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Synod Office Information

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The Rockford office will move to the Rock Island office in preparation for Synod Assembly beginning Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17. For emergencies, please call the Rock Island office, 309-794-4004. The Rockford and Rock Island offices will be closed Monday, June 19.

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Are you ready for Synod Assembly?

Are you ready for the Synod Assembly next Friday and Saturday, June 16-17? Assembly Preparedness Checklist:  Pray for the assembly  Register for the assembly  Download the bulletin of reports or the Guidebook app and read the reports  Review the resolutions  Review the nominees for the general ballot  Make your preliminary election choices on the ballot worksheet  Read …

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Assembly General Election Ballot Worksheet

New this year is a handy ballot worksheet to make it easier for you to fill out your scantron ballot form at Assembly. The worksheet lists all the election choices and the nominee bios. After reviewing the nominees, make your preliminary choices for the 2017 Synod Assembly general elections. Upon submitting the form, you will …

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Assembly “Guidebook Geniuses” Needed

OK, you don’t have to actually be a genius, but if you are fairly comfortable navigating the Assembly Guidebook, and you’re willing to help others during the assembly, please fill out the quick form below, and you’ll get your very own “Guidebook Genius” pin to wear at assembly. Your willingness to help others navigate the app will …

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Assembly Bulletin of Reports Now Available for Download

The Bulletin of Reports for the thirtieth Northern Illinois Synod Assembly is now available for download at http://nisynod.org/assembly/bulletin-of-reports. You can download the entire Bulletin of Reports as one large pdf or only the portions that you need. Voting members who did not pay to receive a printed copy are responsible to download and bring the bulletin of …

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Assembly Guidebook Beta-Testers Needed!

Want to get your hands on an early release of the first NIS Assembly Guidebook app?! Be a beta-tester! Requirements: be a voting member or visitor to the 2017 assembly be willing to try out the app be willing to give constructive feedback be patient and kind as it is a new, huge project, still under …

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Northern Illinois Synod Assembly – June 16-17, 2017

The 30th Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held at Augustana College, Centennial Hall, 3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 2017. Northern Illinois Synod Assembly registration materials and related assembly information has been mailed to congregations and rostered ministers. All materials are also available on the Synod …

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2017 Assembly In Kind Offering

Download a flyer Northern Illinois Synod Assembly 2017 IN-KIND OFFERING For 150 years, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has been a leader in child welfare services, and is one of the largest providers of foster care services in Illinois. LSSI serves approximately 2,500 children each year; currently 558 of them in the Northern Illinois …

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diakonia Retreat 2017

The Northern Illinois Synod diakonia program is planning their annual retreat on Saturday, May 20 at LOMC. The Retreat will focus on Christian/Muslim relations, building on our increasingly pluralistic society and interactions with people of a variety of faiths. Presenters will be Ahmad El-Ahmad and Pastor Brant Clements. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and program …

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One Body Many Members

Dear Friends in Christ, What does it mean to be the one body of Christ, and how do we work together toward multicultural congregations? Please join me on Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. CDT, for a 45-minute webinar. We will explore these questions, and I will share an important resource for synod and congregational …

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…for family and friends of Pr. Ken Ahlstrand

Pr. Kenneth R. Ahlstrand, former pastor of Grace, Woodstock, passed away April 29. We give thanks for Ken, and remember him with great spirit and hope in his Savior, Jesus the Christ. May our sorrows be turned into joy over the Good News in Jesus promise of Eternal Life. God is great!

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South Conference Reformation Fair was a great success

On Sunday afternoon, April 30, approximately 100 people attended the South Conference “Reformation Fair” at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota. This event featured a variety of activities for all ages. The afternoon program began with a first-person portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther by Roger Haeffner. Attendees then had the opportunity to experience hands on learning …

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LOMC Giving Day 2017

LOMC is excited to launch our first ONE-day, ONLINE fundraiser to raise $5,000 towards camp scholarships this summer! On Tuesday, May 30, share your gifts online. We encourage your support.

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Summer CPE Opportunity

Three openings are available for the summer CPE group at Mercyhealth in Rockford, Illinois.  (Formerly known as Rockford Health System)  the summer unit includes a stipend of $700 per student. Openings also exist for the fall extended unit, which will begin in October.  There is no stipend available for that unit. A limited number of rooms are …

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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Cultural Immersion Trip 2017

United Lutheran Church will participate in a unique cultural immersion trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation Retreat Center May 27-June3, 2017. The reservation is in the southwest corner of South Dakota and is home of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation. The mission of the ministry at Pine Ridge Retreat Center is to foster better understanding between …

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The Good Samaritan – Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her March column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton ponders the parable of the good Samaritan, reminding us that our new life in Christ leads us to answer a different question—not “Who is my neighbor?” but “How are we neighbor?” Read her column in English or in Spanish.

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Congregational Communication Tools for Easter

This Easter, there is a place for everyone to sing, worship and celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and your congregation can extend this invitation of welcome to neighbors and the surrounding community. Posters, postcards and door hangers that can be customized with your congregation’s worship times and information are now available. Place posters in local stores, organizations …

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Thinking about Seminary?

