Category: NIS News

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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Looking for Seed Money for a Project?

Each year, the Congregational Life Committee (CLC) of the Northern Illinois Synod awards grants to be used as seed money to inspire and empower the people of the Northern Illinois Synod to develop creative new ideas for ministry. Any congregation or group related to a congregation of the Northern Illinois Synod can apply for a CLC grant. The grant request guidelines …

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PLC Evaluation Form Online

Did you attend the 2017 PLC? Your opinions are highly valued by the planning committee. If you did not fill out a paper evaluation form at the event, please take a moment to fill out the evaluation below.

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Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more. Where Lutherans are responding: Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief Hurricane …

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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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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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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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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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NIS Updates from the CWA

See all the photos from the Churchwide Assembly Saturday, August 13, the final day of the CWA, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly has taken the following action: Adopted amended Memorial B3: Towards a responsible energy future. Adopted Memorial C2: Justice for the Holy Land through Responsible Investment. Adopted an Amendment for Category B1: Call to Discernment …

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Resources for Troubled Times

from our sister, Lower Susquehanna Synod If you are seeking resources to help make sense of the violence, hatred, and polarization of the last few weeks, we offer these links to help you address these difficult issues through lament, prayer, dialogue, and/or fasting. Textweek.com offers a wide selection of links to help respond to acts …

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Bishop-elect Facebook Page

Our bishop-elect, Pastor Jeff Clements, has created a public profile page. He invites you to “like” and “follow” his page, which he hopes will include items of interest to people of the Northern Illinois Synod. He says, “In preparation for assuming the office of bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod, I have established this page. …

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Synod Directory Update

The (painfully tardy) 2015 Synod directory is at the printers, but unfortunately, will not be ready in time for distribution at assembly. In the meantime, all photos (taken at assembly) are available on the synod website. Visit 2015 NIS Directory. You can click on each photo to see the full-size version. Please contact Karin with any questions.  

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New Bishop Survey Results

In anticipation of the June election of a new bishop to serve the Northern Illinois Synod, we asked members of the congregations of our synod to fill out an online survey April 1-30. The results of this online survey will be used to create a “profile” of the Northern Illinois Synod for our candidates and could …

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Correct Dates for PLC 2016

Due to the scheduling of the Fall Conference of Bishops meeting, it was necessary to move back the date one week, to September 19-21, 2016. Although it was moved back before PLC 2015, some of our leaders did have the previous date in their calendars, so please note that PLC 2016 is indeed September 19-21, …

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Portico Upcoming Events

See below for the complete list. Some new webinar highlights are: Pre-Retirement Seminar – can now be viewed as a webinar or we still have our in person seminar, too! Road to Debt Reduction (for First Call pastors who have a lot of seminary debt) Ready to Retire – a deep dive on health care …

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Practice Discipleship

Practice Discipleship is an initiative born out of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Leaders from all over the world came together to share their passions for growing youth and adult leaders asking for the resources. This is our answer, Practice Discipleship: leadership development for the sake of faith formation. Since that time, …

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Thankful for You in 2015!

Dear Partners in Ministry, A frequently-used offertory in our congregations is the traditional doxology.  The words of this hymn reflect the joy and thanksgiving we share in response to God’s abundance and generosity.  Thomas Ken has crafted this wonderful verse: “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below ; praise …

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Reformation Anniversary Celebration Ideas

500 Years of Evangelical Reformation 1517-2017 When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. In every dimension of Christian faith a renewed trust in God’s forgiving mercy replaced a reliance on teachings and …

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Engaging Adults

Your church can’t survive without effective adult faith formation Thursday, May 19, 2016 • 9:00-3:30 GPS Faith Community 10714 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park, IL (779) 221 8491 We talk of lifelong faith formation while our actions remain primarily focused on children and youth. It’s time for every church to commit to adult faith formation. …

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Churches and Copyright: How to be a Weekend Publisher and Stay Out of Prison – new CRE workshop

New to the list of workshops is a very important workshop for all worship leaders, bulletin and newsletter publishers, and congregation leaders. Churches and Copyright: How to be a Weekend Publisher and Stay Out of Prison Michael Moore , Copyright Administrator, Augsburg Fortress Publishers will cover what copyrights are, how long they last, what churches can do without licenses, what …

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2016 Synod Assembly Lay Voting Members

All congregations in the Northern Illinois Synod are requested to send the names and contact information of their 2016 Synod Assembly Lay Voting Members to Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann as soon as possible after they have been selected. In the email, please be sure to include the name and location of the congregation. As part of the preparation …

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Transition Team Blog

Hello Everyone, For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Andy Tyrrell.  I have served as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, IL for the last four years.  As you know Bishop Wollersheim is retiring after 18 years of faithful service to our synod.  In order to recognize Bishop Wollersheim …

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Annual Reports

Please share a copy of your annual report with the synod office.  We file a copy and find it useful in understanding the congregation, especially in times of transition. You can send an electronic copy to Julie Lewis or mail a hard copy to: Northern Illinois Synod 103 W State Street Rockford, IL 61101 Thank …

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Email Fraud Alert

A congregation’s assistant treasurer at an ELCA congregation in North Carolina  received an email message using a “from” address as their senior pastor asking her to wire money for a special project he was working on. While the “wire me money” is a known scam, this was heightened by the fact that it was “from” a pastor …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 30, 2016

PERSONAL PLANNER ‘Wait A While’ Trust Bill and Clara were talking to their attorney Susan about their family. Read More SAVVY LIVING Could You Have COPD? I have struggled with some shortness of breath for the past five years or so. I just thought I was getting older and out of shape, but a friend …

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Everyone’s Help is Needed

Gary Wollersheim

With the upcoming retirement of Bishop & Polly Wollersheim, we are collecting videos, photos, stories, and other memorabilia from his three terms as bishop. Would you please check your own resources and ask around your congregation to see if you might have anything from a time he/they visited your congregation – or any other events where someone …

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Congregation Communicators

Who is it in your congregation who communicates to the congregation? Who puts together the newsletter or the bulletin? Who teaches Bible studies? Who gives announcements during church? Who sends out emails to the congregation? Who posts on the church Facebook page? Who talks to others in church? Who talks to others in their every …

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Sounding the Alarm on Our Leaders’ Health

The Rev. Jeff Thiemann calls for a wellness reformation Watch the 21-minute speech Read the transcript “Jesus came that we would have abundant lives, and I believe that it is time for us to stop walking away from that promise in the way that we live.” Jeff Thiemann, Portico’s president and CEO, delivered this message …

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New Year, New Start

by Tammy Devine. Diaconal Minister and ELCA Wellness Manager As you launch into 2016, stop and reflect. Imagine your best self. Most of us aren’t in perfect health; many of us have issues we can’t control. But all of us are called to live well. Through this year’s GO! Challenge, we have the opportunity to listen to …

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