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"They Met to Read the Bible"
ST. CHRISTOPHER ("Beneath the Cross of Jesus")
They met to read the Bible, they gathered for a prayer,They worshiped God and shared with friends and welcomed strangers there.
They went to church to speak of love, To celebrate God’s grace.
O Lord, we tremble when we hear What happened in that place.
O God of love and justice, we thank you for the nine.
They served in their communities and made the world more kind.
They preached and sang and coached and taught, And cared for children, too.
They blessed your church and blessed your world With gifts they used for you.
We grieve a wounded culture Where fear and terror thrive, Where some hate others for their race And guns are glorified.
We grieve for sons and daughters lost, For grandmas who are gone.
O God, we cry with broken hearts:
This can’t continue on!
God, may we keep on sowing the seeds of justice here,Till guns are silent, people sing, and hope replaces fear.
May seeds of understanding grow And flourish all our days.
May justice, love and mercy be The banner that we raise.
Tune: Frederick Charles Maker, 1881
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Email: bcgillette@comcast.net New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com

Permission is given for free use by local churches and in ecumenical services. 

2015 Annual Conference  - Dublin/Columbus, Ohio!

 “ Come to the Water."
 65th Annual Conference
July 13-16

The Conference Planning Committee has started gathering ideas for the 2015 conference, being held in Dublin, OH.
  Watch for more details as the develop!

Bible Study Leader        
We are pleased and excited to announce that Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell will be our Bible Study Leader at the 65th Annual Conference being held in Dublin, Ohio July 13-16, 2015.  She will also lead a pastors’ workshop. 

            Dr. Snell joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2011 as a constructive theologian who is committed to bringing theology alive in the context of the global church. Her ability to engage students in theological conversations that are simultaneously Christian, biblical, historical, systematic, doctrinal, theatrical, multi-religious, and multi-cultural are well-suited to the Seminary’s mission of preparing men and women for ministry in a multi-religious world.
            Craigo-Snell earned degrees (PhD, MPhil, MA, and MDiv) at Yale University and Yale Divinity School. From 2001 to 2011 she taught in the Religious Studies department at Yale University, where she also earned several Yale fellowships and professional research grants. Her students have included undergraduates with diverse religious backgrounds in the secular context of the University; denominationally diverse Divinity School students; and doctoral students in religious studies. These varied contexts have been part of her formation as a constructive theologian.
            In 2014 Craigo-Snell was ordained to the Office of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Reverend Doctor Craigo-Snell now finds herself more deeply committed to always working within the context of the church. Being blessed with the opportunity to preside over the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is of particular interest to her.

"My own calling is to be a theologian of, in, and for the church," she states. "I am called to teach and write in service to the church, thus I am excited about teaching in the seminary setting. Louisville Seminary is a place where I can bring the interdisciplinary scholarship and attention to religious diversity that I have honed in the university into the work of preparing Christians for ministry."

            Her writing spans a similar scope of interdisciplinary diversity. In addition to several articles for journals such as The Ecumenist, Quaker Religious Thought, Jump Cut and Modern Theology, she has written The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope (Oxford University Press, 2014); Silence, Love, and Death: Saying Yes to God in the Theology of Karl Rahner (Marquette University Press, 2008); and Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009) with Shawnthea Monroe.
            Craigo-Snell is the coordinator of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 annual prize given jointly by Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville for creative ideas that best illuminate the relationship between human beings and the divine.
            We look forward to Dr, Snell’s teachings come July and hope all of you will begin making plans to attend the 2015 Annual Conference!

2015 Workshops

 AGAPE...The Next Chapter!


The purpose of this workshop is to educate the participants about AGAPE and to demonstrate how AGAPE can be used in their respective churches and communities.  This will be a very intensive workshop, as we open up the participants feelings and believes about people.



Use of Social Media for your Ministry

Is Facebook for the kids? What is a Tweet? Is YouTube social media? What's a blog? Social media is a powerful and often misunderstood tool in modern ministry. Without an understanding of how to participate in this new conversation, we will find our message not getting to the audience who could use it the most. Join Michael Droege as he gives a basic primer on social media itself and gives some general guidelines on how to maximize this extraordinary tool for ministry.

