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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Gary Curl

Rev. Gary Curl, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023. During his ministry he served Chicago: Union Avenue; Chicago: Irving Park; LaSalle: Grace; Orland Park, Antioch, Elgin: Journey of Hope and Morrison.

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Sympathy Notice: Bridget Cole-Tabb

Mrs. Bridget Cole-Tabb, spouse of Rev. Marcus Tabb member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023. During his ministry he served Maywood: Neighborhood, Chicago: Granville Avenue; and he currently serves at Chicago: South Shore.

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From Your Bishop: The believers devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching

We discussed some of the challenges of forming faith communities these days. Online worship portals have been a gift—but then how do we introduce growth in faith and the development of deeper commitment to a faith community? Many of those who attended in-person worship four times a month a short time ago, may attend once a month now. How might we deepen community with these shifts in participation? Imagine someone attending worship online for perhaps six months and summoning the courage for in-person worship—how do we welcome, affirm, and give stewardship to their growth in faith?

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Apportionments paid help aid our connection

The Northern Illinois Conference is thankful to its many churches for their faithful apportionment giving and celebrates those who paid in full. In 2022, 173 churches paid 100% of their calculated apportionments compared to 198 in 2021. Because of your apportionment giving in 2022, the Northern Illinois Conference will be able to help fund the conference budget for programs and ministries both locally and globally. Apportionments denote an understanding that the purpose of the church is not just to care for its members, but also to reach beyond itself to engage with the world, minister to the world, and be in mission to the world.

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Mission Links bridges churches and missions

The Northern Illinois Conference and the Conference Global Board of Ministries would like to thank the forty-three churches that went the second mile as 100% Mission Links churches. In addition to the apportionment dollars received for General Church and the Annual Conference, the NIC received over $560,000 in 2nd Mile giving and almost $100,000 in Special Sunday offerings.

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Chicken noodle dinner unites merged church to its past

This year marks the 107th event of a tradition that was started by Sharon UMC in Plainfield.  Since 1914, the congregants of Sharon have joined together to make and serve their Chicken Noodle Dinner, on the Friday prior to Ash Wednesday.

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