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It’s year-end statistical report season

It's Year-End Statistical Reporting season. Why is providing this information so important? When you total the cost spent on purchasing each donated item and place that number on your reports, you’ll be surprised at just how much money your congregation has given to others in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Puerto Rico rises with church’s help

Puerto Rico is rising up from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the U.S. territory continues to need The United Methodist Church’s help.

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New AC Shepherding Team holds first meeting

The newly formed Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST) spent a day together on Nov. 11, 2017, at First UMC in Oak Park, Ill., getting acquainted, looking at their purpose and prioritizing responsibilities.

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Strength for Service helps military and first responders face challenges

In the course of their dedicated service, our military and first responders—armed services, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others—face challenges each day that few of us will ever know. Both those in the military and first responders find inspiration in a pocket-size book of daily devotions— Strength for Service to God and Country and Strength for Service to God and Community—published by Strength for Service, Inc. A third volume, Service to God and Community, is specifically for Boy Scouts of all ages.

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Spending a day in Christian conversation

More than 160 clergy and laity from throughout the Northern Illinois Conference came together on Sept.16 to engage in conversation digging deeper into who we are as the body of Christ and to think about the future of The United Methodist Church.

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Bishop Dyck calls for prayer in midst of world disasters

Our world continues to be in a state of suffering. It’s been over a week and the people of Puerto Rico are still without water, electricity, food and the means to connect with others both on the island and in the states. Some of our own clergy and church members still don’t know the whereabouts of family and friends.

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