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Hurricane Harvey – What You Can Do

The situation: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Our response:  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the …

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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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Seeds Monthly – July 2017

  Living Lutheran: ‘After the media leaves, Lutherans stay’ Last year Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) worked on 47 relief and recovery projects in 29 countries and distributed nearly $6.6 million. The ministry has a reputation for staying in and serving communities long after other agencies and media have left. “Because Lutherans are at work in …

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diakonia “Come and See” Info Fairs

Are you looking for a deeper faith life? Want to be better equipped for Christian Service? Curious about what God has planned for you? …then diakonia™ may be just what you’re looking for! These informational fairs will provide an in-depth overview of the Northern Illinois Synod diakonia Program–a two-year commitment to learning about your faith, …

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Seeds Monthly – June 2017

Living Lutheran: A look at the ELCA’s interreligious relations Since its inception, the ELCA has been committed to fostering interreligious relationships. Most of the church’s engagement has been in Lutheran-Jewish and Lutheran-Muslim relations, with consultative panels for each that help in guiding the dialogue and partnerships. The ELCA recognizes these non-Christians as neighbors and sees …

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Living Lutheran Stories

Reformation 500: 50 things you may not know about the Reformation As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, continuing the series this month with 50 Reformation things you may not know about … continue Luther and ministry “in crisis” Our church has a current and …

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Advocacy Update – July 2017

ELCA Advocacy, Washington D.C.   FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS: PRAYER, FASTING AND ACTION (#PrayFastAct):The next “For Such a Time” day of prayer, fasting and action with the Episcopal Church is Friday, July 21. This month, the presiding bishops of both churches urge action to protect funding for the U.S. International Affairs budget. Our country …

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diakonia Graduation

This year’s diakonia graduation will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, Bolingbrook on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3 pm followed by a cake/coffee/punch reception. Bishop Jeffrey Clements will preach for the service. diakonia graduates, the graduates’ pastors, and teaching pastors are welcome to robe and process that day (the color for the day will …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 20, 2017

What the Reformation taught me about being a dad A year ago, the following sentiment is not one I would’ve predicted I’d be expressing this Father’s Day: Martin Luther and the birth and infancy of my second child will always be inextricably … continue Perspective: Confronting my biases Editor’s note: We’re sharing a reflection by Diane Hochhalter about …

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Dinner with Dr Mark Jacobson

The Nursing Project – Tanzania is hosting a dinner with Dr Mark Jacobson, director of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School on Thursday July 20, 6pm – 8pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dixon. The event is open to anyone interested in hearing about the current nursing school program and supporting The Nursing …

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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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Leadership Lab 2017

July 24 – 29, 2017 Leadership Lab is a weeklong youth leadership training camp sponsored by the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Participants range in age from those just having completed the eighth grade to adults. Leadership Lab began in 1962 is held on the campus of Augustana College …

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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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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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2018 Youth Gathering Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for the 2018 Gathering. Please read the following carefully to become familiar with the process. The application for financial assistance opens July 15, 2017, and closes when all funds have been disbursed. Assistance is given based on the financial need of an individual and their family. Adult leaders should apply on …

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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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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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…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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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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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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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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Energy Conservation Summit for Congregations by Conservation & Sustainability Interfaith Partnership (CSIP)

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and CSIP invite rostered leaders, business managers, and facilities managers to join representatives from US EPA, US Green Building Council, local utility companies and others at a half-day event where they can participate in no-cost efficiency programs. For many, they …

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Tri-Synod Spring Retreat for Youth Leaders and Pastors

(Metro-Chicago / Northern Illinois / Central-Southern Illinois Synods) Where: Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center – Freedom Tree Village 1834 Illinois Route 2 / Oregon, Illinois / (815) 732-2220 Begins: Monday, May 22 at 1:00 PM Ends: Tuesday, May 23 at 1:00 PM Cost: $35 per person (Includes 3 meals & overnight lodging) To register please contact …

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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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