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The PLC Subcommittee, the planning group for the annual Professional Leaders Conference, is now accepting registrations for the 2021 event! 

Dr. Moore has titled her topic/theme “Grounded in God.” She asks each of us to ask ourselves the following question, and she gives us some context of the question.

What are our most treasured memories from the stories of Scripture? 

When we think of the ancient faith and the text that preserves it, are we drawn to the most recent narratives (the Gospels), the witness to the early churches (the Epistles), the ancient hymnal (the Psalms), or the stories of the Creator's mission in the world (the Law and the Prophets)?

In these sessions, Dr. Moore rediscovers the transforming drama of faith through the familiar stories of Scripture. 

As part of these presentations, she will also help us to transform our current stories and context through those timeless stories found in the scriptures. 

Schedule for the 2021 PLC: 


  • 8:45 a.m. ”Doors” open on Zoom 
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening Welcome and Worship, Bishop Clements preaching  
  • 9:30 a.m. Break  
  • 9:40 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Moore  
  • 9:45 a.m.  Keynote #1 - Understanding the World through the Word: What might the ancient texts tell us about today’s reality? 
  • 10:30 a.m.  Break  
  • 10:45 a.m.  Keynote #2 – The Law, the Prophets, and a Bit of Grace: Trusting God to Know when Enough is Enough. 
  • 11:30 am  Q & A with Dr. Moore 
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon Prayer  
  • 12:15 p.m.  Lunch break 
  • 12:45 p.m.  Conversation with Bishop Clements 
  • 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Free Time


  • 8:45 a.m.  “Doors” open on Zoom  
  • 9:00 a.m.  Opening prayer  
  • 9:10 a.m.  Keynote #3 - This is Our Story: Don’t Forget the Lyrics: A Study of the “Gospel” According to the Psalms. 
  • 9:55 a.m.  Q & A  
  • 10:10 a.m. Break 
  • 10:25 a.m.  Presentation #4 – Standing Firm in a Rapidly Changing World: So, we have those Letters… 
  • 11:15 a.m.  Break 
  • 11:30 a.m. Closing Worship – Service of Word and Prayer from All Creation Sings.  
  • 12:00 p.m. Afternoon Free Time

The cost for this Zoom PLC is $50. Retired Rostered ministers who are not serving in a congregation will receive a 50% discount. Seminarians not serving in a congregation are eligible for a 50% discount as well. To receive the discount code to allow you to register with the discount, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann.  
Registration for the event will close on Thursday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Deacon Cheryl

Free time activities

This year, since we have plenty of time and much less uncertainty than we did when planning last year’s Professional Leaders Conference, the planning group is able give plenty of notice of planned free time activities. We have tried to spread the in-person events around the territory of the synod. If someone has a great idea for another activity, the planning group would be glad to add to the list. For now, here are the options that are planned. You have the opportunity to indicate your interest in any of these options on your registration form. The person who is coordinating the event will then know of your interest and be able to update you with specific information on where to meet, etc. for the in-person activities. 

Any and all costs associated with these activities will be paid at the time of the event, and NOT collected through the registration form. Only the registration fee for the PLC itself will be collected through the registration form. 

Monday Activities – in person 

*NEW* Gather at Andover Lake Park in Andover. Start time: 2:30 p.m. (contact person: Pastor Reed Pedersen, We will meet at the park for time together, a chance to catch up in person. Snacks and drinks (and maybe even games) will be provided. (if you have already registered for PLC, e-mail Pr. Reed to have him add you to the list!)

Golf outing followed by supper together. Start time: 2:45 p.m. (contact person: Pr. Mike Thomas, ) Fairways Golf Course, Rochelle. Cost: $27, includes cart. Pay when you arrive. Followed by dinner at their restaurant – buy off the menu.  

Guided Nature Walk at the home of Pr. Carol Soderholm (contact information:, with Paul Soderholm and Ken Reinhardt, guides. Location: 7578 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris IL 61054 (next to White Pines Forest State Park). Meet at Carol’s at 2:45 p.m. Followed by supper together, place to be arranged. No cost other than the dinner. 

Walk and dinner at Starved Rock State Park. Start time: 2:45 p.m. (contact person: Pr. Kris Zierke, Location: Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL, followed by dinner together at the Lodge.  No cost other than the dinner. 

Dinner and entertainment in Savanna at the outreach ministry of The Table and Bridges of Carroll County. Start time: 4:30 The Table, 411 Main Street, Savanna. Dinner at The Table at 5:00 p.m., followed by entertainment at Bridges of Carroll County, 417 Main Street. Contact people are Pastor Traci Maass -; Pastor Miho Yasukawa -; and Pastor Bob Stark - Cost: Donations to the ministries are accepted, but no set cost. The buildings and their ministries are part of the Great River Outreach in Savanna (  

Additional activity information: possible afternoon opportunities for a visit to the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, visit/hike of the to the Mississippi Palisades State Park, and golfing at the nine-hole Palisades Golf Course. If you indicate interest in the dinner and entertainment, you will be contacted about your interest in these other opportunities.

Monday Afternoon Activity - online 

Games via Zoom, led by Deacon Shari Trotter. Begins 2:45 p.m. 


Tuesday Activities – In Person 

*NEW* Meet in LeClaire, IA for lunch and hanging out. Start time: 1:00 p.m. (contact person: Pastor Julie Monnard, We will start gathering for lunch around 1 at the Blue Iguana, 201 N Cody Rd. (Come when you are able.). We can all park on the levee, which includes a large parking lot next to the Buffalo Bill Museum right on the river (from Cody Road, turn east on Jones St. towards the river. Blue Iguana is at that intersection). Blue Iguana has some great outdoor seating on their patio. After a casual lunch, we can walk up and down Cody Road to visit the shops. We also can decide if we would like to do tastings at the distillery, winery, or brewery. (if you have already registered for PLC, e-mail Pr. Julie to have her add you to the list!)

Walk along the Rock River, followed by eating together along the Riverfront with food from “Food Truck Tuesday.” Meet at the Nicholas Conservatory area, off 2nd Street, in Rockford, and park, then take a walk with others. Meeting at 3 p.m. for a group walk, then buy food from a variety of options starting a 4 p.m. (Contact person is Deacon Laura Gorton,

Tuesday Activity– Online 

Pastor Jay Quinn and Pastor Scott Stolberg will lead the online hymn sing! It worked last year! 
The group is also looking for activities in other areas of the synod, if anyone in the Northeast Conference, West Conference, Southwest Conference or East Conference wish to organize an activity, let Deacon Cheryl know that as well. Those options can be added to the form at any time.