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Bishop's Column: Where does it hurt?

In August, the Cabinet and I went on a farm tour to experience and hear from some farmers in northern Illinois who have been affected by recent adverse weather conditions. We visited several different kinds of farms, including a family farm, a practicing organic farm, and an agritourism farm.

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Farming community weathering difficult season

Farmers in northern Illinois say it's been a stressful season after a cold, rainy spring and a dry July took a toll on crops. Many are uncertain what the harvest will yield.

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HealthFlex Exchange Workshops offered

To help you choose the health plan that works for you, the NIC will offer five workshops around the conference this fall for the new HealthFlex Exchange medical insurance. Wespath and conference representatives will lead the workshops to explain each plan and help choose the best option to fit your family’s needs and budget.

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Being intentional about making disciples

Jeff Campbell, UMC Associate General Secretary for Strategic Programming, will lead "SeeAllThePeople," a conference-wide event for leaders to become more intentional about making disciples in their ministry setting.

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Sympathy Notice: Kathryn A. Welk

Kathryn (Kathy) A. Welk, lay member of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, passed away July 4, 2019, at the age of 60. Kathy had been a lay member since 2016 and a member of Court Street United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women locally and an officer for the Rockford District of the Northern Illinois Conference UMW. 

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Annual Conference honors past, looks to future

The 2019 Northern Illinois Annual Conference wrapped up June 4 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., after two and a half days of worship, business, voting (and more voting), celebrating anniversaries, fellowship, speakers, and Bible study. 

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