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Pastor embraces technology for ministry during pandemic

Pastor Toni Lucas was in her third year serving Albany in the DeKalb District and her fourth year as a pastor when the pandemic hit and Illinois’ stay-at-home order began. “I was sitting there thinking ‘what can I do’?” she remembered. “How can I stay in touch with my people when we can’t be in the sanctuary and they can’t come to church and some of them don’t have technology and some of them don’t want technology?”

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Bishop's Appeal Update: School passes inspection

On Sept. 11 God’s miracle happened. The first school inspection was successfully completed because God made a way in an impossible situation. When we failed to reach 75% of construction by August 2020 according to the Ministry of Education, a light of HOPE to open the school in Jan. 2021 was almost gone.

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Bishop's Monday Message: Nevertheless!

“I don’t know how much more I can take!” I’ve heard people say—people I know, people interviewed in the news around our country. It’s just a pile on of uncertainty, suffering, destruction, and death. It’s been a tough year!

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Sympathy Notice: Marianna Bailey

Mrs. Marianna Bailey, a surviving spouse of Rev. WM Raymond Bailey of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at the age of 87. During his ministry in Northern Illinois Conference, Rev. Bailey served Fox River Grove; Ecumenical Institute, United Methodist Reporter Communications, Lanark, and Crete.

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Sympathy Notice: Mrs. Minerva M. Batt

Mrs. Minerva M. Batt, surviving spouse of Rev. Samuel Batt of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at the age of 101. During Rev. Batt's ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Wood Dale, Dixon: Grace, Villa Park: Calvary, Barrington: Salem, and Chicago: East Side.

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Churches respond to call to denounce racism

For too long, in so many of our churches and communities, racism has been willfully ignored—and even perpetuated. The Bishop's message, building on generations of antiracism work in the church, inspired the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) to formally adopt the goal of living out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching.

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