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 CSD Voices Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 22 @ 3 pm

New Location: G2G Church ~ The Zone (11731 S. Avenue O, Chicago IL 60617)

CSD Voices is a choir of adult voices from the churches & communities in the Chicago Southern District.

We’re rehearsing THIS SUNDAY @ 3 pm and we have a NEW LOCATION. Thank you to the G2G Church for opening their doors at The Zone for us to come and make joyful noise unto the LORD!  Anyone is welcome to join!

If you have questionsplease contact Colion W. Greene, Minister of Music .


Advent December 2017

 


Church Conferences 2017

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 https://www.umcnic.org/2017-church-conference-forms/, 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.

2017 Church Conference Forms


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 lduback@glenviewumc.org

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 Christine@northbrookumc.org.


MinistryX – ministry for the Generation X 

MinistryX is a budding ministry created within our district. It targets those generally born in the 1960s and 1970s, known as Generation X, and those who identify/support/align with them in ministry initiatives. The goal is to strengthen the network of our new/up-and-coming leaders in our churches, through social activities and ministry outreach. This will give them better resources and support, while strengthening our local church ministries, individually and collectively.

OUR ASKS:
1) Encourage your Gen-Xers (and/or those who align with them) to connect with the ministry at ministryx.org. Contact information may be submitted on the site to stay abreast of activities.

2) Share activities at your local church through the ministry to increase visibility and connection to this vital group.

For further information, please visit the website (ministryx.org) or contact Lisa Butler (lisa@ministryx.org) or John Abney – District Lay Leader (johnabney2000@gmail.com)


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.


NIC Media Resource Center – CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE RESOURCES www.igrc.org/umrc

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: www.igrc.org/umrc 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 www.umcnic.org/MRC. If you have any questions about requesting resources or suggestions for the UMRC collection, please contact UMRC Director Jill Stone at umrc@igrc.org or 217-529-2744. Read more from Jill by clicking here.


A WORD ABOUT APPORTIONMENTS

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  (kgriffin@cokesbury.com; 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.


OTHER HELPFUL MINISTRY RESOURCES

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www.umdata.org – CHURCH STATISTICS AND OTHER INFO

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) general statistical information about the church, is now available at www.umdata.org. 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.

InfoServ   

Ask any question about The United Methodist Church! http://www.umc.org/contact 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.

You ask. We listen. We serve.

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