Michael Droege has been doing ministry with the church's new generation for over 25 years. Part of this means being tuned in to trends and tools that each generation brings. Michael brings what he has learned to this year's conference from what he's learned at Wilson Memorial Church in Watchung, NJ where he serves as Youth and Family Minister.


Multi-Cultural Church

Don Moore, with over 20 years’ experience in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic congregation, will answer questions and provide suggestions for the following in relation to a multi-cultural church:  Descriptions, definitions, models  - Demographic realities  -  Biblical defense - Church conflicts/Church benefits  -  Breaking down dividing walls  -  Adjustments to change  -  Church growth and evangelism  -  Effects upon Praise and Worship, Sunday School, Outreach/Evangelism, and Cross-Cultural Communication.




Meal Programs (Optional)


Koinonia Luncheon
Tuesday, July 14th: "The Glory of God is the human person fully alive." ~St. Iraneus, 2nd century ce

Executive Director, Dave Sanders and Pastoral Director, Chris Hopkins, share what it is like to administer and serve a unique spiritual community called The Center in Palos Park, Il.  The

 Center was founded by a Methodist minister in 1932 and continues to offer what every church offers: chapel services, pastoral ministries, and fellowship through the Wayside Chapel. Yet knowing that a human person needs more, The Center has expanded to include a long term recovery program for men with addictions, a working farm, summer camps, art programs and a nature based school.  Hospitality, compassion, creativity and our relationship with God and Earth are key values in the day-to-day workings of The Center.  

Please join us to hear more of this unique way of being church.

 Get ready to be entertained Tuesday night!  Performing for us live is the duo Gatlin!  Together, these two artists have combined their dynamic voices and diverse musical backgrounds to create an exciting show like none other. 
     Darryl Gatlin grew up in Beaver Falls, PA where he began singing with his brother Don at an early age.  He has been a singer/songwriter/entertainer his whole life, focusing on his live shows the past 10 years and mesmerizes every crowd. 
     Andrea grew up in Marion, OH and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ashland University where she majored in music education with a vocal emphasis.  Her voice has taken her to stages across the country and even overseas to England with her ability to sing six languages and all styles of music.
     The two have had great success in Nashville, recording two albums with Sony/Epic Records and were nominated for Country Music Duo of the Year for five consecutive years.  They performed at the Grand Ole Opry eleven times and performed with such legends as Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, the Mandrells and many more.  They even managed to score a Billboard Top 40 hit with their single ‘No Sir’ and have three videos in the TNN Hall of Fame.  The duo can be seen all over Ohio, Midwest and South, performing over 200+ dates a year. 
     Entertaining thousands of visitors with their high-energy, vocally driven performances, you will not want to miss this!  


2015 Children's Program Leader

ICCC Children's ministry is growing in spirit and has become a vital part of the fellowship.  The generational gap within the ICCC family is closing!  Shyreece absolutely enjoys helping the children in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade use sound biblical principles during the life of the conference that they share with the entire congregation through praise and worship.  Watching God at work through the children as they share their humble worship expressions is spiritually edifying for all.  Engaging our attending ICCC conference children in thematic lesson activities with concrete/tangible projects helps them take abstract spiritual truths and apply them to their own little lives.  This nurtures their life in Christ Jesus as well as helps them and their families stay connected to all of the spiritual happenings in the ICCC conference.  It is critical that ALL people enjoy each other through fellowship and learning experiences while at the "Come to the Water" ICCC 65th Annual conference.


            The INCLUSIVE PULPIT Wants YOU!

          The “Inclusive Pulpit” is an annual publication of the ICCC. Included are sermons, prayers, worship materials, poetry and brief historical sketches of local churches and/or their relationship to the Council. Sermons submitted to the “Inclusive Journal” are entered into a juried competition for the annual Dr. Charles A. Trentham Homiletics Award. Each year the winner receives a commemorative plaque and a $250 stipend. Any clergyperson associated with the Council may submit a sermon.  Worship materials may include newly composed liturgies for special occasions as well as arrangements of hymns and newly written hymns. Seasonal prayers, prayers associated with specific scripture lessons and prayers for special occasions are welcome. Because of space limitations, historical sketches must be no longer than 900 words. The preferred format for materials submitted by email is “.doc” or “.docx” (Microsoft Word.) If submitting materials in another format, please indicate which format in your email. Typewritten materials will be accepted by postal mail; handwritten materials cannot be accepted. All materials are subject to editing.


