Rostered Ministers Gathering – August 2017

Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to …

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Spiritual Renewal Event Registration

Fill out the registration form below for “Spiritual Renewal Event 
with Affirmation of Vocation 
by Bishop Clements” Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at  Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon Find out more… If mailing a check, please send to Northern Illinois Synod, Nancy Corey, Registrar Augustana College, 639 38th Street Rock Island IL 61201

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Working Toward Racial Justice

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Speaker: Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) During this professional gathering of rostered leaders, participants will explore concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. Through worship, reflection and action planning, leaders will be equipped to carry these conversations into their local context. Fee:  $35 if …

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Working Toward Racial Justice Registration

Fill out the registration form below for “Working Toward Racial Justice” Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at  First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Find out more… If mailing a check, please send to Northern Illinois Synod, Nancy Corey, Registrar Augustana College, 639 38th Street Rock Island IL 61201

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LSTC hosts Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge Oct. 18-19

 For immediate release October 4, 2018 The “Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge” (HFBFC) will be held Oct. 18-19 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). One student from each ELCA seminary will present at the event. It is open to the public and free of charge. HFBFC was launched in 2015 to develop …

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LOMC Autumn Fest

Autumn Fest 2018 Sunday, October 14 at 11 AM – 4 PM Join us as we Celebrate our 44th Annual Autumn Fest! We will also be Honoring the retirement of Russ Senti. So come on out and enjoy a day with your family and have a chance to celebrate Russ with us! There will be Wagon rides, pumpkin carving, …

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Congregations: It’s time to enter your 2019 health benefit option

It’s time to enter your organization’s 2019 health benefit option. Congregations and organizations who sponsor employees through Portico: Please choose the ELCA-Primary health benefits option you will offer for 2019 and enter it on EmployerLink before Oct. 26. You must do this even if you want to continue your current option, your plan members waive …

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Rostered Ministers Appreciation

October is Rostered Ministers Appreciation Month Is your congregation joining us for Rostered Ministers Appreciation? This is a great opportunity to show your pastor or deacon your congregation’s appreciation – all while supporting the next generation of leaders through ELCA Fund for Leaders and Youth and Young Adults. New resources are available to help you get started, …

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Resourceful Servants kicks off second year

Rostered ministers have until October 14, 2018 to apply for possible matching funds for both an emergency savings account and retirement plan. Eligible rostered ministers should have received an email already. If not, you can follow up at resourcefulservants.org. Resourceful Servants kicks off its second year Financial wellness is a vital component in our endeavor to …

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Seeds Monthly – September 2018

Lutheran Disaster Response provides immediate and long-term disaster relief On Sept. 28, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. More than 1,200 people have died and the death toll is expected to rise. Lutheran Disaster Response is providing immediate relief through longstanding partnerships in Indonesia, and it will continue to …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops statement on East Jerusalem hospitals

10/2/2018 2:30:00 PM In early September, members of the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) were saddened and dismayed to hear reports that the U.S. government was planning to discontinue financial assistance to Augusta Victoria Hospital and five other East Jerusalem hospitals. We appreciate and strongly affirm ELCA Presiding Bishop …

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So now what? – Presiding Bishop Eaton’s October Living Lutheran column

So now what? Last year it was all Reformation all the time. On this 501st anniversary of the Reformation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton uses her October Living Lutheran column to call on us to “refocus our attention on the gospel of our freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation given to us through God’s indescribable act of love in Christ’s death and resurrection.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2NlNPtV and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xVgZeQ.

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e-Alert: Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

E-Alert from Lutheran Disaster Response “Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.” – Psalm 119:76 Dear friends, A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28, leading to a devastating tsunami. So far, more than 1,200 people have died, and the death toll is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 2, 2018

Waiting on truth Editor’s note: On Oct. 18, the church commemorates the Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist.  In 1959, Philip Roth published “The Conversion of the Jews,” an amusing short story about Ozzie … continue The renegade The sixth graphic novel by author Dacia Palmerino and illustrator Andrea Grosso Ciponte, Renegade: Martin Luther, the Graphic Biography …

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…for Pr. Bill Wittig and family at the death of his son, Marty

Martin “Marty” Wittig, 62, of Leaf River died in a car accident on September 6, 2018. Visitation will be 4-7 PM on Friday September 21, 2018 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron and again from 10-11 AM Saturday September 22, 2018 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6024 N Columbine Rd, Forreston, IL …

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Congregation Secretaries Lunch and Learn

