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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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New tool for background checks

The Northern Illinois Conference is proud of its partnership with local churches in ministry to children, youth and vulnerable adults, as we have provided tools for training and background checks for many years. With transitions in staffing, we have been investigating ways of making volunteer training and background checks more timely and flexible for our…

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Organizational Task Force listening sessions

The Organizational Task Force will hold three listening sessions in March to hear your feedback from its work over the last seven months on restructuring models for the Northern Illinois Conference. A draft model will be presented for feedback and your input will be used to help craft a final resolution to be presented at…

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Sympathy Notice: Bishop Felton May

Bishop Felton May (Ordained a Deacon in the NIC in 1962) died on February 27 at the age of 81 in Ellicott City, Maryland. During his time in the NIC Bishop May was appointed to St. James Methodist Church and was the church planter for Maple Park Methodist. He was consecrated a bishop in 1984 and…

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Tornadoes damage communities in north-central Illinois

Deadly tornadoes and strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of north-central Illinois during the evening of Feb. 28. The communities of Ottawa and Naplate in LaSalle County were hardest hit with dozens of homes and structures damaged. Authorities say two people were killed by a falling tree. All three UM churches in Ottawa (First, Epworth and…

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For the good of the order

Every year the Order of Elders and the Order of Deacons are required to meet. These are separate gatherings of each respectively as “a covenant community within the (annual conference) to mutually support, care for, and hold accountable its members for the sake of the life and mission of the church.” (Par. 306, Book of…

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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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