eNews  · July 5, 2023
In honor of First Korean UMC in Wheeling's 100th anniversary of ministry this year, Illinois Sen. Laura Murphy (28th District) honored the church’s ministries and history. The church “has developed a unique historical identity as a national church, a mother church, and a pioneer church,” says a proclamation from the Illinois General Assembly that was signed by Sen. Murphy. Look forward to learning more about this church’s important legacy and hopeful future.
United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference is now the Midwest Methodist Foundation. The Foundation serves an increasingly diverse group of clients, and the new name recognizes the broader reach of the foundation since its inception in 1949.It’s still offering the same services. And it continues as a member of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations (NAUMF).

The NIC Prayer Network’s July Prayer Calendar is now posted. This guide unites conference members in praying for churches, pastors, district, and conference leadership, and Advance ministries. The webpage also provides a devotional for the month. Look up the list and join the conference in prayer. 

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergywomen Association will gather for its biennial conference Oct. 16-18 in Chicago under the theme “Rest and Renewal.” Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran of Garrett-Evangelical Seminar will be guest speaker. Scholarships for accommodation and travel are available. Register here by Sept 1. Questions? contact Alka Lyall or Ayla Samson.
The UM Publishing House has resources that can amplify your commitment to #BeUMC. It's offering free online resources to help UMCs rediscover their Wesleyan roots as they reaffirm their commitment to the UMC. Read more.

Rather than waiting for people to come to the church, effective church leaders go to where the people are. They are committed to understanding their community, listening to their neighbors, responding to real needs, and building relationships beyond the walls of the church. Here are some examples and recommendations from the Lewis Center on how congregations can connect with their communities in new ways. Read more.

United Women in Faith offers a scholarship for women pursuing a church-related vocation, whether in parish ministry, the lay diaconate (deaconesses), Christian education, or a similar field. To qualify, applicants must be accepted by an accredited graduate school, reside in the Northern Illinois Conference, demonstrate financial need, and supply a copy of their school transcript. Applications are due Oct. 10. Find the downloadable application here.
Interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? #STILLINMISSION is a monthly Zoom event in which missionaries share their firsthand experience from missionaries about their call to mission and the communities they serve. Join us to see how missionaries share God’s love in partnership with communities around the world. Read more.  

  • Mission U, July 14-16, Carmelite Spiritual Center, Darien, Ill. Theme: "LIVING THE KIN-DOM: Exploring the Lord's Prayer as a Spiritual Practice for Social Transformation."
  • North Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy, Aug. 1-13, Epworth Forest Camp and Conference Center, North Webster, Ind.

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