Chicago Epworth UMC Brief History

Epworth United Methodist Church is one of Edgewater’s hidden historical and architectural treasures. A small group of people began worshiping at 2238 (now 5047) Kenmore Avenue on November 3, 1888. By November 24, 1888, a minister was appointed to the group and, by the following July, the group was organized as Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church…

Chicago Epworth UMC Parsonage destroyed in a fire

We moved to Epworth parsonage in October 2009 after the rehabilitation and renovation of this great Georgian Revival house. The parsonage was a home for Chicago Women’s AIDS Project for many years before we moved in. We became the recent occupants of this historic and elegant building in Edgewater Area. The parsonage which was purchased…

ChristMob surprises Lower Wacker Dr with hope

By Anne Marie Gerhardt It happens when it’s least expected and can catch onlookers by surprise. A flash mob is a spontaneous public performance that often starts with just one person, grows in numbers, and then disperses as fast it began. Much like the flash mob, Operation: ChristMob started with one person and is reaching…

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Amended Special Session Resolution Passes

By Anne Marie Gerhardt (3/20/13) At the height of the housing market boom, Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Elgin took out a loan to expand its building to support a growing congregation. It seemed to be doing everything right, paying their monthly mortgage payment on time and giving 100% of its apportionments each year. Then…

Special Session Amendment

Insert after line 8 “such of its reserve assets, real and personal”: Amendment on the table reads: “except that no assets resulting from collections from local churches for support of the pension of NIC active and/or retired clergy or any other assets received, designated, earmarked or allocated for that purpose shall be formally or informally…

New JFON clinic in Chicago

en Espanol On March 9, 2013, Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) opened its Chicago Clinic site for the first time. Six clients made appointments ahead of time to come to the clinic. As those guests arrived, they found over 20 volunteers from Humboldt Park United Methodist Church and other communities of faith surrounding them with…

Special Session of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference

ONLINE REGISTRATION RESOLUTION Dear Members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference:   Blessings on you during this Lenten season as we anticipate celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter! I am writing to announce a special session of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference onMarch 16, 2013 at Elgin First United Methodist Church (216 Highland, Elgin,…

Bishop Announces Two New District Superintendents

Bishop Sally Dyck has appointed the Rev. Young-Mee Park to DeKalb District Superintendent from First UMC Oak Park and the Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford to Rockford District Superintendent from Cornerstone UMC in Elgin. The Rev. Young-Mee Park follows Rev. Wisdom as DeKalb Superintendent after serving First UMC Oak Park since 2005. She also served as an…

Remembering 5th Anniversary of NIU Shooting

By Jamie Greco* Five years ago, on February 14, 2008, news came out of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. that stunned not only the campus, but the community, our church, the nation and the world. A former student, slipped into a lecture hall and opened fire on 27 students, killing five and injuring 21…

Bishop announces two District Superintendent changes

Bishop Sally Dyck has appointed Rockford District Superintendent, the Rev. Ouk-Yean Kim Jueng to First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights and the Rev. Richard Wisdom from DeKalb District Superintendent to Aurora District Superintendent. Jueng has served faithfully as Rockford District Superintendent for the past seven years. As the first Korean-American woman to serve on…