The synod office is hosting a luncheon for all NIS congregation secretaries on Wednesday, January 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m at the Rockford Synod Office, 103, W. State St., Rockford, IL 61101. Catherine Lundeen, archivist, from the ELCA churchwide office, will be our speaker and will talk about archives parish register documents you …

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Pedal for a Purpose to benefit LOMC

As of September 13, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center has received $12,629 from the Pedal for a Purpose fundraiser. We are 51% to our goal in raising $25,000 for the refurbishment of a bunkhouse at camp! Praise be to God for the great support thus far! As a reminder, donations may be made securely online at: https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/lomc-pedal-for-a-purpose The …

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Hurricane Florence Relief

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 Dear friends, As I write this email to you, Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the Carolinas, with more than 1 million people being told to evacuate as dangerous winds, storm surge and potentially catastrophic flooding are expected. As a church, …

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Christmas at Augustana

Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered ministers, with one guest, to join us. This year, Christmas at Augustana will have two performances on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. As special guests, we …

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PLC Evaluations

If you didn’t get a chance to fill out an evaluation for this year’s Professional Leaders Conference, please take a few moments to fill it out online. please wait a moment for the form to load…

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News from Luther Seminary

September 19, 2018 Listening: the Heart of Innovation In innovation work, the very first step is to listen. Alex Goryachev, Managing Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs for Cisco, calls listening “a rare art” at the heart of innovation, something that is vital “to survive and develop collaborative strategies with…partners…around the world.” Silicon Valley might seem …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 18, 2018

Looking for the Word In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came … continue I’m a Lutheran: Bettye Olson Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. …

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Fear not – Presiding Bishop Eaton

I’m leaving for my first trip to Holden Village, a retreat center near Chelan, Wash. I’ve heard about this Lutheran Shangri-La for years. I have sung and played the Holden Evening Prayer in many settings. I’m excited. The theme verse for the week I’ll be in residence is “Fear not,” which is part of a …

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One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

October 26-28,2018 Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see Manteno, IL ABOUT “ONE YEAR TO LIVE” Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and  a closer relationship with Christ. Join us and be… •Adventurous and courageous •Genuine and spiritual Look forward to… •Banding together and being challenged •Examining your life and making decisions Be prepared for a spiritual boot …

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Luther Seminary KAIROS Continuing Education Courses

Luther Seminary’s KAIROS continuing education courses offer a wealth of learning opportunities designed for clergy and church leaders of all denominations. Learn more and register at luthersem.edu/KAIROS. Worship Forming Community— Prayer and Music Leadership September 10-October 15 A set of hands-on training labs focused on building skills and developing a greater sensitivity for worship and music …

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Three Sides Podcast

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to …

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LivingLutheran Stories – September 4, 2018

The sabbath lesson in Christopher Robin In the first 15 minutes of the new film Christopher Robin, the title character does the following: decides he’s too old to continue playing with Winnie the Pooh and his other friends in the … continue ELCA school builds culture of peace Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and …

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ELCA Global Links

‘Thad’s Story’ – discerning vocation through YAGM Meet Thad, a young leader who dedicated a year of his life to service with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary through ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). Watch Thad talk about the impact the YAGM program had on his life and vocational call. With 80 participants beginning their …

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22nd Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch

Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration at 8:30. St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 2400 Bell Avenue, Rockford, IL Far Away and in Our Backyard – Continuing our conversations… Human Trafficking Featured Speakers: Jimmie Getter, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC), and Brittney Fry, Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (RAASE), And will also be responders …

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Ginger Zee to Headline LSSI Gala

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) will honor ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee at its 37th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago. In her recent memoir, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, Zee details her struggle with clinical depression and in doing so, offers …

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Hymn Festival at First, Galesburg

“We Sing the Year Round” Sunday October 14, at 4pm “We Sing the Year Round,” is a Hymn Festival written and led by organist, Dr. John Ferguson in celebration of the new organ which leads the congregational singing at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, October 14 at 4pm. John Ferguson retired June 2012 after serving …

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2018 Boundaries Workshop

Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, IL 61265 $50 per person This workshop is for pastors and deacons of both the Northern Illinois Synod and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Registration costs include lunch. Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from The Integral Psychology Center, Madison, …

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Effective Preaching for Today

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson (Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary) Join the Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson of ‘Working Preacher’ fame, and professor at Luther seminary as he discusses the challenges that preachers face in this politically-charged, rapidly changing day and age, and what makes for effective preaching …

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