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Accessibility Awareness Sunday – Nov. 12

Several years ago, the NIC voted to establish the second Sunday of November as our annual day to remind us all to be aware of providing for the needs persons with accessibility challenges. These include those of any age with physical, psychological or developmental challenges.   This year on Sunday, November 12, the NIC Committee on Accessibility…

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Register for November Spiritual Formation event

  Have you ever wondered why some spiritual practices for instance, journaling, extended solitary prayer, or large group worship, were spiritually energizing for others but not for you? Do you struggle at times to find spiritual practices, “disciplines”, that bring you into God’s healing, comforting, and empowering presence? Are you in need of fresh ideas…

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Bishop Dyck calls for prayer in midst of world disasters

Our world continues to be in a state of suffering. It’s been over a week and the people of Puerto Rico are still without water, electricity, food and the means to connect with others both on the island and in the states. Some of our own clergy and church members still don’t know the whereabouts…

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New camp takes youth outside their element

By Anne Marie Gerhardt More than 90 Chicago area youth from the city and suburbs ventured more than a hundred miles from home this past August to experience a three-day overnight camp and many firsts. This was the first time away from home and their families for many of the youth, first time sleeping overnight…

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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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