March 4, 2021

5 Cups of Water Discipleship Curriculum Available

In The United Methodist Church, we celebrate two sacraments: baptism and communion. In these sacraments we experience outward, tangible signs, of inward grace; of God permeating unconditional love in and through our lives. When is the last time you discussed your baptism or contemplated its impact on your life? If you're not baptized, have you ever wanted to know more about what baptism means?

5 Cups of Water is a five-week discipleship curriculum that invites you to engage with others in meaningful conversations about baptism and its impact on our lives as individuals and as a community: the body of Christ here on earth.

We are also excited to offer district-wide 5 Cups of Water small groups! These groups will meet for an hour once a week for five weeks, starting in the first week of March. We will have a group Mondays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 7 pm. Interested in joining us? Click here to register. This is a great opportunity to dive deeper into baptism and to build community with other Christians. We hope you join us!

The 5 Cups of Water curriculum is also available for congregations on the NIC website. Click here to access. 

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 and 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. 
CLICK on graphic to visit, learn more or register.

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.

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. Jeffry Bross
Aurora District Superintendent
312-346-9766 ext. 784

Leola Tucker
Administrative Assistant
312-346-9766 ext. 733

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