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ChildServ President puts children first

When former Illinois State Senator Dan Kotowski decided to leave the political life for the position as President and CEO of ChildServ in October 2015, he hit the ground running working to help at-risk children and families in the Chicagoland area. Editor of the Northern Illinois Conference Reporter Anne Marie Gerhardt recently sat down with Kotowski to talk about his first two and a half years at the helm of the 123-year-old nonprofit agency and his hopes for the future.

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Bishop appoints Rev. Jeffry Bross as new Aurora District Superintendent

Bishop Sally Dyck is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Aurora District Superintendent, Rev. Jeffry Bross, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Bross has served as the Associate at Batavia UMC and then founding pastor of Flowing Grace UMC which chartered four years ago. He has served on the Aurora District Committee on Ordained Ministry as well as the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Rev. Bross follows Rev. Dick Wisdom who has been appointed to Plainfield: First UMC, also effective July 1, 2018.

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Bishop's Column: Living in liminal times

We’re called to faithfully do what God has called us to do: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. But we’re also called to trust in the mystery which is the liminal gospel of Easter: walking by faith and not by sight, letting the light shine through where it exists in the darkness, and navigating uncharted territory!

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Did You Know? “We are hosting history!”

In the spring of 1968 after many years of prayer, exploration, negotiation, and planning, several branches of our Wesleyan family merged. The Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren became a new denomination - The United Methodist Church. The uniting conference was held that spring in Dallas and the first meeting of this new denomination’s “Council of Bishops” took place in November 1968 in Chicago.

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Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22.

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Rev. Thomas Vern Heather

Rev. Thomas Vern Heather, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018.   Rev.  Heather served as a Chaplain in the U.S Air Force. 

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