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Did you know – Our stories connect us?

By Rev. Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries Immigration has always been an important topic in our world and in our country. My grandparents emigrated from Holland in the 1920’s between World Wars. They booked passage in the cargo hold of a ship, the Noordam, and entered the United States through Ellis…

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Laity gather for annual convocation

Over 150 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Saturday, February 17 for Laity Convocation 2017.  This was a different Laity Convocation. We shortened the day and were together from 9 am to 12:30 pm. We started with an interactive and participatory Bible study led by our Bishop and then went into small group (less…

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Creative Ministries Grant Applications available online

Deadline Extended to March 31 Is your congregation looking for ways to fund its most creative ministry ideas? Creative Ministry Grants allow congregations to seed new ministry possibilities. Grants can be applied to any number of projects, and are typically for $500 to $1,000. The money may not offset staffing costs. Over the last years, applications…

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Take your church to the community!

Dear Colleagues in Ministry, As we end the first month of 2017, it is important to celebrate a very successful 2016. Please take a moment and check your church in this month’s apportionment newsletter, which will be in your inbox on Friday 02/10. As we start a new year, I want to make sure the information…

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2017 National PAUMCS Conference in Chicago!

We’re hosting the 2017 National PAUMCS Conference!   Feel the Spirit in the Windy City May 4 – 6, 2017   The Westin O’Hare Hotel (6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018) Click here for  QUESTIONS? Contact Betsy Smith (; 815-561-8285) or Debbie Rogers (; 630-465-2941)  

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Did You Know: Data-Driven?

By Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries Driving to a meeting one morning through storms and rush hour traffic, I realized how dependent I have become on my google maps app. I was going through an area on the south side of Chicago where I grew up. I know the streets, the…

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Welcome our new NIC staff

2017 has presented the Northern Illinois Conference with opportunities to realign our work and staffing. Through the Landscape Assessment in 2015 we’ve learned that we need to work on reorganizing the annual conference. This work is underway. Likewise in our staffing, we live out our core values as a healthy organization when we evaluate, assess…

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Bishop’s Response to Executive Orders on Immigration

Bishop Sally Dyck has written a pastoral response to the recent Executive Orders on Immigration. Click here to read the full letter which provides several online resources for conversation and study as she calls all of us to action.

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Cokesbury makes customer service changes for Northern Illinois

Christian retailers must continuously reinvent and perfect the ways in which we serve churches and their leaders, due to individual marketplace changes, and increasing costs for product development and delivery. When market conditions require, Cokesbury adapts, as has been apparent in our financially self-sustaining ministry since our formation as The United Methodist Church’s first agency…

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2016 Apportionment Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,066,296 in 2016 Apportionment giving, representing a 1.1% decrease over 2015. In addition, over $573,816.22 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Thanks to your generosity and careful stewardship of conference expenses we are able to pay 90% of our apportionment to the World Service Fund and…

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