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New plan for Media Resource Center

We are pleased to announce a new partnership to help fill your church’s resource needs. From filmstrips and flannel board packets to VHS tapes and DVDs, the Northern Illinois Conference Media Resource Center (MRC) has navigated the transitions in technology and reinvented itself over the past 35-40 years. With changes in technology, conference space, budget…

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Naperville book club marks 50 years of reading

By Susan Keaton* In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago to advocate for housing desegregation, and John Lennon infamously said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” In the small community of Naperville, Ill., a group of women from the First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a…

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Bishops Share Words from the Heart

We – Bishops Sally Dyck and Tracy Malone – thank all of you who are donating to our World Series Challenge for Haiti to help the people of that country recover from Hurricane Matthew. We appreciate the special offerings that have been taken, and the support from people across the country who have given on…

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Northern Illinois clergy and laity to serve Jurisdictional, General Church

In addition to electing bishops, delegates in the North Central Jurisdiction also elected leaders to serve on various committees for the next four years, eight from the Northern Illinois Conference. Here’s a look at our Northern Illinois clergy and laity who will be serving on which committees. Thanks to all of these individuals for their…

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Bishop Dyck returns to the Northern Illinois Conference

Clergy and lay representatives from 11 annual conferences, including the Northern Illinois Conference, gathered from July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJ). Delegates elected four new bishops, said goodbye to four bishops, spent time listening, approved a resolution related to human sexuality, passed a budget and agreed on a new…

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GC2016 May 20 wrap-up: Budget passes, with increase

By Joey Butler May 20, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Budget passes with slight increase General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020, a slight increase over the $603.1 million approved at the 2012 General Conference. It is also an increase over the $599 million budget proposed…

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NIJON celebration sends message of welcoming to refugees

Claudia Smith of Aurora, Ill., reflected on being the Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors‘ first client during a special celebration held on Saturday, April 2. After assistance by a clinic attorney, Smith became a volunteer at the monthly outreach. Remarks by Smith, other clients and volunteers highlighted a luncheon to celebrate the clinic’s fifth…