Category: Committee News

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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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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Are you ready for the Gathering?

Safety and security webinar We have one webinar left to help prepare you for the Gathering. June 14 at 7 p.m. Central, join us for last-minute questions for our Gathering staff. RSVP for this webinar! Bible studies Part of our Community Life programming for the Gathering is daily Bible studies featuring some of our guest speakers …

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G-News – Howdy Partner

Gathering partners Curious who are partners are? See who we’re working with! Check out our Interactive Learning partners and the ministries that will be present during your Interactive Learning Day. You can also see the many partners in Houston that we’re working with for Service Learning at the Gathering. See all the great things the city is doing and …

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ELCA Youth Gathering – G News – April 10, 2018

Rotation scheduleThe Gathering schedule operates on a rotation. All groups will rotate through our three program days: Interactive Learning, Service Learning and Synod Day. To see your rotation, check your Gathering account or our resources. Once you know your rotation, refer to our Gathering schedule to better plan your time at the Gathering! Stories to share We’re continuing to ask …

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its …

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Gathering News from Peg – April 5, 2018

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! April 5, 2018 Hi all, In exactly 82 days the ELCA Youth Gathering will begin in Houston!! I hope you and your youth are getting excited!! I know it sounds a tad selfish, but that is when my “vacation” begins! I love having the opportunity to be “just” …

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Join #CallChangesEverything

Stories to share For the next two months, we’ll be asking for your youth’s reflections and stories to share on the big screen at the Gathering. Every two weeks we’ll have a new prompt to reflect on. Submit your videos on Instagram by using the assigned # or DMing the Gathering (@ELCAGathering). Please save the …

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Stories and Photos from India Trip

See photos from all the India trip participants in this album. Post times below are in CST. India is 12.5 hours ahead. Bishop Jeff Clements February 18 at 3pm We thank you, gracious God, for protecting your servants while traveling in India and bringing us home safely. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn …

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ELCA Global Links – January 2018

New bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Please keep the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in your prayers as it  installs the Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar as the ELCJHL’s fourth bishop. The Rev. Munib Younan concludes his 20-year service as bishop and becomes bishop …

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NIS Women of the ELCA Spring Retreat April 28, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Spring 2018 Retreat Saturday, April 28, 2018 at LOMC, 1834 S. IL RT 2, Oregon, IL Registration and Coffee:  8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Program: 9:00-3:00 PM “HERstory—A String of Pearls” Bible Study led by Susan Ekstrand Pastor Diane Dardon will lead the worship Partnership Reports on Rocky Boy …

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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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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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ELCA Global Links – November 2017

‘Castillo Fuerte es Nuestro Dios’ Written by Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best known and most beloved hymns among Lutherans around the world. Listen to a beautiful rendition, performed by students of our companion church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.   March 2018 trip to Malaysia …

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ELCA Global Links – October 2017

‘Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood’ As part of the ELCA International Women Leaders initiative, 22 women from nine nations came together this July in Wittenberg, Germany, to study and reflect on women in the Reformation. Read about their experience learning from the past and each other in October’s edition of Living Lutheran.   ‘Ni ubuntu…it is …

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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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Grants Available for India Trip

Global Mission Committee 2018 TRIP TO INDIA SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST FORM Requirements: Recipient must Be registered for the 2018 India Trip or provide proof that s/he is able to go on the trip Be a member of a Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA, congregation Agree to share his/her experiences with his/her congregation, other congregations in the Synod …

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ELCA Global Links – August 2017

  The growing congregations in Zambia need new buildings Due to rapid growth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, congregations find themselves in need of sturdy, weatherproof buildings to house their worship. Learn about the initiative to fund 15 church buildings, starting with a leadership training center. ‘Transformation in Mexico’ During his Young Adults in Global …

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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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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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2017 Live Well Challenge

Caring for Your Whole Self Thousands of leaders across this church have made it an annual habit to take stock of their well-being, work to strengthen it, and earn wellness dollars. In 2017, Portico invites you to participate in our Live Well Challenge. This year, we encourage you take an even more holistic view. Consider …

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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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