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Annual Conference Day Three

Highlights: Bishop Jun Taek Lim of Seoul South Annual Conference, Korean Methodist Church along with his wife and 9 District Superintendents visited. They donated $10,000 to the NIC Imagine No Malaria campaign. Seoul South is the NIC’s sister conference. Cabinet Report: Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone named new Dean of the Cabinet. Cokesbury Report: Rev….

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Annual Conference Day Two

Highlights: United Voice for Children breakfast awards: Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt – Rev. Lynn Mikels of First UMC Arlington Heights, Cindy Horton of Christ the Carpenter UMC of Rockford. Katherine B. Greene Award – Rev. Rodney Walker of Grace Calvary UMC Chicago. Margaret Ann Williams Joy of Serving Award. Given to namesake Margaret Ann William…

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Annual Conference Day One

It was an exciting opening to the 175th Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Highlights: Continuing the theme of “Who is my Neighbor” Hundreds of layette kit items dropped off to the Mission Truck for the Midwest Distribution Center which really appreciated that the items were divided up. Opening Worship  – Jump Children’s Choir’s angelic voices filled…

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Xperience Church’s journey comes to a close

Two and a half years ago, Pastor Dwayne Grant and a team of committed supporters set out to plant Xperience church. The vision according to Grant was “to plant a socially relevant, mission oriented church in the Hillside/Bellwood community, African American based but with a multicultural, multigenerational, progressive and inclusive feel.” Pastor Grant received his…

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Archives & History Wiki Site

In recognition of our 175th Annual Conference, the Committee on Archives and History is launching a wiki site, nichistory.wiki,  that will be dedicated to collecting the basic information and history of our churches, past and present. Our initial steps are simple. However, over time we wish to expand this information to include persons and significant…

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North Central College names new campus chaplain

North Central College has named a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle. He will assume the role from the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, who retires in June after 20 years of service as campus chaplain at North Central College. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Doolittle has served as a…

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175th Anniversary: A reflection of the past – Pt. 2

By Dan Swinson, Conference Historian The first session of the Rock River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church met in Mt. Morris, Illinois beginning August 26, 1840Why Mt. Morris? Why not Chicago, or Rockford, or . . . ? The demographics were different then. Galena was the second most populous location in the state after…

175th Anniversary: A reflection of the past

By Dan Swinson, Conference Historian June 2014 will mark the 175th Session of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. Since the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church came into existence following the merger of 1968, we have been very busy, or. . .we have an interesting history. The United Methodist…

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Young Adult Missionary visiting NIC churches

Mistead T. Sai is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2012, he is assigned to Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago, Illinois. Mistead will be visiting local churches in the NIC, to engage young adults in ministry, during the…

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Elvira Arellano: A Methodist in Ministry

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Elvira Arellano, an immigrant rights activist from Mexico who gained nationwide publicity for seeking shelter in a Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist church, is back in a familiar place. Seven years after U.S. immigration officers deported her to Mexico, she returned March 23 to Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Humboldt…