The Northwest Wisconsin Association of the Wisconsin Conference UCC is offering grants up to $1000 for technical support to local congregations. Awards will be granted as applications are received and as funds remain available.
Grants are available for a broad definition of technology: hardware (computers, cameras, microphones, projectors, screens, recording equipment, etc.), software, and/or training (e.g., at your local technical college, seminars). We say broadly because each church knows its needs better than we do. For some churches this might be a first step into “technology” while others might be upgrading.
The Northwest Association of the Wisconsin Conference, UCC, in an effort to lift up the high calling of being faithful stewards of God’s creation, is making grants available to NWA Congregations that are taking steps to positively change their relationship with the environment. These changes can be small or large, they could focus on energy use levels, renewable sources of energy, conservation efforts, recycling efforts, resources management, etc. The NWA is trying to encourage churches to act out their calling to be faithful stewards of what God shares with us.
|The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in Wisconsin. United Church of
Christ congregations, along with churches of many other denominations, have
been working to offer worship and spiritual care in ways that do not put church
and community members at risk for infection. These offerings are mostly coming
through online technologies, an area of expertise that many pastors and
congregations may not be very well versed in. We are sending you this document
as a resource as you navigate various online options for your ministries.
Read the document here
The Northwest Association ranges from La Crosse in the south to Madeline Island in the north, from the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers in the west to Land o’ Lakes and Phelps in the east. Majestic bluffs, rolling farmland, deep woods, lakes and rivers, farms and cities define the landscape of this beautiful part of “God’s Country.”
For a Google map of our congregations, click here
Associate Conference Minister
for the Northwest Association
Rev. Rob MacDougall began his call as the Associate Conference Minister in the Northwest Association on September 1, 2015. Rob grew up in Racine, just a few blocks from the city’s best Danish bakeries. (The best kringle comes from Bendtsen’s on Washington Ave.) He attended St. Olaf College, graduating with a BA in Social Work. He worked doing chemical dependency prevention with youth in Milwaukee and Minneapolis before deciding to attend seminary. Rob graduated from Pacific School of Religion with his M.Div. in 1985. He was ordained that same year at his home church, First Congregational UCC of Minneapolis. His first call was to St. Paul’s UCC in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was the Associate Pastor with the Rev. Ted Trost. After three years at St. Paul’s, Rob received a call to serve First Congregational UCC, Menomonie, where he served for 27 wonderful years.
Rob completed a D.Min. at United Theological Seminary in 2005. His thesis focused on issues around clergy retirement. Rob married Wendy Randall in 1981; they met at St. Olaf. Wendy is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Rob and Wendy have three adult children and two grandchildren. Rob recently planted a postage stamp vineyard, and produces drinkable wine..
Rev. Rob MacDougall
Associate Conference Minister