Bishop Sally Dyck

What’s the forecast?

The Metho-pocalypse is coming! At least that is the claim of some throughout the church as the anticipated ruling of the Judicial Council is released in the last couple of days in April. The Judicial Council is the arm of The United Methodist Church that receives and rules on requests for declaratory decisions and appeals,…

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Host a community conversation

Jesus’ ministry was characterized, even by his critics, in terms of who he ate with—the prestigious (Simon the Pharisee) and the marginalized (the woman who washed his feet with her tears). And they were at the same dinner!  Who Jesus ate with—and who we eat with—matters! That’s why on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 I am…

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Time to declutter?

Few people do “spring cleaning” anymore. In case you’ve never heard of it, it was the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. Its history is debated but in most cultures, spring was a time of new beginnings which called for the cleaning out of the old. The origins of spring cleaning are…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Ermalou Roller

  Rev. Ermalou M. Roller, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  Rev. Roller served as Elgin District Superintendent as well as serving at Homewood: St. Andrew, Elmhurst: Christ Elmhurst and Beach Park:York House. She was 77. The memorial service for Rev. Roller will be celebrated on…

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Sympathy Notice: Marilyn Winkler

Mrs. Marilyn Winkler spouse to retired clergy Rev. Eugene Winkler, member of the Northern Illinois Conference, mother of Rev. Chris Winkler, pastor at Barrington United Methodist Church and Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Rev. Eugene Winkler served at First Chicago Temple, Community Naperville and…

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Bishop designates Global AIDS Fund for AC offering

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is deeply grateful that Bishop Sally Dyck chose the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) as the recipient of the Bishop’s Appeal for 2017. Each congregation is asked to take a special offering or to do some type of special fundraising to help support the appeal. In years…

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Did you know? – Say Something

Every morning as I ride into the office on Metra and approach Union Station an automatic announcement plays reminding us of safety tips and procedures so the hundreds of thousands of people traveling these rail lines can travel well informed. “If you see something, say something” is a tagline embedded in my brain. “Say Something”…

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Outpouring of support for Ottawa

When an EF3 tornado barreled through the small communities of Ottawa and Naplate in north-central Illinois on Feb. 28, there was an immediate response to help from United Methodists. The Rev. Cheri Stewart of Ottawa’s First United Methodist Church says it’s never more evident that the church really is a compassionately caring Christian community than…

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One Great Hour of Sharing is now UMCOR Sunday

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is apporaching quickly. To help spread the word, UMCGiving.org has created an excellent collection of information to help promote UMCOR Sunday, which occurs on March 26. To access posters, flyers, and social media images, you can visit We Give by clicking here. —- REMINDER:…

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Spring Flooding Safety Tips

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter from mountains can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United…

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