St. James UMC

Bittersweet memories after sale of Chicago church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Another chapter has closed on a significant Chicago church with a rich history dating back to the 1890’s. In October the Northern Illinois Conference finalized the building sale of St. James United Methodist church located at 4611 South Ellis Avenue, more than six years after its official closing in the spring…

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Born in the midst of a mess

As we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world once again, we are reminded of the story we know so well that Christ came into the personal, political/governmental, and even religious messes of his day over 2,000 years ago! And in the case you don’t want to read this whole thing, the truth is…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Jack Hayes

Rev. Jack Hayes, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016.  Rev. Hayes served at Uhlich Children’s Home, Kaleidoscope Inc, Chicago Humboldt Park, Chicago Berry Memorial, Chicago Wellington and Wellington Park.  He was 83 years of age. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at…

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New plan for Media Resource Center

We are pleased to announce a new partnership to help fill your church’s resource needs. From filmstrips and flannel board packets to VHS tapes and DVDs, the Northern Illinois Conference Media Resource Center (MRC) has navigated the transitions in technology and reinvented itself over the past 35-40 years. With changes in technology, conference space, budget…

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World Series win for Haiti

Cross-Conference missional challenge raises over $70,000 We all know the Cubs are World Champions, but the people of Haiti and those who lost so much from Hurricane Matthew will be the real winners thanks to the generosity of donors from Northern Illinois to East Ohio and beyond. Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Tracy S. Malone…

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Naperville book club marks 50 years of reading

By Susan Keaton* In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago to advocate for housing desegregation, and John Lennon infamously said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” In the small community of Naperville, Ill., a group of women from the First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Gregory R. Dell

Rev. Gregory R. Dell retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Rev. Dell served at Broadway in  Chicago, Euclid Avenue in Oak Park, Community in Naperville, Wheadon in Evanston and Minooka during his ministry with the United Methodist Community. He was 70 years of age. A Memorial…

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Bishops Share Words from the Heart

We – Bishops Sally Dyck and Tracy Malone – thank all of you who are donating to our World Series Challenge for Haiti to help the people of that country recover from Hurricane Matthew. We appreciate the special offerings that have been taken, and the support from people across the country who have given on…

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Accessibility Awareness Sunday – Nov. 13

The Northern Illinois Conference has declared that the second Sunday of November be set aside as “Accessibility Awareness Sunday”. As a community of faith, we recognize that all people are not physically and/or mentally able to access the Word of God in what might be described as the traditional manner. As our population ages and…

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