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…

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Kit Challenge 2014

This year’s Annual Conference invites each district to participate in giving by donating items to help those with immediate needs. This year’s theme again asks, “Who is my neighbor?” and invites us to examine our work and witness with children. This year’s collection will benefit the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in their efforts to assemble…

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Missionary Tshala Mwengo Dies After Bus Accident

On April 9, the General Board of Global Ministries shared the sad news that Tshala Mwengo passed away. Tshala and his wife, Betty, had served at the Mujilla Falls Agricultural Project in Northwestern Zambia. He last itinerated in the Northern Illinois Conference in 2012 and visited the Annual Conference (click to read more). Sensing a…

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Red Door Fund Update

Just one year ago, at a special session of the Annual Conference, we as the Annual Conference, voted to assist churches in our conference who were having trouble re-financing or repaying church mortgages whose rate of interest was onerous. In a wonderful confirmation of the connection we have as United Methodists and in an effort…

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Blessing of the Tractors

After a long, harsh winter, farmers in DeKalb County are ready to get out in their fields with a blessing. With the wave of an evergreen branch dipped in water, Montgomery resident and United Methodist pastor Rev. Jodeen Immer, (center), blessed farmers and ten tractors at Suydam UMC in Leland, Ill., on Sunday, April 6….

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Why I risked arrest for immigration reform

By Michael Mann, Assoc. Dir. of Mission and Advocacy Why are you involved in this action for immigrants? Throughout the Bible, God is concerned with those who are immigrants (see Deuteronomy 10:19 Jeremiah 22:3, Zechariah 7:10, and Matthew 25:35). In fact, God uses widows, orphans, and immigrants to be a special class of people to…

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Day of Friendship Spanish Camp for all ages

Spanish as a Second Language Dia de Amistad This summer, our Spanish as a Second Language class will invite all ages to participate in a one-day intergenerational experience we are calling Spanish Camp. It brings together those who have little or no prior experience of the Spanish language and Spanish speaking congregations as they together…

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Bishop Dyck calls for an end to deportations

By Kathy L. Gilbert* March 28, 2014 (UMNS) Bishop Sally Dyck became the third United Methodist bishop to be arrested since President’s Day in an international campaign calling for President Barack Obama to stop deporting immigrants with no criminal record, which is separating children from their parents. “We were marching for justice for our own…