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Strength for Service helps military and first responders face challenges

In the course of their dedicated service, our military and first responders—armed services, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and others—face challenges each day that few of us will ever know. Both those in the military and first responders find inspiration in a pocket-size book of daily devotions— Strength for Service to God and Country and Strength for Service to God and Community—published by Strength for Service, Inc. A third volume, Service to God and Community, is specifically for Boy Scouts of all ages.

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#Giving Tuesday

The season of giving is nearly upon us and that means it’s almost time for #GivingTuesday. On Nov. 28, you will have the opportunity to once again “Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission” to address the needs in the world today by giving to more than 300 UM missionaries and 600 UM-related projects of your choice.

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Sympathy Notice: Jean T. Beal

Mrs. Jean T. Beal surviving spouse of clergy member Rev. E. Maynard Beal of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

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Praying Our Way Forward

The Northern Illinois Conference encourages congregations to participate in our week to pray for the Commission On a Way Forward and The United Methodist Church from Dec. 3-9.

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Did you know - Web Gardening?

Websites and church Facebook pages are an easy way to keep members up-to-date but they are a great way to inform the world of the congregation’s mission and ministry. They help us reach out beyond those in the know to those seeking to know. Websites can be like the file drawer at home or in your office where you keep adding those important bits and pieces of information you are sure you will need someday. With each addition the information becomes cluttered and pretty soon a search for those important documents turns into a nightmare. Eliminating "old" information when adding new, grouping content by purpose or topic will help make a website user-friendly and navigable.

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What the world needs now is hope

The chronic disasters such as poverty and racism just get worse. The impact of both the hurricane in Puerto Rico and earthquake in Mexico are felt here in Northern Illinois as hundreds of people come to live with relatives after their lives and livelihoods have been destroyed.

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