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Protestant Reformation Play - Oct 29 2017Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Presentation of the Play “Protest Ant”
Sunday, Oct. 29 @ 9:30 am

Redeemer of Calvary/El Redactor del Calvary UMC at 5001 W. Gunnison St, Chicago, IL 60630 will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a special worship service at 9:30 a.m on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The play, “PROTEST  ANT” written by Elizabeth Loredo Rivera reviewing the history of Martin Luther and the Reformation will be performed during the service. Following the service there will be a luncheon with typical German foods.

We welcome all to come and hear this message of salvation by grace and our Lord’s preservation of His Word!


Our Church Conference dates should be set. If you aren’t sure of the date for your church, please contact your pastor.

Church Conference forms can be accessed by going to, and are due to be completed online at least 2 weeks before your church conference date. Please contact Debbie Rogers (; 312-346-9766 ext. 732) if you have questions.


For all candidates, local pastors, certified lay ministers and clergy mentors, the DCOM meets at First UMC of Evanston on the following dates: Thursday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 16. Candidates who have NOT yet had an annual interview in 2017 with the DCOM are asked to contact the Rev. David Aslesen, Secretary and Scheduler, at

Youth Group Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to connect with youth leaders and for your youth to connect with other youth? A group of NIC youth leaders have collaborated to provide the following gatherings open to all youth groups in the conference. We hope you can join us for one or all of these!

February 25, 2018: Meet at Glenview UMC, 5:30 – 7:30, for a meal, Gaga Ball and games. For more information and to rsvp for food contact Linda Duback at

Spring of 2018 – Youth Ministry in a Changing Church Workshop: For youth leaders (clergy, staff, and volunteer). Planning is underway. If you would like to be put on the workshop email list or join our monthly youth leader gathering for resources, prayer, and support, please contact Christine Hides at

SAFE GATHERINGS – Training for church volunteers and staff 

Summer is drawing to a close. Schools are back in session or soon will be. Fall programming is gearing up in our churches and we are looking forward to sharing the love of God and Jesus in many creative and exciting ways.

The NIC is proud to partner with you in your ministry to provide ways of creating safe spaces for our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Safe Gatherings is an online training program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.

The Safe Gatherings program may be accessed through the Safe Sanctuaries page on the NIC website. Click here Information on background checks through our partnership with Trusted Employees may also be found on the Safe Sanctuaries page.


The NIC Media Resource Center has now merged with the United Media Resource Center (UMRC) in Springfield, which is housed in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference offices. NIC churches will be able to start checking out resources Jan. 9. Go to the UMRC website: for more information on how to use the UMRC, sign up for newsletters, and find a link to the online catalog. No rental fees! Resources are mailed to you at no cost and the borrower pays to mail back the items. Links can also be found at If you have any questions about requesting resources or suggestions for the UMRC collection, please contact UMRC Director Jill Stone at or 217-529-2744. Read more from Jill by clicking here.


We encourage our church members to lead their congregations in making SOME CONTRIBUTION toward their apportionment EVERY month. It becomes very challenging when congregations wait toward the end of the year to make such payments. It has been proven that those churches who make connectional giving/apportionments a priority, report regularly to the congregation and commit to making monthly payments end up paying in full or coming very close toward that goal.

This commitment demonstrates the church’s commitment toward our connectional mission and ministry. Together, we can make a difference! Your leadership can BE the difference.

 See how COKESBURY can resource YOU! 

Cokesbury will work with you to help resource all of your ministry needs. Contact Kevin Griffin  (; toll free: 1-800-672-1789 ext. 6603 or (615)-749-6603) to learn about new ways that Cokesbury can partner with you to provide information on new resources or promotions that might be of benefit to your church.  He will also be available to listen to your suggestions and concerns, as well as to help resolve issues if and when needed.



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The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) general statistical information about the church, is now available at Information includes:

  • Local church statistics as users of the site can look up individual church information on church leadership, membership, and statistical history.
  • A much quicker way to locate pastors that includes historical information on appointments.
  • Available annual conference leadership information not previously contained in the General Minutes.
  • Quick Facts that give users the ability to select an annual conference and find membership by district, conference or jurisdiction as reported on the local church statistical reporting forms.


Ask any question about The United Methodist Church! InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, is the official information service of The United Methodist Church. We’re your connection to the worldwide United Methodist Church.  We can assist you with:

  • locating active and retired pastors and church leaders,
  • researching historical and statistical data about the church,
  • clarifying the denomination’s position on such topics as Holy Communion, baptism, worship and social issues,
  • learning what The United Methodist Church is doing in response to issues such as war, disaster, or poverty,
  • identifying opportunities for mission through service or financial gifts,
  • understanding how your financial gifts support the ministries, mission and outreach of the church,
  • suggesting resources for new and experienced leaders,
  • learning about services, resources and staff at United Methodist agencies.

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