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January 7, 2021
My dear siblings in Christ, I’m saddened, shocked, and concerned with what happened in the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. I never thought that these acts could happen in the United States of America, a country seen as an example of democracy by many other countries. I respect that people want to express themselves, but I totally condemn the violence, hate, racism, disrespect, and insurrection. Today more than ever, our role as Christians/Methodists is to be instruments of peace, unity, and reconciliation. As your District Superintendent, I encourage you to be united in prayer for our country and be intentional in sharing with others that violence is not the way. We can build a better community, country, and world with peace, love, tolerance, and hope. Let there be peace on earth!!
 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)
Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer

From the District Superintendent

Rev. Grandon-MayerDear Rockford District’s friends,
 
We have begun the epiphany season. The word "Epiphany" comes from a Greek word meaning “show,” “reveal,” or “manifestation.” In Epiphany, we joyfully recognize that the Lord reveals himself to us and want to reveal himself to those who do not know him.
 
How do you see the manifestation of the Lord in your life? The Lord Jesus is present in our midst in mysterious ways, even though sometimes it is difficult to see it. He is working in us and through us in ways that we do not understand.
 
We are beginning a new year, a time when we make new resolutions and commitments. Because we feel the manifestation of our Lord in our lives, I want to invite you to consider making new resolutions and renewing your commitments.
 
Without a doubt, 2020 was a challenging year, but we need to keep in mind that challenges will continue as part of life. There will be many times when we will not know what to do, where to go or who to seek for help. What should we do? Pause, breathe... and remember the words from the psalmist: “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" Psalm 121:1-2 (NRSV). We are not alone in this journey: God is with us.
 
Let us begin this new year with a renewed faith and hope; let us keep supporting each other in love and let us keep praying for each other.
 
Epiphany Blessings,

Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer
Rockford District Superintendent

Aldersgate Toy Ministry Thrives Despite Pandemic 

Submitted by Andy Gloor, Rockford: Aldersgate
 
Despite the pandemic, Rockford: Aldersgate elves were busy all year crafting wooden toy vehicles for children and families in need or distress across Northern Illinois.
 
From ambulances to tractors to helicopters to Batmobiles and many more, church members and friends have been turning pieces of wood into 16 different types of toy vehicles, They also enlisted woodworkers within the church and from Wesley Willows, an assisted living facility in Rockford. Then sanders, primers, painters, baggers and others pitched in.
 
This year 1,242 toy vehicles were delivered to 14 different agencies and organizations that support and advocate for children. An impressive job done by all involved, especially considering the obstacles this year presented!
 
The toy ministry is a valuable, heartfelt outreach mission at Aldersgate, one that is truly appreciated by the boys and girls who receive those toys.

Shepherding Team

Our strategic goals for the Conference (approved at AC2019) to be implemented through a two-year plan are: 
  • To Grow and Reach New Disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • To Live Out the Conviction that Racism is Incompatible with Christian Teaching.
  • To Increase the Number of Highly Vital Congregations.
Click here to learn about the Annual Conference Shepherding Team and download the 2019 ACST Strategic Goals brochure. 

Redistricting Announcement

Bishop DyckA year ago at our special session of the annual conference, the dean of the Cabinet, Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath, announced that the Cabinet would be submitting legislation in June 2020 to reduce the number of districts from six to five. Of course, we didn’t have Annual Conference in June as planned, but on Nov. 14 we held our virtual annual conference and the reduction of districts from six to five was approved. Read more.

Any church that has not made a request for reconsideration can still submit a rationale to its DS until January 15, 2021; Interim Bishop Hopkins and Cabinet will make a final determination by January 31. The transition to the 5 districts will begin January 31 and be effective July 1, 2021.

Click here for lists of the 5 districts with their churches
Click here for a list of NIC churches in alphabetical order
CLICK on graphic to visit, learn more or register.

2020-2021 NIC Directory Now Available

The annual conference directory for 2020-2021 is now available to view or download. Click here to access. A print-on-demand option will be available soon.

We strive to be as accurate as possible with the information published in the NIC Directory. If you notice a correction is necessary, please notify your district administrative assistant: 
  • Rockford, Elgin, Chicago Northwestern: Debra Rogers (drogers@umcnic.org)
  • DeKalb, Aurora, Chicago Southern: Leola Tucker (ltucker@umcnic.org)
The most timely information on clergy and churches can be found by clicking the NIC Clergy and Church Search button at umcnic.org/directory.

Apportionment Deadline Approaching

UMPH logo 2020 has come to a close, but your church still has time to catch up on your apportionments. To get 2020 credit for apportionments or Rainbow Covenant, be sure to mail a payment by January 15, 2021 to: 

Northern Illinois Conference
PO Box 5646
Carol Stream, IL 60197-5646. 

Anything postmarked after January 15 will be credited to 2021. Thank you!

Permission Extended for Copyrighted Worship Materials 

UMPH logo The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through July 31, 2021. 

Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is ensuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common English Bible for online worship and studies. Read more.

December 2020/January 2021 Reporter Available Online

Reporter front page The latest issue of the NIC Reporter is now available online. Review everything about AC2020 in "A Different Kind of Annual Conference." Read Bishop Dyck's last column. Learn how Rockford District churches continued Thanksgiving traditions despite the pandemic and what church was recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society. And much more! Click here to read this issue.
Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer
Rockford District Superintendent
312-346-9766, ext. 781
fgrandon-mayer@umcnic.org

Debra Rogers
Rockford District Administrative Assistant

630-465-2941
drogers@umcnic.org

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