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Naperville book club marks 50 years of reading

By Susan Keaton* In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago to advocate for housing desegregation, and John Lennon infamously said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” In the small community of Naperville, Ill., a group of women from the First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a…

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Bishops Share Words from the Heart

We – Bishops Sally Dyck and Tracy Malone – thank all of you who are donating to our World Series Challenge for Haiti to help the people of that country recover from Hurricane Matthew. We appreciate the special offerings that have been taken, and the support from people across the country who have given on…

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Accessibility Awareness Sunday – Nov. 13

The Northern Illinois Conference has declared that the second Sunday of November be set aside as “Accessibility Awareness Sunday”. As a community of faith, we recognize that all people are not physically and/or mentally able to access the Word of God in what might be described as the traditional manner. As our population ages and…

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Leadership training equips conference chairs

Equipping local churches for ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ while also providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church is the foundational mission of the Northern Illinois Conference. Work over the past year through the Landscape survey and listening sessions has helped us better understand that “equipping” is at the heart of…

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Join the World Series Cross-Conference Challenge for Haiti

Root for your team and support Hurricane Relief The World Series returns to Wrigley Field Friday night for the first time in 71 years after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 2. The series is now tied 1-1. Let’s keep the momentum going! Join in a friendly cross-conference challenge to root for…

NIC PAUMCS 2016 Fall Workshop in the Districts

A Professional Workshop for Church Office Secretaries & Staff!    2016 Fall PAUMCS Workshop ~ in the Districts! Diplomacy for the Church Office A Biblical Process for Dealing with Concerns Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Bowes, Deacon The NIC Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) will offer the workshop Diplomacy for the Church Office for…

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Cultural Competency Training

Building God’s Beloved Community – a Cultural Competency Training “Building God’s Beloved Community” is an awesome task, and yet, a task that requires hard and intentional work. How do we relate across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences? How do we live together, work together, and build God’s beloved community where everyone is valued and every gift celebrated? The…

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Observe Children’s Sabbath This Fall

The 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is coming up October 21-23. Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, is an interfaith celebration in which congregations hold special worship services, education programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in the lives of children and their families. The theme for this year is:…

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Chicago Urban Summit Seeks to Train and Equip Pastors

By Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you in exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7 The Cook County board president has officially declared gun violence a “Public Health Crisis,” civil unrest from excessive…

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Flood buckets needed

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL., has sent out 2,016 cleaning buckets to UMCOR in Baldwin, Louisiana in response to the catastrophic flooding that has damaged thousands of homes and properties. MMDC volunteers are now working on replenishing the supplies for buckets. If you would like to help replenish supplies, you can…