News & Highlights

Photos and/or videos will be posted for each of the following:

Plenary Session I

Holy Communion - sermon video

Installation of Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Leadership Team: Bishop Jeffrey Clements - video

Closing Prayer: The Rev. Miho Yasukawa - video

Lunch ForumThe Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director, ELCA Global Mission Unit “Touching People’s Lives for the Flourishing of Human Community.” - video


Plenary Session II

Opening Prayer: The Rev. Joseph O’Donnell - video

Bishop’s Report: Bishop Jeffrey Clements - video and pdf

Vice President’s Report: Mr. Bill Bartlett - video

Portico Pause”: Ms. Jennifer Prinz - video

Churchwide Report: The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla - entire report video and Presiding Bishop Eaton's video

Closing Prayer: The Rev. Nathan Feig - video

Friday Photos


Plenary Session III

Prayers of Remembrance: The Reverends Matt and Laura Kamprath - video

Bible Study “Dismantling Economic Sexism: A reading of Numbers 27:1-11, Pt. 2: The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla - video

Retirement Recognitions: Rostered Leaders Retired in the Past Year - video

Honor 50th Ordination Anniversaries: - video
 ▪ The Rev. Lowell G. Almen
 ▪ The Rev. Roger V. Asplund
 ▪ The Rev. Harold Grafe
 ▪ The Rev. David W. Lawson
 ▪ The Rev. William J. Nelson
 ▪ The Rev. Leo H. Patterson
 ▪ The Rev. Joseph N. Robb

Courtesy Committee Report: The Rev. Mark Oehlert - video

Closing Prayer: The Rev. Zachary Baer - video


Plenary Session IV

Holy Communion - sermon video

Saturday Photos

#NISynod on Instagram

Opening and Closing Prayers

The Rev. Miho Yasukawa, Good Shepherd, Lena, gives the closing prayer for Plenary I of the 2017 Northern Illinois Assembly 2017 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly Plenary II Opening prayer given by Pr. Joseph O’Donnell, St. Paul, Dixon The Rev. Nathan Feig, Trinity, Ottawa, gives the closing prayer for Plenary II of the 2017 Northern Illinois …

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Honor 50th Ordination Anniversaries

Pastors celebrating 50 years of ordained ministry were honored at the 2017 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly, Saturday, June 17, 2017. The Rev. Lowell G. Almen The Rev. Roger V. Asplund The Rev. Harold Grafe The Rev. David W. Lawson The Rev. William J. Nelson The Rev. Leo H. Patterson The Rev. Joseph N. Robb

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Bible Study

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director of ELCA World Hunger presents the Bible Study to the 2017 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly, Saturday, June 16, 2017.

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Friday Lunch Forum

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director of ELCA World Hunger gives the lunch forum, “Touching People’s Lives for the Flourishing of Human Community” during the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly, Friday, June 16, 2017.

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Churchwide Report

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive Director of ELCA Global Mission, brings the report of Churchwide Ministries at the 2017 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly, Friday, June 16, 2017.

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Highlights Bulletin Insert

2017 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly Highlights The thirtieth annual Synod Assembly was held June 16-17, 2017 at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, under the theme “Called forward Together in Christ.” Over 450 voting members (60% lay and 40% ordained) from across the synod worshipped, learned, laughed, celebrated, and deliberated together as the highest legislative body …

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Election Results

Northern Illinois Synod Assembly June 16-17, 2017 Synod Council: Vice President (4 year term) Bill Bartlett Synod Council: Laity (3 year term) Ruth Fairchild Synod Council: Laity (3 year term) Carol Swenson Synod Council: Clergy (3 year term) Gwen Sefrhans-Murphy Synod Council: Laity (3 year term) Ryan Mackey Synod Council: Youth Representative (1 year term) …

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Assembly Checklist

Are you ready for the Synod Assembly Friday and Saturday, June 16-17? Assembly Preparedness Checklist:  Pray for the assembly  Register for the assembly (Online registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, June 14. If you miss that, register at Centennial Hall Friday morning beginning at 8am.)  Download the bulletin of reports or the Guidebook app and read the …

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Important Reminder for Those Staying On Campus

If you will be staying overnight on campus, please remember that Swanson Commons is a college student dormitory. It is minimally furnished. Only bed sheets are provided.  There are NO pillows or blankets available. You must bring your own. In the same manner, the bathroom has NO towels, soap, tissues, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, drinking glasses, etc. …

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Drainage Pipe Failure Drains Slough and Floods Augustana Campus

Crews are cleaning up at Augustana College after a very old city pipe beneath the slough failed on Saturday, June 3, and water from the slough flooded lower parts of the campus. The water caused damage at Bergendoff, Centennial Hall, and other buildings The slough path and parking lots surrounding Carver and Evald are closed until further notice. …

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Bishop’s Assembly Welcome Letter

June 6, 2017 Dear Friends in Christ, Grace, mercy and peace be with you. I look forward to welcoming you to our Thirtieth Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly: “Called Forward Together in Christ.” We are excited to have as our Bible Study Leader and representative from our ELCA Churchwide organization the Reverend Rafael Malpica Padilla, Executive …

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