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Plarn projects weave communities and ministry

A new mission project from Midwest Mission is being woven across Northern Illinois. Church groups are turning clean plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to organizations around the world that serve people who lack homes, who have been displaced by disaster, or who need temporary sleeping arrangements—anyone who needs a clean, dry barrier between them and the ground.

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Conference UM Men feed neighbors through ‘potato drop’

United Methodist Men from Grace United Methodist Church (Rockford), the UMC of New Lenox, and the Prairie North District partnered with Society of St. Andrew this fall to give away fresh produce and other basics to their neighbors.

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Net Zero Emissions: Are we there yet? How will we know when we’ve arrived?

The familiar refrain of a child traveler, “Are we there yet?” is a good question for us to ask ourselves as we travel the road toward net zero emissions. To avoid critical climate tipping points, those who work actively to prevent climate change pursue the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.   But how will we know if we are on the right road? How will we know if we are getting there? We must have a realistic road map, and we must have a way to accurately measure progress.  

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Apply for a Grant for Your Church’s Special Ministries

Looking for a bit of a financial boost to help get a ministry off the ground? Healthy churches look for ways to share God’s love with their neighbors in practical ways. The Northern Illinois Conference offers a number of grants that assist many kinds of ministries for your church’s context. Discover whether there is one here for your church.

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United Methodists, others denounce Middle East violence

Church leaders are calling for an end to violence in the Middle East that is causing death and injury to Palestinians and Israelis alike. The United Methodist Council of Bishops are “appalled and dismayed,” according to their Oct. 9 statement. The Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem states, “The situation is complicated, and we recognize the fear and sense of injustice that are felt, but we call on both sides not to resort to further violence and to engage in negotiation to establish a peaceful solution for all who live in the Holy Land."

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Hispanic Heritage Month in NIC celebrates vital ministries

The Hispanic/Latinx community is one of the largest demographic groups in the U.S., with a population of 62.1 million. In Northern Illinois, the Hispanic/Latinx population is 1.9 million and continues to grow rapidly. This makes Hispanic Heritage Month—Sept. 15 to Oct. 15—very important to The United Methodist Church as a whole and our conference in particular. It’s a time we set aside to celebrate and appreciate the contribution of the Hispanic/Latinx community in our country and our churches.

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