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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…

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Annual Stewardship Conference 2017 August 26 ~ Stewardship for Real People, Flaws & All Barrington UMC (98 Algonquin Road, Barrington IL) Keynote 9 am – noon Lunch noon – 1 pm Optional hands-on break out sessions for church teams 1 – 2:30 Get more information Cost: Individual $40 or Church Group (3+): $120. Register now at: umfnic.org/summit. Child care (for…

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Bishop pastoral statement on racism and violence

On August 12 a national tragedy occurred (again) when supremacist and neo-Nazi groups went to Charlottesville, VA and gave rise to violence, destruction, and death. We are grieving for the individuals involved but even more so, what these acts of racism and violence say about us as a people. I encouraged, along with most religious…

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CNW DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON ORDAINED, LICENSED & CERTIFIED MINISTRY  For all candidates, local pastors, certified lay ministers and clergy mentors, the DCOM meets at First UMC of Evanston on the following dates: Thursday, Sept. 28, Thursday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 16. Candidates who have NOT yet had an annual interview in 2017 with the…

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Summer Reading

Each active clergy serving local churches should have received a copy of the book Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality put together by the General Board of Higher Education at either the clergy session or annual conference. If you still need to pick up your free book, contact your District Office. Bishop Sally Dyck commends this…

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NIC churches receive Discipleship One Matters Awards

For the first time, six churches in the NIC received the One Matters Award presented by the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Path One Executive Director, at the 2017 Annual Conference. Discipleship Ministries created the award in 2015 to lift up churches who have in recent years moved from zero baptisms and zero professions of faith…

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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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