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Laity gather at annual convocation

By Anne Marie Gerhardt More than 200 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Feb. 8 for the 2014 Laity Convocation with the theme “Who is my neighbor? Who can’t I see?”. Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, McCreless Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology, challenged laity to “go out,…

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Aurora Shalom Ministries Closes

The Board of Directors of “Aurora Shalom Ministries” wishes to inform you that we have ceased all its operations as of January 1, 2014. We made this decision with heavy hearts and after careful study and prayerful consideration. In the end, we felt that the ministry had run its course. We no longer had the…

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Concealed Carry

  Efforts to amend the Illinois State Concealed Carry Law to include places of worship will not be addressed by the state legislature until the spring of 2014. If this amendment passes, churches will be added to a short list of places that are automatically protected in the Concealed Carry joining schools, libraries and others….

New Online Thrift Store Offers Bargains and Jobs

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Who doesn’t like a bargain? Kingswood United Methodist Church is offering a new, convenient way to shop for bargains and giving back to the community at the same time. The New Beginnings On-line Thrift Shop officially opened for business in July selling reasonably priced items and offering job training skills to…

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Zambia Missionaries Visit Annual Conference

By Jamie Greco Tshala Mwenga and Betty Tshala were far from home recently when they visited the Northern Illinois Conference representing the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Mujila Falls Project in Northwest Zambia, a country abundant with challenges and possibilities. Born in The Democratic Republic of Congo, the married couple works…