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News & Updates

January 11, 2024

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Saturday, January 27

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Barrington UMC 

(98 Algonquin Rd, Barrington)

Registration Fee: $15/person (includes box lunch)

Join conference leaders for multiple opportunities to sharpen your skills. Classes include options on theology, evangelism, stewardship, and communications.

Click here for more details and registration.

Tuesday, February 13

Clergy - Elmhurst: First UMC

(232 S. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL.)

Laity - Lombard: First UMC

(155 S. Main St., Lombard, IL.)

Please join Bishop Dan Schwerin for a day of reflection and conversation on your district.

  • Clergy will gather for fellowship at 9:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding with lunch. (Registration needed.)
  • Laity will gather for an evening conversation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Registration is not needed.)

You are encouraged to join in the gathering for our district, but should the one planned for our district not work for you, any gathering can be attended.

Find all the details here

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Human Relations Day

Jan 14

NIC MLK Celebration

Jan 14

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 15

NIC Delegates to General Conference meeting

Jan 21

Prairie Central Leadership Training

Jan 27

Black History Month 

February (Month)

Scouting Ministries Sunday

Any Sunday in Feb or March

Laity Convocation

Feb 10

Prairie Central Bishop's Days on the District

Feb 13

Ash Wednesday  

Feb 14

Valentine’s Day 

Feb 14

President’s Day 

Feb 19

Northern Illinois Conference prepares for its 185th session

Under the theme "Yield," clergy and elected lay members will gather for NIC's 185th session, June 16-18, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Bishop Dan Schwerin chose the theme from John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, which includes the vow that “I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.” Many Methodists renew this covenant at the beginning of the new year. Read more.

Do You Need Childcare at Annual Conference?

The annual conference committee is exploring different childcare arrangements, including the possibility of offering on-site care. Those who need childcare should complete a short survey so that the committee knows parents’ preferences. Responses are due on Jan. 31. Take the survey.

January/February Reporter Available Online

Learn about a warming shelter making a difference in Elgin, how to become a net-zero advocate, what 'regionalization' means for the UMC, and more conference updates. Bishop Schwerin talks about yielding all things for what is to come. Rev. Arlene Christopherson reminds us about the power of connecting. Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer shares about connectionalism in her new column. Co-Lay Leader Eugene Williams tells us there is no room for distraction.

Check out the issue online and read the news stories here.

Apportionment Deadline Tomorrow

As United Methodists, we are committed to connectional giving, and our primary way of doing that is through apportioned giving. By being a faithful 100% church, you allow the United Methodist faith to continue to grow around the world and here at home. To find more information about apportionments, visit the Apportionments page. A friendly reminder that the deadline to pay apportionments is Fri., Jan. 12. (Mail-in payments need to be postmarked by this date.) Check your Prosper account or pay online.


Registration and more details available here.

The Discipleship Task Force’s Disciples Nurturing Action (DNA) continues to provide opportunities for body, mind, and spiritual health. They are partnering with Intentional Energy 3 who will be hosting a virtual women’s retreat titled, Wisdom For The Seasons of Life-What I Wish I Had Known, on Sat., Jan. 20, 9a-12p with a follow-up virtual session to see how things are going on Sat., Feb. 10, 9-10:30a. Click here for details and to register. Be sure to use the discount code, NIC23. Also, stay tuned for upcoming body, mind and spirit support groups starting in 2024. Please contact DNA Chair, Katherine Howell ([email protected]), if questions.

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It is time to update the Lay Leadership Portal

he new year often means new people serving in leadership positions at your church Please access the NIC Portal to our database to be sure that we have the correct names and contact information for your key church leaders. (Click here for a list of Leadership chairs we use.) To access the Northern Illinois Conference Lay Leadership Portal, click here. Contact David Quinn [email protected] if you need access assistance. For instructions on how to update leadership portal, click here. If you have any other questions, please contact your District Administrative Assistant, Leola Tucker [email protected]

Read the Revised UMC Social Principles Draft

The UMC Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions include the denomination’s Social Principles, which articulate a faith-based response to concerns in our communities and world. A revised version is before General Conference delegates for their consideration next spring. It focuses on the most pressing social issues of the day. Take a look at the draft. Read more.

2023 Statistical Reports can be entered

It’s the time of year for churches to enter their statistics for 2023. These numbers not only help answer the question, “How are we doing right now?” but also, “How are we doing in the long run?” Church leaders can review this data to interpret underlying influences and help the congregation help the congregation see where growth is happening and where change may be necessary. We have a new site for entering stats and a tutorial will be sent to churches soon to help them navigate. Note that the deadline for reports is February 29, 2024. Learn more about stats.

NIC Prayer Network Monthly Zoom Meetings

The NIC Prayer Network is an entryway for joining in common prayer for the ministries of the Northern Illinois Conference. NIC Prayer Network team meets every month on the 2nd Thursday at 10:00 AM to pray for the churches, pastors and ministries of Northern Illinois. The next meeting is Thursday, February 8, at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to join.  No preparation is necessary; just log in. The Zoom link is available here. Meeting ID: 813 9510 9144, Passcode: 459872. You can also call 312-626-6799.

If you’d like to pray but have other appointments at that time, email Katherine Howell at [email protected] and request the agenda or add to the agenda. Also, pray along each week for clergy, churches, leaders, and NIC Advances by visiting the Prayer Network website.

Other Resources

  • #BeUMC Resources -Tool Kits, Social Media Kits, Graphics, and more.
  • Social Media Shareables - Free graphics for social media for different events, months, and ministries. (Through Outreach, log-in is needed, but resources are free)
  • UMC Giving Resources - Mission Moments, Special Sunday Info, Leader Kits, Pew Cards, and more.
  • United Media Resource Center - Lending library of Christian materials for local churches, small groups, pastors, children, and individuals.

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Rev. Jeffry Bross

Prairie Central District Superintendent

[email protected]

312-346-9766 ext. 783

Leola Tucker

Administrative Assistant

[email protected]

312-346-9766 ext. 733

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