January 12, 2022
Laity Convocation Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2022 Laity Convocation with the theme "Hold Fast To The Mast: Strengthening Our Spiritual Lives."

Join the Board of Laity online for a morning of conversation with speakers:

  • Kara Lassen Oliver - Associate Publisher with The Upper Room
  • Rev. Dr. Regina Bridges Davis - Spiritual Clinical Counselor & Ordained UMC Deacon
  • George Groves - NIC United Methodist Men President

Cost is $10. Registration deadline is Feb. 3. Click here for more info and to register.
Annual conferences to Raise funds for BSA Survivor Trust Fund 
Pending court approval of a settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, United Methodists have agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies and charter organizations.

The agreement asks every annual conference to raise funds to contribute toward the $30 million. The Northern Illinois Annual Conference's calculated contribution is $754,348 toward the Survivor Trust Fund.

The fund will be used to compensate persons alleged to have experienced abuse while in Scouting.

NIC Interim Bishop John L. Hopkins says he's grateful to the United Methodist Ad Hoc Committee that worked diligently to come to this point in the process that works toward helping the victims and protects local churches who may face liability for a chartered BSA troop. Read more...
Celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please note the NIC Conference office will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Communicator's Corner

5th Sunday Appeal - Jan. 30
For more than 30 years, United Voices for Children (UVC) has helped congregations serve Northern Illinois' most vulnerable populations through our partnership with Kids Above AllMYSI and Rosecrance. Be a part of this important work by supporting UVC's Fifth Sunday Appeal on Sunday, January 30, 2022Click here for resources for the local church to inform your congregation and community. Need 5th Sunday Appeal envelopes? Email UVC at unitedvoicesforchildren@gmail.com to request special giving envelopes. Click here to donate. Thank you for your support!

NIC Risk Management 2022 Documents
It's a new year and the NIC Risk Management (Insurance) office has new documents for churches available online to download. Find the Insurance Summary and Property Claim instructions, Worker's Compensation poster, Property Insurance and Casualty Insurance contacts available on the NIC website at umcnic.org/riskmanagement.

Apportionment Deadline
A friendly reminder that the deadline to pay apportionments is approaching quickly. Be sure to check your Prosper account at app.prosperumc.com for statements. Payments must be postmarked by Jan. 14. 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 help spread our ministry and mission at home and around the world. Find more information about apportionments at umcnic.org/apportionments. A reminder statistical reports are due Feb. 28. Click here to get started.

Scholarships Available for UM Students
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year between January 1 – March 1, 2022. Students who are members of The United Methodist Church and planning to attend a United Methodist-related school, college, university, or seminary full-time are eligible to apply. More information on eligibility criteria, the application process, and FAQs can be found at umhef.org/scholarships. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted/postmarked no later than March 1, 2022. Download the flyer.
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Around the Conference

  • COVID Vaccination Clinic - (Jan. 18) 10 am - 2pm. at Good Samaritan UMC, 960 W. Army Trail Blvd., Addison, IL. Offering Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters. No appointments are needed, just bring your vaccine card if you have one. Questions call 630-543-3725.
  • NIC UMW Mission u - (Jan. 21 - 23) Update: Online only. “There’s Far More Than Meets the Eye." Mission u is presented by United Methodist Women for all (children, youth, men and women). Organizers will offer several adult classes online. Another session will be held Feb. 4 -5 at Hinsdale UMC. Click here for details.
  • 2022 District Leadership Training Events: Click dates for details and registration.

Around the Connection

  • Human Relations Day - (Jan. 16) You are invited to be a part of building beloved community with your gifts on Human Relations Day, January 16, or a day of your choosing. Your contributions spark hope, develop skills and reimagine neighborhoods. Please give generously! Find resources to help your church celebrate this Special Sunday in the Pastor and Leader's Kit. Download resources.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - (Jan. 17) Download Prayers of Remembrance resources from Discipleship Ministries.
  • Winter Mission Academy 2022 - (Jan. 31 - Feb. 5.) Join United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) for the 2022 Winter Mission Academy. Register for as many workshops as you would like. All sessions will be on Zoom at 11:00 am CST. The Zoom link will be sent out to all registrants a few days before the Mission Academy begins. Click here for details.
  • Clergy Get Smart About Your Taxes - (Feb. 7) 11 am - 12 pm. Presented by Discipleship Ministries. Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like Social Security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. You may have questions about implications of the pandemic on your 2021 tax situation. Join the Rev. Don Joiner, a certified financial planner, to help navigate the preparation of taxes and planning for a sound financial future. Click here to register.
United Media Resource Center
Click here for a list of Market Square books that can be mailed to your church or home address.

Go to igrc.org/umrc to access the online catalog.

A reminder that the UMRC will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Questions, comments? Contact UMRC Director Jill Stone at umrc@igrc.org.
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