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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…

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Rosecrance ‘Launch to Life’ Campaign helps change, save young lives

There’s a saying in the recovery community that encourages people to change their “people, places and things” to help them overcome the powerful grip of addiction. But for young adults, launching a new life can be a daunting task, given that so many of them have struggled with substance abuse since they were teenagers. The…

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Rainbow Covenant book art contest

Calling all young artists to design the cover of the Rainbow Covenant Book Theme: We are One Participants: Children in grades 1st to 8th grade. Drawings: 8 1/2 x 11″ white paper with the width being 8 1/2″ On the lower right hand corner of the BACK of the artwork please print: Artist’s name, age,…

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Church benefit for Kenyan orphanage and school

By Kay Mills Halfway around the world we discovered a different way of life. When our friend, Gama, said he was returning home after 20 years and asked us to go with him, we were  hesitant but curious. We were amazed to discover how people lived without running water, intermittent electricity, a village well, and…

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Campus minister responds to vandalism

Dear Friends, Some of you may have heard through the media about the hateful graffiti that was spray painted in the beautiful Alice Millar Chapel sanctuary on March 10, across the street from University Christian Ministry. The vandalism contained racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and other offensive messages. Northwestern University responded quickly by condemning the action and cleaning…

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Got a Creative Ministry?

The Northern Illinois Conference Program Council is currently accepting applications for Creative Ministries Grants. In 2015, the Program Council awarded 17 grants 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…

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2015 Journal

Posted Mar. 4, 2016 Those who pre-ordered a copy of the 2015 Journal will be receiving their copies by mail soon if you haven’t already. If you wish to purchase a printed and bound 2015 Journal, you may do so on-line at Amazon. (A Kindle version will be available soon.) The Conference will not be…

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Annual Conference update from the chair

Walk by Faith – June 5-7, 2016 By Alka Lyall, Annual Conference Committee Chair As we come to Annual Conference this year, it will almost be on the heels of The United Methodist Church’s General Conference which convenes May 10-21 in Portland, OR. This means along with all the work that we would do as…