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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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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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Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

Dear Friends in Christ, Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years. Now, in a new movie created for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, your congregation can further explore Luther and the impact of his teachings. “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” is …

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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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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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