Category: Committee News

Youth Gathering News – September 2017

Houston As the sun starts to shine again in the Houston area, people, businesses and churches start the initial wonderings and workings of thinking what’s next. Many of you have asked questions and shown concern about Houston and the Gathering. Here’s what we know now: The 2018 Gathering is on! Registration opens Sept. 15. The …

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StewardNet for Summer 2017

Dear friend in Christ, At the end of last year, I was attending my congregation’s council meeting at which the proposed 2017 budget was presented for the first time. As we were going through the various line items, first on the income side and then later expenses, we came to the line for Mission Support. …

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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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Youth Gathering News – June 2017

Volunteer Volunteer applications are open! Love the Gathering but aren’t in 8th-12th grade or a group’s adult leader? Join us at the Gathering as one of our many volunteers. Be a part of the faith formation and transformation of lives for thousands of our young people. Learn more about our four volunteer opportunities and submit …

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Youth Gathering News

Idea submission Do you know a great band, an inspiring speaker, fun games, service learning experiences, or just have some great ideas that you think that Gathering should consider? Well, we want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts by submitting your idea through our website. These ideas will be sent off to …

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StewardNet Spring 2017

Dear friend in Christ, How is it that systems thrive? One explanation might identify an abundance of resources and assets, positive momentum, or being in the right place at the right time. Other insights might reflect on the importance of adaptation, collaboration, grit, resilience, creativity and innovation. Either way, when we are talking about human …

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Important Dates for the 2018 Youth Gathering

Houston, We Have a Gathering and We Have Some Important Dates GATHERING: 6-27-18 through 7-1-18 June 2017 training at Synod Assembly 6-17-17 August 2017 pre-registration information will be on-line September 15, 2017 early bird registration opens cost $ 350 early bird cost $ 150 non-refundable deposit November 16, 2017 regular registration $ 390 (still $150 …

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Updates from the Global Mission Committee

NIS Global Mission Committee Meeting January 21, 2017 Faith Lutheran-Rochelle Blessed with active participation of three new members:  Pr. Joy Alsop, Faith/Rochelle, Wallie Stewart, Rockford, and Chuck Steinbach, Immanuel/Yorkville. Voted to send $325 to support an NISynod YAGM serving in UK:  Catherine Nelson, an Augustana graduate and member of First Lutheran-Geneseo.    Catherinenelson12@augustana.edu Prayers and …

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Houston Youth Gathering News

June 27 – July I, 2018, we will be gathering in Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith …

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Boundaries Workshop

Social Media – The New (but probably not Final) Frontier Northern Illinois Synod Boundaries Workshop Bishop Jeffrey Clements and the Bishop’s Task Force on Boundaries invite all Rostered Leaders and Professional Church Workers to this year’s Boundary Workshop on Thursday, November 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hawkins Hospitality Center at Lutheran …

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Region 5 Global Mission/World Hunger Gathering

Just a quick reminder, you still have a few days to register for 2016 Global Gathering, October 27-29 at Lutherdale Bible Camp if you have not done so already.  Deadline to register is October 15. Registration for Region 5 Global Mission/World Hunger Gathering, October 27-29 at Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  We can receive …

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What do “benevolence” and Mission Support mean?

A reflection by Virgil Gibson, an ELCA member from Gettysburg, Po. I’ve been thinking about this lately, and it caused me to look back at my orientation and education as an adult convert to Christianity and Lutheranism. I had an intuitive sense that someone paid to get that Navy chaplain in that place to meet me at …

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Pastoral Letter – September 2016

September 2016 Dear Friends in Christ, God’s rich grace and abundant peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. As I think about our Northern Illinois Synod, the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:3–4, resonate so strongly with me. Paul says: “I thank my God every time I remember …

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Stewardship and Mission Support Strategy

Approved by Synod Assembly June 18, 2011 Vision Marked with the Cross of Christ, Stewards for Life Theological Principles Our roots of faith begin in baptism and grow through our relationship with God. God blesses us and invites us to become good disciples and good stewards. Being a good steward is a spiritual matter and …

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2017 Mission Support Information

Bishop’s Invitation to Grow 10 in 2017 Dear Friends and Coworkers in Christ, An Invitation to Grow in Generosity and Mission As your congregation begins planning for ministry in 2017, I would like to invite your congregation into prayerful conversation about growing your generosity and gift for Mission Support (benevolence). This year, as we consider giving in …

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Candidacy Retreat

You are invited to the 2017 Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat led by the NIS Candidacy Sub-Committee and Bishop Jeffrey Clements at the Synod office, 103 W. State Street, Rockford, IL 61101 on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All those who have been Entranced into Candidacy, or who are close to …

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Where Does Your Offering Go

ELCA congregations gave $1.8 billion in regular offerings last year. Where does it go? This video shares how your congregational offerings support the ministries of the ELCA and the church around the world. Watch the video below or download the video here. 

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First We Give of Ourselves Update

Online Workshops for First, We Give of Ourselves Just a reminder that workshops for all three years of the First, We Give of Ourselves stewardship resource are now online and available through the Northern Illinois Synod website. Instead of just a few workshop opportunities, along with the time and travel involved, the online resource will …

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News from Women of the ELCA

Why go to the triennial gathering? In July 2017, we hope to see you at the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis. If you save about $11 a week, you’ll have enough for early-bird registration, which closes Jan. 6, 2017. Oh, the fun you will have with your sisters in Christ. Why should you go to …

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ELCA Advocacy Statement on Ryan Poverty Plan

7 June 2016 Today, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and the House of Representatives’ Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility released a plan that will launch a bipartisan discussion on hunger and poverty and the policies required to end them.  ELCA Advocacy appreciates Speaker Ryan’s leadership, and that of all who make poverty in …

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Strong Center | Open Door | Engaging Lutheran worship today

In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community’s worship, you will find a …

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ELCA introduces initiative to address voting rights

April 8, 2016 CHICAGO (ELCA) – Affirming its commitment to ensure voting rights for all U.S. citizens, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has introduced ELCAvotes, an initiative to help members advocate for fair elections and engage in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote. ELCAvotes! Resources ELCAvotes! Initiative  ELCAvotes! – Bible Study …

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Called or Commanded?

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Ryan P. Cumming I recently visited a congregation that has been a very generous supporter of ELCA World Hunger for many years. They also have their own thriving anti-hunger ministries for their community. During an adult forum, I asked them, “Why do you do it? How does your faith …

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ELCA Global Links – March

Lent Allison Westerhoff is an ELCA missionary living in South Africa. In the midst of the Lenten season, Allison reflects on what this time means to her as she is across the globe serving. “Today I was reminded that I am dust, but in 40 days I will be reminded that I am a Child …

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ELCA Worship News – March 2016

Dear friends, As a parish pastor, I always looked forward to Holy Week. It is a week filled with worship and lots of it. It is a week that we invite the world into the holy three days. It is a week that we once again are invited into the awesome mystery of the tree …

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Why not child sponsorship?

From The Lutheran – February 2008 (reprinted with permission) Story by Elizabeth Hunter A Q&A with ELCA World Hunger Appeal director, Kathryn Sime The ads show a hungry child that you—with just a few cents a day—could help feed, clothe and educate. Child sponsorship sounds like an easy way to help. Yet the ELCA doesn’t …

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stewardNet – Winter 2016

Dear friend in Christ, Supply and demand are fundamental concepts of economic theory straight from Econ 101. Such theory can be useful to consider since balancing supply and demand is another way of talking about meeting needs. As we in the church continue to ponder how to support our ministries and infrastructure, and as we …

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