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March 18, 2021

From the District Superintendent

Rev. BrossOne of the things pastors and lay leaders experience stress about is the financial health of their church, but over the past few years I have noticed many of our churches do not utilize programs that The United Methodist Church has put forth to help the local church.

One such ministry is the Connectional Relations team of the General Council on Finance and Administration. The team sets up partnerships with organizations to receive discounts on things like paper, cleaning supplies and much more. Click here to see a  press release about their newest ministry partner, Ace Hardware. The great news is that GCFA does the hard and heavy work of vetting each partnership for ethics, business practices and reliability. I trust their work and encourage your church to utilize these cost-saving opportunities.

Click here for more information and a complete list of partnerships. 

Rev. Jeffry Bross, District Superintendent
Aurora District

Seasonal Resources for the Local Church

church lilyUse these resources for both in-person and virtual services throughout the Lent and Easter season:

Bishop Hopkins Lenten greeting and Easter videos
Click here to view, download and share Bishop's Lenten video. Churches can also use the transcript of the video. Click here to learn more. Click here to download Bishop's Easter video. 

Free United Methodist hymn recordings
Revs. Youhan Go and Juhee Lee of the New England Conference along with a team of musicians recorded more than 40 United Methodist hymns to use during Lent and on Easter. Click here to learn more.

Cabinet Eastertide video
The NIC Cabinet is currently working on an Eastertide worship video for churches to use in their Easter celebrations and afterward. Please look for the announcement in the weekly eNews. Don't get the eNews? Click here to subscribe. 

AC2021 Important Dates

The 2021 Northern Illinois Annual Conference with the theme "Jesus Makes a Way" will convene using a virtual format July 16-17 with Interim Bishop John Hopkins presiding.

April 24: 2020 Class Ordination and Commissioning Service at 3pm (with limited attendance)
May 3: Legislation and Historical Documents due (no exceptions)
June 28: Clergy Session via Zoom,10am to 12 noon
July 16-17: Annual Conference Session
Oct. 1: 2021 Class Ordination and Commissioning Service
Oct. 2: Fall AC Session

Dates and times for Bible study sessions, technical training, and pre-conference briefings to be determined. Stay informed by watching the weekly eNews and checking umcnic.org/AC2021 periodically. 

Intentional Discipleship Trainers Meet & Share Ideas

discipleship tfIn early March, NIC Intentional Discipleship Systems (IDS) trainers met safely to network and share ideas. IDS Trainer and Pastor Charles Straight (Dolton: Faith) shared this testimony:
 
"At Faith church, intentionally developing disciples also means incorporating our social principles that teach us to “improve the lives of those who suffer from debilitating conditions such as poverty, starvation, illiteracy, imprisonment, addictions, and disease”. We have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage the development of the fullest potential in individuals in the place where we serve. That commitment to justice and to the community of Dolton has lead us to create a year-long project to make our church a center of community life and a public resource shared by and accessible to people in Dolton. We will create a more sustainable plan for Faith Church to engage with and serve our community, invite partners to use our space, and identify new sources of revenue consistent with our mission. We believe that every step towards the goal of loving community demonstrates our commitment to love God and makes us better disciples."

Intentional Discipleship Systems are valuable in carrying out our mission as members of The United Methodist Church. Visit umcnic.org/discipleship to find out more about IDS and see a list of trainers available in each district who are standing by, ready to help. 
CLICK on graphic to visit, learn more or register.

Read the March Reporter Online 

Reporter front pageYou have options! Read the print version or read the March Reporter online. Learn about Annual Conference 2021, explore NIC's progress on the three strategic goals, be encouraged by what local churches are doing in the community and much more!

Click here to read it online.
Rev. Jeffry Bross
Aurora District Superintendent
312-346-9766 ext. 784
jbross@umcnic.org

Leola Tucker
Administrative Assistant
312-346-9766 ext. 733
ltucker@umcnic.org

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