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Campus minister responds to vandalism

Dear Friends, Some of you may have heard through the media about the hateful graffiti that was spray painted in the beautiful Alice Millar Chapel sanctuary on March 10, across the street from University Christian Ministry. The vandalism contained racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and other offensive messages. Northwestern University responded quickly by condemning the action and cleaning…

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Got a Creative Ministry?

The Northern Illinois Conference Program Council is currently accepting applications for Creative Ministries Grants. In 2015, the Program Council awarded 17 grants totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth…

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2015 Journal

Posted Mar. 4, 2016 Those who pre-ordered a copy of the 2015 Journal will be receiving their copies by mail soon if you haven’t already. If you wish to purchase a printed and bound 2015 Journal, you may do so on-line at Amazon. (A Kindle version will be available soon.) The Conference will not be…

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Annual Conference update from the chair

Walk by Faith – June 5-7, 2016 By Alka Lyall, Annual Conference Committee Chair As we come to Annual Conference this year, it will almost be on the heels of The United Methodist Church’s General Conference which convenes May 10-21 in Portland, OR. This means along with all the work that we would do as…

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Church helps provide affordable senior living

By Susan Keaton It started small, with a desire to clean up some unsightly properties near the church building and a concern over the long waiting list for affordable senior housing in Ottawa. Today that spark of an idea at Epworth United Methodist Church is a thriving senior residential community of two- and three-bedroom duplexes…

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A change in staffing

Updated 2/26/16 As of July 1, 2016, the Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) and the Assistant to the Bishop (A2B) positions will be combined into one. This is because we’re in the midst of determining just what kind of staffing (programming, structure and budgeting) we need as an annual conference. But since this is a…

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Apportionment Administrator announces move

After seven years as the Apportionment Administrator for the Northern Illinois Conference, Merrie Bunt is moving to California for new opportunities.  As Apportionment Administrator she works with individual local church treasurers in receiving apportionment, clergy benefit, and advance specials. As a life long member of the NIC she has a deep knowledge of the local churches…

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Covenant group plays by the rules

By Anne Marie Gerhardt What do five pastors, in five different annual conferences and four different jurisdictions have in common? Besides the fact that they are all United Methodist elders and graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, they’ve shared a unique bond for more than 10 years. “We all met our first year of seminary in…

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Rethink Church grants available

The Rethink Church program through United Methodist Communications awards three types of grants each year: Community Event Grants, Digital Advertising Grants, and New Church Start Grants. The churches listed below took part in one of these grant opportunities in 2015. Digital Advertising Grants 2015: South Elgin UMC (South Elgin, IL) In addition, the following churches…

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Bishop announces staffing changes

In the Feb. 8, 2016 appointment listing, it was announced that Rev. Chris Pierson, presently our Director of Connectional Ministries, will be appointed to Wheaton: Gary United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Pierson has served as the DCM since 2007, following his service as Director of Outreach and Witness Ministries since 2000. His history…