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Cokesbury makes customer service changes for Northern Illinois

Christian retailers must continuously reinvent and perfect the ways in which we serve churches and their leaders, due to individual marketplace changes, and increasing costs for product development and delivery. When market conditions require, Cokesbury adapts, as has been apparent in our financially self-sustaining ministry since our formation as The United Methodist Church’s first agency…

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2016 Apportionment Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,066,296 in 2016 Apportionment giving, representing a 1.1% decrease over 2015. In addition, over $573,816.22 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Thanks to your generosity and careful stewardship of conference expenses we are able to pay 90% of our apportionment to the World Service Fund and…

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Light Shines Through…178th Annual Conference theme

2016 seemed to be a year of transitions! We have a new Director of Connectional Ministries and some staff changes in the Conference office. Your Annual Conference committee hopes that you will also experience some positive changes in the way we hold our Annual Conference sessions in the Northern Illinois Conference. Of course, some things…

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Lay Leadership Portal User Instructions

Lay Leadership Portal User Instructions Each Local Church is responsible for keeping the names and contact information of their church leaders up to date for Annual Conference. They do this by logging into their individual church’s Lay Leadership Portal and making the changes to the database entries. If you have questions, please contact Betsy Smith,….

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Greetings from new Media Resources Director

Greetings Northern Illinois Conference!  My name is Jill Stone and I am excited that the resources of the United Media Resource Center are available to every church in your conference!  I encourage you all to “Get in the Game” and consider the ways the UMRC can enhance your church’s ministries.  There are DVDs, books, kits,…

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New Director for church risk management

The Northern Illinois Conference announces Dwayne Jackson will serve as the new Director of Risk Management & Ministry Protection. He brings 33 years of professional risk, claims and loss control experience working for international corporations that include The Boeing Company and RR Donnelley & Sons, inclusive of Marsh USA Inc. and Liberty Mutual Insurance on…

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New plan for Media Resource Center

We are pleased to announce a new partnership to help fill your church’s resource needs. From filmstrips and flannel board packets to VHS tapes and DVDs, the Northern Illinois Conference Media Resource Center (MRC) has navigated the transitions in technology and reinvented itself over the past 35-40 years. With changes in technology, conference space, budget…

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World Series win for Haiti

Cross-Conference missional challenge raises over $70,000 We all know the Cubs are World Champions, but the people of Haiti and those who lost so much from Hurricane Matthew will be the real winners thanks to the generosity of donors from Northern Illinois to East Ohio and beyond. Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Tracy S. Malone…

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Bishops Share Words from the Heart

We – Bishops Sally Dyck and Tracy Malone – thank all of you who are donating to our World Series Challenge for Haiti to help the people of that country recover from Hurricane Matthew. We appreciate the special offerings that have been taken, and the support from people across the country who have given on…