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News & Updates

March 14, 2024

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March/April Reporter Available Online

Learn about how Fresh Expressions ministries are giving hope, read about the love ripples that resulted from a Kingdom Assignment, and more conference updates. Bishop Schwerin talks about how Lent shapes & frees new expressions of FaithRev. Arlene Christopherson encourages us to lean into our past to plan our future. Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer shares about her hope in the Laity. Co-Lay Leader Eugene Williams reminds us to revive and extend grace.

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

Bishop Announces Assistant to the Bishop Transition

Rev. Arlene Christopherson, the Northern Illinois Conference assistant to the bishop, will retire on Sept. 1. Rev. Danita Anderson will follow her in that role.

Read more.

Elaine Moy Named NIC Treasurer

Elaine Moy, who has over two decades of experience working for the UMC's general agencies, has been named treasurer and director of administrative services for the Northern Illinois Conference. She begins work on April 15. Read more.

Annual Conference 2024 Updates

Sunday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 18

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

Meet this year's Annual Conference leaders and speakers.

Special Observances and Sessions

  • Clergy session: June 5 (location to be announced) 
  • Laity session: Sunday afternoon, June 16
  • Ordination and commissioning: Sunday evening, June 16 
  • Retirement: Monday morning, June 17 
  • Memorial: Tuesday morning, June 18 

Things to note:

  • Childcare: Grants for defraying the costs of your childcare arrangements must be made by May 15. Complete the form here. The Annual Conference Committee decided on this approach based on responses to their survey.
  • Group meals: Conference-related organizations and groups are encouraged to hold their group meals at the hotel. Plated meals, buffet, and reception-style food station options are available. Participants will be able to sign up for group meals when they register for conference session. For more information, contact Bri Wadlington at [email protected] by March 25.
  • Display Tables: Registration for display tables is now open. Tables will be in the Nirvana Threshold. Space is limited. Read the guidelines here.
  • Hotel rooms: The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is holding a block of rooms for conference attendees at a special rate. The reservation deadline is May 25. Any remaining rooms will be released on May 26. Cost: $185 plus 11% tax per night. Call (888) 236-2427 (mention Northern Illinois Conference UMC) or reserve online.

Other action items:

Linda Priest was named Midwest Mission Lay Speaker of the year 2023! 

Congratulations, Linda (of Roselle UMC), on earning this award! It is being awarded to Linda in recognition of her diligence in attending multiple conferences and churches and setting up the Midwest Mission display to share the opportunities and good news of the ministry with others. She joined Lisa Rigoni, of Midwest Mission, at a few conferences and interacted with folks at their display beautifully. She also represented Midwest Mission at other events and churches. When Midwest Mission received a letter from Friendship Church singing Linda's praises for her willingness to share, they were so excited. Learn more about Midwest Mission.

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Women's History Month

March (Month)

Scouting Ministries Sunday

Any Sunday in Feb or March

Hispanic Clergy Retreat

March 22-23

Palm Sunday

March 24

Maundy Thursday

March 28

Good Friday

March 29


March 31

United Voices for Children Sunday

March 31

Town and Rural Grant Application Deadline

March 31

KAA Happy Babies Drive

April 1 - May 15

Annual Conference Registration Opens

April 3

Celebration of Rev. Martin Lee's Ministry

April 7

NIC Delegates to General Conference meeting

April 7

Order of Elders' Gathering

April 9

PAUMCS Monthly Chat

April 10

Becoming Beloved Community Special Youth Leaders Presentation

April 13

Transition Workshop

April 13

Native American Ministries Sunday

April 14

Annual Conference Legislation Due

April 15

Earth Day

April 22

Administrative Professionals Day

April 24

General Conference

April 23 - May 3

Apportionments allow us to do together what no church, district, or annual conference could do alone.  

The Conference is thankful for the 96 churches that paid 100% apportionments (NIC and general) in 2023. We also thank the 197 churches that gave 100% apportionments to the NIC funds. “We give thanks for the ways that our local churches are inviting people into and deepening own their relationships with God and the ways that those relationships turn into a response of God’s love through our connectional giving,” said Rev. Tammy Scott, chair of the NIC Council on Finance and Administration. “That helps to create loving, caring ministries locally and globally.” Click here to read more. For more resources on apportionments, check out the Apportionments page.

Thank you to the following Prairie Central churches that gave 100% or more of their apportionments to BOTH the NIC and general church funds. Find the full 100% listing here.

