Covenant Keepers 2018

Covenant Keepers 2018  will be Jan. 29-30 at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon. Theme for the event is Fanning the Flames. Speakers for the event are the Revs. Rudy and Juanita Rasmus, pastors of St. Johns Church in downtown Houston, Texas.

Those that have need of childcare can register for childcare at: https://igrc-reg.brtapp.com/CK2018childcare

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Includes the noon meal on Jan. 29. There will be no evening meal Monday evening. Everyone is on their own for the meal.

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Chair massage opportunity There will be a sign-up sheet for the chair massage schedule at the registration table. However, please indicate your interest here to insure adequate staffing for those times.
Continuing education credit The IGRC Board of Ordained Ministry will grant 0.5 hours of Continuing Education credit to any participant who attends the ENTIRE Covenant Keeper event. Check this to be eligible for CEU's.
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Hotel Accommodations

Attendees are responsibile for securing their own accommodations if needed. Below are a list of hotels with room blocks for Covenant Keepers 2018.

Hilton Garden Inn, 360 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL 62269, 618-624-4499

Rate:  $119 plus tax  Cutoff: Jan. 8, 2018

There is no group number, you must tell them you are with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. 

Comfort Suites, 137 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights, IL 62208, 618-394-0202
Rate: $110 plus tax

Two-bed suite: $124 plus tax

Cutoff date: Dec. 1, 2017

LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 136 Regency Park, O'Fallon, IL  62269, 618-726-2323
Rate: $79 plus tax, Cutoff: Jan. 7, 2018
When calling in use code 6741175
 

Drury Inn & Suites, 1118 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL  62269, 618-624-2211

Rate:  $109.99 plus tax  Group code#2319320; Cutoff: Jan. 5, 2018

Reservation online at  https://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?groupno=2319320

Super 8, 45 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights, IL  62208, 618-398-8338
Rate:  $66.60 plus tax. Cutoff: Jan. 7, 2018

Keynote speakers

Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus

Juanita and Rudy RasmusRudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and a humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s most challenged communities. From Rudy’s previous life of owning and operating a “borderline bordello,” today he co-pastors the St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita. A church that began with 9 existing members in 1992, St. John’s has grown to thousands where every week people of every social and economic background share the same pew. He attributes the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

Thanks to generous support from a collaboration of government agencies and a significant donation from Tina, Beyoncé, and Solange Knowles the St. John’s Downtown campus includes the Knowles-Temenos Apartments, a 43-unit Single Room Occupancy development designed to provide permanent living accommodations for formerly homeless women and men. Temenos CDC portfolio also includes an 80-unit apartment community to meet the growing need for permanent supportive housing for the previously homeless in Houston, Texas and a 15-unit apartment project for chronic inebriates and the most vulnerable homeless individuals in the Houston community. Eighteen years ago Kelly Rowland teamed up with Beyoncé and Tina Knowles to build the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth where community empowerment activities for the young and old take place every week. The facility is currently serving as the base of operations for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Pastors Rudy and Juanita founded the Bread of Life, Inc. (a not for profit corporation) with Juanita in December of 1992 and began serving 500 meals per day to the homeless in the sanctuary at St. John’s. Years later the Bread of Life has changed the landscape of Downtown Houston providing an array of services to homeless men and women. The project also distributes over 9 tons of fresh produce weekly to hungry families. St. John’s is one of few faith communities in the U.S. providing HIV/AIDS testing to churchgoers on Sundays through the innovative “Get Tested Project.” For many years Pastor Rudy has coordinated domestic and global anti-hunger initiatives in conjunction with Beyoncé’s concert tours and travels extensively developing and supporting programs around the world for people experiencing poverty. Today, with a focus on social impact investing, the Bread of Life owns and operates Eco Life Employment LLC, a digital employment and staffing agency for men and women with troubled past lives and the Amazing KMAZ 102.5fm radio station.

Rudy and Juanita have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of two outstanding daughters, Morgan and Ryan, a phenomenal Son-in-Law, Hamilton, and an amazing grandson.

Schedule

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Monday, Jan. 29

Noon                      Lunch and Fellowship

1 p.m.                    Prayer and Praise

2 p.m.                    Keynote Speaker -- Rev. Juanita Rasmus

3:30 p.m.                Break

4 p.m.                     Keynote Speaker -- Rev. Rudy Rasmus

5:30 p.m.                Questions and Answers -- Revs. Rudy and Juanita Rasmus

6:30 p.m.                Dinner and Free Time until Morning

Tuesday, Jan. 30

8 a.m.                    Continental Breakfast at the Regency

8:30 a.m.               Opening Praise

8:45 a.m.               Keynote Speaker -- Rev. Juanita Rasmus

9:30 a.m.               Break

9:45 a.m.               Keynote Speaker -- Rev. Rudy Rasmus

10:45 a.m.              Closing Worship, Communion and Reaffirmation of Clergy Covenant

11:30 a.m.              Adjournment

Scholarship assistance
A limited amount of scholarship money is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Gifty Smith by email.

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