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.

2018 Gathering Registration Opens

Be ready when you log in with the information needed to enter your participants, but know that you will be able to go back in to update data as needed. In fact, one question I’ve been asked is: Can I still add additional participants before the November “early-bird” deadline, if families change their mind and decide to …

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Benefit Concert by John Linker

Princeton, IL: A benefit performance by John Linker will take place at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Princeton on October 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations at the door will go to Lutheran Disaster Response to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, and to send St. John youth to the 2018 …

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How is God Calling You Into the World?

Have you ever wondered about Public Ministry? Or Seminary? Or both? Come visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and find out for yourself what life is like as a seminarian! LSTC has two events this Fall: Seminary Sampler, Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October, 24, and Seminary Sampler Night, Tuesday, November 14. Come meet current …

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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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Youth Gathering News – September 2017

Houston As the sun starts to shine again in the Houston area, people, businesses and churches start the initial wonderings and workings of thinking what’s next. Many of you have asked questions and shown concern about Houston and the Gathering. Here’s what we know now: The 2018 Gathering is on! Registration opens Sept. 15. The …

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Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 — THE REV. DR. JOELLE COLVILLE-HANSON Floods, Fires, and Hurricanes The earth and her creatures are besieged by storms and fire in our own country and around the world.  Those who are dealing with disasters directly are overwhelmed either with preparing for coming storms or fires, or cleaning up and recovering from storms and …

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ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey

By Michael Rinehart- September 1, 2017 – original post https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/09/elca-congregations-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey/ Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is active on the ground, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, …

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ELCA Advocacy – DACA alert

As ELCA Lutherans, we stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in support of young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. These young Americans, also known as Dreamers, were protected from deportation through the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the …

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ELCA presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to today’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the statement below or at: http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7898 Download the statement (English):http://bit.ly/2eBFJyx Download the statement (Spanish):http://bit.ly/2w6XITF 9/5/2017 10:45:00 AM CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 5, 2017

ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster … continue Peace Lutheran hosts first Vacation Culture School Ever wished to explore the other religious groups in …

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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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Living Lutheran Stories – August 29, 2017

ELCA on gender identity discrimination With Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the ELCA issued the following statement on gender identity discrimination: In light of recent public events and conversation, it is important to remember … continue What it feels like being an anxious churchgoer I grew up going to a Lutheran church several times a week, …

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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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Hurricane Harvey – What You Can Do

The situation: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Our response:  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the …

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Mackin-Mailander Lecture featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber

Thursday, November 9 Nadia Bolz-Weber: The Risks and Rewards of Being Honest About Ourselves 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm Clarke University Kehl Center – 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, Iowa $10/general admission Tickets available at www.clarke.edu/nadia or by phone at 563-588-6377 Nadia Bolz-Weber: The Risks and Rewards of Being Honest About Ourselves. Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran …

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Seeds Monthly – August 2017

Bishop Eaton’s 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 and communities …

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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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Rostered Ministers Gathering 2017: “On the Way…Together!”

The ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2017, the first of its kind, brought together more than 900 pastors and deacons, to Atlanta, Aug. 7-10, under the theme “On the Way … Together.” The story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) guided their time. While keynote speakers and sermons acknowledged the challenges currently faced by the church—and organized …

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Resourceful Servants

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: We often speak of the many dimensions of wellness in our lives – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical, for instance. Financial well-being is another vital component in our endeavor to live well. The ELCA will focus on this concept in the months and years ahead as we take the …

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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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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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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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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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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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Invite Students to Campus Ministry

When college students you know 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 …

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… for family and friends of Ferne Pierce who died July 17

Ferne Caroline Svendsen Rouse Pierce, mother of Richard Rouse (spouse of Beth Lewis, president and CEO of 1517 Media), was born December 13, 1922 in Earlville, IL. She died peacefully on July 17, 2017 in Solvang, CA. She was 94 years old.   A memorial service, followed by refreshments, will be held on Friday, September …

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A Call to Prayer 

From the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America “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 a plea that new lay leaders, deacons and pastors be identified, invited, encouraged and …

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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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2018 Synod Trip to India – flyer and information

வணக்கம்! (vaṇakkam! – “Hello” in Tamil) The Northern Illinois Synod is planning a trip to India and our companion synod, the Arcot Lutheran Church, for February 5-16, 2018 (with an optional 2-day add-on). Spaces are filling up. If you might be interested in participating in this trip, please complete the simple survey below today.   Download …

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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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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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