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Prairie Central Lay Academy

Location: Plainfield UMC, 15114 S. Illinois St. Plainfield, IL

****POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 due to low enrollment***

November 6 and November 13

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Cost: $40

 or mail a check payable to:
“Prairie Central Lay Academy” to
717 N. Washington St., Wheaton, IL 60187

Questions contact 630.709.3953 or email

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  • Devotional Life in the John Wesley Tradition Focused on Wesley’s “means of grace,” this study includes topics such as prayer, Scripture, and the Lord’s Supper. Learn how to apply Wesley’s ministry to your own life. Instructor: John Wietlispach
  • United Methodist Heritage Explore the theology, witness, and organization that Methodists bring to the church universal and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church. Instructor: Rev. Terry Clark
  • Leading Public Prayer Praying in public can be daunting, but prayer is something one learns. This course helps Lay Servants grow in confidence while enriching their personal prayer life. Instructor: Rev. Norval Brown
  • Discovering & Using Spiritual Gifts Understand your spiritual gifts and learn as a spiritual leader how to use them in fulfilling the church’s mission and ministry. Instructors: Tom & Pat Price

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Prayers for NCJ Conference

The Mission Council of the North Central Jurisdiction is calling on all United Methodists in the jurisdiction to prayerfully support the November 10-11 virtual jurisdictional conference.


Update on NCJ Conference

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Sympathy Notice: Henry Vellinga

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Sympathy Notice: Leanne Rolfe

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