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Become an Ambassador: Spanish as a Second Language

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 begins, the NIC rejoices in the Spanish as a Second Language program. This program allows congregations to explore “Who Is My Neighbor?” by teaching 100 words of Spanish. So far, forty-six congregations have been a part of the 6-week program.  Each class meets once per week for…

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2014 Apportionments Update

2014 Apportionments Update–January 29, 2015 By: Merrie Bunt As we close the books on 2014, we give thanks for and celebrate with the 351 churches and 3 new faith communities that have faithfully contributed a total of $5,917,262 in Apportionment giving. While 2014 began frigid temperatures, straining the resources of many churches, apportionment giving rebounded…

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Immigration: Executive Action Announcement

Many congregations have been asking how they can help or where they can receive information about the Executive Action plan that was recently announced by President Obama.  The first thing we always advise is to help those in your congregations avoid fraud. There is no Executive Action plan yet in place. The plans do not…

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Giving Tuesday – Dec. 2

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Q: Can #GivingTuesday donations count towards Rainbow Covenant? A: Yes, individuals can make a donation to any project through…

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2015 Rainbow Convenant Advance Application

Applications are now available for ALL ministries wishing to be a Rainbow Covenant Advance in 2015. This is for ALL current and new ministries. A new Rainbow Covenant book will be created after this 2015 cycle is complete. Each ministry must fill out this form and return it to the e-mail indicated on the form. Our…

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Bishops call for prayer in human sexuality statement

The following is a statement from the Council of Bishops, approved at our meeting this past week: As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the church. We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow “to guard the faith, to seek…

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Accessibility Ministries Grants

The Committee on Accessibility Ministries has announced that it has awarded grants to Rockton UMC & Mount Hope UMC for their respective projects to make their buildings more accessible. The Mount Hope congregation took on the task of building a 384 square foot addition that includes two fully handicap accessible restrooms and a ramp that…

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Order the NEW NIC Directory

Cost $10 each It is going to the Printer on November 14, 2014 and will be shipped directly from the printer to all who ordered with Annual Conference Registration, or through this website. ORDER NOW ONLINE and pay by Credit Card Copies also may be ordered by sending a check (made out to the Northern…

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Judicial Council Ruling

At our regular session of annual conference in June 2014, there was legislation before the body, entitled “In Support of Marriage Equality” The legislation passed with an overwhelming majority. Following its passage, Rev. Scott Field requested a bishop’s ruling on it. The wording of the legislation, the request for the ruling, my ruling, and the…