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DYK – Boundaries have value

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Ass’t to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries Every summer, newly appointed and assigned pastors in the Northern Illinois Conference receive Boundary and Ethics training. Every four years all those under appointment or assigned are required to take a “refresher course” in professional ethics and boundaries. This fall, all our appointed and…

What’s your call story?

One year when I was a district superintendent in East Ohio, I asked all of my churches to have a clergyperson and a layperson talk about their call. Many congregations had never heard their pastor’s call story before that church conference. The many ways that God works in and through our lives to call us…

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NIC churches help with hurricane relief

As Hurricane Harvey was taking aim at Texas, Colin Monk from First United Methodist Church in Morris, Ill., (FUMC) was ready to jump into action. Monk helps lead the church’s Early Response Team (ERT) who are trained to respond in times of a disaster. As soon as Monk received clearance from the Rio Texas Annual Conference,…

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NCJ College of Bishops issue statement on racism

The North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops and Directors of Connectional Ministry meeting together in Columbus, Ohio on September 20, 2017, issued the following statement: Events in recent weeks in our country have made evident the deep persistence of racism in our society. As United Methodist leaders, we commit ourselves to continuing our on-going work…

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Sympathy Notice: Virginia Coats

Mrs. Virginia Coats spouse of Rev. Russell Coats of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Rev. Russell Coats served at Macomb, Peoria: Bradley Ave., Perkins Grove/Lamoille, Shannon, Freeport: Faith and East Jordan. Mrs. Virginia Coats was 91 years old. Mrs. Virginia Coats’ memorial services were held Saturday, September 16, 2017, at East…

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Bishop names Annual Conference Shepherding Team Co-Chairs

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Following the approval of the restructuring plan at the 2017 Annual Conference, the first steps are being made to organize and create an Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST). Bishop Sally Dyck named lay representative Liz Gracie and clergy representative Rev. Myron McCoy as co-chairs. The rest of the 20-member team is…

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Rev. Viola Moore

Rev. Viola Moore, a Unitarian minister and spouse of deceased clergy member Rev. Robert Moore of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. During his ministry, Rev. Robert Moore served as the Associate Dean of Students at Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago: Elsdon and Chicago: Hegewisch. Mrs. Moore was 98 years old.   Funeral…

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Help those impacted by Harvey

Updated 9/8/17 Volunteers needed The Texas Annual Conference is ready to receive volunteer teams to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief.  The work consists mainly of cleaning out flooded homes and requires extensive physical labor.  We would prefer that at least one member of your team be ERT trained.  Teams should bring their own protective gear…

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September is hunger action month

By Susan Dal Porto In the midst of any community in the United States in 2017, hunger looms as a widespread but very often invisible problem. Data indicates that 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 families are food insecure – wondering where their next meal might be coming from or having to choose…

Why I am a United Methodist

I wasn’t raised in The United Methodist church. My family is Mennonite. While growing up, the church was the center of our lives. Through the church, I was given many opportunities for leadership (usually breaking the gender bar along the way) and mission. The church shaped me in many ways. When I went to college…

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