November 7, 2013                                                                                                      
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2013 Charge Conference Forms

Forms needed for your 2013 Church or Charge Conference are now available to download from the conference website. Click here.
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Website Issues?

After providing free web hosting to churches for more than 12 years
, the General Board of Global Ministries, ended this service on Sept. 30, 2013.

GBGM said it could no longer support the current website needs of many churches. They've partnered with United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) to offer a new website-management solution.

On July 1, UMCOM officially launched it's web-hosting services which is built on WordPress and include various affordable plans.

Visit to find out more or 888-346-3862.


GBCS Grants for racial/ethnic ministries 

Applications for grants up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Jan. 15. Click here for info.

Advent Resources

New Resources from the NIC Media Resource Center including Advent Materials. Click here.

Click here for Free Advent and Christmas Resources from United Methodist Communications.

Reynoldswood Needs Volunteers

Reynoldswood Christian Camp needs help to complete fall projects before the first snowflake falls.
If your mission, youth, or men's/women's group needs a work project, we have several available - from installing our eastern border fence, cleaning up wood, painting bedrooms in Manor House, etc.

For more information, please contact Eric Hoffman, Site Director at
Check out our NEW website at


Interfaith Calendars

2014 Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC)
InterFaith Calendar iis available to order.
Click here.

Giving Tuesday - December 3 
Giving Tuesday -
December 3


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Bishop Dyck elected to Central Committee of the WCC

Three United Methodists are part of the  newly elected Central Committee of the World Council of Churches but the denomination's representation on the council's governing body has dropped from five to three seats.


They are Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops; Cynthia Kent, chairwoman of the United Methodist Native American International Caucus and a member of the Southern Ute tribe, and Chicago Area Bishop Sally Dyck. Read the full story...   


Read Bishop Dyck's blog from the WCC. 


We also wish Bishop Dyck a very happy birthday today! birthday-banner-yellow.gif  

Register today for the Urban Strategy Community Safety Summit

Urban Strategy Saturday, Nov. 16
9am- 12:30pm

Michelle Clark Academic Preparatory High School
5101 W. Harrison St., Chicago

"...seeking the welfare of the city..."

Organizing, Networking & Mobilizing ALL United Methodists to impact Chicago in the areas of: * Community Safety * Restorative Justice * Education & Literacy * Food Insecurity*
Attendees are invited to bring a blank T-Shirt and participate in a Clothesline Project for Community Safety.
Click here to register.

Calling all CSD Youth and Youth Ministries leaders!


Bishop Sally Dyck is encouraging our Youth to lead the way at this Chicago Urban Strategy Community Safety Event on  

Nov. 16.  


We need Youth to *Usher, *Assist with Clothesline Project Set Up and *Speak Out in the Breakout Session.


Come at 7:30am to get organized and help set up.


Angel Grant

is coordinating the youth support effort. Please contact her at 872-800-4336, or to let her know you & your friends will be there to help!
You'll also need to register for the event online


Application Opportunities for Hispanic/Latino Conference Academy

Do you know someone who is passionate about ministering in the Hispanic/Latino community?

The Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment has extended the deadline for applying to the new class of the Conference Academy (Hispanic/Latino) for Faith Community Development! This is your final opportunity to join a select group of pastors and lay persons who will train together for starting new churches and ministries in a Hispanic/Latino setting that are reaching religious "nones."

Visit and apply to the Conference Academy today! For more information about the Conference Academy, contact Judy Siaba at 312-346-9766 ext. 724 or  


Imagine No Malaria Fundraisers

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*Concert and Book signing Nov 17, 3-5 pm. Bethany UMC, 400 N. Walnut St., Itasca, IL 60143

A new monograph just released, "Trying To Get a Sense Of Scale" artwork by Tim Lowly of his daughter Temma Lowly. All book purchases and donations to support the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign. Come, have your book signed by the artist and enjoy great music by the band "Baby Mountain".

*Chicago Northwest District Youth Day
Dodgeball to support Imagine No malaria
Feb 23 3-6 pm Glenview UMC, 727 Harlem Ave, Glenview, IL
CALLING ALL YOUTH!  Dodgeball, Crafts, Group Challenges, and Pizza -  all to help end malaria!

Click here for postcard.  

Questions? Contact 


Hosting community events are great ways to creatively reach your church goal, and invite the community to join you in fundraising efforts. More details at and fundraising ideas for the holiday at  in the advent section.

Learn more at the district trainings the next two Sundays!
Please share your events to be posted- email and follow these events at  

Reminder: Health Flex Elections

For those persons (actively serving clergy and lay employees) who are covered in the medical insurance offered through the Northern Illinois Conference - the period of Annual Election for the Flexible Spending Medical Reimbursement and Dependent Care Accounts for 2014 runs through Thursday, November 14.  

Missing this deadline means NO Flex accounts for you in 2014!  If you did not receive information on how to make your election, you may log onto the website of the General Board of Pensions: - click on "Annual  Election",  or you may call GBOP at 1-800-851-2201. 

Affordable Health Care

The Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) has 5 state-trained ACA Navigators available to visit your congregation or community for educational presentations and one-to-one counseling sessions.

In a 30-60 minute presentation, our Navigators can cover eligibility, benefits, costs, and the process for signing up, with a Question & Answer session. Following that, Navigators can assist attendees in starting the enrollment process with individuals and small business owners (including church administrators) for the rest of the event, or return at a later date for additional assistance. 

The health care sign-up period extends from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Contact Jessica Palys at 312-913-9449 or with questions or to schedule a visit.

The Rockford District is hosting several of these informational meetings regarding the Affordable Care Act, throughout the Rockford area and also in Forreston, Freeport, Durand, Stockton and Mount Carroll. Click here for dates and times.

Grant Applications

The NIC Board of Church and Society is currently accepting grant applications for 2014 in two different categories. The first, Emerging Ministries, is for new ministries that seek to address systemic social/political change and get at the root causes of the issues impacting our churches and communities.

The second, Peace with Justice, is for ministries or events that address the inequalities in our communities, country and world in a way that seeks to level the playing field.

Use the same application, entitled Universal Grant, to apply for grants in either of these two categories. Please specify which category your program falls under. The form can be downloaded by clicking here.

All applications are to be submitted to by Dec. 30, 2013:
Rev. Wendy A. Witt
1st UMC/Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington St., FL 2
Chicago, IL 60602

UMW Sends Mission Kits

At the annual celebration/meeting of the United Methodist Women last week, 15 boxes of birthing kits materials were collected. They included razor blades, latex, surgical or thin rubber gloves, baby care kits, receiving blankets, and other items. These donations were delivered last week to the Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham (near Springfield, IL). 

One person donated a check to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. We thank everyone for their generous donations. Those also elected to the 2014 Leadership Team were Jazelle Brown-Echols for Education & Interpretation and Kathy Welk for Membership. We thank the faithful outgoing officers for the 2012-2013. 

Pictured left to right holding their mission pins are Rita L. Smith (Conference President), Nellie Winter (DeKalb District President), Beth Jayapalan (Elgin District President), Vivian Matthews (Chicago Northwestern District President) Kathy Welk (Rockford District President), Dottie Priddy (Education & Interpretation), Deb Ketzel (Spiritual Growth Coordinator) and Linda Priest (Secretary). Not pictured are Jessie Cunningham (Social Action Coordinator), Loris Moreland-Dean (Membership Coordinator) and Susanna McClendon (Southern District President).

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