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Oak Park Church Goes Carbon Free

The planet is heading into trouble as the West is burning and storms are increasing in the South. You can definitely say carbon products are wrecking the planet’s climate system. We need to stop spewing planet-warming gases. One of the keys is the de-carbonization of the U.S. electricity grid. Solar power is being called the new king in global energy markets and the cheapest source of electricity in history.

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Bishop Sets New District Boundaries

At our recent virtual annual conference session on November 14, 2020, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference voted to reduce the number of districts (and district superintendents) from six to five, effective July 1, 2021

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Bishop Sally Dyck's Christmas Message

The year 2020 will be remembered collectively by us in our country and around the world as a very difficult year! On Christmas day we grieve yet again, not being able to safely gather to worship or be with family. In times like these—whenever bad things happen, especially at the Christmas season—the refrain from thhe Christmas carol, "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice," always comes to mind

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Thanks for the memories and ministries

As of January 1, 2021, I will be retired after 43 ½ years of active ministry in The United Methodist Church. My ministry in Northern Illinois began on September 1, 2012 and due to the postponement of General and Jurisdictional Conferences, I extended my time in Northern Illinois until the end of 2020. I have already begun my post-retirement ministry as the Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops/The United Methodist Church. Retired Bishop John Hopkins will be the interim bishop as of January 1, 2021. I know that you will welcome him into your midst!

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Bishop Dyck's Message: A Different Thanksgiving

I’m one of those (few) people who actually likes to cook Thanksgiving dinner. A big turkey with dressing with lots of leftovers to make into soup. But this year, the food will be Cornish hen instead of turkey! What about you? Will your Thanksgiving be different? Will it still be filled with joy? It all depends on us. On how we place our priorities. How we live out our deepest values and, I daresay, faith.

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A different kind of Annual Conference

The 181st Northern Illinois Annual Conference with the theme “Y Church” was marked by some firsts and lasts. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to keep members safe and healthy, the first-ever virtual conference was held as a one-day webinar on Nov. 14.

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