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Laity Session at Annual Conference

This year’s focus of the Laity Session at Annual Conference will be on youth and young adults. As such, the Board of Laity is extending an open invitation to all youth and young adults to attend to make this a meaningful session. It will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 between 6pm and 8pm…

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UMW Dinner at Annual Conference- ticket purchase instructions

UMW Dinner at Annual Conference Monday, June 15 Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles IL   Purchase your UMW Dinner tickets by registering 1. Online at (if you are not an Annual  Conference participant, you may register as a guest); or 2. Download a Registration form to mail or fax in. (instructions are on the form) Group meal…

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Northern Illinois – Give yourself a hand!

As of World Malaria day, April 25, 2015, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference had pledged $1 Million to Imagine No Malaria! We will have an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishment at the 2015 annual conference. The Rev. Gary Henderson, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, will join us for the marking of this feat….


Learning Spanish as church hospitality

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 545 students participated in 48 classes held in 42 churches across the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) in the last two years to learn some Spanish and explore ¿Quién es mi vecino? (Who is my neighbor?). The core curriculum behind these Spanish-as-a-second language (SSL) classes was a collaborative effort written around…


Tornado Disaster Response

At least two tornadoes tore through parts of Northern Illinois on Thursday, April 9 according to the National Weather Service killing two people and destroying homes and businesses in its path. The hardest hit communities were in Ogle and DeKalb counties including the small town of Fairdale which was mostly demolished by the massive tornado….

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Order Golden Cross Sunday envelopes

Golden Cross Sunday is observed in the month of May in honor of older adults in your congregation. ORDER YOUR SPECIAL GCS OFFERING ENVELOPES NOW! ** Call or send email to PONG JAVIER, OAM co-chair 708-268-7003 / Leave contact name, contact info, church name and location. Will drop off the envelopes. **The Golden Cross…


La Luz De Cristo Chartered as new UM Church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt La Luz De Cristo, (The Light of Christ), held a joyful celebration on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 officially becoming a new Hispanic United Methodist Church with 146 people committing themselves as chartered members. Nearly 200 people attended the chartering service led by Elgin District Superintendent Oscar Carrasco and Bishop Sally Dyck…


Lent in a Bag

By Linda Duback This year Glenview United Methodist Church is helping families practice the 40 days of Lent at home with a “to-go” bag. The “Lent in a Bag” idea is simply a paper bag filled with four symbols along with an accompanying activity/reflection to be used each week of Lent. Instructions tell families to…


Nominations for Denman Awards

The Evangelism committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of these awards, nominated by individuals, churches, or districts, and selected by the Annual…


Did You Know – About untapped resources?

By Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop A big challenge for the local church and small not-for-profit organizations such as the Northern Illinois Conference is stretching our limited budgets to go as far as possible in serving the organization. We see the investment made in personnel, but a hidden strength in the work of ministry…