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Letter from Treasurer: Our connection more important than ever

We are witnessing an unprecedented time of chaos due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Corporations, school districts, universities, non-profit organizations are all suffering loss and uncertainty. Churches are no exception. 

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CARES Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act is lengthy legislation intended to “provid[e] emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.” Among other things, it expands unemployment insurance eligibility and establishes loans, credits, and payment delays to help employers meet payroll and other obligations.

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Church giving in times of crisis

Learn 12 tips for promoting generosity during this coronavirus crisis and after as well as easy options for online giving.

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Annual Conference approves reduced 2020 budget

Approximately 550 clergy and lay members gathered Nov. 16 in the gymnasium at Kishwaukee College for the Annual Conference Special Session to vote on a budget, apportionment formula changes, and to hear from the Exploration Team. After a presentation from the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA), the Annual Conference passed a $4,574,255 budget for 2020, down 5% from 2019.

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DYK:  “Do All the Good You Can”

Apportionments are a key to the witness of the United Methodist Church. As a connectional structure, we have touched almost every corner of the world as we honor John Wesley’s words. The Methodist witness can be seen in the development of hospitals, schools, programs to combat poverty, promote peace, address immigration, addiction, disaster, discrimination and (fill in the blank with many other works of faith).

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AC Awards from child advocacy to second mile giving

The annual awards presented to clergy and laity during the Conference range from child advocates to churches giving above and beyond.

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