November 24, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving
Fall Fill-the-Truck Mission Challenge
The NIC Board of Global Ministries with the Midwest Mission Distribution Center is organizing a fall collection drive from Nov. 29 - Dec. 7 to support recovery efforts from the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

New collection sites in each district are set up around the conference to drop off your donations. For items needed and more information on times and locations for collection, click here.

Communicator's Corner

Kids Above All Holiday Gift Drive
Put your Holiday Spirit into action by stepping up to support Kids Above All’s Holiday Gift Drive 2021. You can help make the holidays joyful and bright for all the children they serve in a variety of ways, including sponsoring children, volunteering in their toy room Dec. 1-13, and/or ordering online to help stock their pop-up toy store. If you would like to help, contact Deaconess Catherine Inserra at 847-224-2870 or

Mark your calendar
Around the Conference

  • Lake North Advent Clergy Retreat - (Dec. 1) 9:30 am - 12 noon. At Skokie: Central UMC, 8237 Kenton Ave, Skokie, IL. The program will be a spiritual retreat called, Notes of Rest, hosted by artist-theologian Julian Reid. Cost $20. Click here for more information and registration.

Around the Connection

  • Special Sunday: United Methodist Student Day 2021 - (Nov. 28) United Methodist Student Day (last Sunday of November) furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. This offering helps provide for more than 70 scholarships available for United Methodist students to further their education and enrich the life of the Church. The fund is administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Click for resources.
  • Giving Tuesday: Give Love, Joy, Hope and Peace. - (Nov. 30) Giving Tuesday has become one of the largest fundraising efforts of the year. You are encouraged to use this day as an opportunity to provide basic needs to the most vulnerable populations. Support Global Ministries’ Give Love campaign by downloading resources and being a part of the transformational, impactful ministry of The Advance network. Click for resources.
  • Discussion Series Explores What it Means to be United Methodist - (Tuesdays through Dec. 21) “Tuesdays at the Table: Should I stay? Or should I go?” is a new discussion series for United Methodists, presented by the Connectional Table (CT) in cooperation with general agencies and contributors. Weekly segments will explore topics aimed at helping viewers better understand their faith, their church and themselves. The sessions will premiere every Tuesday at 10:00 am CT on Facebook, and will also be available for later viewing at and the UMC YouTube channel. For details, click here.
United Media Resource Center
Click here for a list of church growth books that can be mailed to your church or home address.

Go to to access the online catalog.

Note: The UMRC will be closed Nov. 25 & 26, Dec. 18 - Jan. 2.

Questions, comments? Contact UMRC Director Jill Stone at
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