Lay Speaker Name Change

By Roger Curless During the General Conference in May, dele- gates voted a name change for Lay Speaking Min- istries. It is now Lay Servant Ministries and those who complete the courses of study are Local Church or Certified Lay Servants. Why the Change? Lay Speaking Ministries has its roots in the earliest days of…

Covenant Celebration for Bishop Sally Dyck

The Northern Illinois Conference welcomed Bishop Sally Dyck with a jubilant covenant celebration at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville on Sept. 23. Music filled the service from MYX Youth of Edison Park UMC, The Gospel Choir of St. Mark UMC, the Willie B. Clay Inspirational Choir of Gorham UMC and the Men’s Chorus of…

Creating HOPE a Suicide Prevention Workshop on October 10

Rev. Jodeen Immer will never forget that night thirteen years ago – before she was ever appointed to serve a congregation – when she received a phone call from her close friend whose daughter Erin had taken her own life. “She was a good student, coming from a wonderful Christian family in Aurora,” says Immer. “She attended Aurora Christian School…

Pray for Our Public Schools

In Prayer for Public Schools I am calling on United Methodists to be in prayer for our public schools in all our communities across this conference. As I write this, the Chicago Public Schools are in their second day of strike.  Perhaps by the time you read this, the strike will be over it or…

Sympath Notice: In Soo Kang

In Soo Kang, spouse of clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference,Eun Young Ko (presently serving Maple Park: Grace), died on Sunday, September 9, 2012. He was 50 years old. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.,on Friday, September 14, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow, Maple…

Nueva Vida Renewal of Baptism

On a bright, sunny Sunday morning this past Labor Day weekend, about 60 people gathered along the beachfront at Crystal Lake for worship, reaffirmation of faith and  baptism. Twelve people, both young and old, from Nueva Vida UMC in Aurora were immersed in the slightly cool waters. Bishop Sally Dyck, newly assigned to the Northern…

Sympathy Notice: Barbara R. Greicar

Barbara R. Greicar,retired Provisional Deacon member of the Northern Illinois Conference, died on Sunday, September 2, 2012. She was 67 years old. During her ministry in NIC she served Humboldt Park church. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.at First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove,…

Who’s your neighbor?

When English-speaking people greet each other, they say, “How are you?” As do Spanish-speakers, “¿Cómo está usted?” But in some languages, including Rapa Nui, which is traditional language spoken on Easter Island, they ask, “Where did you come from? Where are you going?” Imagine having to think all the time when you meet someone, “Where…

Seeds to Succeed A Success

By Anne Marie Gerhardt While riding a CTA train, Jennifer Ibarra noticed a Seeds to Succeed ad. She looked up the website and decided to sign up to volunteer at Marcy-Newberry on Aug. 11. The single mother brought all five of her young children to the site that early Saturday morning and worked for hours…

Sympath Notice: Gladys M. Galow

Gladys M. Galow, spouse of retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, Clyde F. Galow, died on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. She was86 years old. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.at Fourth Street United Methodist Church, 551 S. Fourth Street, Aurora, IL. A luncheon/fellowship hour will follow…

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