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UM Foundation President announces retirement

United Methodist Foundation President the Rev. Harry Nicol announced his retirement effective the fall of 2014. Rev. Nicol served as president for 11 years and says it’s been a great job for him. “I’ve enjoyed working with the churches, clergy and lay people of the annual conference as they have considered their local church finances,…

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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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Bishop’s Column: Seeking our Identity

One of the critical factors for a future with hope for The United Methodist Church (and it could also be said for the health of Christianity itself) is a strong sense of identity. What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to be a United Methodist Christian? A lack of a…

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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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Healing Communities bring mercy and justice together

  By Anne Marie Gerhardt The Northern Illinois Conference’s annual celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life was an opportunity to focus on restorative justice and for churches to become healing communities. “We need some radical justice,” said Bishop Sally Dyck at the service at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago on…

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2013 Apportionment Giving Update

  By Merrie Bunt As we close the books on 2013, we give thanks for the 351 churches and 2 new faith communities that have faithfully contributed a total of $6,321,494 in Apportionment giving. We celebrate with the 196 churches that contributed 100% (or more) of their apportionments, including 26 churches that increased from less…

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Where to meet when faced with malaria?

By Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger Malaria seems to ruin everything. If you live in an area with malaria you have to plan your entire life around the disease. The Rev. Kendall Waller, a District Superintendent with the Missouri Conference, shared a powerful story about Malaria from a spring 2013 trip to Mozambique. Waller and his team were visiting…

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Give Yourself a New Year’s Gift

Did You Know? By Rev. Arlene W. Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop For years I shied away from the New Year’s resolution mania, vowing that if I want to do something I do not need to wait until the first of the year to make it happen, I should just do it whenever I make…

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Resolution to save lives

By Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger At the beginning of each year, we try to start anew. One in three people in the U.S. set a new year’s resolution each year. Commonly these resolutions are focused on exercising more, managing finances or other ways to improve our personal lives. What if we resolved in 2014 to ask God…

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Primetimers Educational and Service Opportunities for 2014

Primetimers An Educational and Mission Service Experience for Older Adults The General Board of Global Ministries is pleased to offer six opportunities for older adult participation in educational and mission service events in 2014. There are three in the United States and three are international in placement and all are designed with less strenuous activities…