January 19, 2022
Laity Convocation Registration Open
The focus of Laity Convocation 2022 is spiritual formation. In Romans 12, Paul tells us “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” We can do that by forming and growing our spiritual self, so join us on February 12 to learn how and what you can do to grow your spiritual life.

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.
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.

Scholarships Available for UM Students
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year until 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

  • 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

  • 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. Join this free webinar 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. 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 prayer ministry resources 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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