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Prayer and Fasting - Discipleship Task Force Lent 2023

The Discipleship Task Force invites you to pray and fast with them on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, and Good Friday, April 7, 2023. Lent is a wonderful time to practice this means of grace. It is a way of humbling ourselves before God. Fasting helps us hunger for God.

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Black History Month 2023

February is Black History Month. There are many resources available throughout the United Methodist denomination for you to use.

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Lent and Easter Resources 2023

Lent starts on February 22 this year. There are many resources available around from around the denomination.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. William R Shealy Jr

Rev. William R Shealy Jr, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2023. During his ministry, he served Chicago: South Deering and Chicago: W Pullman. He was also a professor at Tufts University and Virginia Wesleyan University.

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Bishop Announces – New Prairie North District Superintendent

Bishop Dan Schwerin is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Hwa Young Chong as Prairie North District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2023. Rev. Chong currently serves at Naperville: Community and will follow Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer who has been appointed as Director of Connectional Ministries, effective July 1, 2023.

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A Message from the Bishop: Tyre Nichols

These are days for lament, and renewed commitment to justice. I lament the murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of the officers in Memphis. I lament the stress officers are experiencing. I lament the loss of a son and father. We need to affirm that Black Lives Matter and our systems and relationships must act accordingly. Today at our Leadership Development training in the Prairie North District, we lifted a prayer shared by Rev. Violet Johnicker of Rockford Urban Ministries. Feel free to pray and use this, if possible, in worship tomorrow. May our actions produce equity that makes Christ known. Thank you for your ministry.

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