IKC News

Young Ambassadors Launches Next German Exchange
Exciting plans are underway for the seventh generation of the Indiana-
Kentucky Conference's Young Ambassador Program - an opportunity for high school youth to develop faithful leadership by doing an exchange with young people from German churches.
 
High school youth who will be at least 16, but not yet 21 years of age by July 2020 are encouraged to apply. This program will include building relationships with German youth in a series of international exchanges with our partner churches. Participants and leaders will host German 
youth from Wittgenstein in Westphalia to the conference in July of 2019. IKC youth will go to Germany in July of 2020. Families and church leaders - help us identify exceptional youth who would benefit from this unique opportunity. The deadline for application is April 1, 2018. We will accept up to 14 youth participants.
 
Three outstanding leaders have been selected to support this iteration 
of the Young Ambassador ministry. Melinda Sterrett lives in Jasper, IN 
and is a member of St. Peter's UCC in Dubois.  Lydia Hancock lives in 
Westphalia where she is a member of Salem UCC.  She was a member
of Generation 5.  Isaac Field lives in Michigantown, teaches in Frankfort,
and is a member of St. Paul's UCC, German Township, in Evansville. 
Each brings gifts, experiences and insights to this important youth 
leadership opportunity.
 
We invite your prayers and financial support as we plan for Generation 7!
Here are the resources that you will need to apply and recruit:

Seeking UCC General Synod Delegates
The Indiana-Kentucky Conference Nominating Committee seeks per-
sons interested in being part of the United Church of Christ's largest 
community gathering - General Synod.
 
People who have strengths in tackling tough issues facing the church
can be part of the General Synod Delegate Class of 2019 and 2021. 
General Synod is a national biennial gathering of the United Church of 
Christ during which delegates discuss, revise and vote upon many 
resolutions important to the larger church that relate to both governance
and justice issues.
 
Nominees are expected to attend delegate training sessions before the 
General Synod gathering and attend both General Synod Gatherings. 
The 2019 General Synod gathering will take place in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin June 21-25, 2019. The dates and location of the 2021 gathering have not yet been determined.
 
The nominating committee seeks one clergy delegate from each of 
these associations: Northeast, Southeast, Evansville/Tri-State, and 
Kentuckiana; and one lay delegate from each of these associations: 
Northwest, Western, Lincolnland, and Wabash Valley.
 
Our Conference Delegation should include delegates under 30 years of
age and represent the full diversity of our congregations. Individuals will
be nominated by the committee and voted upon by the Annual Gathering of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference on  
June 1-2, 2018.
 
Names of interested persons should be forwarded to The Rev. J. T. Hills, at: 802 10th Street, Tell City, IN 47586  or jthills@gmail.com
Submissions should be received no later than January 31, 2018.

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.  
Leah Robberts-Mosser returns to lead Worship and the Arts 2.0. 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. There is no requirement to have attended last year. All are 
invited to the time creativity and renewal.
Click here to register.  Hope to see you there.
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.

That's a Wrap: Six Carols to Sing for Year-End Stewardship
Rev. Michael Erwin - Church Campaign Services
"Snowflakes in the air, carols everywhere, olden times and ancient rhymes of love and dreams to share."
Yes, Christmastime is here, and just a few days more 
to write the Christmas sermon! Here are five Christmas Carols to keep you mindful of generosity and stewardship during this hectic season. This month I'm sharing some verses from familiar Christmas carols and highlighting key tasks
to "let all their songs employ" and "repeat the sounding joy"
of generosity. (Read more...)