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World AIDS Day Event

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is sponsoring a “Service of Remembrance and Celebration” to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017. Approximately 11 percent of the global population is infected with HIV. In the United States, the infection rate is highest among communities of color, particularly black and Hispanic/Latino communities, and communities…


Summer Reading

Each active clergy serving local churches should have received a copy of the book Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality put together by the General Board of Higher Education at either the clergy session or annual conference. If you still need to pick up your free book, contact your District Office. Bishop Sally Dyck commends this…


NIC churches receive Discipleship One Matters Awards

For the first time, six churches in the NIC received the One Matters Award presented by the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Path One Executive Director, at the 2017 Annual Conference. Discipleship Ministries created the award in 2015 to lift up churches who have in recent years moved from zero baptisms and zero professions of faith…


Professional Certification Enhances Ministry

By Linda Hendelman In explaining her professional certification in Spiritual Formation, Catherine Inserra said it pushed her “to explore and question my faith in order to provide me with a pathway for life-long spiritual growth as a lay woman in ministry.” Catherine was recognized at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference at Pheasant Run Resort…


Light shines through 2017 Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 900 clergy and laity gathered together at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference from June 4-6, 2017 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., to seek and share how God’s light is illuminating through our churches, congregations and ministries. This year’s Annual Conference focused on the theme “Light…

Bishop's Appeal

Bishop’s Appeal raises more than $70,000 for UM Global AIDS Fund

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS task force thanks the many NIC churches and individuals across the conference for raising more than $71,400 toward the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal special offering. Sales of postcards featuring the Annual Conference artwork by the Rev. Kristine Marshall brought in an additional $300. The money will go toward the UM Global AIDS…


2017 Annual Conference awards

Rainbow Covenant Advances for 2016 The Philip Otterbein Award – Highest Amount Given Barrington United Methodist Church The John Wesley Award – Highest Per Capita Giving Redeemer of Calvary/El Redentor del Calvario UMC One Matters: Discipleship Ministries Award Aurora District: Orland Park: Faith United Methodist Church Chicago Northwestern District: Skokie: Jesus-Love Korean New Faith Community Chicago…


Older Adult Ministries presents three scholarship awards

The Council on Older Adult Ministries (OAM) presented three scholarship awards at the 2017 Annual Conference made possible through the Golden Cross Sunday Offering Fund. Hope Riley For more than 10 years, Hope’s service to Wesley Willows has embodied our mission – to promote active, secure lifestyles for seniors through ongoing, personalized care. When starting with…


Youth learn about famine crisis

Discover your light By Rev. Barbara Javore This year’s Youth Session theme was centered on discovering your light within and being a light in the world. The Spirit was definitely with us on Pentecost Sunday at Pheasant Run on Sunday, June 4! Youth Groups and Youth Leaders from the Aurora, Chicago Northwest, Chicago Southern, Rockford…


Ordination opens 178th Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt With a backdrop of light vibrantly shining through an artistic door, windows and vases, the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference opened with the Commissioning and Ordination Service inside the MegaCenter at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This year’s Annual Conference theme was “Light Shines…

Online Registration closed. Onsite registration is $130.


  • $130 after May 20 onsite only

2017 AC Agenda *subject to change

The hotel rate this year at Pheasant Run Resort is $119.00 / room + 11% tax.  To register click here. Group rate available until May 10, 2017.

NIC Groups, Agencies, Affiliated and Related programs are invited to prepare a display to show Annual Conference attendees what you are all about.

  • Display tables will be open for viewing on beginning at 7:00 AM Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6 in the St. Charles  Ballroom.
  • The Cokesbury bookstore will be located in the same room.
  • Set-up will be Sunday after 3:00 PM or Monday morning.
  • All displays must be removed by 6:00 PM on Tuesday. Displays or materials left behind will be discarded.
  • Cost is $25 per table, and $45 for a table with electricity.
  • There will only be space for 42 tables. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received. Application and payment due no later than May 19.
  • 2017 ACC Display Guidelines
Online Application

If you have questions, you may contact Alka Lyall at .

Midwest Mission Distribution Center - Dignity Kits

  • Aurora  - Hand Towels/1,500 • Washcloths/1,500
  • Chicago Northwestern - Nail Clipper Sets/1,500 • Razors (individually wrapped)/750
  • Chicago Southern - Combs/1,500 • Shampoo/Conditioner (4 oz.)/750
  • DeKalb- Deodorant (2 fl. oz.)/1,500 • Shampoo/Conditioner (4 oz.)/750
  • Elgin - Toothbrush (individually wrapped)/ 1,500 • Toothpaste 2.5 oz or larger/1,500
  • Rockford - Bar Soap (3-4 oz.)/1,500 • Razors (individually wrapped)/750
For more information/picture click here. All items are available through Dollar Tree online except the washcloths (currently only available in the store). The trailer from the distribution center will be outside the MegaCenter on Sunday afternoon and through the day on Monday.
This year's recipient is the Global AIDS Fund. Click here for resources and more information.
Why a clergy session?  Who should attend? The annual clergy session is part of the discipline of the United Methodist Church.  Members in full connection with the annual conference, both deacons and elders meet annually to consider questions relating to matters of ordination, character, and conference relations. (¶ 605.7, 636).

To view the event page, click here.

Clergy Day Apart FAQ

Clergy Session Documents (pdf packet) Please download to your device or print your own copies before Tuseday's session.

Childcare will be provided offsite at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church (BMUMC). Baker is located at 307 Cedar Ave. in St. Charles. Children need to be dropped off and picked up at BMUMC. All staff are professional and have had a background check.

Childcare will be provided for infants to pre-teens, and care-givers will be assigned based on your child’s age and if they are potty trained or not. Please indicate if your younger child is, or is not potty-trained below. There is no charge for childcare, but you MUST register for it. If your plans change you may cancel through June 1. No shows without cancellation will be charged for the full cost of childcare. ($20 per hour)

Additional Information for Parents using Childcare:

  • Hours of operation: Sunday 1:00-6:30pm, Monday 8:00 am – 9:30 pm, Tuesday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.
  • No meals will be provided Sunday.
  • Lunch and supper will be provided Monday.
  • Lunch will be provided Tuesday.
  • If you would like to pick your children up for a meal, please let the childcare staff know. (Please provide any special instructions for the staff regarding food allergies or sensitivities.)
  • Parents of infants must provide diapers and wipes, bottles, blankets. We also recommend bringing a favorite toy for infant children.
  • Snacks will be provided for all children each day.
  • There will be supervised activities each day to keep children engaged. These activities may include walks to the park and activities at the park (for school-age children), crafts, games, stories, and videos.

Childcare will follow Safe Sanctuaries practices at all times. We want you to feel secure and your children to be safe at all times.  

The annual youth session will be held Sunday, June 4 from 2-6pm at Pheasant Run. Click here for details and registration. 

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