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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…

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UMM election of new executive committee

There will be an election of a new President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer for the Executive Committee of UMM in the NIC. The election will be March 12, 2016 at Grace UMC, 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford, IL. 61114-5611. The day begins with a breakfast at 8am at a cost of $9. Tickets for the breakfast…

CSD 2016 Leadership Training – RESOURCES

RESOURCES Below are some of the handouts and other resources that were shared at the 2016 CSD Leadership Training January 23, Faith UMC, Orland Park MORNING PLENARY 1 – Developing an Effective Discipleship System (Rev. Andrea Davidson, Hartzell Memorial UMC, Chicago) Exploring best practices of how to invite, welcome, form and send people of faith (children and adults) into the…

2015 Apportionments Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,133,131.93 in 2015 Apportionment giving, representing a 3.8% increase over 2014. In addition, over $882,000 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Read the report from CCFA here. District Apportionments Paid Percent Paid Second-Mile Giving Aurora     1,684,578 71%   252,247 Chicago Northwestern        771,154…

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United Voices for Children seeks nominees for awards

Each year the Board of Directors of United Voices for Children selects individuals or groups to receive the Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt Child Advocacy Award, the Katherine B. Greene Child Worker Award and the Rev. Margaret Ann Williams Service Award. These awards honor extraordinary volunteer service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or…