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Please contact Anne Marie Gerhardt, Dir. of Communications by email or phone 312-346-9766 x 766.  

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    ChristMob surprises Lower Wacker Dr with hope

    By Anne Marie Gerhardt It happens when it’s least expected and can catch onlookers by surprise. A flash mob is a spontaneous public performance that often starts with just one person, grows in numbers, and then disperses as fast it began. Much like the flash mob, Operation: ChristMob started with one person and is reaching…


    Amended Special Session Resolution Passes

    By Anne Marie Gerhardt (3/20/13) At the height of the housing market boom, Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Elgin took out a loan to expand its building to support a growing congregation. It seemed to be doing everything right, paying their monthly mortgage payment on time and giving 100% of its apportionments each year. Then…

    Special Session Amendment

    Insert after line 8 “such of its reserve assets, real and personal”: Amendment on the table reads: “except that no assets resulting from collections from local churches for support of the pension of NIC active and/or retired clergy or any other assets received, designated, earmarked or allocated for that purpose shall be formally or informally…

    New JFON clinic in Chicago

    en Espanol On March 9, 2013, Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) opened its Chicago Clinic site for the first time. Six clients made appointments ahead of time to come to the clinic. As those guests arrived, they found over 20 volunteers from Humboldt Park United Methodist Church and other communities of faith surrounding them with…

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