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181st Northern Illinois Annual Conference - POSTPONED to NOVEMBER 14

In consultation with Bishop Sally Dyck and the Cabinet, the Annual Conference committee leadership, and after conversations with the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, a decision has been made to postpone the 2020 Annual Conference session.  If you have booked a hotel room, you may cancel your reservation without penalties.

Keeping the health and safety of all our clergy, lay members, volunteers and staff in mind, the AC Committee has decided to hold Annual Conference "virtually" on November 14. Details and more information is forthcoming. Click to read more.

The Clergy Session was held June 29 from 10 am - 12 noon via a Zoom video conference meeting.

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Registration opens Oct. 12 and closes Oct. 25. 

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***The information below is in the process of being updated***

The theme for the 2020 session of the Annual Conference is “Y Church,” grounded in the scripture 1 Peter 3:15b that calls us to always be ready to make an account of the hope that is within us. Bishop Sally Dyck asks us to reflect on why church matters to us and why church still plays an important role in our communities. Bishop Dyck hopes these reflections will help us re-focus and stay focused on how to live out the mission that Jesus has given us.

Read the Bishop's call letter

Legislation/Historical Documents
All historical documents and proposed legislation will be posted by Oct. 14, 2020. No new legislation will be accepted.

Bishop’s Appeal
Bishop Sally Dyck has designated the Secondary School in Tanzania as the recipient of the 2020 Bishop’s Appeal. Churches are encouraged to fundraise to help finance the second stage of the school’s construction and bring their offering to the Annual Conference in June. Global Missions Missionary and NIC elder Rev. Young Seon (Christina) Kim is leading the project, which is in the second stage of construction, and hopes to open the school to students by Jan. 2021. 

Bishop's Appeal Information

Memorial Service 
Please remember to submit names and photos of Lay Members to AC who have passed away since June 2019 to ACmedia@umcnic.org. The deadline is September 15, 2020. NIC Dir. of Human Resources Woody Bedell will be delivering the message at the Memorial Service. Bedell manages the benefits and human resources needs of the NIC.

Worship Leader:  Rev. Rich Rubietta, a NIC elder serving in extension ministry with Abounding Ministries, will be our worship leader working with the Annual Conference Worship Committee to develop our three main services.

Bible Study Leader: This year’s Bible Study Leader is Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the General Secretary/CEO of Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship). Dotson is a nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author on evangelism and church revitalization. He will present pre-conference online Bible studies on  Oct. 1, 8 & 22 at 10 am. Look for more details and registration at a later date. 

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