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Covenant group plays by the rules

By Anne Marie Gerhardt What do five pastors, in five different annual conferences and four different jurisdictions have in common? Besides the fact that they are all United Methodist elders and graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, they’ve shared a unique bond for more than 10 years. “We all met our first year of seminary in…

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Rethink Church grants available

The Rethink Church program through United Methodist Communications awards three types of grants each year: Community Event Grants, Digital Advertising Grants, and New Church Start Grants. The churches listed below took part in one of these grant opportunities in 2015. Digital Advertising Grants 2015: South Elgin UMC (South Elgin, IL) In addition, the following churches…

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Bishop announces staffing changes

In the Feb. 8, 2016 appointment listing, it was announced that Rev. Chris Pierson, presently our Director of Connectional Ministries, will be appointed to Wheaton: Gary United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Pierson has served as the DCM since 2007, following his service as Director of Outreach and Witness Ministries since 2000. His history…

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UMM election of new executive committee

There will be an election of a new President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer for the Executive Committee of UMM in the NIC. The election will be March 12, 2016 at Grace UMC, 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford, IL. 61114-5611. The day begins with a breakfast at 8am at a cost of $9. Tickets for the breakfast…

2015 Apportionments Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,133,131.93 in 2015 Apportionment giving, representing a 3.8% increase over 2014. In addition, over $882,000 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Read the report from CCFA here. District Apportionments Paid Percent Paid Second-Mile Giving Aurora     1,684,578 71%   252,247 Chicago Northwestern        771,154…

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United Voices for Children seeks nominees for awards

Each year the Board of Directors of United Voices for Children selects individuals or groups to receive the Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt Child Advocacy Award, the Katherine B. Greene Child Worker Award and the Rev. Margaret Ann Williams Service Award. These awards honor extraordinary volunteer service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or…

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General Conference 2016 Prayer Vigil

The United Methodist Church will have its quadrennial General Conference in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. As we all prepare for this important time of conferencing, the Council of Bishops has called for a time of prayer between now and then. Each annual conference has been invited to host a 24-hour prayer on each…

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Update on Landscape Strategy process

January 17, 2016 By Bishop Sally Dyck Following the presentation at the special session of annual conference on November 7, 2015, I want to give updates on our strategic work. It’s a short time frame to make some changes to our structure, staffing, resource allocation, and programming by annual conference, but it’s the hope and plan to begin and…

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Outreach ministry to Hispanic/Latino neighbors

New Lenox United Methodist Church is reaching out to their Hispanic/Latino neighbors in new ways while building meaningful relationships. This past December, New Lenox hosted an Advent Family night and invited their sister church Trinity/Cristo es el Camino in Joliet to attend. About 200 people from both churches came out to shop in the Christmas…

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A special 100th birthday celebration

By Susan Keaton For 65 years he rarely missed a Sunday service or a chance to minister to others. So when Fred Altergott turned 100, it was fitting that the Redeemer of Calvary United Methodist Church hosted the celebration. “If you have a Bible study, he is there,” said his pastor, Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes. “He…