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Bishop designates Global AIDS Fund for AC offering

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is deeply grateful that Bishop Sally Dyck chose the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) as the recipient of the Bishop’s Appeal for 2017. Each congregation is asked to take a special offering or to do some type of special fundraising to help support the appeal. In years…

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Outpouring of support for Ottawa

When an EF3 tornado barreled through the small communities of Ottawa and Naplate in north-central Illinois on Feb. 28, there was an immediate response to help from United Methodists. The Rev. Cheri Stewart of Ottawa’s First United Methodist Church says it’s never more evident that the church really is a compassionately caring Christian community than…

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One Great Hour of Sharing is now UMCOR Sunday

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is apporaching quickly. To help spread the word, UMCGiving.org has created an excellent collection of information to help promote UMCOR Sunday, which occurs on March 26. To access posters, flyers, and social media images, you can visit We Give by clicking here. —- REMINDER:…

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New tool for background checks

The Northern Illinois Conference is proud of its partnership with local churches in ministry to children, youth and vulnerable adults, as we have provided tools for training and background checks for many years. With transitions in staffing, we have been investigating ways of making volunteer training and background checks more timely and flexible for our…

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Organizational Task Force listening sessions

The Organizational Task Force will hold three listening sessions in March to hear your feedback from its work over the last seven months on restructuring models for the Northern Illinois Conference. A draft model will be presented for feedback and your input will be used to help craft a final resolution to be presented at…

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Sympathy Notice: Bishop Felton May

Bishop Felton May (Ordained a Deacon in the NIC in 1962) died on February 27 at the age of 81 in Ellicott City, Maryland. During his time in the NIC Bishop May was appointed to St. James Methodist Church and was the church planter for Maple Park Methodist. He was consecrated a bishop in 1984 and…

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Tornadoes damage communities in north-central Illinois

Deadly tornadoes and strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of north-central Illinois during the evening of Feb. 28. The communities of Ottawa and Naplate in LaSalle County were hardest hit with dozens of homes and structures damaged. Authorities say two people were killed by a falling tree. All three UM churches in Ottawa (First, Epworth and…

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Laity gather for annual convocation

Over 150 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Saturday, February 17 for Laity Convocation 2017.  This was a different Laity Convocation. We shortened the day and were together from 9 am to 12:30 pm. We started with an interactive and participatory Bible study led by our Bishop and then went into small group (less…

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Creative Ministries Grant Applications available online

Deadline Extended to March 31 Is your congregation looking for ways to fund its most creative ministry ideas? Creative Ministry Grants allow congregations to seed new ministry possibilities. Grants can be applied to any number of projects, and are typically for $500 to $1,000. The money may not offset staffing costs. Over the last years, applications…

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Welcome our new NIC staff

2017 has presented the Northern Illinois Conference with opportunities to realign our work and staffing. Through the Landscape Assessment in 2015 we’ve learned that we need to work on reorganizing the annual conference. This work is underway. Likewise in our staffing, we live out our core values as a healthy organization when we evaluate, assess…