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Hilltop Ministry Center sold to Easterseals

By Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford, Rockford District Superintendent Bill and Joyce Russ, long-time faithful members of Centennial UMC in Rockford, Ill., and life-long farmers on the north side of the city, made a gift of land in 2004 to the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) with the dream that the land, which brought forth a harvest of…

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Bishop Dyck letter in response to Judicial Council rulings

In response to the much-anticipated rulings by the Judicial Council released April 28, Bishop Sally Dyck encourages us to continue to be in prayer for one another and the church. “I appeal to the people of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference to keep focused on the mission of Jesus Christ. We can and will work through…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Bishop Sally Dyck Recently a former parishioner whom I hadn’t heard from for at least 20 years called me.  She suffered then but her symptoms are more infrequent and less severe, having received new treatments and developed life skills to help her.  She has become an advocate for awareness of mental health for the…

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NIC receives award from Rosecrance

Rosecrance presented the Northern Illinois Conference the Castle Award, which honors volunteers or groups who display exemplary commitment to the Rosecrance mission, at the health network’s annual foundation benefit on April 24. Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton recognized the Conference for its longtime support of Rosecrance. The historical relationship between Rosecrance and the Methodist Church dates back…

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Host a community conversation

Jesus’ ministry was characterized, even by his critics, in terms of who he ate with—the prestigious (Simon the Pharisee) and the marginalized (the woman who washed his feet with her tears). And they were at the same dinner!  Who Jesus ate with—and who we eat with—matters! That’s why on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 I am…

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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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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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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…