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Bishop’s Appeal – Story of a dreamer

Second Chances: A story of a dreamer Min-Chul Suk came to the U.S. from South Korea with his parents in 1991, when he was 9. Min-Chul graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. With the support of the Korean-American community, Min-Chul…

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Urging Governor to reconsider budget cuts

And How Are The Children? “Children have only one childhood. Every day those children are being denied early education and nutritious food impacts their chances of living to their full potential. We must stand up for children across the country.” ~Marian Wright Edelman   Governor Rauner’s FY2016 budget proposes critical cuts to programs which serve…

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Laity Session at Annual Conference

This year’s focus of the Laity Session at Annual Conference will be on youth and young adults. As such, the Board of Laity is extending an open invitation to all youth and young adults to attend to make this a meaningful session. It will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 between 6pm and 8pm…

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UMW Dinner at Annual Conference- ticket purchase instructions

UMW Dinner at Annual Conference Monday, June 15 Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles IL   Purchase your UMW Dinner tickets by registering 1. Online at (if you are not an Annual  Conference participant, you may register as a guest); or 2. Download a Registration form to mail or fax in. (instructions are on the form) Group meal…

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Northern Illinois – Give yourself a hand!

As of World Malaria day, April 25, 2015, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference had pledged $1 Million to Imagine No Malaria! We will have an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishment at the 2015 annual conference. The Rev. Gary Henderson, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, will join us for the marking of this feat….


Learning Spanish as church hospitality

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 545 students participated in 48 classes held in 42 churches across the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) in the last two years to learn some Spanish and explore ¿Quién es mi vecino? (Who is my neighbor?). The core curriculum behind these Spanish-as-a-second language (SSL) classes was a collaborative effort written around…


Tornado Disaster Response

At least two tornadoes tore through parts of Northern Illinois on Thursday, April 9 according to the National Weather Service killing two people and destroying homes and businesses in its path. The hardest hit communities were in Ogle and DeKalb counties including the small town of Fairdale which was mostly demolished by the massive tornado….

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Order Golden Cross Sunday envelopes

Golden Cross Sunday is observed in the month of May in honor of older adults in your congregation. ORDER YOUR SPECIAL GCS OFFERING ENVELOPES NOW! ** Call or send email to PONG JAVIER, OAM co-chair 708-268-7003 / Leave contact name, contact info, church name and location. Will drop off the envelopes. **The Golden Cross…


La Luz De Cristo Chartered as new UM Church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt La Luz De Cristo, (The Light of Christ), held a joyful celebration on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 officially becoming a new Hispanic United Methodist Church with 146 people committing themselves as chartered members. Nearly 200 people attended the chartering service led by Elgin District Superintendent Oscar Carrasco and Bishop Sally Dyck…