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Complete your Live Well Challenge

Don’t leave money on the table – Portico plan members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits have until Nov. 30 to complete Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. These wellness dollars help you pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical, mental health, and dental costs. Note that if your doctor is submitting the …

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Portico 2019 Annual Enrollment

Between Oct 31 and Nov 14, visit the newly redesigned myPortico, review your benefits, consider what’s changed in your life (think health changes, prescription drugs, salary changes, tuition, retirement, weddings, babies, divorce), and make your 2019 selections.  Our website, myPortico.PorticoBenefits.org, is where you’ll find a personalized view of your benefit options.  Or call the Customer …

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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, November 18 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Salem, Sandwich   Previous events 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 …

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2018 Boundaries Workshop

Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, IL 61265 $50 per person This workshop is for pastors and deacons of both the Northern Illinois Synod and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Registration costs include lunch. Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from The Integral Psychology Center, Madison, …

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2018

October 27, 2018 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 14206 Flagg Road Rochelle, IL  61068 Guest Speakers: Thomas Hammar, CPA Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant and by webcam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author Register online on this page or download the registration form. Topics for Discussion Taxes Moving Expenses – Personal or Business? Tax …

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LOMC Autumn Fest

Autumn Fest 2018 Sunday, October 14 at 11 AM – 4 PM Join us as we Celebrate our 44th Annual Autumn Fest! We will also be Honoring the retirement of Russ Senti. So come on out and enjoy a day with your family and have a chance to celebrate Russ with us! There will be Wagon rides, pumpkin carving, …

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PLC Evaluations

If you didn’t get a chance to fill out an evaluation for this year’s Professional Leaders Conference, please take a few moments to fill it out online. please wait a moment for the form to load…

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Effective Preaching for Today

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson (Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary) Join the Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson of ‘Working Preacher’ fame, and professor at Luther seminary as he discusses the challenges that preachers face in this politically-charged, rapidly changing day and age, and what makes for effective preaching …

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Senior High Youth Summer Glow with Bishop Clements

Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries (RALM) invites high school youth and youth leaders to Summer Glow with Bishop Clements on Sunday, September 16 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N Mulford Rd., Rockford. Please extend this invitation to your congregation. All high school youth are encouraged to come, especially those who went on a trip with …

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Register for PLC

Register online today for the 2018 NIS Professional Leaders Conference, September 10-12 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center. Renewing the Wisdom Tradition in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era will be led by Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart, the Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship, Director of Advanced Studies at Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago and Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan from Strawberry Point, …

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Come and See diakonia!

NIS diakonia is having a “Come and See” event for prospective students and others who are interested in the program at St. Mark in Rockford on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. This event will introduce participants to this program of lay theological education and will answer questions about the commitment involved, costs, course topics, …

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Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation

Registration is now closed. 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 …

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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:

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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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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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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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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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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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Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports available for download

The Bulletin of Reports for the 2018 Synod Assembly is available for download. Visit nisynod.org/assembly/bor. Printed Bulletins of Reports are only available for purchase during pre-registration for Assembly. Extras will not be available at Assembly. You are responsible to download and either print or bring the BOR electronically for your use at Assembly.

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31st Northern Illinois Synod Assembly

The Thirty-first annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held Friday-Saturday, June 15-16 at Augustana College in Rock Island. Find out more at nisynod.org/assembly. Special guests include The Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman and The Rev. Dr. Craig L. Nessan. Registration is open. Visit nisynod.org/assembly/registration. Complete agenda available at nisynod.org/assembly/agenda. Friday, June 15 8:00 am  Assembly Registration begins in Centennial …

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Lutheran Day 2018

Our morning activities will begin in the auditorium of the Howlett Building, 501 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL 62701. Lutheran Day is on May 8 this year. As in previous years, advocates from across the state will gather to study, pray, and take action for equality amongst Illinois residents. We are faith-based social service organizations …

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Memorial Day Work Weekend 2018

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28 This weekend is a super-sized service project to get LOMC ready for the summer camp season. Landscaping, construction, clean up, painting, and more! Groups, families, individuals, and churches are all invited to join us for the weekend. Housing and camping available. Meals will be provided. Contact Ken Dilbeck for …

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CRE Videos now available

The video and transcript of Rev. Frambach’s keynote address and the video of Bishop’s sermon are all now available for viewing. Photos from the whole day are also available. http://nisynod.org/cre  

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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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2018 Founders Day Service

The annual Founders Day Service will be held at the Jenny Lind Chapel at 4 pm on Sunday, April 29. The speaker will be Pastor Richard Priggie, Augustana College Chaplain. This service celebrates the 158th anniversary of both the Augustana Lutheran Church in America and Augustana College and Theological Seminary and the 168th anniversary of …

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