2015 Apportionments Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,133,131.93 in 2015 Apportionment giving, representing a 3.8% increase over 2014. In addition, over $882,000 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Read the report from CCFA here. District Apportionments Paid Percent Paid Second-Mile Giving Aurora     1,684,578 71%   252,247 Chicago Northwestern        771,154…

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United Voices for Children seeks nominees for awards

Each year the Board of Directors of United Voices for Children selects individuals or groups to receive the Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt Child Advocacy Award, the Katherine B. Greene Child Worker Award and the Rev. Margaret Ann Williams Service Award. These awards honor extraordinary volunteer service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or…

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General Conference 2016 Prayer Vigil

The United Methodist Church will have its quadrennial General Conference in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. As we all prepare for this important time of conferencing, the Council of Bishops has called for a time of prayer between now and then. Each annual conference has been invited to host a 24-hour prayer on each…

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Update on Landscape Strategy process

January 17, 2016 By Bishop Sally Dyck Following the presentation at the special session of annual conference on November 7, 2015, I want to give updates on our strategic work. It’s a short time frame to make some changes to our structure, staffing, resource allocation, and programming by annual conference, but it’s the hope and plan to begin and…

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Outreach ministry to Hispanic/Latino neighbors

New Lenox United Methodist Church is reaching out to their Hispanic/Latino neighbors in new ways while building meaningful relationships. This past December, New Lenox hosted an Advent Family night and invited their sister church Trinity/Cristo es el Camino in Joliet to attend. About 200 people from both churches came out to shop in the Christmas…

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A special 100th birthday celebration

By Susan Keaton For 65 years he rarely missed a Sunday service or a chance to minister to others. So when Fred Altergott turned 100, it was fitting that the Redeemer of Calvary United Methodist Church hosted the celebration. “If you have a Bible study, he is there,” said his pastor, Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes. “He…

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Outdoor Retreat Ministries fall happenings

Reynoldswood Your Reynoldswood staff hosted 31 ladies at the Reynoldswood Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 12. The Tea, Desserts, Decorations and Fellowship were outstanding. Christmas songs were performed live by Rachel Huffman (French Horn), and Ryan Earl (Trumpet), from Roscoe UMC. (Rachel is also ORM Board member Karen Huffman’s daughter). Marcey Keefe, Administrative Assistant, shined…

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Landscape Regional Conversations

A series of conversations will be held in the winter of 2016 concerning the purpose and future of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference following the Landscape survey taken in the summer of 2015. Mark your calendars and join in the conversation. Read the Bishop’s column for more background and information. Purpose Summit – Saturday, February…

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Bishop Dyck calls on lawmakers to allow Syrian refugees in U.S.

By Kathy L. Gilbert (UMNS) In the midst of calls to cast out refugees, United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck traveled to Capitol Hill to add her voice to those of other national faith leaders and three U.S. senators calling for lawmakers to show mercy. Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference, wrote a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce…

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Bishop calls for peaceful response to video release

Bishop Sally Dyck calls upon United Methodists, especially in the city of Chicago, to pray and work for nonviolent responses and protests following the city’s release of the dash-cam video showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Frustration and anger have mounted locally and around the country…