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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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Rockford Weekly eNews

Welcome to the Rockford District eNews, where we love and appreciate you, the faithful, everyday United Methodist! Summer Gatherings with the DS                                  held in June, July, and August As the District Superintendent comes to your area for annual clergy interviews, she will be holding conversations with area church members in the evenings. Your pastor…

Green light for new hymnal project

By Sam Hodges May 17, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) The United Methodist Church is on track to get its first new hymnal since 1989, and this one will be Internet-cloud based and print-on-demand — the first high-tech hymnal for a mainline denomination. General Conference 2016 approved on a consent calendar Tuesday, May 17, a…

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2016 Bishop’s Appeal to support Rosecrance

In Bishop Sally Dyck’s call to the 177th Session of the Northern Illinois Conference, she announced that her 2016 Bishop’s Appeal offering will benefit Rosecrance and our Launch to Life campaign. We at Rosecrance are humbled by Bishop Dyck’s call to action. Our mission – providing help, hope and recovery to children, youth, adults and…

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NIC Delegation blessing and send off

Prayers and blessings will follow the NIC’s 16 delegates as they participate in the General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Bishop Sally Dyck helped lead a special blessing and send-off for the delegation at Wesley UMC in Naperville on April 17. Six delegates will join more than 800 others from around the world at General Conference in…

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Rosecrance Mom Finds Healing in Her Son’s Recovery

At Rosecrance, we treat addiction as a family disease – a disease that stresses moms, dads, siblings and extended family members to the breaking point. Substance abuse deprives young people of the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to transition from adolescence to healthy independence and autonomy and it disrupts healthy attachment in relationships, especially…

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Follow General Conference

General Conference 2016 officially begins with Opening Worship and Communion on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm  (PST). Thanks to United Methodist Communications, General Conference can be followed online through: Livestream at umc.org/live News and Info at umc.org/gc2016 Updates via Facebook and Twitter (#umcgc) A mobile app for both Android and iOS Northern Illinois…