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Sympathy Notice: Linda Sue Young

Mrs. Linda Sue Young spouse of Rev. James Young, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.  She was 73 years of age. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at The First United Methodist Church of Kenosha, 919 60th St, Kenosha, WI  53140….


Greetings from new Media Resources Director

Greetings Northern Illinois Conference!  My name is Jill Stone and I am excited that the resources of the United Media Resource Center are available to every church in your conference!  I encourage you all to “Get in the Game” and consider the ways the UMRC can enhance your church’s ministries.  There are DVDs, books, kits,…


Bishop Dyck new ruling on question of law

Bishop Sally Dyck has issued a new ruling on a Question of Law first requested following the 2016 Clergy Session at the Northern Illinois Annual Conference regarding a statement by the Board of Ordained Ministry on giving equal consideration and protection to LGBTQ candidates. Bishop Dyck had ruled that the initial Question of Law was “moot…


New Director for church risk management

The Northern Illinois Conference announces Dwayne Jackson will serve as the new Director of Risk Management & Ministry Protection. He brings 33 years of professional risk, claims and loss control experience working for international corporations that include The Boeing Company and RR Donnelley & Sons, inclusive of Marsh USA Inc. and Liberty Mutual Insurance on…


Sympathy Notice: Rev. Thoburn W. Anderson

Rev. Thoburn W. Anderson, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.  Rev. Anderson served  Cicero: First, Crete, Park Forest: Grace United Protestant, Skokie: Central, Chicago Northern District Superintendent and LaGrange: First. He was 94 years old. A memorial service will be held on December 27 at 2…

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Year-end giving

Why I still support apportionments Rob Hamilton, Chair CCFA In the midst of the end of the year busyness and all the other work of Advent and Christmas prep, what has helped me, as a pastor, find the energy and motivation to encourage my congregation to fund our local congregation’s apportionments is rediscovering ‘why’ I…


Sympathy Notice: Rev. James B. Swain

Rev. James B. Swain, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016. Rev. Swain served at Davis Grace, Cedarville UMC and Wesley Aurora. He was 84 years of age. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2 PM at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14…


Accessible Hearts worship experience opens doors

By Anne Marie Gerhardt The Rev. Jason Turner admits his more than one-hundred-year-old church, Faith Evangelical United Methodist in Elmhurst, is one of the least accessible buildings in the Northern Illinois Conference with stairs, no outdoor entrance ramps, a basement and limited space for wheelchairs in the sanctuary. But that is not stopping his efforts…

St. James UMC

Bittersweet memories after sale of Chicago church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Another chapter has closed on a significant Chicago church with a rich history dating back to the 1890’s. In October the Northern Illinois Conference finalized the building sale of St. James United Methodist church located at 4611 South Ellis Avenue, more than six years after its official closing in the spring…


Born in the midst of a mess

As we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world once again, we are reminded of the story we know so well that Christ came into the personal, political/governmental, and even religious messes of his day over 2,000 years ago! And in the case you don’t want to read this whole thing, the truth is…

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