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Outpouring of support for Ottawa

When an EF3 tornado barreled through the small communities of Ottawa and Naplate in north-central Illinois on Feb. 28, there was an immediate response to help from United Methodists.

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Spring Flooding Safety Tips

When spring hits, whether it’s “official” or feels like spring, many of us are eager to get out of the office and into the fresh air. However, too much rain or thawing snow after a long winter from mountains can bring severe flooding. Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Here are some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

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New tool for background checks

Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.

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Sympathy Notice: Bishop Felton May

Bishop Felton May (Ordained a Deacon in the NIC in 1962) died on February 27 at the age of 81 in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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Tornadoes damage communities in north-central Illinois

Deadly tornadoes and strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc in parts of north-central Illinois during the evening of Feb. 28. The communities of Ottawa and Naplate in LaSalle County were hardest hit with dozens of homes and structures damaged. Authorities say two people were killed by a falling tree.

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Did you know – Our stories connect us?

In the midst of fears and threats, political stands and court battles, there is no substitute for listening to one another and hearing each other’s stories. In putting a face to what it means to be a refugee, an immigrant, we grow closer to understanding one another. Whether the story is centuries old or from a few weeks ago, visiting what it means to migrate to a new country helps us appreciate those we are called to serve as Christ served.

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