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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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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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Rainbow Covenant Book Gets Revamp

The Conference Board of Global Ministries (CBGM) announces the release of a new conference mission-giving book called “Mission Links: Living the Beatitudes” which replaces the Rainbow Covenant book.

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Church serves at vaccination clinic

Like many people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Rev. Marilyn Nolan, senior pastor at Lanark UMC, went on the search to find an appointment to get her shot, which would surprisingly turn into a community outreach. “Since I was in 1b category, I called the local Caroll County Health department to make an appointment and was told I was number 500 on a long waitlist,” said Nolan, a bit discouraged. “But while on the phone, I asked the administrator if the county needed sites to distribute the vaccine and offered our church as suggested by one of our members.”

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Churches Rise to 2020 Mission Challenge

The Northern Illinois Conference Board of Global Ministries congratulates the Midwest Mission Distribution Center on its 20th Anniversary celebration and thanks them for their invitation to celebrate its 20 years of ministry by sharing financial donations and in-kind supplies like those we usually bring during our Annual Conference Fill the Truck Drive. 

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. George E. Ogle

Rev. George E. Ogle, a retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the age of 91. During his ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Missionary Korea, Board of Global Missionary Ministries, Chandler School of Theology, General Board of Church and Society, and Illinois Conference of Churches.

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