We are 60 congregations with roots reaching deep into the history of the Christian church and our communities, seeking a vision that makes the historic faith our own in this time and place.
NW Annual Meeting 2023
Saturday, April 22
St. Stephens UCC-Merrill
Pulpit Supply List
Annual Meeting Reports, April 2022
2022 Technology Grants Application (here) Corrected email
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.
Association Creation Care Grant Application (here)
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 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
The Rev. Michael Jones has accepted a call to join the staff of the Wisconsin Conference UCC as associate conference minister for the Northwest Association. Michael will succeed the Rev. Rob MacDougall, who is retired at the end of the 2022.
In an email to the Conference announcing the move, Conference Minister Franz Rigert, who chaired the search team, said: “Our discernment was guided by the Holy Spirit and by prayer, and Michael emerged as the unanimous choice because of his strong relational gifts, significant experience in Church and Ministry leadership and conflict resolution, and pastoral qualities of listening, bridge building, theological anchoring and vision setting.”
Michael currently is pastor of St. John UCC in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and has spent five years as chair of the Chicago Metropolitan Association Church and Ministry Team. He previously served congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Michael and his husband, Blake, and their two young daughters will move to Eau Claire in January. An Ohio native, Michael received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Indiana University and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, playing the piano, singing and studying history.
Online Ministry Support for Pastors and Churches
Northwest Association, Wisconsin Conference, UCC
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
Northwest Wisconsin Association Communications Contact: Wendy Dittmann
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