Bishop's Appeal

Rosecrance Mom Finds Healing in Her Son’s Recovery

At Rosecrance, we treat addiction as a family disease – a disease that stresses moms, dads, siblings and extended family members to the breaking point. Substance abuse deprives young people of the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to transition from adolescence to healthy independence and autonomy and it disrupts healthy attachment in relationships, especially…

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Follow General Conference

General Conference 2016 officially begins with Opening Worship and Communion on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm  (PST). Thanks to United Methodist Communications, General Conference can be followed online through: Livestream at umc.org/live News and Info at umc.org/gc2016 Updates via Facebook and Twitter (#umcgc) A mobile app for both Android and iOS Northern Illinois…

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Rosecrance ‘Launch to Life’ Campaign helps change, save young lives

There’s a saying in the recovery community that encourages people to change their “people, places and things” to help them overcome the powerful grip of addiction. But for young adults, launching a new life can be a daunting task, given that so many of them have struggled with substance abuse since they were teenagers. The…

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Rainbow Covenant book art contest

Calling all young artists to design the cover of the Rainbow Covenant Book Theme: We are One Participants: Children in grades 1st to 8th grade. Drawings: 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper with the width being 8 1/2″ On the lower right hand corner of the BACK of the artwork please print: Artist’s name, age,…

United Voices for Children

ChildServ new president to speak at breakfast

The new ChildServ President and CEO Dan Kotowski is the scheduled speaker for this year’s United Voices for Children breakfast at Annual Conference. The breakfast is scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6:45 a.m. at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL. The morning will also include the presentation of awards for outstanding service and advocacy on behalf…

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Fairdale: One year later – hope and new beginnings

By Anne Marie Gerhardt The sounds of a hammer nailing new siding on a home, children playing in a brand new, brightly colored park and cheers for first responders filled the air in Fairdale on a sunny Saturday in April. They were sounds of new beginnings and hope at a remembrance and celebration one year…

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NIJON celebration sends message of welcoming to refugees

Claudia Smith of Aurora, Ill., reflected on being the Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors‘ first client during a special celebration held on Saturday, April 2. After assistance by a clinic attorney, Smith became a volunteer at the monthly outreach. Remarks by Smith, other clients and volunteers highlighted a luncheon to celebrate the clinic’s fifth…

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Church benefit for Kenyan orphanage and school

By Kay Mills Halfway around the world we discovered a different way of life. When our friend, Gama, said he was returning home after 20 years and asked us to go with him, we were  hesitant but curious. We were amazed to discover how people lived without running water, intermittent electricity, a village well, and…

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Churches targeted in separate crimes

Bishop Sally Dyck called for prayers for the congregations which experienced burglaries and vandalism following the Easter holiday this week. Living Faith UMC in Waukegan was broken into and several items stolen late Sunday or early Monday morning and Waukegan San Pablo reported an attempted break-in on Wednesday. At Lincoln UMC in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood,…