Feedback Encouraged

As we slowly turn the page from summer to fall, we welcome your feedback in two (2) important areas of the church’s ministry.  The first regards the 2019-2022 capital campaign that we just concluded at the end of June.  As part of our ongoing 3-year capital campaigns, we dedicate 10% of all funds received to help community organizations.  From our 2019-2022 capital campaign, we currently have the 10% ready to give to the Decatur and/or central Illinois    community. 

A group is being established for the purpose of making decisions about the disbursement of these funds – has already collected some ideas about where these funds could go, but it does not want to exclude your own.  Traditionally, these funds have been distributed among local (Decatur-area) and/or regional (Central Illinois) entities, not necessarily affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, though a Disciples connection is always welcome.  If you have an agency in mind you would like to see some of our finances support, please let us know.  We cannot promise all suggestions will be supported.  But rest assured the task force will honor and consider all suggestions.  We would like your suggestions by: Sunday, August 28.  Feel free to send them to


The second regards the Nominating Committee’s work as it prepares to present a new slate of officers and church leaders for 2023.  This year, the committee will be presenting the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President (up to 3 total)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Trustees (2 total)
  • Elders (up to 10 total)
  • Deacons (up to 36 total)
  • Elder and/or Deacon Emeritus

If you have suggestions of people you would like the Nominating Committee to consider for any of these positions, feel free to send them to  .  Beginning this coming Sunday (August 21), there will be sheets of paper where you can submit your suggestions in writing as well.  The Nominating Committee will begin meeting the first full week of September, so submitting your suggestions by Sunday, September 4 will be most helpful.

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DOVE Children’s Clothing Room Opens this Week

Beginning this week, the DOVE Children’s Clothing Room will be open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  The Clothing Room will occupy room 407 and the room adjacent to it (formerly where Christ Care Stitchers met).  We are honored to host this service to the community and look forward to the beginning of a fruitful partnership.

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Meet Our Preschool Teachers!!!

Melissa Miller is excited to return to Central Christian Preschool fulfilling the role of Director and 4/5’s Teacher.  Melissa previously taught both 3’s and 4’s at  Central Christian prior to accepting a full-time Lecturer position at Millikin      University.  Melissa holds a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University and multiple certificates in different music pedagogies.  She is also a certified public school teacher in the State of Illinois. In addition, she is working toward completing her Special Education endorsement and will begin working towards her EdD in Education this upcoming year.  Melissa loves music and creativity.  She values arts integration and play based instruction and uses those experiences to create meaningful relationships and community within her classroom.  She is known for having a “jingle” for just about every circumstance in the classroom.  Melissa lives in Decatur with her husband, Tom, and their 4 children who attended Central Christian Preschool when they were younger.  Melissa loves spending time with her family, playing games and going on adventures!  (pictured, below left)


Diana Murray (pictured above right, with her kids) is excited to be returning to Central Christian Preschool to be teaching the 3 year old class after the COVID pandemic. It will be nice to get back into the classroom again! Diana and her husband, Blake, live in Long Creek with their 4 children who all attended Central Christian Preschool. Diana loves spending time with her family, usually at the soccer fields, the baseball diamond, or on the show choir stage.

The Secret Place Gets a Makeover

We have been notified that our next The Secret Place devotionals will be printed a little bigger than normal. Please be aware that the next issue will be larger.