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Joining in the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Two weeks of 24/7 prayer, confession, and worship in February went on at Asbury University, a campus of around 1600 students in Wilmore, Kentucky. This Lent, let us in Northern Illinois join with these students in prayer and worship. Let’s pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our churches in the Northern Illinois Conference.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Gary Curl

Rev. Gary Curl, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023. During his ministry he served Chicago: Union Avenue; Chicago: Irving Park; LaSalle: Grace; Orland Park, Antioch, Elgin: Journey of Hope and Morrison.

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Sympathy Notice: Bridget Cole-Tabb

Mrs. Bridget Cole-Tabb, spouse of Rev. Marcus Tabb member of the Northern Illinois Conference passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023. During his ministry he served Maywood: Neighborhood, Chicago: Granville Avenue; and he currently serves at Chicago: South Shore.

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Connecting and forming relationships across the conference

Bishop Dan Schwerin, newly assigned episcopal leader for the Northern Illinois Conference, spent his first month focused on meeting key leaders within the conference and the denomination. A cabinet retreat and bishop training, locally and across the country, filled his calendar. Late January and February were set aside to work on forming relationships across our conference.

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From Your Bishop: The believers devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching

We discussed some of the challenges of forming faith communities these days. Online worship portals have been a gift—but then how do we introduce growth in faith and the development of deeper commitment to a faith community? Many of those who attended in-person worship four times a month a short time ago, may attend once a month now. How might we deepen community with these shifts in participation? Imagine someone attending worship online for perhaps six months and summoning the courage for in-person worship—how do we welcome, affirm, and give stewardship to their growth in faith?

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Apportionments paid help aid our connection

The Northern Illinois Conference is thankful to its many churches for their faithful apportionment giving and celebrates those who paid in full. In 2022, 173 churches paid 100% of their calculated apportionments compared to 198 in 2021. Because of your apportionment giving in 2022, the Northern Illinois Conference will be able to help fund the conference budget for programs and ministries both locally and globally. Apportionments denote an understanding that the purpose of the church is not just to care for its members, but also to reach beyond itself to engage with the world, minister to the world, and be in mission to the world.

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