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Letters to God

By Anne Marie Gerhardt If you could write God a private letter what would you ask? One small church in the Rockford District is giving anyone that opportunity to write what’s on their heart. Winnebago United Methodist Church started a new community outreach ministry this past March called, “Letters to God”. It was an idea…

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La Luz De Cristo Chartered as new UM Church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt La Luz De Cristo, (The Light of Christ), held a joyful celebration on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 officially becoming a new Hispanic United Methodist Church with 146 people committing themselves as chartered members. Nearly 200 people attended the chartering service led by Elgin District Superintendent Oscar Carrasco and Bishop Sally Dyck…

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Lent in a Bag

By Linda Duback This year Glenview United Methodist Church is helping families practice the 40 days of Lent at home with a “to-go” bag. The “Lent in a Bag” idea is simply a paper bag filled with four symbols along with an accompanying activity/reflection to be used each week of Lent. Instructions tell families to…

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Placing a call in a blizzard

By Anne Marie Gerhardt As the fifth-largest blizzard in Chicago history hit on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, many pastors, trustees, church leaders and congregants looked out their frost-covered windows to the mounting snowfall and wondered if there should be morning services. The Rev. Jaqueline Pamela Ford of Ingleside-Whitfield UMC in Chicago, who lives two miles…