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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Dr. Dennis E. Groh

Rev. Dennis Edward Groh, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023. During his ministry he served on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from 1968 to 1996 and at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1996 until his retirement in 2007.

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Special Appointment Announcement: Rev. Jacques Conway

Bishop Dan Schwerin has appointed the Rev. Jacques Conway to the Orland Park: Faith United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2023. Rev. Conway has been serving as superintendent of the Lake South District.

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UM Bishops Receive Warm Welcome on a Chilly Afternoon

When First United Methodist members agreed to host the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ memorial service on April 30, they immediately organized for an opportunity they considered an honor. Hospitality comes naturally to this big-hearted congregation, who wanted to show the bishops "our little slice of heaven."

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Annual Conference Members Will Consider Churches’ Disaffiliation Requests

Ten churches’ request for disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church will be considered by Northern Illinois Annual Conference session members on June 6. These churches, constituting 2.8 percent of NIC congregations, completed a set of required steps that the 2019 UMC General Conference, in special session, passed as church law.

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NIC Churches and Members Step Up with Storm Recovery Help

Images of trees torn out by their roots and roofs pierced by tree limbs and reports of tornadoes dominated the news in late March and early April. Northern Illinois United Methodists immediately offered help and support those whose lives were disrupted.

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Bishop’s Column: Encourage Each Other

Scripture implores us to encourage each other and Hebrews 10:25 gives us a context: “Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near” (CEB).

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