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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WELCA News – Reminder: Summer is a great time of year

Raising awareness about human trafficking Women of the ELCA staff and volunteers spent the last days of June (and the first day of July) in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering raising awareness about human trafficking. Two organizations in the area are receiving the hygiene kits assembled by 30,000-plus youth at the gathering. Your donations to pay …

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Church Musician sought

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

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Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation

The Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation conference is sponsored by the Congregational Vitality Team, ELCA Domestic Mission. The event is being held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Main St., Washington, IL, on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We gladly invite your congregation to send a team (pastor and …

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LivingLutheran Stories – July 10, 2018

Deeply engaged, boldly acting Last week, more than 350 ELCA clergy and lay people sent a letter titled #MoreThanStatements to ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the ELCA Church Council encouraging the church to take bold … continue   Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, …

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The Gathering is over. Now what?

Now what? Upon returning home, youth leaders have the lofty task of transitioning their youth from the euphoria of the Gathering to the normalcy back home. Fortunately, we have a list of tips to ensure that the energy of the Gathering doesn’t get lost during the transition: Debrief: Start having intentional conversations to find out …

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Coffee with the Bishop

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a Coffee with the Bishop at one of several locations this fall. Sunday, September 23 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Freeport Saturday, October 20 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. Zion, Belvidere Saturday, October 20 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Immanuel, Amboy Sunday, November 4 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Galesburg Sunday, November 18 – …

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Reception to Welcome Faustina Nillan Manyangu

Karibu Sana! Please join us as we welcome Ms. Faustina Nillan Manyangu to the Northern Illinois Synod. A reception in her honor is planned for July 19, 1:30 to 3:30pm at the NIS office, 103 W. State St., Rockford. She will be joining us following time at the United Nations. Light refreshments will be served. Contact gerickson@nisynod.org for more information. Faustina Nillan serves …

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2018 diakonia Retreat

Saturday, October 20, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center near Oregon, IL. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.  The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with worship (we’ll be completely finished by 3 p.m.). Retreat Speaker:  The Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Bouman, Director of Domestic Missions for the ELCA and …

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Augsburg Fortress Music Newsletter – June 2018

Attending AGO? We look forward to the opportunity to visit with many of you at the biennial national conference of The American Guild of Organists in Kansas City. This conference is always a highlight for us! Be sure to attend our reading session on Friday from 11 AM – 11:45 AM in the Empire Room. …

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Seeds Monthly – June 2018

Watch live video from the ELCA Youth Gathering The ELCA Youth Gathering starts next week! If you’re interested in seeing what our youth are experiencing, you can watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering. The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming: MYLE …

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Meet and Greet with ELCA Missionary, Rev. Mawien Ariik

Come join us as he shares stories of the new South Sudan Reconciliation Lutheran Church, Community Center and Health Clinic. Light dinner will be served. Wednesday July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Christ Lutheran Church – 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere, Illinois 61008 Please RSVP to Rahel Mwitula Williams at rahel.mwitula-williams@elca.org  Download a flyer  

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2018 diakonia Graduation

3 p.m., Sunday, July 8, at First Lutheran Church, Rockford 225 S 3rd St Rockford, Illinois 61104-2035 Rostered ministers and diakonia graduates are invited to robe and process (the color of the day is red). Honored guest will be Bishop H. Jeffrey Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod, who will preach at the service. A …

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ELCA Worship News: June 2018

Greetings, It is a busy summer for the ELCA Worship staff. In a few days we will join 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. As part of Interactive Learning, we will have a large booth exploring, with Gathering participants, the variety of ways that we participate …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 19, 2018

The faith of my grandfathers Last year, in the span of six months, I lost both of my grandfathers. Each left behind families forever enriched by their legacies of love. Their funerals—the tears, the eulogies, the memories … continue Lutherans join Muslim neighbors for Ramadan iftars For the past month, Muslims worldwide have been observing the …

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ELCA Global Links – June 2018

‘Hope Rising in Juba, South Sudan’ In November 2017, the Reconciliation Lutheran Church Community Center and Primary Health Care Clinic opened its doors in Juba, South Sudan, as thousands gathered to worship and celebrate. Hear from those involved in the opening as they share their insights about the impact they envision the center will have in the …

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Discovering Hope

Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation. A Conference for Small Membership Congregations Small membership congregations from any context (rural, small town, urban, suburban) grow in vitality by building relationships. The building blocks of congregational vitality are: relationship with God; relationship with one another; and relationship with the world (beginning with the communities around the …

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Bishop’s Assembly Welcome Letter

June 12, 2018 Dear Friends in Christ, Grace, mercy, and peace be with you. I look forward to welcoming you to our Thirty-first Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly: “Vim, Vigor, Vitality: In Christ a New Creation.” We are excited to have as our co-keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual …

