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May 6, 2021

The District eNews has changed to a monthly distribution for the summer.
Look for the next issue to arrive on June 3.

AC2021 Important Dates

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

June 1: Online registration opens; cost: $30 (includes both the June and October session and covers video production, voting technology, worship planning and other administrative expenses).
June 28: Clergy Session via Zoom,10am to 12 noon
June 30: Registration closes. 
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. 

Correction: "Mission Links" Giving Booklet

We apologize for an incorrect link provided in the April 14 District eNews. Please see the correct link below and replace any previous downloads or bookmarks. Earlier this year, the Conference Board of Global Ministries (CBGM) recently released the new conference mission-giving book called “Mission Links: Living the Beatitudes,” which replaces the Rainbow Covenant book.

Click here for the digital magazine format.
Click here to download the pdf. **corrected link**

HS Students: Take a Journey toward Racial Justice This Summer

Registration is now open for a unique camp experience for United Methodist high school students (incoming freshmen through graduating high school students). Justice Camp dates are June 13 (in-person and Zoom), June 27 (Zoom), July 11 (Zoom), and August 8 (Zoom). Click here for "camping" details and to register. Registration fee: $25. Space is limited. Click here to download the flyer.

Justice Camp is organized in partnership with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) and Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP). A limited number of Justice Camp counselors are needed for this important journey. Click here to learn more.

Redistricting Coming Soon

As previously communicated, the shift from six to five districts goes into effect July 1, 2021. All churches have been assigned new identification numbers for appointments and insurance/benefits payments. To find your church's ID# and additional resources, be sure to visit umcnic.org/apportionments. Want to learn more about the redistricting and find an interactive map of the new district lines? Please click here. To see what churches will comprise each new district, click here.

New Deadline for UVC Annual Award Nominations 

United Voices for Children (UVC) invites nominations for its three annual awards that honor extraordinary service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or families throughout the NIC. For details and a nominations form, visit unitedvoicesforchildren.org/programs/awards. **The submission deadline is May 15, 2021.** Questions? Please contact Diane Strzelecki, UVC Communications Coordinator, at unitedvoicesforchildren@gmail.com.

CLICK on graphic to visit, learn more or register.

May Reporter Available Online

Feb ReporterThe May Reporter is now available online with highlights from the Ordination and Commissioning Service. Read the Bishop's Column on questions about the future of the church and celebrate with Chicago Southern District Superintendent Rev. Jacques Conway who recently received a special chaplaincy award. All this and more in this month's issue available by clicking here.

Rev. Jeffry Bross
Aurora District Superintendent
jbross@umcnic.org
312-346-9766 ext. 783

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

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of The United Methodist Church
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