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LSSI 150th Anniversary

LSSI will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary on October 31. In honor of this, they are having a special worship service on October 15 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, IL (where LSSI began nearly 150 years ago!). Sunday, October 15 Worship at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon and fellowship to follow. Augustana Lutheran Church 628 6th Street …

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2017 Professional Leaders Conference

2017 PLC will be September 18-20 Presenters: Karoline M. Lewis and Jonathan Rundman The NIS Professional Leaders Conference is the key yearly opportunity for leaders to experience collegiality and connect with what is going on in our Synod. All NIS professional leaders (rostered ministers, seminary students, and paid professional congregational leaders) and their spouses are encouraged to come …

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New Information As You Prepare for the PLC

Find out all about the 2017 PLC at nisynod.org/plc Last Minute Reminders for PLC Bring an instrument to participate in worship on Tuesday Bring an ELW for all worship services Sign up to participate in the Reformation Follies (talent show) laugh together. Review the schedule, housing information, free-time activities, and bread options on the PLC page. …

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Grants Available for India Trip

Global Mission Committee 2018 TRIP TO INDIA SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST FORM Requirements: Recipient must Be registered for the 2018 India Trip or provide proof that s/he is able to go on the trip Be a member of a Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA, congregation Agree to share his/her experiences with his/her congregation, other congregations in the Synod …

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September / October 2017 Making Christ Known

The Small Catechism – Confession and Blessings In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Making Christ Known has featured a series focusing on Luther’s Small Catechism. We conclude this year-long series with Confession and Blessings. A Kinder and Gentler Confession NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements I am sometimes amused by what has stuck with …

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21st Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 200 North 1st Street, Rockford, IL (Anderson Hall on West Side of Church) Featured Speaker: Kimberly Ackmann, Deputy Court Administrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois Jimmie Getter, Sam Thomas, RSAC, and Brittney Fry, RAASE, will be responders in the Q & A Co-Sponsored …

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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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Embracing Stewardship – a resourcing event for congregations

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9am-3pm at Faith Lutheran Church, Rochelle The Northern Illinois Synod Stewardship Ministry Team is offering a stewardship resourcing event for congregations entitled “Embracing Stewardship.” Pastor Charles Lane and Ms. Grace Duddy Pomroy, authors of the book “Embracing Stewardship,” will be our resource leaders for the day.  Read More

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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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StewardNet for Summer 2017

Dear friend in Christ, At the end of last year, I was attending my congregation’s council meeting at which the proposed 2017 budget was presented for the first time. As we were going through the various line items, first on the income side and then later expenses, we came to the line for Mission Support. …

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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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Reformation Anniversary Planning Tools

Anniversary planning and promotional tools are available on ELCA500.org. These include: Anniversary logo for use in official congregation and synod Reformation anniversary activities Anniversary ideas for developing activities Ideas for promotion, including samples from congregations Promotional PDF posters to fill in and communicate activities Promotional postcard for communicating the website and social media Connect with ELCA 500 Facebook and Twitter. Here all can …

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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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For Such A Time As This – Pray. Fast. Act.

May 18, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out of concern …

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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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Nursing Project – Tanzania Sundays

The Northern Illinois Synod Council has approved the following Sundays as “Nursing Project – Tanzania” Sundays: May 21 June 19 July 16 August 20 September 17 October 22 Congregations are asked to use one or more of the Sundays for prayer for the project and for our partners in Tanzania, and to ask for a …

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