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Growing as Disciples and Stewards Launched at Synod Assembly

Is your congregation looking for a stewardship response program for this fall? If you are, Pastor Kurt Nordby has written a new stewardship resource titled, “Growing as Disciples and Stewards.” Program information is being handed out to voting members at the annual Synod Assembly in Rock Island. “Growing as Disciples and Stewards” is being made …

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News from Luther Seminary – June 2018

A Global Community of Leaders and Innovators Summer intensives have just kicked off here at Luther Seminary, drawing our entire community to campus to study, connect, and worship together—including distributed learning students from all over the United States and world. How Luther’s Full-Tuition Jubilee Scholarship for All Incoming M.A. and M.Div. Students Will Reduce Student Debt …

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Continuing Ed Task Force announces upcoming events

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The Rostered Ministers Continuing Education Task Force is proud to offer the following continuing education opportunities for Rostered Ministers!   Download a flyer.   Effective Preaching for Today Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson (Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary) Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere Working Toward Racial Justice Speaker: Judith Roberts (ELCA Program Developer for …

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LOMC Swing Choir Concerts

Come to a free LOMC Swing Choir concert! The LOMC Swing Choir is made up of young people in grades 9-12 from Illinois and Wisconsin. They are under the direction of Chris Parkinson from Freeport, IL. The choreographer is Catherine Nelson from Geneseo, IL. Northern Illinois Synod Concerts: Dixon – Friday, July 13 at 7:00 …

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Synod Global Mission News – June 2018

NIS Companion Synod Visit and Celebration Our Northern Illinois Synod is in a Companion relationship with the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Our project together involves building a new nursing school in conjunction with the ELCA Missionary Dr Mark Jacobsen at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, the capital …

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We Know the Truth – Presiding Bishop

We know the truth: In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LuPDjK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xUFYBb.

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…for Rev.-elect Chrissy Salser as she is ordained June 22

By the grace of God and the call of the Church, Christine Sue Salser will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament In Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5pm with reception following at Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Avenue, Rockford, Il 61104. The Reverend Jeffrey Clements, Bishop of Northern Illinois Synod, preaching …

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2018 Maryland Flooding

Lutheran Disaster Response On the evening Tuesday, May 15th, a storm dropped 6.5 inches of rain in just a few hours on areas of Frederick and Washington Counties in western MD. Local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries reported that over 60 water rescues were made and, more than 80 people were stranded for hours …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Caring for Minor Children “Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take… Read …

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LivingLutheran Stories June 5, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Ryan K. Hostler This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is an online feature that highlights the many ways people … continue The light shines in the darkness—but it’s complicated Kaethe Schwehn has been writing about faith throughout …

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A sneak peak of new Lutheran center in South Sudan

  Dear friends in Christ,   In 2015, an idea was born. It was an idea that brought together people from across the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, and across the ELCA. It became more than just an idea as prayers were lifted, funds were raised, shovels broke ground and bricks were laid! The Reconciliation …

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Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinics

Summer Music Clinics from Augsburg Fortress This summer, join other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to refresh worship with new …

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Sparkhouse June Newsletter

Keep faith growing this summer! We believe in continuing faith formation all year – not just during the school year – which is why we are excited to share with you our new Frolic Summer Book Club! The Frolic Summer Book Club features a series of FREE activities that you can share with your little ones to help them …

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Assembly Guide App Now Available

You can get the most out of this year’s assembly by using the free NIS Assembly Guide on the ELCA Organizations & Events mobile app (by Guidebook). The guide gives you handy access to all of the most important Synod Assembly materials including the agenda, Bulletin of Reports, maps, updates, photos, social media, and more. Find out more at http://nisynod.org/assembly/guide/

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#CycleToSynod

People are Riding Bicycles from Rockford to the Quad Cities to Help End World Hunger #CycletoSynod Tuesday, June 12, people from across the stateline ages 12-70, are bicycling from Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford to Augustana College in Rock Island to raise awareness for world hunger. This 120 mile, 4 day trek begins at 9am on …

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Living Lutheran Stories May 29, 2018

Sacred ground, deadly violence: Reflections on Gaza Editor’s note: Ongoing protests in Gaza for the “Right of Return” escalated on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, and on May 15, when the U.S. Embassy relocated in Jerusalem. … continue Graceful engagement The term “intersectionality” has been in use for about 30 …

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ELCA Worship News May 2018

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). “What’s gotten into you?” It is a question I have heard asked by the frustrated parent to the child who misbehaves, or to the addict who shoots up once more, or the spouse who sails through life on their bottom lip. It is often said …

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