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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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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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Synod Staff Adjustment

Monday, March 12, 2018 Dear friends in Christ: We are making an adjustment in the synod staff, which will impact the Southwest Conference.  Pastor Mike Clark (pictured) is assuming the responsibilities of synod staff liaison to the Southwest Conference. He will continue his work in the West Conference. Pastor Kurt Nordby, at his request, will …

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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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ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement of support

3/6/2018 4:15:00 PM The ELCA Conference of Bishops has approved the following statement of support for the March for Our Lives on March 24.   STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH  Our children and youth are like a young Jeremiah prophesying to the people: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to …

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Download the CRE App for the Congregational Resourcing Event!

The CRE app will be the most up-to-date source for workshops, sessions, and rooms at this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 10 at Kishwaukee College. There are several ways to get the app: In a web browser, visit https://guidebook.com/app/elcaevents/guide/niscre18. From there you can text a link to your phone or download the iOS or Android version …

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Missing Banner Stand

Christ, Stockton’s WELCA group is missing a light-colored wooden banner stand. It is heavy and comes apart into two pieces. There was no case for it. It may be marked WELCA NW. If you have seen this banner stand, please contact Nancy Rice at 815-275-0303.

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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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Memorial Service at Grace Place February 14

There will be a Memorial Service at Grace Place to remember those 6 people who died ten years ago in Cole Hall at NIU as a result of a mass shooting. Our service at Grace Place will begin at 9:00 PM on February 14 (Ash Wednesday).  We are hoping that those attending the beginning of Lent service will follow up with …

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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. We will have lunch together as a synod on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30pm! Location TBA. Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, …

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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 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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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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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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2018 LYO Ski Trip

Junior High and High School Ski Trip January 15, 2018 – 9am-9pm Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena Cost $47 – Lift, Lesson, Rental (Ski or Snowboard) $29 – Lift Ticket Only $8 – Meal Deal (Voucher worth $10) Register Online www.ChestnutMtn.com Click Rates & Passes Then Group Booking Book Group Reservations Enter group name as: “NIS …

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2018 Annual Enrollment ends Monday

Enrollment closes at midnight on Nov. 13. If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, this deadline is important in order to receive your 2018 Portico Health ID card before January. Remember, Annual Enrollment is your time to choose the ELCA benefits you’ll need to live well in the coming year. So that you don’t miss any one-time …

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