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Bishop Dyck Change in Retirement Plans

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted, postponed, canceled, called into question, and overall changed so many aspects of our lives. Planning for the future—even just weeks out—is precarious at best and for those of us who plan almost every waking moment, it is particularly a challenge!

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ReTurn Team Gives Churches Five-Phase Guidance

The ReTurn Team’s Plan for returning to our ministries in a safe and healthy way is now available. As the situation surrounding the pandemic has been somewhat fluid, we expect to adjust the Plan periodically as new information surfaces and new developments occur. 

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Bishop responds to President calling to reopen churches

As many of you may have heard, President Trump has just declared the opening of all houses of worship throughout the country.  He rightly recognizes that we need “more prayer, not less,” but doesn’t realize that people, including the people called United Methodist, have been praying and worshipping all along through these months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NIC Communications earn two awards

United Methodist communicators were honored May 21 with a virtual awards celebration hosted by the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).

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Bishop's Monday Message: Stay the course

I have been receiving notices from my weather app of flooding around northern Illinois because of all the rain we’ve had. That seems ironic given this week’s biblical tale from the pandemic is the story of Noah. I hadn’t been thinking about Noah until I read the introduction to the ReTurn Team’s comprehensive work on how we can—when we can—return to our ministries in a safe and healthy way.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Susan M. Wessels

Rev. Susan M. Wessels, a retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away at age 76 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. During her ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, she served Chicago: Westridge and Yorkville: Trinity/Millbrook.

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