2018 Synod Trip to India – flyer and information

வணக்கம்! (vaṇakkam! – “Hello” in Tamil) The Northern Illinois Synod is planning a trip to India and our companion synod, the Arcot Lutheran Church, for February 5-16, 2018 (with an optional 2-day add-on). Spaces are filling up. If you might be interested in participating in this trip, please complete the simple survey below today.   Download …

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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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Hey Youth Leaders – Are You Going to the E!?

Are you going to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in Houston? If you are, please email karin@nisynod.org or text 815-762-0758 so we can know who from the NIS will be there. Maybe we can get together for a meal! Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, 2018 Main Event: January 26-29, 2018 Hyatt Regency, …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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…for June & Gary Cain and family

Synod bookkeeper, June Cain’s husband Gary lost his sister, Joyce Stauffer, of Mount Morris on January 1, 2018. His other sister, Jean Springer, of Polo is battling cancer. Prayers of thanksgiving are also requested at the birth of their granddaughter Adelyn Luisa Cain, born to James and Christie Cain on January 6.

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Jesus, light of the world

Faith & Family — January 2018 By Scott Seeke January 4, 2018  Is your child afraid of the dark? Maybe you’ve felt afraid of the dark yourself. Nighttime, no matter your age, is scary. I recently found myself in rural Michigan and was amazed by how dark it got at night. I live outside Detroit, where the …

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2018 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2017 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms below or from the ELCA website: elca.org/Resources/Office-of-the-Secretary#Synods. 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 …

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Church Speak – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Church speak. In her January column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that people who have no experience with the church don’t speak our language or know our stories. She says we need to find a new language to commend the faith clearly and genuinely. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2CFw2g6 and in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2F1Xz9O.

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37th Annual Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Seminary Center for Theology & Land’s 37th annual Rural Ministry Conference, Congregations Cooperating in Mission, will be March 4-6 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. This ecumenical conference is designed for pastors and lay leaders in rural and small town congregations. The topic for this year is Cooperating Congregations in Mission. We …

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2018 Live Well Challenge

Live Well Challenge ELCA-Primary members and spouses, Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge invites you to strengthen your physical and financial well-being, and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. How to Complete This Year’s Challenge Complete Your Biometric Screening by Nov. 30: Earn $200 This year, Portico is offering a more objective way to assess your …

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Music that Makes Community Event

Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to help your people connect and grow in faith through singing? Check out Music that Makes Community’s Chicago Area Practice Group on Thursday, February 1 from 2-4pm at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue in Glen Ellyn. Questions? Contact Charles Plummer at 630-469-5552 or charlesbradfordplummer@yahoo.com. …

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A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock

Pastors, education leaders, worship leaders, and other church professionals are invited to A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock featuring Catherine Malotky, author of the Genesis study in Augsburg-Fortress’ BOOKS of FAITH SERIES Monday, February 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. registration and goodies begin at 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 398 Church Rd . Compton, IL …

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Beginning at the Beginning: A Journey Through the Book of Genesis

Heart of Illinois Lutheran Parish invites everyone to Beginning at the Beginning: A Journey through the Book of Genesis with Catherine Malotky author of the Genesis study in Augsburg-Fortress’ BOOKS of FAITH SERIES  Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. registration and goodies begin at 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 398 Church Rd . Compton, …

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LSTC Seminary Sampler

In this New Year, at this time of new beginnings, and new chapters in life, 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 yourself …

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Stop Human Trafficking

Emmanuel, Rockford invites you to hear Jennifer Cacciapaglia and Lori Johnson, co-founders of the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation speak on what you can do to stop human trafficking on January 21 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm.

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Important National Youth Assembly News from Peg

December 29, 2017 Blessed New Year to all! Still a little business to wrap up the year: T-shirt contest for NIS will be to design the t-shirt for Synod Day.  Get your artists ready to send in by JANUARY 15, 2018 their entry.  Youth or adult may enter; label picture with name of artist, name …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 26, 2017

And a child shall lead them One of my favorite moments at my parish is the hush right before Christmas Eve services begin.  The lights are lowered just a bit as everyone settles in, and eventually the rustling stops and a … continue Waiting at the door this Advent Editor’s note: This is the fourth post …

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Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 4/7/18 at First, Geneseo

Places, dates, and times of upcoming workshops:

Saturday, April 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota (9 a.m. – noon)
Saturday, April 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Stockton (1 – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, April 23 at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg (9 – noon)
Saturday, April 30 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake (9 – noon)

Registration is open now at nisynod.org/safeguarding-gods-children.

Please talk with your members who work with children/youth in any capacity and encourage them to register today!

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2018 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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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – December 23, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Income for Surviving Spouse Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified retirement plan into an IRA. Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly What is …

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Annual Report Covers

The ELCA Annual Report Cover for 2017 is now available. You can download a PDF version below, or you can order hard copies in quantity by calling 800-638-3522.

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Hector Olivera in Concert at Our Savior’s, Rockford

Sunday, January 14 at 7:00 pm “An event, a happening, a joyful celebration of the sheer power and pressure that a true virtuoso like Hector Olivera can unleash in a concert hall.” Hector Olivera in concert at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural Street, Rockford. January is the month we welcome Hector Olivera, organist extraordinaire.  Born …

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, Portico Benefits pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. The seminar answers the important questions you may have about retirement, including: • How much money will I need when I …

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New Medical Cards Coming Soon

In this busy season, we’d like to remind ELCA Primary Healthcare participants to watch your mail for your 2018 Portico Health ID card. New cards will be mailed this month. Look for an envelope with the BlueLink logo in the corner. If you have family members with ELCA-Primary health benefits, you will receive a new …

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See Your Design on the Gathering T-Shirt!

Gathering t-shirt design contest Calling all youth and young adult artists, designers, doodlers, and creatives to submit an original design for the official 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participant t-shirt! The Gathering t-shirt is worn by all participants on their assigned service learning program day and one of the most visible identifiers of the Gathering.

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Currents Journal is now free!

An invitation to Currents journal Preaching helps? Essays? Book reviews? All for free? Yes, it’s true. Take a moment to check out Currents in Theology and Mission, the quarterly online journal with articles by some of the ELCA’s finest theologians and leaders. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary work together to publish this …

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Ancient Practices Of The Church: An Opportunity To Learn

At the Professional Leaders’ Conference last September, a group of rostered leaders gathered to talk about practices of the ancient church that invigorated its life and that are being used by present day congregations. Among those practices discussed were centering prayer, praying with icons, meditation, fasting, silence, and walking the labyrinth. As an outgrowth of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 5, 2017

Star Wars and the countercultural practice of Advent Well, it’s almost here. The signs of it are everywhere: It’s in the stores; it’s on TV; it’s online. This is a time of anticipation and waiting and hope. Countless people can’t wait until … continue With the lighting of one candle, it begins Editor’s note: This is the …

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Share the Good Moos!

Just one dairy cow can produce as many as 3 gallons of milk each day. Extra milk can be used to make cheese, butter and other dairy products for a family in need to eat and sell for a steady source of income. Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve …

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Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End

Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End  Advent is a season of hope and expectation. It is a season in which we “prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). Advent candles, wreaths and calendars are joined with as-yet unfinished nativity scenes to mark our preparations for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, ELCA …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – December 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of December. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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GiftLegacy E-Newsletter – November 9, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trust – Life and Death Decisions In discussing your living trust with your attorney, there are several very important decisions for you to consider. Some of your decisions affect the management of property during life, and others will determine how your successor trustee manages your… Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Help for Grandparents …

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