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UMW accepting scholarship applications

The Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women offer a one-time scholarship each year for a woman that is currently enrolled in continuing education to become an ordained minister, deaconess or missionary.  Download the 2016 Scholarship Application.  The deadline is August 1, 2016.

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Celebrating Order of Deacon 20th anniversary

By Kimberly D. Woods For those new to The United Methodist church or just attending their first Annual Conference, the term “deacon” is just a piece of the standard vernacular. Just twenty years ago, however, the position of deacon in the United Methodist church was more akin to a stepping stone, a path onward to elder, but not a…

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Rosecrance gives thanks for Bishop’s Appeal offering

Thank you to all of the churches within the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church for your incredible outpouring of support of the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal for Rosecrance Lakeview. Thanks to you, the Bishop’s Appeal raised over $56,000 (and still counting) for the new Rosecrance Lakeview counseling center and recovery residence, with the…

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Outdoor & Retreat Ministries AC report

By Jeff Casey, Director of Outdoor and Retreat Ministries Three-and-a-half years ago we considered selling the NIC Camps because of financial losses and low usage by our own United Methodists. And did we ever – we sold them to you, NIC congregations and agencies. Through the dedicated work of your Outdoor and Retreat Ministries (ORM)…

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Annual Conference Award Winners

The Bishop, ministry groups and committees honored clergy and laity who exemplified the meaning of to “walk by faith” at this year’s annual conference.      

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Bishops offer prayers following Orlando shooting

Minneapolis, Minn.: Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida: United Methodists across the world are horrified by the despicable act of terrorism in Orlando, Florida, that took the lives of 49 individuals and wounded 53 others. We…

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UM Foundation announces new president

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce its selection of Reverend Chris Walters as its President effective July 1, 2016. Chris is an Ordained Elder in Northern Illinois Conference and since 2011 is currently under appointment at Plainfield UMC. He has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board…

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Bishop’s Clergy Session Remarks

These were my remarks at the clergy session of annual conference, Sunday, June 5, 2016.  I offer them for all as my reflections on General Conference. We gather in this clergy session and at this annual conference following a very tumultuous General Conference.  I struggle with just what to say.  I’m going to start with…

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District Mission Challenge: We have a winner!

By Michael Mann For many years, the Northern Illinois Conference churches have been bringing items to the Annual Conference as a way to support relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). These items have been donated directly to UMCOR or one of its affiliate partners, like Church World Service. This year, our…

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First UMC Westmont closes its doors

After 95 years faithfully serving the community of Westmont, Ill., First UMC held its final service last November and its discontinuation – effective January 12, 2016 – was finalized at Annual Conference. Aurora District Superintendent Rev. Dick Wisdom said the church had come to a place of transition and closure as membership and attendance declined….