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Sympathy Notice: Jean Bush-Norris

Jean Bush-Norris, Diaconal Minister of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on November 23, 2022. Jean served in several ministerial positions both in Minnesota and Illinois. As a Diaconal Minister she was certified in music, an Associate Pastor at Buffalo Grove: Kingswood, and a Church Growth Consultant at Freeport: Trinity as well as a local pastor at Warren.

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Bishop's Reflections: Can I Give Thanks in a Time of Sorrow?

The horrendous mass shooting this past Saturday night at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, breaks my heart and calls me to cry out, “How long, O Lord?”

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Joyful Conference-Wide Worship Held

What a joy it is to be in the house of the Lord to hear the Word and sing songs of praise to God. For the second year, the NIC Discipleship Task Force held a Fall conference-wide worship service. This year’s service was held at Journey of Hope UMC in Elgin. The service was also available via livestream. Rev. P. Devon Brown of St. Mark UMC (Chicago) and Rev. Heewon Kim of Evans UMC & Harlem UMCs (Rockford) and New Life UMC (Machesney Park) led the worship service planning. Choirs from Journey of Hope UMC in Elgin, Korean UMC in Flossmoor and St. Mark UMC (St. Mark Gospirational Choir) in Chicago provided moving musical selections.

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Fresh Expressions Grants Available

The word Fresh [Expressions] was borrowed from The Declaration of Assent, which is made by deacons, priests, and bishops of the Church of England. The Church of England and British Methodists started Fresh Expressions to revitalize existing churches and to start new forms of churches.

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We Press On: NCJ wrap-up

Clergy and lay delegates from conferences across the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church convened November 2-5 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for Jurisdictional Conference 2022. In his opening service message, “God Has Us Right Where God Wants Us,” retired Bishop Bruce Ough spoke from Ezekiel 37:1-14, The Valley of Dry Bones.

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Bishop Dan Schwerin Assigned to Northern Illinois

On the final day of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJ), the Committee on Episcopacy assigned Bishop Dan Schwerin to the Northern Illinois Conference, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

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