Come to Spring Seminary Sampler Night at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Tuesday, April 25, 4.30 to 8.30 p.m. Prospective Masters and Advanced Studies students are encouraged to attend LSTC’s Spring Seminary Sampler Night, Tuesday, April 25. Come explore how church, world, faith, and your story intersect at LSTC by meeting with current …

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Portico Webinars and Seminar

Retirement Planning for Singles Thu, Apr 27, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT.  We’ve heard from many of our single plan members that you want more information about retirement planning that relates specifically to you. Join us as we explore the challenges and opportunities of retiring as a single person. We’ll discuss some specific …

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Synod-wide Spring Ordination Service

Everyone from the synod is invited to come to this special synod-wide ordination service on Sunday, April 2 at 4pm at Faith, Rochelle. Joseph O’Donnell, who is serving St. Paul in Dixon, will be ordained.  Please plan to attend this synod-wide service and invite all congregation members to attend. One of the things we value as a synod …

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Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches

Event: Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches Sponsor: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Location: Union Church of Hinsdale, Hinsdale, IL (western suburb of Chicago) Date: May 20, 2017 This one-day workshop teaches some basic hands-on skills to help participants address conflicts within their congregations, communities, and homes in a healthy manner.  Topics include: Viewing conflict as an …

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Seeds Monthly – March 2017

Bishop Eaton introduces Leadership Initiative ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.” The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations …

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South Sudan Relief Needed Now

More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence. The ELCA is working with others to deliver immediate famine relief. In addition to these efforts, our church continues its long-term commitment to cultivating sustainable food security and sustained ministry with the people of South Sudan …

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Lutheran Day 2017

Welcome to Lutheran Day 2017, the start of our movement for change. May 9, 2017 $20.00 includes continental breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from St. John’s Lutheran Church to the capitol. REGISTER Download a flyer Our morning activities will begin at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62702. Lutheran Day is …

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South Conference Reformation Fair – April 30

The congregations of the South Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod invite you to their Reformation Fair on Sunday, April 30 from 3-5pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 607 10th Avenue, Mendota. See Martin Luther Martin Luther will be present! Well, at least Roger Haeffner will be present at the Reformation Fair portraying the great reformer. Reformation …

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Reserved Room Blocks Available for Assembly

Hotel Bell by Tamorian CC via Wikimedia Commons

A limited number of rooms are available at special prices at two QC hotels if you call and make your reservation as part of the “block” of reserved rooms. See details below. Radisson on John Deere Commons 1415 River Drive, Moline – (309) 764-1000 Block: Northern Illinois Synod Attendees Rooms available June 15 and 16 at a …

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Jenny Lind 2017 Founders Day Service

The annual Founders Day Service will be held Sunday, April 30, 4 pm, at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover.  The speaker is Jason Mahn, who is the Associate Professor of Religion at Augustana College, Chair, Religion & Director, Pre-Seminary Program.   His focus will be on the Reformation.  After completing his Ph.D at Emory University, …

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…for Millie Anderson, mother of Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann

Assistant to the Bishop, Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann’s mother, Millie Anderson is entering hospice. She is 95. Visit her CaringBridge* site at caringbridge.org/visit/millieanderson1776.   *Donations made to CaringBridge do not go directly to any one individual or family, but rather are used to keep the service free and available for anyone who needs to stay connected to …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – March 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of March. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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The 2017 Congregational Resourcing Event has gone mobile!

Help us test out a brand new mobile guide for CRE on Guidebook! The app gives users access to the most up-to-date information about the event, including workshops, schedules, maps, social media, and much more. You can make notes, share photos, and chat with other participants. This app is a test-run of the Guidebook app to preview its use for …

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Plan Your Day at CRE!

The list of workshops with their sessions and room numbers and the color-coded map is now available! What’s CRE?! It’s the synod’s awesome annual Congregational Resourcing Event. Find out more! Take a few moments sometime before Saturday, March 11, to look over the list, choose which workshops you’d like to attend, and find their locations on …

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Ottawa storm update

Update from Pastor David Ufkes: We have been moving forward with the storm clean-up.  Last evening, our youth had a soup supper scheduled for Ash Wednesday.  During the day we announced that it would be open to the community and announced on the radio.  Hearing the announcement, we received donated food from Olive Garden in Peru …

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The Lutheran Chorale and its Organ Literature

The Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Our Savior’s, Rockford are co-sponsoring a free program on April 23, at 3 PM, featuring organist Dr. Naomi Rowley presenting the selections based the Reformation500 and beyond. Congregational singing, a massed choir,  a festive processional, and bells will highlight the afternoon along with Dr. Rowley’s musical interpretation …

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Employment/Volunteer Opportunities at Holden Village

Join the Holden Village Summer Staff! Holden Village, an ecumenical retreat center in the North Cascades mountains of Washington and home of Holden Evening Prayer, is seeking summer staff! Summer volunteer staff can serve for as little as two weeks and for as long as 3-4 months. As a staff person, you will have access …

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Director of Youth and Family Ministry Sought

Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 So. Brandt Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL is seeking a Director of Youth and Family Ministry, a full-time, benefits-eligible position.    Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted up to and including Monday, March 31, 2017 or until the position is filled. If you would like to see the full job …

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Print the List of CRE Workshops

A printable list of CRE workshops is now available at nisynod.org/cre. Sessions and room numbers will be added as soon as they are available. Please make copies of this list to share with your congregation and invite everyone to attend this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 11 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Find out …

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Download a Bulletin Insert for CRE

A bulletin insert is available for congregations to download, copy, and share with congregation members to encourage them to attend this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 11, 2017 at Kishwaukee College in Malta. http://nisynod.org/cre/  

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Bring Your Small Catechism to CRE!

Dr. Persaud, keynote speaker at the March 11 Congregational Resourcing Event has requested that participants bring their copy of Luther’s Small Catechism or get Augsburg Fortress’ free Small Catechism app from the App Store or Google Play. See all the CRE workshops. Register online for CRE. Find out more about CRE.

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