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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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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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