United Methodist Men’s Annual Report for 2011

Steve Nailor, President

The Conference UMM continues to witness, grow spiritually, and make a difference in other’s lives. We continue to develop our website. Members of the conference and, particularly our United Methodist Men, make a difference for others.

Men are growing in Christ, so others can know Christ and develop Men’s groups as we endeavor to strengthen our charters and EMS (Evangelism, Mission, and Spirituality). The Spiritual Congress touched on Men’s Spiritual Formation and how important that is in their daily lives. Jerry Haas, Dr. Norval Brown, and Rich Rubietta were the leaders.

Wardell Boyd, Conference Prayer Advocate and Steve Nailor attended the NACP meeting in Nashville and presented the Upper Room Prayer Ministry with a check for $1000. This vital ministry helps support the Upper Room prayer line that reaches thousands of individuals and families each year.

Strength for Service devotional project was a huge success. We raised $7251.00 and provided 1200 Strength for Service Devotionals and 216 Faith Sharing New Testaments for our Military Men and Women in cooperation with the Blue Star Mothers of America.

District Activities

Districts activities are reaching men for Christ. Some of the highlights for 2011 common to all districts are:

  • 51th Spiritual Congress at Williams Bay in September
  • District Advent and Lenten Services
  • Meals for Millions and Society of St. Andrews ($16,328 raised, an increase of $1400)
  • Prayer Ministry (Upper Room Prayer Line)
  • Scouting Ministry
  • Church Builders

Aurora

Aurora President George Groves has begun his Men’s Ministry Specialist Program along with Herb Johns. This will enhance the ability to reach out and develop relationships with his district churches and their men’s ministries.

  • District Lenten and Advent Communion breakfast meetings addresses how to operate & modify our churches with environmental benefits.
  • District Prayer Advocate Breakfast
  • Three members of the executive committee attended the Train the Trainer leadership training for Understanding Men’s Ministry.

Chicago Northwest

President Leon Deloney has visited many churches and shared the vision and mission of the UMM. He continues to work on communications with the various cultures in the his district.

  • Northwest District website www.nwdumm.com ( 70K hits in 2011)
  • Hosted workshop on Domestic Violence jointly with the UMW
  • Held 4th annual Festival at Elston UMC
  • Had 4 new UMM chartered churches

Chicago Southern

President Lucious Smith was installed as the new president at Alsip UMC. The district continues to recognize individuals for their outstanding service; both in the Church and their communities.

  • Monday Evening Bible Study (19th year for this study)
  • Hosted workshop on Domestic Violence jointly with the UMW
  • Ministries at Marcy Newberry and St. Leonard House
  • Special recognition for Robert Houston, Eugene Williams, Thomas Jones, and Sylvia Jo Oglesby
  • 22th Annual United Methodist Men’s District Musical
  • HIV-Aids, Hunger Relief (Gleaning)

DeKalb

President Scott Brooks has been communicating the UMM vision and mission. Scott is working hard on networking with Men while working on his Men’s Ministry Specialist:

  • Strengthening Men’s Leadership teams through workshops, Understanding Men’s Ministry, published two articles in the GCUMM national magazine
  • Created entry points for men through quarterly mtgs.
  • Established constitution/by-laws, and elected new executive committee
  • Held a joint picnic with the UMW and together they sponsored Domestic Abuse & Violence workshop
  • Alignment mission and ministry of the local church through a partnership and distributed tons of potatoes to pantries & neighbors
  • Held 3 workdays at Camp Reynoldswood for local churches

Elgin

President Bill Franz has been working on developing relationships with his men and churches through their mission work.

  • Calvary UMM has provided 250,000 lbs. of food provided to five (5) Pantries
  • Mt. Prospect, Trinity UMM helped rehab one building at Camp Reynoldswood
  • Crystal Lake Men completed construction of their third home in Mississippi (Katrina)
  • Libertyville chartered, and sponsored their 5th golf classic, and are supporting troop 71 of the Boy Scouts
  • Barrington UMM continues Men’s bible study and hosts a breakfast for SOSA ($1500)

Rockford

President Dave Holland continues to have two strong communion services in March and November. Their primary mission continues to focus on the ministry of the Society of St Andrews. The District Men raised $6636.00 for SOSA which was given for the national match to feed the hungry in 2010.

  • Hosted Hunger Concert that raised $5280 for local food pantries and Meals for Millions
  • Attended the September Spiritual Congress learning about Spiritual Formation for men and their families
  • The Fall Communion Service was lead by General Secretary of General Commission on UMM, Gil Hanke and raised $3789.00 for Society of St. Andrews (MFM)