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Joyful Conference-Wide Worship Held

What a joy it is to be in the house of the Lord to hear the Word and sing songs of praise to God. For the second year, the NIC Discipleship Task Force held a Fall conference-wide worship service. This year’s service was held at Journey of Hope UMC in Elgin. The service was also available via livestream. Rev. P. Devon Brown of St. Mark UMC (Chicago) and Rev. Heewon Kim of Evans UMC & Harlem UMCs (Rockford) and New Life UMC (Machesney Park) led the worship service planning. Choirs from Journey of Hope UMC in Elgin, Korean UMC in Flossmoor and St. Mark UMC (St. Mark Gospirational Choir) in Chicago provided moving musical selections.

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Quarterly Youth Leader Gathering

Sponsored by the collaboration of the NIC Discipleship Taskforce and Anti-Racism Taskforce, this is our second quarterly gathering for youth leaders across our conference.

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Fall Bible Study

The Discipleship Task Force is excited about the Fall 2022 NIC Book Club selection, Soul Reset by the late Junius Dotson. You may read it on your own, gather a small group of your own together, or join one of the opportunities in place.  

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Prayer for Highland Park

Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13). I heard someone else comment that all too often we tell people, “Go to the church! There’s salt there!”  when we should be out sprinkling salt where it is needed.  And sometimes you don’t know where it’s needed until you get out there.  

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United Media Resource Center Director looking forward to retirement

For the last 20 years, Jill Stone has managed the United Media Resource Center (UMCR) housed in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Center (IGRC). In 2017, the NIC Media Resource Center merged with the UMRC adding to a large lending library of Christian materials and has enjoyed a great partnership with Jill.

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Churches increase apportionment giving amid pandemic

The Northern Illinois Conference is thankful to its many churches for their faithful apportionment giving and celebrates those who paid in full, despite challenging times. In 2021, 198 churches paid 100% of their calculated apportionments compared to 159 in 2020. Forty churches paid over 100% and nearly 50 went the second mile as Mission Links churches. The Conference also celebrates the 42 churches that have consistently paid 100% for ten years. 

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