May 4, 2022
Share your Story - #BeUMC
With words of disunity, disaffiliation, and a new denomination in the news, your church may have questions. Click on these articles to help provide some answers:


Despite the headlines, let’s use this time as an opportunity to share why you are proud to be United Methodist and why we are better together. United Methodist Communications has launched the #BeUMC campaign with key themes intended to highlight what unites us as United Methodists and what we are working towards, together.

Find ways to share your personal story or simply post on your social media, “I am United Methodist.” Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BeUMC. NIC Communications has created shareable social media graphics in English, Spanish and Korean, or create your own. Click here to download. You may also share the images from the NIC Facebook page. Find more ideas at umc.org/BeUMC.
Annual Conference Registration Ends May 29
Registration remains open through May 29. Cost is $95 (early-bird registration ended April 29.) Please note there will be no on-site registration. *Make sure you have a file copy (.jpg, jpeg, png) of your proof of vaccination card handy to upload during registration, which is required.

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

Clergy Session will be held May 24 in person at New Lenox UMC starting at 9 am. Click for details. You may register through AC registration. If excused from AC but attending the Clergy Session only, contact Marva Andrews at mandrews@umcnic.org for registration.

Laity Session will be held June 8 from 11 am - 12 pm at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

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2022 Bishop's Appeal for Ukraine Assistance
The 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Bishop's Appeal special offering will go toward Ukraine assistance. While immediate needs are great, we know the people of Ukraine will need long-term assistance. For more details on fundraiser ideas and bringing your collective offering to Annual Conference, visit umcnic.org/Bishopsappeal2022.
T-Shirt Sales

There's still time to buy a shirt or place a bulk order to help raise money for this year's Bishop's Appeal and support our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

Click here to order.
AC Mission Challenge

The NIC Board of Global Ministries is coordinating with the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) to organize its fill-the-truck collection drive for the most needed items at this time. The truck will be parked at the Schaumburg Convention Center on June 8 and 9 to take in your donations. Click here for items needed. Download flyer.

Communicator's Corner

Clergy, Employees May Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness
Clergy and employees of not-for-profit organizations engaged in faith-based work may benefit from recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Wespath is offering a one-hour webinar on Mon., May 9 at 2:00 pm CST, and again on Wed., May 11 at 12:30 pm CST, to help organizations and their staff understand the PSLF Program and its application process. Learn more at Wespath.org/r/PSLF.

Kids Above All Diaper Drive through May 15
Kids Above All continues to collect diapers of all sizes and wipes to help their parents, caregivers, babies, and toddlers have the essentials they need for a happy and healthy start to their lives together. Click here for an Amazon Wish List. To schedule a drop-off time for your donation, contact Manager of Faith & Community Relations, Deaconess Catherine Inserra, at 847- 224-2870, or at cinserra@kidsaboveall.org. Donation Drop off address: 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 450, Chicago, IL 60631. Time: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm.

United Methodist Communication (UMCom) has announced a week-long ecumenical training opportunity launching this spring for anyone in ministry seeking to enhance their communications skills. Communication Learning Week: Taking the Next Step will be held May 9-13, 2022, and is designed with busy schedules in mind. All of the learning week content will be recorded and stored in a learning portal that participants will have access to for six months following the event. Registration opens April 12. Learn more.

Global Ministries Features Northern Illinois Conference Elder
NIC Missionaries' husband and wife team Rev. Kyeong-Ah Woo and Rev. Jin Yang Kim, who are serving the world Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, hadn't been back to Northern Illinois since they were commissioned in 2017, but they finally got the opportunity to return for a visit this Easter. Read more on their limited itineration. Rev. Jin Kim will also be featured on the Global Ministries Missionary Zoom meeting on June 2 at 1 pm CST. Register here. You will have the opportunity to meet in a small group to hear a presentation from each missionary during the call. Registration is limited.

Apportionment Explainer Translated in Spanish
The NIC Communications office has published part of the 2022 special
insert featured in the March Reporter explaining apportionments (asignaciones) translated in Spanish thanks to Prairie North District Superintendent Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer. "I invite you to share this information with members and leaders of your churches. We are a connectional church. We support and need each other," said Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer. To download the flyer, visit umcnic.org/apportionments.
Mark your calendar

Around the Conference

  • Motivational Seminar with Author Dr. Tamela Odom - (May 7) 10:30 am at Chicago Public Library, Austin Branch, 5615 W. Race St., Chicago. Sponsored by the United Women in Faith at Resurrection UMC and Poor People's Campaign. Odom is the author of "Run the Race" and an experienced instructor, licensed minister, and success coach. She uses her platform to motivate audiences to acquire the skills needed to achieve their goals. Download the flyer.

  • Changeover Zone Transitions Workshop - (May 11 and 12) via Zoom. Training for Clergy moving to a new appointment and SPRC members with Jim Ozier, Difference Makers Group. Clergy and SPRC workshop on May 11 at 7 pm. Clergy only training May 12 at 1 pm. Click for details.

  • "Somewhere Over the Border" Special Preview - (May 13) 7:30 pm at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL. Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (NIJFON) is partnering with Teatro Vista to bring this play exclusively to NIJFON friends and family on this night as an opportunity to share a beautiful immigration story and also as an organizational fundraiser! Click here for details and to buy tickets.

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration - (May 22) 4 - 6 pm at First Korean United Methodist Church, 655 E. Hintz Rd., Wheeling. The program featuring Bishop John L. Hopkins will be followed by dinner. This event is in partnership with the Northern Illinois Conference Fellowship of Asian Americans and the ACST Anti-RacismTask Force. No cost to attend but please register here.

Around the Connection

  • Heritage Sunday - (May 22) Heritage Sunday (Aldersgate Day) calls the Church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God. This year's theme is “Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations.” From now through the remainder of the year, the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) will be producing and releasing a number of resources to help the denomination better understand the multifaceted and multi-faced history of the Methodist movement in a global context. Click to read more.
United Media Resource Center
Click here for a new list of various resources to be mailed to your church or home address.

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

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