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Retired Rostered Minister Luncheons

St. Paul writes, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will …

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Bishop’s Easter Greeting 2019

Watch the video. Download the video. Hello. I’m Bishop Jeff Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod. Easter will soon be here, and I’ll get to put on my Easter stole with all of its butterflies. A dear friend of ours made this for me. It’s all cross stitched, and every butterfly on this stole is unique and …

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Make Housing Arrangements for Assembly Soon

It has come to our attention that some people have had difficulty booking a hotel room in Rock Island near to Augustana College Campus on June 14 & 15, 2019 during the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly.  There are several events going on at the same time as our assembly including a postal convention, and many …

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Safeguarding God’s Children in Rockford 5/11/19

Training for all who work with children in the congregation and community offered free of charge through the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA. *NOTE NEW DATE* Saturday, May 11, 2019 9 am – noon Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 4700 Augustana Dr, Rockford Online registration at nisynod.org/safeguarding-gods-children Questions, please contact Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA …

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Everyone is invited to worship!

Even if you can’t attend the Rostered Minister Continuing Education Spiritual Renewal event on Tuesday, April 9, everyone is invited to join us after lunch for the worship service with affirmation of vocation led by Bishop Clements at no charge. Find out more about the Spiritual Renewal Event here. Worship will begin at 12:45 at …

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Get the 2019 CRE Online Guide

Are you registered for 2019 Congregational Resourcing Event (if not, register now, here!)? You'll want to visit the 2019 CRE Online Guide to decide what workshops you'll want to attend. There are so many great workshops this year! You can use the online guide ahead of time to preview all the workshops. You can also use …

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CRE Bulletin Insert

Download a bulletin insert to encourage your congregation to attend this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event on Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta. Keynote presenter Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert will speak on Being Disciples Comes First. He will lead two other workshops, Making Disciples: Core Practices That Change Lives and The Invitational Christian, based on his …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat

God for all Seasons of Life is the theme of the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13: 8 Saturday, April 27, 9am - 3pm at LOMC Bible Study Leader Esther Prabhakar Special Music Peg Lehman Worship leadership Pastor Jessica …

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2019 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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Plan to attend the CRE!

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Life Committee, the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) is one of this synod’s finest yearly events. This year’s CRE will be Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Everyone in a congregation – can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and …

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2019 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2018 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms from the ELCA website. 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 write on …

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Mark your calendars for the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) March 9, 2019

2018 Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert. Read about Dr. Daubert’s keynote presentation and find out more about the CRE at nisynod.org/cre. We are searching for CRE workshop presenters. Would you or someone you …

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2019 Boundaries Workshops – Tues. canceled, Wed. still on

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142. 847-669-9448 Tuesday's event has been canceled due to weather. See note below. Wednesday's event is still on. Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, …

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2018 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

In November, three youth and two adults from the Northern Illinois Synod traveled to Carol Joy Holling Retreat Center in Ashland Nebraska for the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. Watch the video below to find out more about the trip. The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders …

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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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Working Toward Racial Justice

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Speakers: Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) and Donna Matteis (president of the ELCA European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice) During this event, participants will explore concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. Through worship, reflection and action planning, leaders will be equipped to carry …

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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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Congregation Secretaries Lunch and Learn

The synod office is hosting a luncheon for all NIS congregation secretaries on Wednesday, January 9, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m at the Rockford Synod Office, 103, W. State St., Rockford, IL 61101. Catherine Lundeen, archivist, from the ELCA churchwide office, will be our speaker and will talk about archives parish register documents you …

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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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