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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Wanda Y. Parker

Rev. Wanda Y. Parker, member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. During her ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, she served Chicago: Pullman; Chicago: First; Harvey: Academy; Chicago: Kelly; Dolton: Faith, and Ingalls Home Care/Hospice.

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Chicago church targeted with hate crime

Pastor Emma Lozano said her church, Lincoln UMC in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, was the victim of vandalism again and police are treating this latest case as a hate crime. On Oct 15, a man who was attempting to enter the locked church reportedly kicked the glass front door shattering it before fleeing and shouting racial slurs, while giving the Nazi salute, witnesses said.

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NIJFON annual fundraiser

On Sunday, September 29, more than 150 supporters gathered at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora for the Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors’ (NIJFON) annual fundraiser.

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CCFA proposes lowering budget, changes to apportionment formula

As our conference prepares for Special Session, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) wants to provide an update on our financial condition and information regarding some of the changes in our budget.

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Local pastors called to service to churches, communities

On Sept. 21, NIC local pastors, associate members, district supply pastors, and certified lay Ministers gathered for “Brunch with the Bishop” at Naperville: Wheatland Salem to share more about their outreach ministries, such as “Kid’s Card Corner,” in their local settings. 

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UMF Celebrates 70th anniversary

The United Methodist Foundation (UMF) of the Northern Illinois Conference celebrated 70 years of “encouraging lifelong generosity with God’s abundance” on Sunday, October 13 at the DoubleTree Conference Center in Downers Grove. Approximately 200 UMF supporters gathered to connect with each other, honor former Foundation presidents and board members, hear the testimony of a UMF covenant group, and enjoy the stories of UMF’s special 70th Anniversary grantees.

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