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Special session approves budget

During a special session convened November 7, 2015, members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference approved a 2016 budget of $6,737,477, a $470,019 reduction from the previous year, which includes a hopeful 100% apportionment payment to the General Church. The Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented the proposed budget following months of collaborative conversations…

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Looking over our landscape

We have recently completed the implementation of a questionnaire that assessed the vitality and effectiveness of the work of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Called the Landscape tool, it is designed to provide key information on the experiences, perceptions and aspirations of clergy and laity in the annual conference. The purpose of this self-assessment is…

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NIU campus ministry feeds ‘Hungry Huskies’

Every Sunday evening, students with the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University are serving other students a free, home-cooked meal, a real gift to hungry college students! Several churches are also pitching in by providing dinners, desserts, meal prep and financial support. The new “Hungry Huskies” ministry started this semester and they’ve already fed nearly…

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North Central Jurisdiction retains same number of Bishops

After further review of the numbers, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) reports that the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) does have enough members to retain nine bishops for the episcopal area. In September GCFA notified NCJ leadership that membership totals from 2014’s statistics showed a drop below the threshold formula required by the Book…

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Enhanced Find-A-Church features now available

Today’s tech-savvy seekers turn to the Internet as their primary source for information. Local United Methodist churches can be prepared with an updated profile on Find-A-Church, which now has enhanced tools to create easily viewed events, social media links, and worship information. New Find-A-Church features include: GoogleMap with movable pin to exactly communicate location Links…

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Paper Angel Closet Ministry

A closet filled with paper products, toiletries, soap and much more is an angel in disguise at New Life United Methodist Church in Machensney Park, Ill. What started out as a small in-house mission to distribute these essential items has grown to a multi-county outreach project. “We have been able to help 89 individuals this…

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Rev. Malone endorsed as Episcopal Nominee

Members of the NIC General/Jurisdictional Delegation unanimously endorsed the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone as their episcopal nominee at their Sept. 27, 2015 meeting. “I’m honored by the trust and confidence that my colleagues (lay and clergy) have in my gifts and leadership,” said Rev. Malone responding to the endorsement. Rev. Malone serves as the…

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Grants help churches get creative

Thanks to your apportionment dollars 17 ministries in the Northern Illinois Conference received Creative Ministries Grants from the Program Council totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth caught…

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Membership decline may mean fewer bishops

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), notified the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictional leadership that the number of bishops representing the areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. GCFA, responding to responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶ 404.2 of the Book of Discipline, and the responsibilities of…

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New head of ChildServ

Following a unanimous vote of support, the ChildServ Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Kotowski as its new President and CEO. Kotowski will begin in his new role at the 120-year-old Chicago social service agency on October 5. Kotowski joins ChildServ after serving nine years in the Illinois State Senate…