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News & Updates

March 10, 2022

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Annual Conference Registration Opens April 4

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The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference will meet in person June 8 - 10 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The Annual Conference committee has been diligently working to make this a safe gathering for everyone, while monitoring COVID-19 infection rates for the area. For current requirements for AC members to attend, please read the health and safety statement.


Important Dates:

April 4 - Online registration opens

April 6 - Legislation and Historical documents due (email to ACdocuments@umcnic.org)

May 24 - Clergy Session

June 1 & 2 - Pre-Conference Briefings

June 8 - Annual Conference session opens with Memorial Service at 1:30 pm

June 8 - Legislative Sections at 7 pm

June 9 - Retirement Service at 8:45 am

June 10 - Ordination Service at 1:30 pm


For hotel reservations and more news, visit umcnic.org/AC2022.

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United Methodists Stand with Ukraine

United Methodists across the globe condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with those experiencing violence, displacement and suffering in the midst of war. Learn more about the ways United Methodist prayers, aid and witness are being directed to Ukraine.


The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop's Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance, as the needs will be long term. Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime, you are encouraged to give through your local church designating gifts “Ukraine Assistance."

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2 DAY EVENT SPRING FLING CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR

March 11 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm & March 12 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come browse & shop

Good Samaritan UMC

960 W. Army Trail Blvd.

Addison, IL. 60101

Questions goodsamaritanumc@sbcglobal.net or 630-543-3725

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Scouting Ministries Sunday

Celebrated on a Sunday in February or March


One Earth Film Festival

March 4-13, 2022


NIC UMM Annual Breakfast Meeting

March 12


Day Light Savings Begins

March 13


Harmony for Hunger Concert

March 18


Vital Partnerships Workshop

March 19


Early Bird Registration closes for 5 Day Academy

March 20


UMW Day of Giving

March 23


Race, America and the Church Speaker Series - Unsilenced: Our Stories, Our Voices

March 24



Becoming The Beloved Community at North Shore UMC

March 26


UMCOR Sunday

March 27


2022 NIC Annual Conference Registration Opens

April 4


2022 NIC Annual Conference Legislation and Historical Documents due

April 6


Palm Sunday

April 10


Maundy Thursday

April 14


Good Friday

April 15


Easter Sunday

April 17

Applying ashes to start Lent

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Wesley United Methodist Church and Flowing Forth UMC, both in Aurora, partnered in a joint Ash Wednesday service Tuesday, March 2, to open the Lenten season. 


Rev. John Bell and Rev. Derek Rogers, pastors at Wesley and Flowing UMC, respectively, conducted the service at Aurora Christian School. 


Rev. Rogers opened the service with a welcome and call to worship. After congregants joined in two hymns, Rev. Bell read scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Continuing a tradition of joint Ash Wednesday services by Aurora-area Methodists, reflections were offered by laypeople DiAnn Wiley of Wesley and Chris Stewart of Flowing Forth. 


Announcing a freewill offering collection, Rev. Rogers said it will go to Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora "...to provide encouragement and a show of gratitude to medical professionals in the Aurora area." 


Rev. Bell reflected on the season of Lent and led a responsive prayer before applying ashes to congregants' foreheads or hands. The service closed with a benediction by Rev. Rogers.

NIC General and Jurisdictional Delegation Holds Open Forum on March 12

Following news the General Conference is further postponed to 2024, the NIC Delegation has released a video report about how they've been preparing and praying the last two years. Watch here. The delegation also invites you

to an Open Forum on Saturday, March 12 at 10 am on Zoom, where you can share your thoughts and ask us questions. Click here to register and receive the link to join.

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Harmony For Hunger Concert

March 18 6:30 - 9 pm.

Hosted by the Prairie North District UMM at Hononegah High School Performing Arts Center, 307 Salem Street, Rockton, IL.

Cost $15.

100% of the proceeds will go toward area food pantries and the Society of St. Andrew's meals for millions.

Click here for details.

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Speaker Series: Race, America, and the Church

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The Northern Illinois Conference, in partnership with the Indiana Conference and other groups, is pleased to announce a 2022 Speaker Series.


During this 4-part series that extends into December and includes a 6-week book study in the fall, we will journey together to prayerfully learn, engage, and tackle our personal and corporate role in addressing racism. We invite you to journey with us.


The first event will be held March 24.


Unsilenced: Our stories, our voices

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12 -1:30 pm

via Zoom

Speakers: Tim Alexander, Sandy Harlan, Dr. Betty Hart, and Rev. Dr. Michelle Oberwise Lacock

Representatives from the Northern Illinois Conference and their neighboring Indiana Conference share stories about the impact that racism has had on them.

Register and Learn More

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UMCOR Sunday - March 27

Giving to this Special Sunday offering allows us to make a difference in the lives of communities and individuals whose lives have been upset by storms, wars, fires, displacement and climate change. This offering underwrites UMCOR’s “costs of doing business,” allowing UMCOR to keep the promise that 100% of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project, not administrative costs. Click here for resources.

Summer Internship Application Deadline Extended

Those interested in the Ethnic Young Adult Internship 2022 program now have until March 20 to submit applications. The eight-week program offers students of color experience working in Washington with Church and Society and partner organizations for social advocacy and justice. This year’s program is scheduled for June 5 through July 30. Click to apply.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching!

Register by March 20 for financial savings

Is your church information up to date?

When is the last time you reviewed your church’s Find-A-Church profile that is listed by The United Methodist Church? If it’s been awhile, it may be in need of an update. With people everywhere looking to connect and make new connections, there’s no time to waste.

#BeUMC Leader Toolkit

This grassroots effort, built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, celebrates what draws us to The United Methodist Church and what we aspire to be. The #BeUMC Leader Toolkit includes messaging and resources to help local churches and conferences be a part of the campaign by including the "#BeUMC" hashtag in social media posts. Learn more.

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Resources for the Local Church


  • UMCOR Sunday (March 27) - Worship Resources, Children's Resources, Social Media graphics, videos and more.
  • Lent - Worship Resources, Stations of the Cross, Studies, Spiritual Practices, and more.
  • Easter and Holy Week - Worship Resources, Hymns, Devotions, Outreach Resources, 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 - for small groups, pastors, children and individuals.

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Rev. Jeffry Bross

Prairie Central District Superintendent

jbross@umcnic.org

312-346-9766 ext. 783


Leola Tucker

Administrative Assistant

ltucker@umcnic.org

312-346-9766 ext. 733

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