Your Apportionment Faithfulness has Made a Difference [September 2016]

Located in Chicago’s Austin community, Olivet United Methodist Church is an important part of our United Methodist witness and presence at the heart of one of the City’s most significant neighborhoods, one that has witnessed a surge in violent crime in recent years. A community-minded congregation, Olivet UMC has reached out to its neighborhood in…

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Flood buckets needed

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL., has sent out 2,016 cleaning buckets to UMCOR in Baldwin, Louisiana in response to the catastrophic flooding that has damaged thousands of homes and properties. MMDC volunteers are now working on replenishing the supplies for buckets. If you would like to help replenish supplies, you can…

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Champions of Justice Award

The Rev. Michael Mann and Rev. Lisl Heymans Paul will receive the Champions of Justice – Founders Award from Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors at the JFON 5th Anniversary Dinner, Sept. 18, 2016, at 4:30 pm at Elgin Community College.  “We wanted to start a tradition where every year we honor an outstanding contributor to…

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New Rainbow Covenant Booklet

With the new quadrennium, the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Global Ministries has updated the Rainbow Covenant Booklet for 2016-2020. It can be downloaded online and printed copies will be mailed in the fall to each church. Donations to help defray the cost are welcomed. The NIC Board of Global Ministries took this opportunity to…

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Northern Illinois clergy and laity to serve Jurisdictional, General Church

In addition to electing bishops, delegates in the North Central Jurisdiction also elected leaders to serve on various committees for the next four years, eight from the Northern Illinois Conference. Here’s a look at our Northern Illinois clergy and laity who will be serving on which committees. Thanks to all of these individuals for their…

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Bishop Dyck returns to the Northern Illinois Conference

Clergy and lay representatives from 11 annual conferences, including the Northern Illinois Conference, gathered from July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJ). Delegates elected four new bishops, said goodbye to four bishops, spent time listening, approved a resolution related to human sexuality, passed a budget and agreed on a new…

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Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

By Christa Meland, Minnesota Conference In a meaningful worship service and before hundreds of United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction, the four newly elected episcopal leaders – Bishop Tracy S. Malone, Bishop Frank Beard, Bishop David Bard and Bishop Laurie Haller – were consecrated Saturday, July 16 at First United Methodist Church in…

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Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone elected Bishop

Updated 7/14/16 Peoria, Ill.– The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone humbly praised God and thanked everyone who’s helped her along the journey to being elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. “To God be the glory,” said Malone after being introduced as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. “Friends I stand before you as…

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UMW accepting scholarship applications

The Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women offer a one-time scholarship each year for a woman that is currently enrolled in continuing education to become an ordained minister, deaconess or missionary.  Download the 2016 Scholarship Application.  The deadline is August 1, 2016.

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Celebrating Order of Deacon 20th anniversary

By Kimberly D. Woods For those new to The United Methodist church or just attending their first Annual Conference, the term “deacon” is just a piece of the standard vernacular. Just twenty years ago, however, the position of deacon in the United Methodist church was more akin to a stepping stone, a path onward to elder, but not a…