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By April 27, 2017September 18th, 2017No Comments

Members of the Illinois Conference UCC and Illinois-Wisconsin Region DOC are invited to be part of a “hands on” mission experience at the Church World Service Disaster Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 4 – 11, 2017. We’ll take with us Disaster Cleanup Buckets, school kits, health kits and items for assembly of kits collected by local churches at Fall Association meetings and at drop off points in the DOC Region. Also included will be additional “hands on” experiences at agencies related to the UCC & DOC churches in Little Rock such as a community crisis center, food bank/pantries and Habitat, etc.

A sixth load of completed buckets (100), empty buckets (about 400) and miscellaneous items for assembling buckets, school kits and health kits were delivered last fall to the Church World Service Center by a team of fourteen persons from Illinois churches. While in Little Rock they spent three days assembling buckets, school kits and health kits and an environmental project. They also visited nearby Heifer Ranch, Heifer International Headquarters and sorted food at the Arkansas Food Bank.

DETAILS: Plans are to leave by bus at 8:00 am from St. John UCC, Lincoln, on Saturday, November 4th and return on Saturday, November 11h. Work projects and mission experiences, side trips and fun will fill Sunday through Friday. Housing will be in The Lodge at Ferncliff Camp which will provide meals Sunday through Friday. The CWS Center is housed at Ferncliff. Meals while travelling will be the responsibility of each person.
The cost for travel, housing and meals is $390.

For more information please contact:
Dave Kniker at 309-853-7814 or [email protected]

Please encourage your local church to collect disaster, health & school kit items beginning now – and take the collected items to your Fall Association meeting or designated drop off points in the Disciples Region—-at the Regional Office, 401 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington, IL.
Information on clean-up, school, & health kits is found at:

Get the Registration form and Flyer here

UCC Kit Matching Grant

Note that payment can be made online at with a copy of payment receipt sent with the registration form.