition to what is listed here, check with the Admissions Office at your educational institution to find out about additional scholarships that may be available. Download the brochure here.

CHHSM 86th Annual Gathering

The deadline for early-bird registration is TODAY (January 19), for the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries' 86th Annual Gathering in St. Louis from March 12-14, 2024! We hope you will take advantage of this special rate and join us!

Collaboration as the Gateway to Innovation is our theme. With collaboration taking center stage, we will explore how working together can spark innovation that changes lives. This year's Annual Gathering will ignite fresh ideas and new partnerships for your ministry as you witness firsthand how CHHSM agencies in St. Louis and beyond are pioneering new realms of innovation through dynamic collaborations. Learn more and register online here.

Local Church News & Events

Candlelight Prayer Vigil

On Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m., Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ (9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn) will hold a Community Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Peace in Israel and Palestine. For more information, call 708-422-4200.

First Congregational UCC Pecatonica Celebrates 170 Years!

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Pecatonica (633 Reed Street, Pecatonica, Illinois 61063) will be celebrating the 170th anniversary of their congregation's founding on Sunday, February 18th during their 11:00 a.m. worship. There will be a potluck after worship in their Fellowship Hall. The church is handicap accessible. The celebration is open to all! For questions, call the church office at 815-239-1195.

Does your church have news to share or an upcoming event you would like to advertise? Email us the information and any accompanying graphics/flyers.

Calendar At a Glance

Jan 21: Governance Listening Session #3. 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 21: WA Council Meeting 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 22: CMA Council Meeting 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 23: Clergy Boundary Awareness Training 1:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 24: Governance Listening Session #4. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 24: EA Council Meeting. 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Jan 26-27: Conference Council Retreat. Pilgrim Park Camp.

Installations, Ordinations, Ecclesiastical Councils

Jan 21: Installation Service for Rev. Dr. William G. Ressl and Rev. Dr. Penny L. Taylor . 10:00 a.m. at Westchester Community Church, in covenant with Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center. Chicago Metropolitan Association.

Feb 4: Installation Service for Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer. 3:00 p.m. at First Congregational UCC in DeKalb. Prairie Association.

Feb 18: Ordination and Installation Service for Kim Grice. 2:30 p.m. at Covenant UCC in South Holland. Chicago Metropolitan Association.

Employment Opportunities

Lay Employment Postings
Ministerial Positions

Please let us know if you have a job opening you would like to share,

and also update us once the position is filled. Contact Sarah Lohrbach.

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