  • Antioch 
  • Batavia 
  • Carol Stream: St. Andrew 
  • Cary 
  • Elgin: Journey of Hope 

  • Elmhurst: Christ 
  • Geneva 
  • Oswego: Good Shepherd 
  • Oswego: Wellspring
  • Roselle
  • Schaumburg: Our Saviour's 
  • South Elgin: Community 
  • Wheaton: Gary

Thank you to the following Prairie Central churches that gave 100% or more to the NIC apportionments. 

  • Algonquin: Christ 
  • Bensenville: First 
  • Bolingbrook: Crossroads of Faith 
  • Bolingbrook: Friendship 
  • Crystal Lake: First 
  • Hebron
  • Ingleside 
  • Joliet: Grace 
  • Joliet: Hope 
  • McHenry: Mount Hope 
  • Naperville: Community
  • Villa Park: Calvary 
  • West Dundee: First 
  • Wheaton: Aldersgate  
  • Woodridge 

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

The Advance for Christ and His Church (The Advance) is the United Methodist program for designated mission giving. The Northern Illinois Conference Global Board of Ministry has organized the options for giving through The Advance in our Mission Links booklet. For more resources on Mission Links, check out the Mission Links page. 

We would like to thank the following Prairie North Churches for being a 100% Mission Links Supporters. (Read the full list here.)

  • Antioch 
  • Carol Stream: St. Andrew 
  • Cary 
  • Geneva 
  • Oswego: Good Shepherd 
  • Roselle 
  • Schaumburg: Our Saviour's


Please RSVP to Tom Weber via email or (815) 751-3593 by 3/21/24 

to let them know how many men from your church will be there for breakfast.

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Aurora: Wesley UMC, 14 N May St., Aurora

Cost $15

The fee includes registration, continental breakfast, and a light lunch.

If this fee precludes you from attending, please don't hesitate to contact Amania Drane.

Learn more.

Other Upcoming Conference Events:


Scholarship Deadline extended for UMHEF Applications

 The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation remains committed to making it financially possible for United Methodist students to attend UM-related colleges, universities, and seminaries. Due to continued delays in financial aid and admissions processes caused by challenges with the 2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), UMHEF is extending its application deadline another month. Deadline for application has been extended to April 15! Read more. 

Scholarships are also available through the Midwest Methodist Foundation. Applications are due April 30Read more.

Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the role women have played in our history, culture and society. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women has brief bios on some of the important women (past and present) who have left their mark on the history of The United Methodist Church. Read more.

Apply for a Migrant Ministries Grant

Is your church in ministry with migrants in your community? Apply for a Migrant Needs grant, funded by the 2023 Bishop’s Appeal. Priority will be given to proposals that directly assist individuals or families and include cost-sharing or additional sources of support, whether in-kind, volunteer hours, or financial contributions. Read more.

Other grants available

  • The PACK (Planned Act of Christian Kindness) Grant is meant to support churches' work to be a blessing to those in the neighboring community to show them the love of Jesus Christ. Awards range from $100 to $500. Deadline: March 31 Read more.
  • The Keagy Grant is for larger ministry projects that benefit the community and strengthen the church through evangelism, discipleship, justice, and compassion. Awards range from $500 to $5000.Deadline: March 31 Read more.

Update Your Find-A-Church Profile

Find-A-Church is one of the most visited sections of, averaging more than 1,000 page views a day. It is a free and easy to help you to connect with busy people in your community on their terms, on their time, and in their comfort zone. It also serves as a companion to your church’s existing website — giving you twice the local visibility online.

Last your United Methodist Communications made major improvements. The site has fully searchable attributes, such as worship style and language, and features event listings, ministries offered, driving directions and more. You can even link to your social media pages. It’s great for large churches and small ones. Make sure your page is up to date today! Click here for instructions on how to update.

NIC Property Insurance News

  • Review the 2024 letter that addresses property premium allocation, property insurance statements (posted monthly rather than quarterly), insurance packet, and property claim activity.
  • 2024 Certificates of Insurance are available on the Lay Leadership Portal Instructions are available here. Contact Debbie Rogers [email protected] for assistance accessing the portal. Contact Dwayne Jackson, Director of Ministry Protection & Ministry Protection [email protected], with questions and/or changes.
  • Additional information on the NIC Property & Casualty Insurance program is available on the conference website under Risk Management.

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

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312-346-9766 ext. 783

Leola Tucker

Administrative Assistant

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312-346-9766 ext. 733

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