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News & Updates

April 13, 2022

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Mission Links helps you live out the beatitudes and be a blessing for projects around the block and around the world.

As you and your congregation start thinking of summer mission journeys, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is an important resource.

UMVIM is the official short-term volunteer sending agency of the United Methodist Church. The UMVIM network offers guidance, organization, and training for more than 125,000 volunteers each year who give of their time and talent to minister with the poor, build churches and other mission facilities, assist in disaster recovery efforts, participate in community health programs and take part in leadership training events each year. UMVIM – North Central Jurisdiction (UMVIM-NCJ) supports efforts by individuals and teams of volunteers within the NCJ who are invited by and work with the local host United Methodist church or affiliated agency to bring Christ’s healing to situations of need.

UMVIM is supported by Mission Links dollars both locally and regionally.

  • UMVIM-NCJ (Advance #901375) 
  • Volunteers in Mission - NIC Fund (Advance #901375)

Join the NIC Volunteers in Mission for their training on Sat., April 22 from 9:00 am to noon at Freeport: Harmony UMC, 2600 W Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL. This training is available to anyone leading a mission or going on a mission journey across town or across the world. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. A free-will offering will be taken. More information and registration here.

Pray for & Support Storm-Battered Communities

Northern Illinois communities have been hit by violent storms over the past few weeks. These include Belvidere, where a tornado touched ground on March 31, and Camp Reynoldswood, which suffered damage to the roof of one of its buildings on April 4. Bishop Dan Schwerin asks us to pray with him for the communities and people affected.

Read Bishop Schwerin's prayer and learn how to support relief efforts.

Prairie Central Informal Gatherings with the District Superintendent

Informational gatherings will be held Today, on the second Thursday, April 13. 

Zoom Links (The links will stay the same for all meetings, though clergy links and lay links will be different)

Clergy Gathering 9:00 am link.

Lay Gathering 7:00 pm link.

Lay persons: This is NOT for Lay Leaders only. It is intended for all lay persons who want to know more about what is going on and be connected.

Next meeting will be May 11.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Month of April

UMVIM Leader Training

April 22

Earth Day

April 22

Native American Ministries Sunday

April 23

Admin Assistants Day

April 26

Changeover Zone Transitions Workshop

April 29

AC Early Bird Registration Closes

April 29

United Voices for Children Sunday April 30

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Month of May

AC Legislation Posted Online

May 5

Golden Cross Sunday

May 7


Mother's Day 

May 14

Heritage Sunday

May 21

AC Clergy Session 

May 23

2023 Film Series - Asian History and Culture

May 25

AC Registration Closes 

May 28


May 28

Memorial Day 

May 29

NIC Repair the Harm to Children Campaign launched

As you may know, the Boy Scouts of America recently settled a lawsuit related to accusations of sexual abuse of children. The Repair the Harm to Children campaign was created to address the needs of the survivors in three ways; listening and providing healing to the survivors, contributing our fair share to the survivor fund established by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and working to create safeguards against harm in the future. We seek pledges from churches and individuals to fund restorative healing for the survivors. Click here for more information.

Online Bible Study with Journey of Hope in Elgin

Journey of Hope is starting an online bible study called Journey with the Living Word. It will include prayer, studying scripture, reflection, and sharing witness to God's presence in our lives. The study will also encourage one another to build community with strengthened relationships and commitment to continue walking in God's footsteps.  

We will join through Zoom on Thursdays (starting today), 11 am to 12:30 pm. All are welcome and may register using the church website or by calling the office 847-931-5400.

After completion of registrations, participants will receive an email with instructions for joining in using the zoom link provided. In addition, emails will include the upcoming schedules with scriptures and focus.  

If you have questions or problems, contact Connie Schweitzer at [email protected], 847-302-2437.

Other important information:

More updates and details will be posted in the NIC eNews and on the website at


Becoming the Beloved Community Special Youth Leaders Presentation 

The Discipling Anti-Racism Youth (DAY) group will be holding its 2nd quarter event on Sat., April 29, 9 am – noon at Community UMC in Naperville. The workshop will be facilitated by the Becoming the Beloved Community (BBC) team led by Dr. Richard Guzman. The discussion will engage participants and get their feedback on ways to talk to youth about racial justice and equity work. All conference youth leaders are encouraged to attend. Please click here to register. Questions? Contact Deacon Sharon Rice at [email protected]. More information on the Becoming Beloved Community available here.

Donate Childcare Supplies to Kids Above All

Kids Above All's Happy Babies Drive is collecting childcare supplies so that parents, caregivers, babies, and toddlers have the essentials they need for a happy and healthy start to their lives together. They've created a wish list of the most needed items. The donation location, as well as volunteer opportunities, for this year’s drive is Kids Above All’s Better Life Distribution Center, located at 1801 E. Oakton in Des Plaines, IL 60018. Learn more here.

Contact Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger with questions about the CDF Freedom Schools at (224) 430-3761 or [email protected]


Native American Ministries Special Sunday approaching

On April 23 we will be celebrating and collecting money for the Native American Ministries Special Sunday. The day serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society and in our communities. Donations support vital ministries and churches in the Native American communities and allow the UMC to partner with existing native ministries to develop new programs on behalf of Native Americans. Half of the donations collected remain within the Annual Conference to provide hope to children and youth, hope for a brighter future in impoverished communities, and a voice to those who have felt voiceless for years. Pastor and leader resources are available here.

Earth Day Resources

Earth Day is April 22. Discipleship Ministries wants to help you raise your congregation’s awareness of our collective responsibility to care for the creation God has entrusted to us. They have created a list of resources including worship materials, children's messages, courses, books, music, and more. Your apportionment giving makes these resources available. Click here to access the resources.

Shop UMC Market & Support Ministries

Now that Amazon Smile is no longer available encourage your supporters to use UMC Market. Like Amazon Smile, UMC Market enables online shoppers to raise donations for your ministry or church simply by making purchases. Nearly 2,000 vendors participate, including Expedia, Kohl’s, Ticketmaster, and Walmart. Visit UMC Market.

Read more here.

Download Your NIC Property & Casualty Certificates

Find your church's 2023 Certificates of Insurance on the NIC Lay Leadership portal. (Note: please discard all Certificates of Insurance sent earlier this year from Arthur J. Gallagher.) Contact Dwayne Jackson, Director of Risk Management & Ministry Protection, with questions or for assistance at (312) 783-5945 or via email.

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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