 Send your materials to iccc60423@sbcglobal.net; or to 21116 Washington Parkway, Frankfort, IL 60423. 

  2015 Annual Conference Spotlight

 - You can be on this year’s Annual Conference  program!  Immediately following Monday's Welcome Luncheon at this year’s Annual Conference, there is time set aside for you! During an hour-long “Listening to Our Voices” plenary July 13, you will have the opportunity to report on what you and your church or ministry center have been doing, the challenges  you have faced and overcome, and your hopes for the future.To seize the day and your place in it, send an email to VP for Planning Harry Foockle at, harryf@acckc.org. To accommodate as many presenters as possible, each presentation is strictly limited to ten minutes. It’s first come, first served until all the available minutes are taken. Let’s hear from you!




All attendees at the Annual Conference will receive a button with the legend “Ask Me About the ICCC!”  What does this button mean?


            The ICCC?  Is it the Internet Crime Complaint Center? Is it the International Council of Corvette Clubs? Is it the stock market symbol for the Immucell Corporation?  It could be any of those things, but when you and I use the letters, the ICCC is us! Wear your button daily, and then be prepared to answer the question when it’s asked.


            The ICCC is the visible face of the community church movement.  The ICCC stands for unity without uniformity; diversity without division.  The ICCC is post-denominational, leaving behind vertical power structures for horizontal relationship-building. The ICCC is churches and ministry centers on five continents, witnessing to Christian unity.  The ICCC is our congregation linking hands with yours in Christian love.  The ICCC is the most racially diverse Christian communion on the planet.  The ICCC is a fellowship with a vision that by God’s grace all Christians can and will find unity.  The ICCC is people:loving, serving, witnessing, caring in the name of Jesus. 


            What will you say when others ask you about the ICCC? Develop an “elevator speech” about the Council. An elevator speech is a compelling description of the Council, brief enough that all of the speech can be shared before the elevator reaches the fourth floor.

            Wear your button joyfully!  Answer the questions faithfully!  Share a word about the ICCC wisely!  Develop your elevator speech prayerfully!

2015 Annual Conference Tax Exemption
... The Embassy Suites Hotel, Dublin, OH offers a tax guide to Tax Exemption Status.  If you are a Charity, Church, 501(c)3 or a non-profit Organization you may be able to claim that exempt status from OH State Tax.  Contact the Council Office for details and forms.

"ICCC Marketplace" at the 2015 Annual Conference...
There will be an exhibit table this year at Annual Conference for networking where YOU can market your skills for other attendees, who can bring it back to their church as a resource. If you are able to share your expertise, please bring materials to place on the table. And if you are in search of an expertise, please visit the table to take materials.

For all you health enthusiasts....
or for anyone that just wants to get a peaceful walk in at the start of each day....
we are offering a Walking Group to gather at 7:00am. There is a 1.5 mile loop just outside the hotel.
Go once around or twice if you feel up to it. Gather some others so no one has to walk alone in unfamiliar territory.



We've listened to you!  We will have bags for sale at Annual Conference this year!   
Get more than a tote -  this bag has many extra features:
- Front mesh pockets hold water bottles and accessories
- Adjustable shoulder strap & ID window on back to prevent loss
- Front slash pocket
- Kid-friendly/CPSIA compliant
Know that it's roomy 12" H x 16" W size with 3 1/2" gusset lets users pack it full.  
A limited quantity, so get them while they last! They will be available at registration and throughout conference until they are gone. 


If you are arriving to Conference Sunday, July 12, don't miss the Interfaith Dialogue panel discussion that evening at 8pm. The general format narrated and facilitated by Pastor Don Moore will be a time of information presentation and testimonies, followed by questions, concerning Islam as it concerns the present day Church, with special attention on understanding and evangelizing Muslims. This is an exciting way to kick off the conference, as we Come to the Water.










 An Opportunity For You!
You can invest in the cause of furthering Christian Unity.

 Click here for details.






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