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Seeking Church Hosts for Vaccine Clinics

The Northern Illinois Conference and Illinois Great Rivers Conference are teaming up with the Illinois Department of Health to provide 100 vaccination sites around our state by the end of May. This push toward helping get more people vaccinated is key to fully entering Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. The best thing we can do to return to fully worship is to be vaccinated.

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Mission Links Summer Sermon Series

The Conference Board of Global Ministries (CBGM) was happy recently to introduce the new mission guide titled Mission Links: Living the Beatitudes, which has replaced the Rainbow Covenant booklet. 

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Conway awarded Illinois “Police Chaplain of the Year”

In April, Chicago Southern District Superintendent Rev. Jacques A. Conway was presented with the Illinois “Chaplain of the Year” award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). The award was presented at two separate ceremonies, one at the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) monthly meeting in Springfield, Ill., and one at the Oak Park Police Department – both where Conway began his chaplaincy in 1995.

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Bishop Statement on Chauvin Verdict

Praise be to God! The guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial are a crucial step towards rebuilding trust in our democratic system of justice that is celebrated around the world. Although justice has been served, my heart goes out to George Floyd’s family, as they will never have him back. We hope the knowledge that his death sparked an anti-racism movement with a demand for police reform may give them some solace. 

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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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