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NIC Board of Ordained Ministry responds to Judicial Council Ruling

The NIC Board of Ordained Ministry delivered its report to the annual clergy session held May 23, 2017. Here’s a portion of the report from Chair Rev. Danita R. Anderson responding to the recent Judicial Council ruling: Last year our work was called into question and has resulted in a ruling from the Judicial Council, decision…

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Hilltop Ministry Center sold to Easterseals

By Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford, Rockford District Superintendent Bill and Joyce Russ, long-time faithful members of Centennial UMC in Rockford, Ill., and life-long farmers on the north side of the city, made a gift of land in 2004 to the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) with the dream that the land, which brought forth a harvest of…

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Sympathy Notice: Maralyn Zeman

Mrs. Maralyn Zeman, spouse of deceased clergy member Rev. Paul Zeman, Sr., of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Rev. Zeman served at Decatur: Grace, Springfield: Wesley, Worth, Ashton: Reynolds, Naperville: Christ the Redeemer and Waterman. Mrs. Zeman was 89 years old. Services have already been held. Messages of condolence…

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Sympathy Notice: Margaret Henzlik

Mrs. Margaret Henzlik, spouse of deceased clergy member Rev. William C. Henzlik of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017.  Rev. Henzlik served at Oak Forest, Prophetstown, Evanston: Covenant, Sycamore and Capron. Mrs. Henzlik was 90 years old. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m….

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Bishop Dyck letter in response to Judicial Council rulings

In response to the much-anticipated rulings by the Judicial Council released April 28, Bishop Sally Dyck encourages us to continue to be in prayer for one another and the church. “I appeal to the people of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference to keep focused on the mission of Jesus Christ. We can and will work through…

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Did you know – we have a constitution?

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries The United Methodist Church as we know it today was formed in 1968. Of course we trace our roots back much, much further to the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. When two streams of Methodism were united in 1968 after more than 25 years…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Bishop Sally Dyck Recently a former parishioner whom I hadn’t heard from for at least 20 years called me.  She suffered then but her symptoms are more infrequent and less severe, having received new treatments and developed life skills to help her.  She has become an advocate for awareness of mental health for the…

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NIC receives award from Rosecrance

Rosecrance presented the Northern Illinois Conference the Castle Award, which honors volunteers or groups who display exemplary commitment to the Rosecrance mission, at the health network’s annual foundation benefit on April 24. Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton recognized the Conference for its longtime support of Rosecrance. The historical relationship between Rosecrance and the Methodist Church dates back…

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Churches gather to learn more on immigration

By Anne Marie Gerhardt A young “dreamer”, a father of a U.S. veteran facing deportation, and an immigration activist from Mexico taking sanctuary in a United Methodist church shared their personal stories at an immigration learning event sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Team and the National Hispanic/Latino Plan. “This is an…

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UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Council of Bishops The United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R….

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