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Creative Ministries Grants Awarded

On Saturday, Sept. 13 inside the chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin, the NIC Program Council celebrated and lifted up 16 ministries which received creative ministries grants to help support their programs which are impacting and transforming lives across the Conference. The ministries ranged from providing hundreds of students with much-needed school…

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Host a Child Sabbath in October

Every congregation in the Northern Illinois Conference is encouraged to participate in the activities of the 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath on October 19 or designate another Sunday in October to recognize this event. The annual Children’s Sabbath is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund and provides local congregations and faith communities with the…

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Oak Park Church Sets Green Example

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, Ill., has taken another step to reduce its carbon footprint and energy bills with the installation of a new rooftop solar power system that will generate and supply electricity to its building. “This is one of the greenest buildings in the denomination,” said…

Edison Park UMC Takes a Risk and God Shows Up

Edison Park United Methodist Church is one of our beautiful congregations on the far northwest side of Chicago. The community has changed, however, and the congregation had to decide what to do – close themselves off from their neighbors or reach out with love. They decided to take a risk and reach their neighbors! Because…

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Bus Stop Buddies

As all children of the Albany community are bused from the village everyday, Albany United Methodist Church will have two teams offering smiling faces and affirming, encouraging words as students load the buses and travel nine miles to their schools this year. Pastor Nancy Weingartner said the School Superintendent was delighted to learn of their…

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Bolivia welcomes NIC youth

Ten Northern Illinois mission team members of youth, young adults and adults traveled to La Paz and Copacabana on the Altiplano of Bolivia from July 20-31. The group was immersed in both the culture and history of the country as well as the many missions of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Bolivia. Bishop Rojas of…

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UM Foundation accepting grant applications

Combine a little money, creative ideas, and volunteers focused on Christ – what a difference it can make! The United Methodist Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014/15 annual grants cycle. The Foundation offers grants that provide seed money for new or expanded ministries at local churches or agencies in the conference. Grants of…

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Be a Mentor this fall

Building on the Safe Haven program provided during this past spring break, several Chicago United Methodist churches are continuing to offer a safe place to go for  neighborhood elementary school-aged children this summer. The Safe Haven Program, a partnership with Chicago Public Schools’ Faith Base and Community Engagement office (FACE), meets from Monday June 30…

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Rev. John Peterson chosen as new UM Foundation President

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference is pleased to announce that the Rev. John Peterson has been selected to be the next President of the Foundation. He will begin on September 1, 2014. John brings outstanding experience and credentials to his new role at the United Methodist…

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Safe Sanctuaries Training now online

Online training for Safe Sanctuaries is now available through “Safe Gatherings”, a United Methodist affiliated organization based out of Kansas, to help churches and their congregants meet this responsibility through a comprehensive and consistent online training process. In the past, the NIC has helped individual volunteers and congregations meet this responsibility through all-day trainings at…