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Professional Certification Enhances Ministry

By Linda Hendelman In explaining her professional certification in Spiritual Formation, Catherine Inserra said it pushed her “to explore and question my faith in order to provide me with a pathway for life-long spiritual growth as a lay woman in ministry.” Catherine was recognized at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference at Pheasant Run Resort…

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Did you know? – Leaning into Change

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries The 2016-2017 Annual Conference year was a time of innovation. This June, the annual conference approved implementation of a new model for coordination at the conference and district levels continuing the trajectory of innovation. We have been called into a time of “Adaptive Change”….

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Eugene Winkler

Rev. Eugene Winkler, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Friday, June 16, 2017. During his ministry with the NIC, he served at Waukegan: Faith, Naperville: Community, and First UMC at the Chicago Temple. He was 83 years old. The services for Rev. Winkler will be held June 24, 2017 at Barrington…

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Light shines through 2017 Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 900 clergy and laity gathered together at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference from June 4-6, 2017 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., to seek and share how God’s light is illuminating through our churches, congregations and ministries. This year’s Annual Conference focused on the theme “Light…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. David W. Davies

Rev. David William Davies Jr., retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017.  During his ministry with the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Chadwick: Hope, Fair Haven, Albany and Ottawa: First. He was 73 years old. Services will begin with a visitation at Savanna: First United Methodist Church, 2100 Chicago…

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Bishop’s Appeal raises more than $70,000 for UM Global AIDS Fund

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS task force thanks the many NIC churches and individuals across the conference for raising more than $71,400 toward the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal special offering. Sales of postcards featuring the Annual Conference artwork by the Rev. Kristine Marshall brought in an additional $300. The money will go toward the UM Global AIDS…

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2017 Annual Conference awards

Rainbow Covenant Advances for 2016 The Philip Otterbein Award – Highest Amount Given Barrington United Methodist Church The John Wesley Award – Highest Per Capita Giving Redeemer of Calvary/El Redentor del Calvario UMC One Matters: Discipleship Ministries Award Aurora District: Orland Park: Faith United Methodist Church Chicago Northwestern District: Skokie: Jesus-Love Korean New Faith Community Chicago…

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Older Adult Ministries presents three scholarship awards

The Council on Older Adult Ministries (OAM) presented three scholarship awards at the 2017 Annual Conference made possible through the Golden Cross Sunday Offering Fund. Hope Riley For more than 10 years, Hope’s service to Wesley Willows has embodied our mission – to promote active, secure lifestyles for seniors through ongoing, personalized care. When starting with…

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Ordination opens 178th Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt With a backdrop of light vibrantly shining through an artistic door, windows and vases, the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference opened with the Commissioning and Ordination Service inside the MegaCenter at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This year’s Annual Conference theme was “Light Shines…

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Legislation proposes conference restructuring

With submitted legislation, the Organizational Task Force is introducing a restructuring plan for the Northern Illinois Conference to streamline committee work, align resources and create an intersection between administrative, program and superintending functions. As outlined in the legislation, the proposed organizational structure is centered around an Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST) and six District Shepherding…

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