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COVID-19 Pandemic: Staying connected in ministry

Church buildings closed. Sanctuaries silent. Pews and Sunday school classrooms empty. It’s a surreal scene in churches around the country since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic turned our world upside down and disrupted our everyday routines, such as going to church on Sunday.

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Churches reframe outreach to the homeless

When the DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) organization announced the closure of all interim (overnight) shelter locations beginning Saturday, March 21, George Groves was saddened. Groves, a member of Naperville: Community UMC was scheduled for the 9 pm – 1 am Sunday shift. For Groves—and for many area UMC churches—the coronavirus pandemic has upended a long-standing ministry to the community. 

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Church giving in times of crisis

Learn 12 tips for promoting generosity during this coronavirus crisis and after as well as easy options for online giving.

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Lord's Prayer in Unison

In the face of the worldwide pandemic of the novel coronavirus, Bishop Sally Dyck and the Cabinet calls us to join Christians around the world for an Ecumenical Reciting of the Lord's Prayer today, Wednesday, March 25 at noon.

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Bishop Message: Stay at home

Last Friday Governor Pritzker ordered us to “stay at home,” or as it’s more commonly called, "shelter in place." Sheltering in place is for our own health and safety as well as for the health and safety of others. But remember we have another shelter: the shelter that comes from God. 

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Bishop Statement Regarding Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order

The governor of the state of Illinois has issued an order that all but essential workers are to stay safe by staying at home. This order is for the safety of all of us.

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