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April 1, 2021

From the District Superintendent

Rev. Murph-HeathGreetings in the name of Jesus Christ! 

We are looking forward to a glorious Easter (Resurrection) Sunday. My prayer for the Elgin District Churches is that God will be blessing everything that you do as you celebrate this coming Sunday. Let the newness of Easter Sunday create wonderful spaces where ministry can happen and churches are welcoming.

Have a blessed Easter (from my house to yours!)

But, before we get to Easter, we must move through today (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday and Holy Saturday. These are transitional days.

Pray for Rev. Jeffry Bross, as he transitions and begins his transition work to his new district and his missional field by adding these Current Elgin District Churches:

Addison: Good Samaritan UMC
Algonquin: Christ UMC
Antioch UMC
Barrington UMC
Barrington: Salem UMC
Bartlett: Good Shepherd UMC
Bensenville: First UMC
Cary UMC
Crystal Lake: First UMC
Elgin: Cornerstone UMC
Elgin: First UMC
Elgin: Journey of Hope UMC
Elgin: La Luz de Cristo UMC
Elk Grove Village: Prince of Peace UMC

Elmhurst: Christ UMC
Villa Park: Calvary UMC
Elmhurst: Faith Evangelical UMC
Elmhurst: First UMC
Fox River Grove: Community UMC
Hebron UMC
Ingleside UMC, operating as Joyful Spirit UMC
Itasca: The Center
Lake Villa UMC
McHenry: First UMC
McHenry: Mount Hope UMC
Roselle UMC
Schaumburg: Our Redeemer’s UMC
Schaumburg: Our Saviour’s UMC
Schaumburg: Salem Korean UMC
South Elgin: Community UMC
Wauconda: Federated Church 
Woodstock: First UMC

In the service of Jesus Christ!

Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath
Elgin District Superintendent

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 ACdocuments@umcnic.org
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 umcnic.org/AC2021 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 unitedvoicesforchildren.org/programs/awards. The submission deadline is April 15, 2021. Questions? Please contact Diane Strzelecki, UVC Communications Coordinator, at unitedvoicesforchildren@gmail.com.
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. Darneather Murph-Heath
Elgin District Superintendent
312-346-9766, ext. 786
dmurph-heath@umcnic.org 

Debra Rogers
Administrative Assistant
630-465-2941
drogers@umcnic.org

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of The United Methodist Church
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