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Seeking to walk by faith

Annual Conference Report By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Dir. of Communications As this quadrennium comes to a close and a new one begins, changes, challenges, uncertainties opportunities, possibilities, and hope face the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. More than a thousand clergy and laity gathered at the 177th session from June 5-7, 2016 in St. Charles, Ill.,…

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Outdoor & Retreat Ministries AC report

By Jeff Casey, Director of Outdoor and Retreat Ministries Three-and-a-half years ago we considered selling the NIC Camps because of financial losses and low usage by our own United Methodists. And did we ever – we sold them to you, NIC congregations and agencies. Through the dedicated work of your Outdoor and Retreat Ministries (ORM)…

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Annual Conference Award Winners

The Bishop, ministry groups and committees honored clergy and laity who exemplified the meaning of to “walk by faith” at this year’s annual conference.      

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Bishops offer prayers following Orlando shooting

Minneapolis, Minn.: Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida: United Methodists across the world are horrified by the despicable act of terrorism in Orlando, Florida, that took the lives of 49 individuals and wounded 53 others. We…

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UM Foundation announces new president

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce its selection of Reverend Chris Walters as its President effective July 1, 2016. Chris is an Ordained Elder in Northern Illinois Conference and since 2011 is currently under appointment at Plainfield UMC. He has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board…

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Bishop’s Clergy Session Remarks

These were my remarks at the clergy session of annual conference, Sunday, June 5, 2016.  I offer them for all as my reflections on General Conference. We gather in this clergy session and at this annual conference following a very tumultuous General Conference.  I struggle with just what to say.  I’m going to start with…

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District Mission Challenge: We have a winner!

By Michael Mann For many years, the Northern Illinois Conference churches have been bringing items to the Annual Conference as a way to support relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). These items have been donated directly to UMCOR or one of its affiliate partners, like Church World Service. This year, our…

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NIC General Delegation report to AC

We are the NIC General and Jurisdictional Delegation. However, we were not alone in Portland. Would those who went please stand? Conference, be proud of the leadership shown by all these people—from delegates to volunteers to representatives of organizations to helping organize our daily proceedings, Northern Illinois made an impact at General Conference! Thank you…

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First UMC Westmont closes its doors

After 95 years faithfully serving the community of Westmont, Ill., First UMC held its final service last November and its discontinuation – effective January 12, 2016 – was finalized at Annual Conference. Aurora District Superintendent Rev. Dick Wisdom said the church had come to a place of transition and closure as membership and attendance declined….

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Annual Conference approves decreased budget

The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented a $6,626,961 budget for 2017, a less than 2% decrease from 2016. The budget reflected an $11,000 increased adjustment to the General Church apportionments, which were approved at General Conference. Annual Conference members submitted a variety of questions regarding the budget from conference staffing to the…