April 1, 2021

Seasonal Resources for the Local Church

Use these resources for both in-person and virtual Easter services:

Easter greetings from Bishop Hopkins
Click here to download Bishop's Easter video. Click here for the script in Spanish. Click here for the script in Korean. 

Virtual choir shares Easter joy
View and download the Easter Virtual Choir video from Discipleship Ministries for use in your upcoming service. Watch as hundreds of United Methodists from around the world join together to sing "Thine Be The Glory." To download the video, click here.
Cabinet Eastertide video
The NIC Cabinet has prepared an Eastertide worship video for churches to use in their Easter celebrations and afterward. Click here to download the video. Click here for a variety of resources, including Spanish and Korean translations, as well as a printable bulletin. 

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May 3: Legislation and Historical Documents due (no exceptions). Send all documents to
June 1: Online registration opens. Cost: $30 (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 periodically. 

UVC Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards 

United Voices for Children (UVC) is inviting 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 The submission deadline is April 15, 2021. Questions? Please contact Diane Strzelecki, UVC Communications Coordinator, at
CLICK on graphic to visit, learn more or register.

April Reporter is Now Available 

Reporter front pageThe print version will arrive soon via U.S. mail, but you don't have to wait! Click here to read this issue online. Be inspired by a Northern Illinois pastor serving in central Illinois who overcame challenges to distribute masks to urban churches. Get excited about NIC's Outdoor and Retreat Ministries' plans for the summer! Reflect on the Bishop's column presenting questions about the future of The United Methodist Church. And much more!  Read it or copy the link and share with others today!

Rev. Brian Gilbert
DeKalb District Superintendent
312-346-9766 ext. 782

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

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