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181st Northern Illinois Annual Conference - NOVEMBER 14

Watch recorded livestream of the Nov. 14 AC session.



Memorial Service Bulletin

Watch the Laity Address below►

Keeping the health and safety of all our clergy, lay members, volunteers and staff in mind, the AC Committee held the 181st Annual Conference "virtually" on November 14 through a Zoom webinar. Click to read more.

The event was livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube

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Briefings and Services

  • Ordination Service - POSTPONED due to rising COVID-19 numbers in Illinois
    Fri., Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. (Livestream from Barrington UMC: limited attendance, invitation-only event.
  • Annual Conference Session
    Sat., Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. break
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  • Retirement Service
    Sat., Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. (Video premiere)
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Bible Study Video Recordings

Here's a link to the UMC Timeline: Methodism in Black and White which Rev. Dotson referenced in the 2nd session.

More information

Clergy Session: This year's Clergy Session was held June 29 from 10 am - 12 noon via a Zoom video conference meeting. Click here for more information.

Theme: 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Legislation/Historical Documents
All historical documents and proposed legislation are posted. Click here to read and download.

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 
NIC Dir. of Human Resources Woody Bedell will be delivering the message at the Memorial Service. Bedell managed 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. Click for details.

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