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Download the CRE App for the Congregational Resourcing Event!

The CRE app will be the most up-to-date source for workshops, sessions, and rooms at this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 10 at Kishwaukee College. There are several ways to get the app: In a web browser, visit https://guidebook.com/app/elcaevents/guide/niscre18. From there you can text a link to your phone or download the iOS or Android version …

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Stories and Photos from India Trip

See photos from all the India trip participants in this album. Post times below are in CST. India is 12.5 hours ahead. Bishop Jeff Clements February 18 at 3pm We thank you, gracious God, for protecting your servants while traveling in India and bringing us home safely. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn …

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Memorial Service at Grace Place February 14

There will be a Memorial Service at Grace Place to remember those 6 people who died ten years ago in Cole Hall at NIU as a result of a mass shooting. Our service at Grace Place will begin at 9:00 PM on February 14 (Ash Wednesday).  We are hoping that those attending the beginning of Lent service will follow up with …

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Hey Youth Leaders – Are You Going to the E!?

Are you going to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in Houston? If you are, please email karin@nisynod.org or text 815-762-0758 so we can know who from the NIS will be there. We will have lunch together as a synod on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30pm! Location TBA. Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, …

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2018 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2017 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms below or from the ELCA website: elca.org/Resources/Office-of-the-Secretary#Synods. 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 …

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2018 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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Ancient Practices Of The Church: An Opportunity To Learn

At the Professional Leaders’ Conference last September, a group of rostered leaders gathered to talk about practices of the ancient church that invigorated its life and that are being used by present day congregations. Among those practices discussed were centering prayer, praying with icons, meditation, fasting, silence, and walking the labyrinth. As an outgrowth of …

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2018 LYO Ski Trip

Junior High and High School Ski Trip January 15, 2018 – 9am-9pm Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena Cost $47 – Lift, Lesson, Rental (Ski or Snowboard) $29 – Lift Ticket Only $8 – Meal Deal (Voucher worth $10) Register Online www.ChestnutMtn.com Click Rates & Passes Then Group Booking Book Group Reservations Enter group name as: “NIS …

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2018 Annual Enrollment ends Monday

Enrollment closes at midnight on Nov. 13. If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, this deadline is important in order to receive your 2018 Portico Health ID card before January. Remember, Annual Enrollment is your time to choose the ELCA benefits you’ll need to live well in the coming year. So that you don’t miss any one-time …

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RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations with the Bishop – Fall 2017

All RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations begin with a light supper at 6:15 p.m. and continue at 7:00 with the opening devotion and continued conversations. Tuesday, September 12 – Central Conference – St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Avenue, Dixon Tuesday, September 26 – South Conference – St. John Lutheran Church,  607 10th Avenue, Mendota Thursday, October 5 – …

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Send Us Your Stories!

By Pastor Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development  All around the territory of the Northern Illinois Synod exciting and meaningful ministries are taking place. From Scales Mound to Streator, from the Quad Cities to Joliet, congregations of the Northern Illinois Synod are making a difference in people’s lives through ministry in …

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CRE Workshop Presenters Sought

2018 Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) will take place on Saturday, March 10 at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Nathan Frambach of Wartburg Theological Seminary.

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Ignite the Church Conference, February 5-7, 2018 in Orlando

The 2nd Annual Ignite the Church Conference will be held February 5-7, 2018 at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Orlando. The conference seeks to build upon the momentum created by the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation by focusing on the ongoing need to re-form the church for the sake of mission in today’s world. Beth Lewis, CEO of 1517 Media, will share a keynote address focusing on institutional change to …

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Nominations Sought

The 2017-2018 Nominating Committee of the Northern Illinois Synod will be meeting on Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m. at the Rockford Synod office. Below are the openings for which nominations are being sought. If you are interested, please complete the nomination form found at http://nisynod.org/committees/nominations/ If you have any questions, please contact Deaconess Cheryl …

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Seeds Monthly – October 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘Freed in Christ to serve the neighbor’ As Lutherans around the world reflect on the Reformation this month, the October cover story of Living Lutheranconsiders how the Reformation’s roots of social action continue to guide Lutheran identity and calling today. Through stories of the ELCA’s work in advocacy, global mission and domestic ministries, the …

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The Freedom of a Christian Discussion

Quad Cities church and community members are invited to a Three-part discussion series on the The Freedom of a Christian by Martin Luther. These sessions will take place on Wednesdays – October 11, 18, 25  11.30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Faculty Center, adjacent to the new Brunner Theatre. A soup and sandwich lunch will be offered …

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Bishop Meeting with Rostered Ministers Under 40

Bishop Clements will meet with all NIS Rostered Ministers 40 years and under on Wednesday, October 11 from 10:00 am – Noon at Faith Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL. For more information, contact Pr. Rob James, GPS Faith Community pastorrob@gpsfaith.com (815) 721-0079 cell (779) 221-8491 church

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2017

October 21, 2017 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 Web Cam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author Register Online on the right or download the registration form. As you are probably aware, church accounting is not the …

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2017 Boundaries Workshop

Myself as My Neighbor: self-care through boundaries. This year’s Boundary Workshop will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center, 1834 S. Illinois 2, Oregon, lomc.org. The title of the Workshop is “Myself as my neighbor: self-care through boundaries.” The workshop will begin with a review of …

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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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