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March 4, 2021

From the District Superintendent

Elgin District DSGreetings in the name of Jesus Christ! 

Lenten Moment:
We are continuing our journey through the Season of Lent, a time set aside for us to take an introspective journey. I wonder what have you discovered about yourself thus far? Have you discovered anything new? Have you discovered something that brings a bad taste in your mouth? Have you discovered something that would make God smile? Has God challenged you to be better? Search me Lord, search me!

As the pandemic continues, what are you and God talking about? Have you renewed your covenant with God? Is there something that needs to be repented from?  

If we cannot say Amen, let us just say “OUCH!”

As I said in the February 18 eNews, let us truly seek God during this holy time, so that our relationship with God will be solid. Continue the journey with me in these sacred days of searching!

I pray for your continued safety during these times, as many of you have returned to in-person worship, and some of you will begin shortly. Continue to follow the state’s guidelines and your local Health Department’s guidelines as well. Continue to revisit your church’s guidelines, also. Some churches are continuing with online worship, but wherever you are in the process, know that God is with you.


Let us continue to stand with one another in prayer!

•    Pray for the upcoming district transitions as the Elgin District will be transitioning into the Prairie Central, Lake North and Prairie North Districts. You will be led by three superb District Superintendents: Jeffry Bross, Brittany Isaac and Fabiola Grandon-Mayer. Exciting times are ahead for each of you.  

•    Pray for James Preston, pastor of Kingswood UMC, as he mourns the death of his father Weldon.

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As we think about who we are as the Church, who God is calling us to be during these times and into the future, and what God is calling us to do, let this scripture found in Matthew 5:16 (CEB) guide you: "In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven."

There should be no reason that anyone should not be able to tell that you are a Christian. Our good deeds should be seen not to boast about who we are, but to shine a light on whose we are.  Do we do what we do for personal recognition or so that others will be drawn to God?

People should be able to see God’s reflection in us as we live out our Christian lives. SHINE PEOPLE SHINE!

In the service of Jesus Christ!

Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath
Elgin District Superintendent

Lenten Video Available, Easter Video Coming Soon

In his 6-minute Lenten video, Bishop Hopkins greets all NIC churches while reflecting on the meaning of the Lenten season. Click here to view, download and share the video. Churches may use this resource for both in-person and virtual services any time during the Lenten season. A transcript of the video is also available. Click here to learn more. 

The Cabinet is currently preparing an Eastertide video for churches to use in their Easter celebrations or after. Please look for the announcement in the weekly eNews. Don't get the eNews? Click here to subscribe. 

 AC2021 Dates Announced

The Northern Illinois Annual Conference will convene using a virtual format July 16-17 with Interim Bishop John Hopkins presiding. Other important dates include the postponed Ordination Service for the 2020 Class, which will be livestreamed April 24 with limited in-person attendance, and a fall session to consider the budget and other agenda items on Oct. 2. Stay informed by watching the weekly eNews and checking periodically. 

Free Sanctuary Screen

Christ UMC in Algonquin is looking to donate or accept a free-will offering for a used sanctuary screen. With the purchase of a new wide screen projector, they do not need the screen anymore. They purchased the AVRI, LLC 10'x10' matte white projection screen with 12" additional stage for $1,333 in February 2017. If interested, contact Rev. Mi-Sook Yoo at

Clergy Record Free Music Videos to use for Lent

musiciansChurches can benefit from a new resource created by the Revs. Youhan Go and Juhee Lee of the New England Conference. Together with a team of musicians, they recorded more than 40 United Methodist hymns to use during Lent and on Easter. Perfect to use for online worship without worrying about copyright!  Click here to learn more.

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Stay Informed About Vaccines

Did you know that your COVID vaccination is free? You also do not need to be insured to receive a vaccination. Some agencies may conduct an assessment prior to administering the first shot, but there should be no fee for the assessment. COVID vaccine scams are on the rise, especially in Cook County. People are receiving texts, phone calls, and emails that purport to be from agencies trying to schedule vaccine appointments. Know that you can only receive the vaccine through a designated health clinic -- and no one can pay for early access or for a place on a distribution. Click here for Cook County Public Health COVID Vaccine FAQs. 

Read the March Reporter Online 

Reporter front pageThe March issue of the NIC Reporter is on its way to your mailbox, but in the meantime you can click here to read it 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!

Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath
Elgin District Superintendent
312-346-9766, ext. 786 

Debra Rogers
Administrative Assistant

Northern Illinois Conference
of The United Methodist Church
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Chicago, IL 60602

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