2019 Region 5 Deacon Gathering

This gathering is for deacons or candidates in Region 5. It will be a time to worship together, form new relationships, share about our calls, hear from speakers, and join together to learn from and encourage one another. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry, Lutheran Theological Southern …

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Luther Nordic Choir in Concert

Friday, February 1 at 7pm. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Avenue, Sterling Donations will be received. Proceeds will be divided between Unite Service Camp and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center This event is hosted by Tri-Church, the ELCA churches of Sterling and Rock Falls united in one mission. The Luther Nordic Choir Concert is generously sponsored by …

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Portico Launches Personalized Online Wellness Tool

Portico’s annual wellness program kicked off Jan. 1 for members and spouses covered by ELCA-Primary health benefits. Entering its 12th year, the program invites eligible participants to earn wellness dollars as they complete specific activities designed to strengthen their physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. New for 2019, participants will choose from nearly 100 guided activities …

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A View from the Underside – The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoffer

A One-Person Stage Play Adapted and Performed by Al Staggs. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. When: 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 27, 2019 Where: Tri-City Jewish Center 2715 30th Street, Rock Island Free and open to the public Dietrich Bonhoffer was a German theologian who was among the first of his countryman to recognize …

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Congregational Treasurers & Financial Leaders Newsletter December 2018

This newsletter seeks to provide basic information about topics relevant to volunteer treasurers and leaders involved in financial management in Northern Illinois Synod congregations. Congregational Treasurers & Financial Leaders Newsletter December 2018 This newsletter seeks to provide basic information about topics relevant to volunteer treasurers and leaders involved in financial management in Northern Illinois Synod …

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One Year to Live Retreat for Male Church Professionals

Lutheran Men in Mission invites church professionals and camp directors to a One Year To Live (OYTL) Mens Retreat at EWALU Bible Camp, Strawberry Point, IA.  They have normally offered this retreat over the weekend but decided to have a men’s retreat for Church Professional and Camp Directors & Staff starting Wednesday, February 6 at …

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ELCA World Hunger Go & Do News

We’re excited to announce that ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will return in 2019. Journey with us and fellow Lutherans as together we experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger. Resources feature a devotional calendar, weekly study, inspirational …

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Luther Seminary Mid-Winter Convocation

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. Mid-Winter Convocation: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread  January 30–31, 2019 Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the …

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2019 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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ELCA World Hunger for Lent

This Lent, we invite you to focus your congregation’s Lenten activities by joining us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Together, we’ll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation …

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ELCA World Hunger: Rebecca’s Story

VIDEO: Rebecca is a mother of two and a leader at Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian ministry in Northampton, Mass. The ministry provides a meal every Sunday to its community, which includes people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Gifts to ELCA World Hunger (ELCA.org/hunger) recently helped Cathedral in the Night launch a second location. …

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I’m a Lutheran: Momoh Freeman

VIDEO: Immanuel choir director, pianist, and organist. Keyboardist at another church primarily made up of Liberian immigrants. Group home caregiver. I pray for peace, tolerance and for my family and friends. My faith and gospel music were powerful sources of comfort, strength, and survival as a young boy growing up in Liberia during the civil war. I …

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Holiday Greetings from our companions in India and Tanzania

India We received the following greeting from Bishop Raja Socrates G.: Greetings to you from the Arcot Lutheran Church. “LOOK, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL NAME HIM EMMANUEL,” WHICH MEANS, “GOD IS WITH US,” .. MATHEW 1:23 WISH YOU HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019. Tanzania We …

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2019 is a time of transition for “Seeds for the Parish”

“Seeds for the Parish” has been around for a long time! Its been a well-read, widely-used resource among congregations and synods – sort of like a community marketplace where one can wander through a few times a year and check out what’s new and available to help support and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries of the ELCA. The winter 2019 issue is the …

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Lunch and Learn was a success!

On Wednesday, January 9, the Rockford synod office welcomed congregational administrative assistants from across the synod and from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin for lunch and learn. They gathered to talk with each other and to hear from Cathy Lundeen of our ELCA Archives. The room was packed and it was a great success!

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Plan to attend the CRE!

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Life Committee, the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) is one of this synod’s finest yearly events. This year’s CRE will be Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Everyone in a congregation – can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and …

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Happy New Year! Message from Presiding Bishop Eaton

Happy New Year! In this reprint of her January 2017 column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the new year: “Here is where the gift of grace ... helps us make sense of our lives and resolves the stress of New Year’s resolutions—it acknowledges that we are broken and does away with the false hope or the intolerable burden of our being able to make ourselves right.”
Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2VufMVK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2SBV3O1.

