Placing a call in a blizzard

By Anne Marie Gerhardt As the fifth-largest blizzard in Chicago history hit on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, many pastors, trustees, church leaders and congregants looked out their frost-covered windows to the mounting snowfall and wondered if there should be morning services. The Rev. Jaqueline Pamela Ford of Ingleside-Whitfield UMC in Chicago, who lives two miles…


Expansion of DACA Delayed

In February, the EXPANDED Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hit a “bump in the road” according to one immigration legal organization, after a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction which delays implementation. A number of top legal experts have indicated that the program will continue, but that the…


Bishop Dyck’s Lenten Message

This Lenten Season: Go to the “Well of the God who Sees You” The stories of Genesis never fail to remind me of the complexities and fragility of life—then and now. In chapter 16, we read about Abraham and Sarah giving up on the promise that they will have a son and taking matters into…

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INM – Pledges grow as we near our goal

Thank you to all those who have joined in the fight to eradicate malaria. We are growing close to our $ 1million goal. Today we celebrate those congregations that have pledged to this work. Check out the participation of our congregations on this list. If your church wants to join in this work by making…

Northern Illinois Conference

NIC Staff Retirements and Changes

With the new year we celebrate the retirements of two long time staff members with the Northern Illinois Conference: Barbara Pufundt and Shirley Burkhart. Elgin/Aurora District Administrator Barbara Pufundt will retire March 1 after serving 27 years with the Northern Illinois Conference. She began working part-time in the Aurora District Office. She soon became full-time…

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Imagine No Malaria Lenten Resources

United Methodist congregations are encouraged to give up, take up, lift up and look up with the 2015 Imagine No Malaria Lenten resources. The downloadable materials include undated and themed sermon starters, videos, children’s messages and a sacrificial giving calendar for Lent worship. The seven weeks of materials, which extend through Easter Sunday, feature a…

Northern Illinois Conference

2015 Apportionments Update

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. Last week, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) voted to pay General Church Apportionments at 72%, the same rate as Apportionment…


Resources for the movie Selma

On Monday, Jan. 19, United Methodists packed a theater in Warrenville, Ill., to view a special screening of the Oscar nominated movie Selma which is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s history changing campaign to secure equal voting rights in Alabama in 1965. The event was part of the #Selmahandinhand initiative to encourage conversation and action….


Honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

United Methodists from across the Northern Illinois Conference gathered together for several events over the long holiday weekend in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy and life. On Saturday, Jan. 17, more than 200 clergy and lay members participated in the annual Winter Warming hosted by NIC Reconciling Ministries. The Rev. Dr….

VBS 2015 Showcase

Even though the New Year just started, it is never too soon to start thinking about VBS. Over the next few weeks, Cokesbury will be hosting five very exciting VBS Showcases at churches in your area. They will be an opportunity for local Christian educators to gather together and share ideas. We will discuss how to…