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Bishops review Commission on a Way Forward sketches

In early November 2017, the Council of Bishops met and received the first report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission’s mandate is to present a recommendation to the Council of Bishops at their May 2018 meeting to forward on to the Special General Conference 2019 (GC19). The bishops on the Commission, including…

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New Conference directory available to purchase

The 2017-2018 Directory for the Northern Illinois Conference is now available for purchase through Amazon. The cost is $6 plus tax and shipping. The directory includes Conference staff, district information, churches, clergy, laity information and conference-related agencies and committees. To place your order visit Amazon.com and search Northern Illinois Conference Directory or click here. To download the directory…

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Seminary students receive excellence in clergy leadership scholarships

In 2016 the NIC Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) was approached by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) to partner with them, the Lilly Foundation, UM Foundations and UM Seminaries in a new scholarship program for seminary students, the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for full-time Master of…

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World AIDS Day Event

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is sponsoring a “Service of Remembrance and Celebration” to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017. Approximately 11 percent of the global population is infected with HIV. In the United States, the infection rate is highest among communities of color, particularly black and Hispanic/Latino communities, and communities…

A revised edition of the “Strength for Service to God and Community” devotional guide will be presented to first responders. The book is a ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, an agency of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #079. 3/6/13.

Strength for Service helps military and first responders face challenges

By Linda Hendleman In the course of their dedicated service, our military and first responders—armed services, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others—face challenges each day that few of us will ever know. Both those in the military and first responders find inspiration in a pocket-size book of daily devotions— Strength for Service to God and…

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Prayers for Sutherland Springs

Over the past few weeks, Bob Dylan’s song keeps coming to mind: Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’till he knows That too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. How many people must die of gun violence before something…

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Spending a day in Christian conversation

More than 160 clergy and laity from throughout the Northern Illinois Conference came together on Sept.16 to engage in conversation digging deeper into who we are as the body of Christ and to think about the future of The United Methodist Church. “Today we come together to talk about what it means to be the…

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Volunteers deliver truckload of relief supplies

By John Stelter, Rockford District Mission Coordinator This Flood Bucket Disaster Relief Project began with a decision by the Congregational Care and Missions Team of Belvidere First United Methodist Church. That prompted an email from the Rev. Danice Loveridge, Deacon, to me, asking if other churches in the NIC were collecting flood buckets for the Texas…

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Accessibility Awareness Sunday – Nov. 12

Several years ago, the NIC voted to establish the second Sunday of November as our annual day to remind us all to be aware of providing for the needs persons with accessibility challenges. These include those of any age with physical, psychological or developmental challenges.   This year on Sunday, November 12, the NIC Committee on Accessibility…

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Register for November Spiritual Formation event

  Have you ever wondered why some spiritual practices for instance, journaling, extended solitary prayer, or large group worship, were spiritually energizing for others but not for you? Do you struggle at times to find spiritual practices, “disciplines”, that bring you into God’s healing, comforting, and empowering presence? Are you in need of fresh ideas…