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Jesus Makes a Way in 2021

More than 600 participants of the 182nd session of the Northern Annual Illinois Conference, with the theme "Jesus Makes a Way," made their way onto Zoom to take part in two days of business, voting, reports, Bible study and worship services from July 16-17, 2021.

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DYK: Jesus Makes a Way in 2021

The first session of our 2021 Annual Conference is now behind us as we live into the theme "Jesus Makes a Way." We will meet again on October 1 and 2 for ordination and additional business. Evaluations are still coming in, but again we adapted to our circumstances, making the best of our pandemic limitations. From virtual worship services and Bible Study to electronic voting, the annual conference committee and staff found ways to help us connect, converse and move forward.

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Mission Challenge donations triple the goal

After driving more than 600 miles in two days to pick up over 14,400 pounds of the most-needed items for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), driver Ramon Ortiz, MMDC’s Operations Assistant, turned around and picked up another truckload of medical equipment!

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Churches rally against racism

Stepping outside their church buildings with signs and noisemakers, many United Methodists across the Northern Illinois Conference participated in the first-ever DIY Rally Against Racism conference-wide campaign on Sunday, July 18, and several others are planning events later this summer.

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NCJ College of Bishops announces Special Session in November

The NCJ College of Bishops has called a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference for Nov. 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN. There will be no election of bishops at this session aimed at thoughtful and prayerful “conversations about our denomination and its future.”

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Laity Session July 15

We invite you to attend, virtually, Annual Conference 2021 on July 16 and 17 as well as October 1 and 2. This year we will celebrate our 182nd year as a conference together. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us. We have experienced loss, yet we have also celebrated new life and new ideas in this evolving phase of our lives.

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