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Resources for the movie Selma

On Monday, Jan. 19, United Methodists packed a theater in Warrenville, Ill., to view a special screening of the Oscar nominated movie Selma which is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s history changing campaign to secure equal voting rights in Alabama in 1965. The event was part of the #Selmahandinhand initiative to encourage conversation and action….

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Honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

United Methodists from across the Northern Illinois Conference gathered together for several events over the long holiday weekend in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy and life. On Saturday, Jan. 17, more than 200 clergy and lay members participated in the annual Winter Warming hosted by NIC Reconciling Ministries. The Rev. Dr….

VBS 2015 Showcase

Even though the New Year just started, it is never too soon to start thinking about VBS. Over the next few weeks, Cokesbury will be hosting five very exciting VBS Showcases at churches in your area. They will be an opportunity for local Christian educators to gather together and share ideas. We will discuss how to…

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Become an Ambassador: Spanish as a Second Language

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 begins, the NIC rejoices in the Spanish as a Second Language program. This program allows congregations to explore “Who Is My Neighbor?” by teaching 100 words of Spanish. So far, forty-six congregations have been a part of the 6-week program.  Each class meets once per week for…

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2014 Apportionments Update

2014 Apportionments Update–January 29, 2015 By: Merrie Bunt As we close the books on 2014, we give thanks for and celebrate with the 351 churches and 3 new faith communities that have faithfully contributed a total of $5,917,262 in Apportionment giving. While 2014 began frigid temperatures, straining the resources of many churches, apportionment giving rebounded…

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Immigration: Executive Action Announcement

Many congregations have been asking how they can help or where they can receive information about the Executive Action plan that was recently announced by President Obama.  The first thing we always advise is to help those in your congregations avoid fraud. There is no Executive Action plan yet in place. The plans do not…

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Giving Tuesday – Dec. 2

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Q: Can #GivingTuesday donations count towards Rainbow Covenant? A: Yes, individuals can make a donation to any project through…

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Anticipation of the Ferguson Decision

Date: November 16, 2014 To: The Northern Illinois United Methodist Churches From: Bishop Sally Dyck Re: Anticipation of the Ferguson decision Peace and grace to you as you gather to worship this Sunday. May the Spirit of God give you inner peace and also a desire for peace in our communities and world. I am…

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2015 Rainbow Convenant Advance Application

Applications are now available for ALL ministries wishing to be a Rainbow Covenant Advance in 2015. This is for ALL current and new ministries. A new Rainbow Covenant book will be created after this 2015 cycle is complete. Each ministry must fill out this form and return it to the e-mail indicated on the form. Our…