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Sympathy Notice: Bishop Felton May

Bishop Felton May (Ordained a Deacon in the NIC in 1962) died on February 27 at the age of 81 in Ellicott City, Maryland. During his time in the NIC Bishop May was appointed to St. James Methodist Church and was the church planter for Maple Park Methodist. He was consecrated a bishop in 1984 and…

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Tornadoes damage communities in north-central Illinois

Deadly tornadoes and strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of north-central Illinois during the evening of Feb. 28. The communities of Ottawa and Naplate in LaSalle County were hardest hit with dozens of homes and structures damaged. Authorities say two people were killed by a falling tree. All three UM churches in Ottawa (First, Epworth and…

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Laity gather for annual convocation

Over 150 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Saturday, February 17 for Laity Convocation 2017.  This was a different Laity Convocation. We shortened the day and were together from 9 am to 12:30 pm. We started with an interactive and participatory Bible study led by our Bishop and then went into small group (less…

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Creative Ministries Grant Applications available online

Deadline Extended to March 31 Is your congregation looking for ways to fund its most creative ministry ideas? Creative Ministry Grants allow congregations to seed new ministry possibilities. Grants can be applied to any number of projects, and are typically for $500 to $1,000. The money may not offset staffing costs. Over the last years, applications…

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2017 National PAUMCS Conference in Chicago!

We’re hosting the 2017 National PAUMCS Conference!   Feel the Spirit in the Windy City May 4 – 6, 2017   The Westin O’Hare Hotel (6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018) Click here for  QUESTIONS? Contact Betsy Smith (; 815-561-8285) or Debbie Rogers (; 630-465-2941)  

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Welcome our new NIC staff

2017 has presented the Northern Illinois Conference with opportunities to realign our work and staffing. Through the Landscape Assessment in 2015 we’ve learned that we need to work on reorganizing the annual conference. This work is underway. Likewise in our staffing, we live out our core values as a healthy organization when we evaluate, assess…

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Cokesbury makes customer service changes for Northern Illinois

Christian retailers must continuously reinvent and perfect the ways in which we serve churches and their leaders, due to individual marketplace changes, and increasing costs for product development and delivery. When market conditions require, Cokesbury adapts, as has been apparent in our financially self-sustaining ministry since our formation as The United Methodist Church’s first agency…

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2016 Apportionment Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,066,296 in 2016 Apportionment giving, representing a 1.1% decrease over 2015. In addition, over $573,816.22 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Thanks to your generosity and careful stewardship of conference expenses we are able to pay 90% of our apportionment to the World Service Fund and…

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Light Shines Through…178th Annual Conference theme

2016 seemed to be a year of transitions! We have a new Director of Connectional Ministries and some staff changes in the Conference office. Your Annual Conference committee hopes that you will also experience some positive changes in the way we hold our Annual Conference sessions in the Northern Illinois Conference. Of course, some things…