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Responding to the Ebola Crisis

By Anne Marie Gerhardt As the number of Ebola cases and deaths rises daily in Sierra Leone, Femi Davies, a nurse and member of the diverse congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Skokie, Ill., grows more worried and concerned for family, friends and colleagues. Davies, who came to the United States in 1996, is…

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5 Great Apportionment Resources for 2015

#1: 2015 NIC Narrative Budget The 2014 session of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference approved a funding plan for 2015 of $7.8 Million, with Apportionments accounting for 86% of the total sources of income. The 2015 NIC Narrative Budget goes beyond the line items and numbers with pictures and stories that illustrate how our church dollars are…

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First steps in journey of Acts of Repentance

I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. – Luke 15:7 By Anne Marie Gerhardt Metanoia (or repentance) means a “transformative change of heart; especially a spiritual conversion”. The Northern Illinois Conference is one of 20 other conferences across the…

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Creative Ministries Grants Awarded

On Saturday, Sept. 13 inside the chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin, the NIC Program Council celebrated and lifted up 16 ministries which received creative ministries grants to help support their programs which are impacting and transforming lives across the Conference. The ministries ranged from providing hundreds of students with much-needed school…