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Safe Gatherings training available online

Summer is drawing to a close. Schools are back in session or soon will be. Fall programming is gearing up in our churches and we are looking forward to sharing the love of God and Jesus in many creative and exciting ways. The NIC is proud to partner with you in your ministry to provide…

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Bishop pastoral statement on racism and violence

On August 12 a national tragedy occurred (again) when supremacist and neo-Nazi groups went to Charlottesville, VA and gave rise to violence, destruction, and death. We are grieving for the individuals involved but even more so, what these acts of racism and violence say about us as a people. I encouraged, along with most religious…

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Summer Reading

Each active clergy serving local churches should have received a copy of the book Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality put together by the General Board of Higher Education at either the clergy session or annual conference. If you still need to pick up your free book, contact your District Office. Bishop Sally Dyck commends this…

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NIC churches receive Discipleship One Matters Awards

For the first time, six churches in the NIC received the One Matters Award presented by the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Path One Executive Director, at the 2017 Annual Conference. Discipleship Ministries created the award in 2015 to lift up churches who have in recent years moved from zero baptisms and zero professions of faith…

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Professional Certification Enhances Ministry

By Linda Hendelman In explaining her professional certification in Spiritual Formation, Catherine Inserra said it pushed her “to explore and question my faith in order to provide me with a pathway for life-long spiritual growth as a lay woman in ministry.” Catherine was recognized at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference at Pheasant Run Resort…

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Light shines through 2017 Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 900 clergy and laity gathered together at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference from June 4-6, 2017 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., to seek and share how God’s light is illuminating through our churches, congregations and ministries. This year’s Annual Conference focused on the theme “Light…

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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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2017 Annual Conference awards

Rainbow Covenant Advances for 2016 The Philip Otterbein Award – Highest Amount Given Barrington United Methodist Church The John Wesley Award – Highest Per Capita Giving Redeemer of Calvary/El Redentor del Calvario UMC One Matters: Discipleship Ministries Award Aurora District: Orland Park: Faith United Methodist Church Chicago Northwestern District: Skokie: Jesus-Love Korean New Faith Community Chicago…

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Older Adult Ministries presents three scholarship awards

The Council on Older Adult Ministries (OAM) presented three scholarship awards at the 2017 Annual Conference made possible through the Golden Cross Sunday Offering Fund. Hope Riley For more than 10 years, Hope’s service to Wesley Willows has embodied our mission – to promote active, secure lifestyles for seniors through ongoing, personalized care. When starting with…

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Ordination opens 178th Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt With a backdrop of light vibrantly shining through an artistic door, windows and vases, the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference opened with the Commissioning and Ordination Service inside the MegaCenter at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This year’s Annual Conference theme was “Light Shines…