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Bittersweet memories after sale of Chicago church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Another chapter has closed on a significant Chicago church with a rich history dating back to the 1890’s. In October the Northern Illinois Conference finalized the building sale of St. James United Methodist church located at 4611 South Ellis Avenue, more than six years after its official closing in the spring…

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New plan for Media Resource Center

We are pleased to announce a new partnership to help fill your church’s resource needs. From filmstrips and flannel board packets to VHS tapes and DVDs, the Northern Illinois Conference Media Resource Center (MRC) has navigated the transitions in technology and reinvented itself over the past 35-40 years. With changes in technology, conference space, budget…

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World Series win for Haiti

Cross-Conference missional challenge raises over $70,000 We all know the Cubs are World Champions, but the people of Haiti and those who lost so much from Hurricane Matthew will be the real winners thanks to the generosity of donors from Northern Illinois to East Ohio and beyond. Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Tracy S. Malone…

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Naperville book club marks 50 years of reading

By Susan Keaton* In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago to advocate for housing desegregation, and John Lennon infamously said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” In the small community of Naperville, Ill., a group of women from the First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a…

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Bishops Share Words from the Heart

We – Bishops Sally Dyck and Tracy Malone – thank all of you who are donating to our World Series Challenge for Haiti to help the people of that country recover from Hurricane Matthew. We appreciate the special offerings that have been taken, and the support from people across the country who have given on…

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Accessibility Awareness Sunday – Nov. 13

The Northern Illinois Conference has declared that the second Sunday of November be set aside as “Accessibility Awareness Sunday”. As a community of faith, we recognize that all people are not physically and/or mentally able to access the Word of God in what might be described as the traditional manner. As our population ages and…

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Leadership training equips conference chairs

Equipping local churches for ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ while also providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church is the foundational mission of the Northern Illinois Conference. Work over the past year through the Landscape survey and listening sessions has helped us better understand that “equipping” is at the heart of…

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Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. “This group…

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Join the World Series Cross-Conference Challenge for Haiti

Root for your team and support Hurricane Relief The World Series returns to Wrigley Field Friday night for the first time in 71 years after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 2. The series is now tied 1-1. Let’s keep the momentum going! Join in a friendly cross-conference challenge to root for…

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Cultural Competency Training

Building God’s Beloved Community – a Cultural Competency Training “Building God’s Beloved Community” is an awesome task, and yet, a task that requires hard and intentional work. How do we relate across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences? How do we live together, work together, and build God’s beloved community where everyone is valued and every gift celebrated? The…