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Praying Our Way Forward – Day One

The Council of Bishops has called The United Methodist Church to be in a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us as we discern our Way Forward. This week, the Northern Illinois Conference will be praying for the denomination, the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, for the leaders that…

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It’s year-end statistical report season

By Rev. Rob Hamilton, CCFA Chair Have you ever wanted to change the world? Most churches, if asked that question, would immediately respond “yes.” It is a natural response to the life-changing power of grace to want to change the world in order that God’s love may be more fully realized. This desire to change…

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Did You Know? “United Methodists Respond!”

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. Connectional Ministries As we move rapidly to the close of 2017 there is much to recap in a year when the earth has been bombarded with countless natural disasters. These past few months have been filled with stories of devastation. Wildfires in California and elsewhere, hurricanes in…

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Bishops review Commission on a Way Forward sketches

In early November 2017, the Council of Bishops met and received the first report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission’s mandate is to present a recommendation to the Council of Bishops at their May 2018 meeting to forward on to the Special General Conference 2019 (GC19). The bishops on the Commission, including…

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Sympathy Notice: Mrs. Doris Rickleff

Mrs. Doris Rickleff spouse of clergy member Rev. Frederick L. Rickleff of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017. During Rev. Rickleff ministry with Northern Illinois Conference, he served at Orangeville Afolkey: Bethel, Elmhurst: Faith, Church Federation of Chicago, Pearl City: United Parish, and Schaumburg: Our Redeemer. Mrs. Rickleff was 91…

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New Conference directory available to purchase

The 2017-2018 Directory for the Northern Illinois Conference is now available for purchase through Amazon. The cost is $6 plus tax and shipping. The directory includes Conference staff, district information, churches, clergy, laity information and conference-related agencies and committees. To place your order visit Amazon.com and search Northern Illinois Conference Directory or click here. To download the directory…

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Seminary students receive excellence in clergy leadership scholarships

In 2016 the NIC Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) was approached by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) to partner with them, the Lilly Foundation, UM Foundations and UM Seminaries in a new scholarship program for seminary students, the Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for full-time Master of…

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World AIDS Day Event

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is sponsoring a “Service of Remembrance and Celebration” to mark World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017. Approximately 11 percent of the global population is infected with HIV. In the United States, the infection rate is highest among communities of color, particularly black and Hispanic/Latino communities, and communities…

A revised edition of the “Strength for Service to God and Community” devotional guide will be presented to first responders. The book is a ministry of the General Commission on United Methodist Men, an agency of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #079. 3/6/13.

Strength for Service helps military and first responders face challenges

By Linda Hendleman In the course of their dedicated service, our military and first responders—armed services, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others—face challenges each day that few of us will ever know. Both those in the military and first responders find inspiration in a pocket-size book of daily devotions— Strength for Service to God and…

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Prayers for Sutherland Springs

Over the past few weeks, Bob Dylan’s song keeps coming to mind: Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’till he knows That too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. How many people must die of gun violence before something…

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