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Beyond Diakonia

Continuing learning opportunities designed primarily for graduates of thediakoniaTM program and rostered personnel. In the early fall diakoniaTM graduates participated in a survey in which they told the diakoniaTM leadership of the Northern Illinois Synod in which courses they would like to participate as they continued their studies “Beyond diakoniaTM.” The following courses were selected …

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Seminary Sampler at LSTC

Seminary Sampler at LSTC Come and see for yourself or share with someone who is considering ministry! Perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find …

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…for family and friends of Rev. Gordon J. Straw who died January 5

UPDATE: Gordon Straw’s memorial service will be Saturday, February 9, at 3 p.m., in LSTC’s Augustana Chapel, with visitation two hours prior, and a reception following. January 5, 2019 LSTC gives thanks for the life and witness of Gordon J. Straw The Rev. Gordon J. Straw, Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of …

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2019 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2018 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms from the ELCA website. PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you save the form on your computer before filling it out and sending it to Julie at the synod office – JLewis@nisynod.org. Otherwise nothing that you write on …

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Faith Over Fear Training

A Center of Christian – Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in partnership with the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign is holding a very important training for church leaders on Feb 1-2, 2019.  It is called Faith Over Fear, and is being held at the MECCA Center in Willowbrook …

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Seeds Monthly – December 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Uplifting Christmas gifts’ Living Lutheran invited its readers and writers to submit stories of gifts they’ve received that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas. The thoughtful responses remind us of God’s ultimate gift in Jesus, a child born for us. Read the compilation of personal reflections and discuss the article with a corresponding study guide. Last-minute giving with …

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Global Church Sponsorship Matching Gifts

Dear friends in Christ, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship is excited to announce a unique opportunity to support God’s work in the world. Because of a generous gift from one of our members, all donations made to ELCA Global Church Sponsorship throughout Advent and Christmas will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000! Your matched gift will continue …

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Living Lutheran Stories December 18, 2018

Waiting in Jerusalem At 15 and 13 years old, my children still wait and expect the gifts they requested for Christmas. With each passing year, they are almost sure they’ll get what they ask for, partly because we … continue Drawing near to the darkness at Advent Editor’s note: Martin Luther famously said, “Next to the Word of …

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ELCA Advocacy Alerts

Support a JUST Second Chance Act and Sentencing Reform In a dramatic reversal, House and Senate leaders have agreed to consider legislation before adjourning that would renew the Second Chance Act and allow for some federal sentencing reform. While the legislation is far from perfect, it represents the most comprehensive reform to federal sentencing guidelines …

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ELCA Worship News December 2018

With the Advent of Our Lord, may your world be bright with light and hope, and may peace and happiness fill your heart and home. We wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a new year filled with hope. The ELCA Worship staff View & download a video message from Bishop Eaton Download English PDF | Download Spanish PDF …

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Wartburg e-Life Together December 2018

Annual President’s Dinner and Advent Lessons & Carols 2018 Life Together Award honoring Steve and Lynne Benz At this year’s President’s Dinner, Steven and Lynne Benz were honored as recipients of the “Life Together” award in recognition of their extreme generosity toward the mission of Wartburg Seminary. This award is presented to donors in the …

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From cradle to grave – Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

From cradle to grave. In the December issue of Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Christmas, a time when “God reversed the cradle-to-grave progression.” We are on a joyful journey, where we are loved, we are alive and we are free to greet this holy season. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2GeSsaS and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2L0OZf7.

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Epiphany Hymn Festival

Immanuel, Dixon & St. Paul, Dixon invite you to an Epiphany Hymn Festival, “Follow the Star” Sunday, January 6, 2:00 PM 421 S. Peoria Ave. Dixon, IL Join us as we sing our praises to God revealed in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World Featuring hymns of the Epiphany Season accompanied by Praise Groups from each …

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Church Musician sought

Church Musician: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton seeks an organist/pianist. Responsibilities include playing for all regularly scheduled worship services, including Sunday mornings, special services, weddings, and funerals. $85 per service, with potential for $100. For a full job description, please call (563) 242-4229 or email immanuel1872@msn.com.

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Living Lutheran Stories December 11, 2018

Uplifting Christmas gifts Earlier this year, Living Lutheran invited readers and writers to submit personal stories of gifts that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas for them. From a kind note to beloved people to a … continue Come, thou unexpected Jesus I was dreading Christmas. As a pastoral intern serving across the country from my …

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Mark your calendars for the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) March 9, 2019

2018 Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert. Read about Dr. Daubert’s keynote presentation and find out more about the CRE at nisynod.org/cre. We are searching for CRE workshop presenters. Would you or someone you …

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