Category: NIS News

Ancient Practices Of The Church: An Opportunity To Learn

At the Professional Leaders’ Conference last September, a group of rostered leaders gathered to talk about practices of the ancient church that invigorated its life and that are being used by present day congregations. Among those practices discussed were centering prayer, praying with icons, meditation, fasting, silence, and walking the labyrinth. As an outgrowth of …

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2018 LYO Ski Trip

Junior High and High School Ski Trip January 15, 2018 – 9am-9pm Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena Cost $47 – Lift, Lesson, Rental (Ski or Snowboard) $29 – Lift Ticket Only $8 – Meal Deal (Voucher worth $10) Register Online www.ChestnutMtn.com Click Rates & Passes Then Group Booking Book Group Reservations Enter group name as: “NIS …

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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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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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Scam Targeting Churches

December 2015 One of the ELCA congregations of the NW Synod of Wisconsin has recently incurred a sizable loss of funds due to an elaborate and sophisticated email scam.  Scammers use email addresses similar to existing church email accounts of pastors and other staff members, often requesting sizable sums of money to be wired for “projects that …

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Important dates for your 2016 calendar

As you begin to fill in your shiny new 2016 calendar, be sure to mark these important events in the life of the synod.   The annual Synod Assembly will begin one day early because of the bishop election. The assembly will begin on Thursday, June 16 and run through Saturday, June 18.   The new …

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Flood Relief Still Needed

Our international companions in the Arcot Lutheran Church have been working hard at flood relief for the past month. Here are some photos of the flood damage and from the preparation and distribution of relief supplies provided by the ALC. It is important to note that our neighbors in the ALC are among India’s poorest people, …

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2016 Statement of Intent forms now 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. Please …

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Synod Prayer Team Invitation

We are extending an invitation to anyone interested in joining the Northern Illinois Synod Prayer team. Esther Prabhakar who is the chair of this prayer team, will send email prayer requests as needed to pray for our beloved Synod during this critical transition time. If interested in praying for that, please contact Esther Prabhakar at …

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Cyclone Hits Arcot Lutheran Church, India

November 12, 2015 Dear Rostered Leaders and Faithful members of our congregations, Please find below the email I received from our Companion Synod partner, Bishop Socrates, of the Arcot Lutheran Church, regarding the devastation that happened on the territory of the Arcot Lutheran Church, as the result of a cyclone hitting their homeland on November …

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NISynod.org Reconstruction Update

As you probably know, the synod website was hacked in late October. Below are the updates that were given in a special e-alert and on the front of nisynod.org after it was back. Thank you so much for your patience through this process. There are still many links that are not working, but I continue …

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Videos and Resources from PLC now available

PLC photos, videos of the Presiding Bishop Hanson’s presentations, Glenn Hecox’ presentation, Bishop Wollersheim’s time, and more are now available online. Visit the PLC 2015 page for the following resources:  Photos Monday worship worship notes Bishop’s sermon – Monday 11am Hanson Presentation #1 – Monday 1pm The Pastor as Pontiff, Prophet, Poet, and Promise Hecox Presentation …

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