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NIC Students awarded scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) celebrates that the Office of Loans and Scholarships will be awarding over 2,200 students a total of $4.5 million in financial assistance for 2015. Thank you for your support in recognizing United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday which help fund a…

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Letter to Gov. Rauner – Allow Syrian Refugees

Dear Governor Rauner: As the bishop of The United Methodist Church in Northern Illinois, I am asking you to reconsider your decision to refuse Syrian refugees from settling in Illinois. United Methodists across the world, including Germany, have been involved in resettling Syrians in our countries and states. It is part of our biblical tradition (Deuteronomy 10:17-19…

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Special session approves budget

During a special session convened November 7, 2015, members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference approved a 2016 budget of $6,737,477, a $470,019 reduction from the previous year, which includes a hopeful 100% apportionment payment to the General Church. The Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented the proposed budget following months of collaborative conversations…

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Looking over our landscape

We have recently completed the implementation of a questionnaire that assessed the vitality and effectiveness of the work of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Called the Landscape tool, it is designed to provide key information on the experiences, perceptions and aspirations of clergy and laity in the annual conference. The purpose of this self-assessment is…

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NIU campus ministry feeds ‘Hungry Huskies’

Every Sunday evening, students with the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University are serving other students a free, home-cooked meal, a real gift to hungry college students! Several churches are also pitching in by providing dinners, desserts, meal prep and financial support. The new “Hungry Huskies” ministry started this semester and they’ve already fed nearly…

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North Central Jurisdiction retains same number of Bishops

After further review of the numbers, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) reports that the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) does have enough members to retain nine bishops for the episcopal area. In September GCFA notified NCJ leadership that membership totals from 2014’s statistics showed a drop below the threshold formula required by the Book…

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Enhanced Find-A-Church features now available

Today’s tech-savvy seekers turn to the Internet as their primary source for information. Local United Methodist churches can be prepared with an updated profile on Find-A-Church, which now has enhanced tools to create easily viewed events, social media links, and worship information. New Find-A-Church features include: GoogleMap with movable pin to exactly communicate location Links…

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Rev. Malone endorsed as Episcopal Nominee

Members of the NIC General/Jurisdictional Delegation unanimously endorsed the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone as their episcopal nominee at their Sept. 27, 2015 meeting. “I’m honored by the trust and confidence that my colleagues (lay and clergy) have in my gifts and leadership,” said Rev. Malone responding to the endorsement. Rev. Malone serves as the…

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Grants help churches get creative

Thanks to your apportionment dollars 17 ministries in the Northern Illinois Conference received Creative Ministries Grants from the Program Council totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth caught…

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Membership decline may mean fewer bishops

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), notified the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictional leadership that the number of bishops representing the areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. GCFA, responding to responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶ 404.2 of the Book of Discipline, and the responsibilities of…