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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Mary W. Mayes

Rev. Mary W. Mayes, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. During her ministry in the NIC, she served at Leaf River-German Valley, Mendota: Zion and Stockton: Wesley.

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DYK - Conversations Count?

More reports are released every week about the influence social media has on our impressions and decision making. Our online communications tools can be used constructively or destructively. I recently attended a workshop on framing the church’s story, where we were reminded that social media is a powerful tool with which we can champion our faith story, capture hearts and empower lives.

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Bishop's Column: How would Jesus vote?

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples who they said he was. Peter responded by saying, “You are the Christ!” Peter confessed with his lips but he hadn't yet lived it with his life; following Jesus is more than confessing with our lips!  

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Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional

A review of possible plans for the future direction of The United Methodist Church found the One Church Plan to be largely constitutional, said a decision released Oct. 26 by the denomination’s top court.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Frederick L Rickleff

Rev. Frederick L Rickleff, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018. During his ministry in the NIC, he served at Belvidere, Orangeville, Afolkey, Elmhurst: Faith, Church Federation of Greater Chicago, Pearl City Parish, Pearl City: United Parish, and Schaumburg: Our Redeemer's.  

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Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

Peterson, who died Oct. 22 at 85, is probably best known for the resulting work, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. He also penned more than 30 other books that have influenced Christians well beyond his home Presbyterian Church (USA).

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