Category: Walking Together

Walking Together is the weekly e-news of the Northern Illinois Synod. Anyone can subscribe by clicking here) or by sending names and email addresses to karin@nisynod.org. Congregational submissions are encouraged! Send stories, prayer requests, bulletin board items, news, and photos to karin@nisynod.org.

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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News from Luther Seminary

September 19, 2018 Listening: the Heart of Innovation In innovation work, the very first step is to listen. Alex Goryachev, Managing Director of Innovation Strategy and Programs for Cisco, calls listening “a rare art” at the heart of innovation, something that is vital “to survive and develop collaborative strategies with…partners…around the world.” Silicon Valley might seem …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 18, 2018

Looking for the Word In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came … continue I’m a Lutheran: Bettye Olson Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. …

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Fear not – Presiding Bishop Eaton

I’m leaving for my first trip to Holden Village, a retreat center near Chelan, Wash. I’ve heard about this Lutheran Shangri-La for years. I have sung and played the Holden Evening Prayer in many settings. I’m excited. The theme verse for the week I’ll be in residence is “Fear not,” which is part of a …

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Closed congregation has items to give away and sell

Tabor Lutheran Church has many With One Voice and Worship and Praise supplements available for those who can make use of them, many long tables and chairs that we would like to sell for a donation, and other furnishings that might be useful in other congregation settings, or even for home use. Contact Pr. Jane …

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One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

October 26-28,2018 Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see Manteno, IL ABOUT “ONE YEAR TO LIVE” Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and  a closer relationship with Christ. Join us and be… •Adventurous and courageous •Genuine and spiritual Look forward to… •Banding together and being challenged •Examining your life and making decisions Be prepared for a spiritual boot …

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Luther Seminary KAIROS Continuing Education Courses

Luther Seminary’s KAIROS continuing education courses offer a wealth of learning opportunities designed for clergy and church leaders of all denominations. Learn more and register at luthersem.edu/KAIROS. Worship Forming Community— Prayer and Music Leadership September 10-October 15 A set of hands-on training labs focused on building skills and developing a greater sensitivity for worship and music …

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Three Sides Podcast

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to …

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LivingLutheran Stories – September 4, 2018

The sabbath lesson in Christopher Robin In the first 15 minutes of the new film Christopher Robin, the title character does the following: decides he’s too old to continue playing with Winnie the Pooh and his other friends in the … continue ELCA school builds culture of peace Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and …

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Friends of LWR Fall Ingathering of Quilts & Kits

Friends of Lutheran World Relief (FLWR) encourages all congregations in the Chicago-land area to bring their Quilts and Kits to any of the following sites on Saturday, October 6, 9:00 am – 12 noon and/or on Sunday, October 7, noon – 3:00 pm. This annual Fall Ingathering (provided for over 30 years) is a coordinated …

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ELCA Global Links

‘Thad’s Story’ – discerning vocation through YAGM Meet Thad, a young leader who dedicated a year of his life to service with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary through ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). Watch Thad talk about the impact the YAGM program had on his life and vocational call. With 80 participants beginning their …

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22nd Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch

Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration at 8:30. St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 2400 Bell Avenue, Rockford, IL Far Away and in Our Backyard – Continuing our conversations… Human Trafficking Featured Speakers: Jimmie Getter, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC), and Brittney Fry, Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (RAASE), And will also be responders …

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Ginger Zee to Headline LSSI Gala

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) will honor ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee at its 37th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago. In her recent memoir, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, Zee details her struggle with clinical depression and in doing so, offers …

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Hymn Festival at First, Galesburg

“We Sing the Year Round” Sunday October 14, at 4pm “We Sing the Year Round,” is a Hymn Festival written and led by organist, Dr. John Ferguson in celebration of the new organ which leads the congregational singing at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, October 14 at 4pm. John Ferguson retired June 2012 after serving …

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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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Effective Preaching for Today

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 today. Drawing from his experience as a professor, and his passion for the narrative lectionary, Dr. Jacobson will …

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Seeds Monthly – August 2018

Introducing ‘Three Sides Podcast’ “Three Sides” is a new monthly podcast featuring stories from the ELCA. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, “Three Sides” will share diverse voices from across this church. Typically, it’s said there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or …

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Musician Sought at Prince of Peace, Woodridge

IMMEDIATE MUSICIAN OPENING: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Woodridge, IL, is seeking a part-time musician (organ preferred, piano required) to support our Sunday Service and Adult Choir. This is a year-round position serving a small congregation in the Western Suburbs. Responsibilities: • Lead congregation with weekly hymns and service music for one (1) …

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Junior High Retreat

Crazy Love! God’s Radical Affection for Us featuring Agape and Pastor Maggie Falenschek November 9-11 $145 per person includes lodging, programming, and food Contact LOMC at 815-732-2220 or registrations@lomc.org

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Annual Swedish Service at Jenny Lind Chapel

Pastor Jeff Linman will be the preacher at the annual Swedish Service at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover on Sunday, September 30, at 4 pm.  He completed his call as part-time Pastor of Renewal and Redevelopment at First Lutheran Church in Monmouth August 31 and joined the Retired Roster September 1. The 30th will be …

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Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation

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 a team (pastor and …

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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, 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 4 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Galesburg Sunday, November 18 – …

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2018 diakonia Retreat

Saturday, October 20, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center near Oregon, IL. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.  The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with worship (we’ll be completely finished by 3 p.m.). Retreat Speaker:  The Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Bouman, Director of Domestic Missions for the ELCA and …

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Continuing Ed Task Force announces upcoming events

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The Rostered Ministers Continuing Education Task Force is proud to offer the following continuing education opportunities for Rostered Ministers!   Download a flyer.   Effective Preaching for Today Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson (Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary) Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere Working Toward Racial Justice Speaker: Judith Roberts (ELCA Program Developer for …

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2018 Live Well Challenge

Live Well Challenge ELCA-Primary members and spouses, Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge invites you to strengthen your physical and financial well-being, and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. How to Complete This Year’s Challenge Complete Your Biometric Screening by Nov. 30: Earn $200 This year, Portico is offering a more objective way to assess your …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 26, 2017

And a child shall lead them One of my favorite moments at my parish is the hush right before Christmas Eve services begin.  The lights are lowered just a bit as everyone settles in, and eventually the rustling stops and a … continue Waiting at the door this Advent Editor’s note: This is the fourth post …

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Women and Justice Draft Social Statement

In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 7, 2017

Living saints Often when I think of All Saints Day, my first thoughts are nostalgic, delightful memories of my grandparents. They were kind and committed, smart and resilient, funny and faithful. A church … continue Talking with your kids about death Many of the best children’s stories start with death. Often it is the death of …

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Give Now for Hurricane Harvey Relief

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 Update from Lutheran Disaster Response Dear friends, Now that the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey is coming fully into focus, we see that the need will be great and recovery will take many years. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated …

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Rostered fewer than 10 years?

LEAD is has four $1290 scholarships remaining for its “In Search of Paul” study pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece, April 3-19, 2018. ELCA ministers rostered 10 years or fewer may apply. We believe it is important that newly rostered ministers can avail themselves of studying in the geographical and historical context of the Apostle Paul, but …

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Invite Students to Campus Ministry

When college students head to campus, you can help introduce them to Lutheran Campus Ministry. Use this link to share contact info with Lutheran Campus Ministry most anywhere!  Click here.   You will find an online form that you can use to send student names and contact information to the ministry or congregation closest to their campus. …

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Conference of Bishops’ Call to Prayer

Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Luke 10:2 “As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church. We ask that the petitions of every worship service include …

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