The 60th Convention of the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and the 9th Convention of the CID Church Extension Fund, Inc. will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois, on July 17-19, 2022. Registration for the convention and business sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 17th, and beginning at 7:00 am on Monday, July 18th. Room reservations will be available after May 1, 2022, at the Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express (next door). The Holiday Inn provides a continental breakfast, but the Crowne Plaza does not.
The By-Laws of Synod (4.2.2) state that “delegates of a voting congregation to a district convention shall be accredited.” This involves preconvention registration by both the pastoral delegate and lay delegate with properly signed documentation by 2 congregational officers. At the convention they are to identify themselves to the credentials committee at the registration desk, presenting a form with their name and congregation. Bylaws have changed as to the process of the Synodical Presidential Election and a special document is not required for attendance at the District Convention.
All nonvoting ordained and commissioned ministers who are members of the Synod within the district shall serve as advisory delegates. They are entitled to voice and vote on a floor committee, if appointed, and to speaking privileges at the convention. All advisory members are expected to attend all sessions of the convention.
Guests, exhibitors, and others are welcome to attend, but are also to present themselves to the credentials committee at the registration desk for identification purposes.
Prior to the convention, Convention materials will be made available by email or on the CID website. Other advisory delegates desiring this information may request it from the District Office. Each individual is responsible for printing their material they need for the convention. There will be very limited printed copies of convention materials at the registration desk. There will be no electrical outlets available in the convention hall for computers.
We plan to again use voting keypads. This should hasten the election process and eliminate much paperwork. Each voting delegate will be assigned a wireless voting keypad. There is a charge of $395 for any damaged or lost keypad.
Registration Fees: Each voting delegate will be assessed a fee of $135 to cover convention costs and 2 meals on Monday. Voting delegate registration fee will be subject to an additional $50 fee for each late registration applying to each delegate beginning June 1, 2022. Nonvoting ordained and commissioned ministers who are actively serving and attending the convention will be assessed a fee of $40 which does not include meals. If meals are desired add $80 ($35 for lunch and $45 for dinner). For emeritus ordained and commissioned ministers, guests, and exhibitors there is no charge for registration, but the $80 meal charge applies if meals are desired and at least one week notice of your attendance must be given before the convention convenes. Exhibitor space is available for $50 per table desired. If an electrical connection is desired, an additional $40 is required. Exhibitors will be assigned tables and a layout will be available so conventioneers will know where each exhibitor is located.
Hotel Information: Everyone is to make their own reservation with the hotels after May 1st. Room rates which include 1 or 2 persons at the Crowne Plaza is $119 (does not include breakfast) and at the Holiday Inn Express $119 (which includes a continental breakfast). When you contact the hotels for reservation, tell them you are with the Central Illinois District Convention/CID to receive our special rates. If you have any difficulties, contact the District Office.
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Directions: From Interstate 55 take Exit #94 (Stevenson Drive) and travel west to Dirksen Parkway. Turn right (north) and travel a short distance to the hotels located on your right (East).
Schedule: The convention will start with an opening communion service on Sunday, July 17th, at 7:00 pm. Monday morning, July 18th, the sessions begin at 8:00 am and will continue until 9:30 pm. The only scheduled breaks are for lunch and dinner. Bathroom and coffee breaks are on your own. It is not good stewardship to have everyone heading to those areas at the same time. Our meals will be next door to our convention meeting area. Tuesday, July 19th, the sessions again begin at 8:00 am and continue until 12 noon, if necessary. You will be on your own for Tuesday lunch.
Seating: There will be sufficient seating for all delegates in the delegate section. All voting delegates are asked to sit in the designated area. Advisory members and guests will sit in the areas to either side of the Voting Delegates.
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