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Bishop Dyck calls for prayer in midst of world disasters

Our world continues to be in a state of suffering. It’s been over a week and the people of Puerto Rico are still without water, electricity, food and the means to connect with others both on the island and in the states. Some of our own clergy and church members still don’t know the whereabouts…

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Bishop’s Appeal raises more than $70,000 for UM Global AIDS Fund

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS task force thanks the many NIC churches and individuals across the conference for raising more than $71,400 toward the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal special offering. Sales of postcards featuring the Annual Conference artwork by the Rev. Kristine Marshall brought in an additional $300. The money will go toward the UM Global AIDS…

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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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Join the World Series Cross-Conference Challenge for Haiti

Root for your team and support Hurricane Relief The World Series returns to Wrigley Field Friday night for the first time in 71 years after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 2. The series is now tied 1-1. Let’s keep the momentum going! Join in a friendly cross-conference challenge to root for…

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New UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator named

The North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission board is honored to announce that Tammy Kuntz will be the new coordinator.  She will begin part-time training in November and on January 1, 2017 will assume her role as UMVIM-NCJ coordinator, succeeding Lorna Jost who is retiring after 13 years of service. “What an honor,…

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District Mission Challenge: We have a winner!

By Michael Mann For many years, the Northern Illinois Conference churches have been bringing items to the Annual Conference as a way to support relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). These items have been donated directly to UMCOR or one of its affiliate partners, like Church World Service. This year, our…

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Got a Creative Ministry?

The Northern Illinois Conference Program Council is currently accepting applications for Creative Ministries Grants. In 2015, the Program Council awarded 17 grants totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth…

CSD 2016 Leadership Training – RESOURCES

RESOURCES Below are some of the handouts and other resources that were shared at the 2016 CSD Leadership Training January 23, Faith UMC, Orland Park MORNING PLENARY 1 – Developing an Effective Discipleship System (Rev. Andrea Davidson, Hartzell Memorial UMC, Chicago) Exploring best practices of how to invite, welcome, form and send people of faith (children and adults) into the…

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Bishop Dyck calls on lawmakers to allow Syrian refugees in U.S.

By Kathy L. Gilbert (UMNS) In the midst of calls to cast out refugees, United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck traveled to Capitol Hill to add her voice to those of other national faith leaders and three U.S. senators calling for lawmakers to show mercy. Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference, wrote a letter to Illinois Governor Bruce…