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.

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. Maybe we can get together for a meal! Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, 2018 Main Event: January 26-29, 2018 Hyatt Regency, …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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…for June & Gary Cain and family

Synod bookkeeper, June Cain’s husband Gary lost his sister, Joyce Stauffer, of Mount Morris on January 1, 2018. His other sister, Jean Springer, of Polo is battling cancer. Prayers of thanksgiving are also requested at the birth of their granddaughter Adelyn Luisa Cain, born to James and Christie Cain on January 6.

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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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Church Speak – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Church speak. In her January column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that people who have no experience with the church don’t speak our language or know our stories. She says we need to find a new language to commend the faith clearly and genuinely. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2CFw2g6 and in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2F1Xz9O.

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37th Annual Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Seminary Center for Theology & Land’s 37th annual Rural Ministry Conference, Congregations Cooperating in Mission, will be March 4-6 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. This ecumenical conference is designed for pastors and lay leaders in rural and small town congregations. The topic for this year is Cooperating Congregations in Mission. We …

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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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Music that Makes Community Event

Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to help your people connect and grow in faith through singing? Check out Music that Makes Community’s Chicago Area Practice Group on Thursday, February 1 from 2-4pm at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue in Glen Ellyn. Questions? Contact Charles Plummer at 630-469-5552 or charlesbradfordplummer@yahoo.com. …

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A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock

Pastors, education leaders, worship leaders, and other church professionals are invited to A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock featuring Catherine Malotky, author of the Genesis study in Augsburg-Fortress’ BOOKS of FAITH SERIES Monday, February 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. registration and goodies begin at 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 398 Church Rd . Compton, IL …

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Beginning at the Beginning: A Journey Through the Book of Genesis

Heart of Illinois Lutheran Parish invites everyone to Beginning at the Beginning: A Journey through the Book of Genesis with Catherine Malotky author of the Genesis study in Augsburg-Fortress’ BOOKS of FAITH SERIES  Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. registration and goodies begin at 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 398 Church Rd . Compton, …

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LSTC Seminary Sampler

In this New Year, at this time of new beginnings, and new chapters in life, perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find yourself …

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Stop Human Trafficking

Emmanuel, Rockford invites you to hear Jennifer Cacciapaglia and Lori Johnson, co-founders of the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation speak on what you can do to stop human trafficking on January 21 from 11:30 – 12:30 pm.

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Important National Youth Assembly News from Peg

December 29, 2017 Blessed New Year to all! Still a little business to wrap up the year: T-shirt contest for NIS will be to design the t-shirt for Synod Day.  Get your artists ready to send in by JANUARY 15, 2018 their entry.  Youth or adult may enter; label picture with name of artist, name …

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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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Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 4/7/18 at First, Geneseo

Places, dates, and times of upcoming workshops:

Saturday, April 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota (9 a.m. – noon)
Saturday, April 16 at Christ Lutheran Church, Stockton (1 – 4 p.m.)
Saturday, April 23 at First Lutheran Church, Galesburg (9 – noon)
Saturday, April 30 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake (9 – noon)

Registration is open now at nisynod.org/safeguarding-gods-children.

Please talk with your members who work with children/youth in any capacity and encourage them to register today!

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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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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – December 23, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Income for Surviving Spouse Elliot and Alexis were concerned about planning for the future. They had built a substantial estate of $1,200,000. When Elliot was 70, he rolled over his $400,000 qualified retirement plan into an IRA. Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly What is …

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Annual Report Covers

The ELCA Annual Report Cover for 2017 is now available. You can download a PDF version below, or you can order hard copies in quantity by calling 800-638-3522.

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…for those affected by wildfires

Fast-moving wildfires fueled by intense winds have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in California. Lutheran Disaster Response is prepared to address the overwhelming needs of those affected. Be a part of the response: https://community.elca.org/uswildfires LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE California Fires Situation Report #2 Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for the people who …

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26th Annual Festival of Homiletics Preaching and Politics

26th Annual Festival of Homiletics Preaching and Politics May 21-25 Washington, D.C. Registration for the 2018 Festival of Homiletics is now open! This year’s theme is Preaching and Politics. It promises to be a nurturing, prophetic and renewing experience. The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers …

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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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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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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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IGNITE Your Mission and Career

ALDE IGNITE: Minneapolis 2018 Learn how to take your mission to the next level at IGNITE: Minneapolis 2018, February 28-March 3. This conference will include top-notch keynote speakers as well as rich curriculum sessions and network building opportunities for those with congregational leadership, fundraising, communications, or marketing roles. If you are looking to grow an …

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Portico Webinars

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have …

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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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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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Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative

The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel. If you know someone who shows a gift for ministry, help mentor and foster them. Together — pastors, deacons, lay people – we can bring the …

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… for Tanzanian missionary Carol Stubbs

On December 12, 2017, Carol received results from a bone-marrow biopsy that she is 100% clear! No trace of the cancer! From Randy: “We give thanks to God for this huge gift almost exactly one year after the initial diagnosis and very poor prognosis. Carol is not instantly whole, but at least now there is …

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2017 Little Red Book

The Little Red Book Get the 2017 Edition Today! For decades, the annual Appointment Book or “The Little Red Book” has served Lutheran leaders as a practical, handy, pocket-sized date-keeping reference. Included are ELCA and ELCIC directories, lectionary days with readings, festivals and commemorations, and liturgical color. The cost of $9.95 includes shipping and handling. …

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