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DYK – “Equip” is Our Watch Word

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. Connectional Ministries In 2015 the Northern Illinois Conference went through a major organizational review including the use of a judicatory tool called “Landscape.” The Landscape assessment told us that a key desire of pastors and laity is to be (1) equipped to reach new members using new…

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More than an annual conference

Years ago Ken and I took our two Ohio nephews, who were 11 and 15 at the time, on a cross-country road trip, starting in Cleveland. We went to Yellowstone National Park where we met up with four other nephews from Utah. All year there was excitement between All year there was excitement between the…

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Sympathy Notice: Helen Grimes

Mrs. Helen Grimes, spouse of deceased clergy member Rev. Paul W Grimes of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Rev. Paul Grimes served at Harvey: Academy and Chicago: West Ridge Community. Mrs. Grimes was 95 years old. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 1 pm…

CSD Youth Camp Tool Kit Downloads

Invitation from the District Superintendent Invitation from the DS   Church Leader Information Church Leader Information   Registration Forms Youth Camp Registration Form English Youth Camp Registration Form Spanish Release_of_Liability_Horseback Riding – CSD Youth Camp 2017   Parents/Guardians Parent/Guardian Letter Packing List Health Form Parent/Guardian Permission Form Release_of_Liability_Horseback Riding – CSD Youth Camp 2017   Volunteers…

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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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