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Central Illinois pastor sends masks to urban churches

Following Jesus Christ during the global pandemic led one Northern Illinois Conference pastor serving in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference to active participation in distributing thousands of face masks beyond her community.

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Annual Conference theme set

Plans are coming together for the 182nd Northern Illinois Annual Conference which will be held virtually July 16-17 through a Zoom webinar. The theme is "Jesus Makes a Way." 

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Thank you from the Northern Illinois Food Bank

In spring 2020, the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference challenged congregations to raise funds to support the three Food Banks serving their conference. The match began as a $50,000 challenge, but because of generous support was increased to $75,000. In total gifts of more than $150,000 were made to support feeding neighbors. 

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Intentional Discipleship Trainers Available

Intentional Discipleship Systems (IDS) are valuable in carrying out our mission as members of the United Methodist Church. Trainers in each district are standing by, ready to help.

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Remembering Rev. Junius Dotson

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, died late Feb. 24 surrounded by family, less than a month after announcing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55.

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Laity Convocation recording available online

More than 300 people attended the first virtual Laity Convocation, “The Other Side: Making Churches Vital in a Post-Pandemic World,” held as a Zoom webinar on Feb. 13, 2021. The session focused on the NIC’s strategic goals of ending racism, growing and reaching new disciples, and building vital congregations. The three speakers included Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey on communal prayer, Rev. Adam Hamilton on helping people grow in faith, and Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe on reaching out to our neighbors.

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