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Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Susan Keaton The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with special resources every day of March. The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” and GCSRW is marking that theme in The United Methodist Church three different ways: Highlighting a different woman in UMC…

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UM Foundation President announces retirement

United Methodist Foundation President the Rev. Harry Nicol announced his retirement effective the fall of 2014. Rev. Nicol served as president for 11 years and says it’s been a great job for him. “I’ve enjoyed working with the churches, clergy and lay people of the annual conference as they have considered their local church finances,…

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Laity gather at annual convocation

By Anne Marie Gerhardt More than 200 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Feb. 8 for the 2014 Laity Convocation with the theme “Who is my neighbor? Who can’t I see?”. Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, McCreless Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology, challenged laity to “go out,…

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Aurora Shalom Ministries Closes

The Board of Directors of “Aurora Shalom Ministries” wishes to inform you that we have ceased all its operations as of January 1, 2014. We made this decision with heavy hearts and after careful study and prayerful consideration. In the end, we felt that the ministry had run its course. We no longer had the…

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Concealed Carry

  Efforts to amend the Illinois State Concealed Carry Law to include places of worship will not be addressed by the state legislature until the spring of 2014. If this amendment passes, churches will be added to a short list of places that are automatically protected in the Concealed Carry joining schools, libraries and others….

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Zambia Missionaries Visit Annual Conference

By Jamie Greco Tshala Mwenga and Betty Tshala were far from home recently when they visited the Northern Illinois Conference representing the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Mujila Falls Project in Northwest Zambia, a country abundant with challenges and possibilities. Born in The Democratic Republic of Congo, the married couple works…