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Bishop's Column: Prayers for our Venezuelan Immigrants

On a beautiful July evening, I went to the Church of The Redeemer of Calvary or El Redentor del Calvario in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago. The Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes is the pastor. A group of immigrants from Venezuela has become active in her congregation and she wanted me to hear their stories.

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Bishop's Appeal Offering for Farmers

At the Nov. 16 Special Session of Annual Conference, a Bishop's Appeal offering will be taken to help our local farmers who faced a difficult season due to a rainy, cold spring and a drought in July. 

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Bishop's Special Session Call Letter

I am writing to announce that there will be a special session of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Kishwaukee College (21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150) beginning promptly at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m.

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Team explores annual conference future

In June the Northern Illinois Annual Conference authorized Bishop Sally Dyck to form a task force to explore our future as an Annual Conference in light of the passing of the Traditional Plan in February at the General Conference Special Session in St. Louis. The Task Force, labeled the “Exploration Team,” met in late June and early August, both meetings were held at Barrington UMC.

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Bishop's Column: Where does it hurt?

In August, the Cabinet and I went on a farm tour to experience and hear from some farmers in northern Illinois who have been affected by recent adverse weather conditions. We visited several different kinds of farms, including a family farm, a practicing organic farm, and an agritourism farm.

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Farming community weathering difficult season

Farmers in northern Illinois say it's been a stressful season after a cold, rainy spring and a dry July took a toll on crops. Many are uncertain what the harvest will yield.

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