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.

Living Lutheran Stories – November 14, 2017

Perspective: 5 reasons to ditch that church newsletter It’s on your calendar if you’re a church worker or a ministry chair, staring you down weeks ahead of schedule: “Write newsletter article.” Newsletters have long been the vehicle of … continue   A month of gratitude Many have written about the ways in which social media can …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

Improving access to healthcare is one of the advocacy priorities of our Church. Lutheran ministries both here at home and abroad continue to provide health services—including child and maternal health, to those in need of it. Through its various programmatic interventions, the U.S. government has been instrumental in improving mother and child survival rates around …

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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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LDR Update: Hurricane Response and Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Caribbean Hurricane Response: A Reflection In late October, a small delegation from the ELCA traveled to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. They walked together in prayerful solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean Synod and the Lutheran Social Services of Virgin Islands. Here, Johanna Olson, Manager for Relationships for the Europe, …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘A ministry of presence’ There are more than 160 ELCA pastors who, through the church’s federal chaplaincy ministries, provide pastoral care in the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs medical centers and correctional institutions. While these are places many Americans will never experience and some might be dangerous or isolating, ELCA chaplains are present there, providing …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – November 18, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trusts Versus Wills Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with cancer in January 1994. She signed a will in the New York offices of a large law firm on March 22, 1994. Read More SAVVY LIVING Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? …

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Music Minister needed for Southwest Suburban Church

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (LCR) in Oak Forest, IL is accepting resumes for the part-time position of Music Minister. This position leads both bell and vocal choirs, chooses music for traditional and praise services, works with staff and worship committee to develop/design special services, and encourages ensemble work within the congregation. We worship in …

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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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ELCA Global Links – November 2017

‘Castillo Fuerte es Nuestro Dios’ Written by Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best known and most beloved hymns among Lutherans around the world. Listen to a beautiful rendition, performed by students of our companion church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.   March 2018 trip to Malaysia …

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…for Pr. Scott Schmidt and family at the death of his brother

The Rev. Matthew Justin Schmidt, 46, Decatur, IL, pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Forsyth, died on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL with Reverend Brock Abbott and Reverend William Abbott officiating. Visitation will …

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Christmas Invitational Resources

  Dear Friends in Christ, Advent and Christmas are right around the corner and can be a very busy time in the life of this church. To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations. Many people will look for a place to worship this Christmas. Extend a welcoming …

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Worship at the Center

This coming January/February, you have the opportunity to attend “Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.” During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and …

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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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Lutheran Men in Mission October Newsletter

The newest Foundations Newsletter is now online  Link To Newsletter Recapture the excitement of the Bold Gathering, learn what participants heard and experienced The cover story is written by Vic Williams entitled, The Beauty of Being Bold. The 2017 Gathering: Many paths to God’s grace. We are very appreciative of Vic sharing his editing skills with us …

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Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop

In case you missed the NIS Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop on Saturday, October 21, HammarCPA is offering a similar workshop in Rock Island on Saturday, December 2. Find out more below: You are invited to a Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop that we will be hosting on Saturday December 2nd 2017. Below I have included …

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Lucia Celebration at First, Rockford

First Lutheran Church announces its 59th Annual Lucia Celebration Saturday, December 9 9 am – noon Traditional Kaffe Kalas with Santa Lucia Candy Boy & Girl Crafts, “treasures,” & homemade bakery plus Tabor Lutheran’s Swedish Korv! Holiday Concert at 10 am in the sanctuary Music Academy of Rockford students 225 S. Third Street, corner of …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 11, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Ten Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA release. Read More   SAVVY LIVING Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses As a divorced woman, am I entitled to …

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Family Musical Advent Celebration

Presented by Our Savior’s WELCA Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 3300 Rural Street, Rockford, IL Come hear the sounds of the season! Music performed by talented OSLC families, with dessert following in the Social Hall. All are invited to this inspiring musical celebration anticipating the birth of Christ. Free-will offering …

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Joy of Christmas Past & Present

Augustana Lutheran Church and the Jenny Lind Chapel (JLC) in Andover will host the 47th annual Joy of Christmas Past & Present on Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 PM.  Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Church.  The Christmas story will be read in several different …

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Music Director Sought

Zion Lutheran Church 16100 69th Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477 Position: Music Director- (part-time/full-time) Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) is an active and energetic congregation located in Tinley Park, IL. Our congregation has a fruitful history of excellence in music for worship and now seeks a musician(s) who is able to enhance the worship life of the congregation through …

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Musician Needed

HELP WANTED First Lutheran Church 19 W. Third St., Chadwick, IL is looking for an organist/Clavinova player on a full time/part time basis beginning Jan. 1. This is a paid position with one-way mileage.  Apply in person or call 815-684-5110 for an application.

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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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ELCA Disability Ministries – Fall 2017

Greetings! Hi, and thanks for your interest in and support of ELCA Disability Ministries! I’m Chris Ludwig, editor of the Disability Ministries Newsletter and member of the Disability Ministries Program Advisory Table (abbreviated as Advisory Table). This edition of the newsletter is focused on demonstrating how Disability Ministries along with young adult leaders like Emily …

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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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Advocacy Update – November 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of November. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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Living in a broken world – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Living in a broken world. We hear about natural disasters and shootings, and we try to make sense out of the incomprehensible. In her November column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton says the joy found in Jesus allows us to live in hope and believe in life amid despair and death. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2inJWaA or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2h7w1ZA.

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…for those affected by the attack in New York

November 1, 2017 Dear Friends: I greet all of you in the Name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our anguished hearts go out to those who lost their lives, who were injured, and, indeed, all of us who were terrorized by yesterday’s attack in Manhattan. This brazen act in a …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 31, 2017

Watch the Reformation Sunday Worship service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is sponsoring the Reformation Sunday Worship … continue     Bishop Eaton to preach at Notre Dame Reformation service In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a service …

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LL Stories – October 24, 2017

Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood The bells of All Saints’ Church—known as Castle Church—in Wittenberg, Germany, ring out as dozens of churchgoers file into its neo-Gothic sanctuary. Reformation pilgrims from across the globe … continue What Hurricane Maria gave to us This reflection was originally shared on the ELCA Racial Justice blog.  The title of …

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information

Since government funds for publicity and outreach to help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have been cut severely this year, we are urging churches, service organizations and individuals to help reach out to people who may be uninsured and who may benefit from the subsidies for lower income families through the …

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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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Full-time Youth Director Needed

Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Grand Rapids, MN is searching for a full-time Youth and Family Ministry Director. Located among the beautiful and serene lakes and woods of northern Minnesota, Grand Rapids is a vibrant, growing community with big city amenities and cultural opportunities. Our growing congregation is searching for candidates with training and experience …

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Freon Available

Emmanuel Rockford has 60 lbs of recovered R22 Freon available to be given to a church that may need to recharge a leaking air conditioning system. The value of the Freon is roughly $6000 ($100/lb) Any church interested can leave a message at Emmanuel for Dan Kelly at 815-963-4815 or call Pastor TroyAnn on her …

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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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Portico 2017 Live Well Challenge Deadline November 30

Earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each For more information go to MyPortico …

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