Category: NIS News

diakonia Graduation

This year’s diakonia graduation will take place at New Life Lutheran Church, Bolingbrook on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3 pm followed by a cake/coffee/punch reception. Bishop Jeffrey Clements will preach for the service. diakonia graduates, the graduates’ pastors, and teaching pastors are welcome to robe and process that day (the color for the day will …

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Dinner with Dr Mark Jacobson

The Nursing Project – Tanzania is hosting a dinner with Dr Mark Jacobson, director of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School on Thursday July 20, 6pm – 8pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dixon. The event is open to anyone interested in hearing about the current nursing school program and supporting The Nursing …

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2018 India Trip

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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Important Dates for the 2018 Youth Gathering

Houston, We Have a Gathering and We Have Some Important Dates GATHERING: 6-27-18 through 7-1-18 June 2017 training at Synod Assembly 6-17-17 August 2017 pre-registration information will be on-line September 15, 2017 early bird registration opens cost $ 350 early bird cost $ 150 non-refundable deposit November 16, 2017 regular registration $ 390 (still $150 …

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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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Houston Youth Gathering News

June 27 – July I, 2018, we will be gathering in Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith …

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Small Catechism Series in Making Christ Known

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton encouraged everyone to take a fresh look at Luther’s Small Catechism during this year of celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “We have a common language with which to talk about faith, engage Scripture and make sense of our world. Catechism is not just for the young. This is most …

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January/February 2017 Making Christ Known

Memorizing the Catechism NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements Friends in Christ, One of the requirements of my Lutheran Confessions class in seminary was to memorize Luther’s Small Catechism. I am not particularly good at memorization. It takes a lot of repetition and practice on my part. As a seventh-grade confirmation student, I learned the catechism in …

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Peer Ministry Training Event

The Rockford Revitalizing Faith Initiative and LOMC invite you to a weekend to strengthen your youth ministry February 10-12. Peer Ministry is People Ministry Students equipped with Skills for caring, welcoming and affirming Lived every day, everywhere in every relationship Loving, because Christ first loved us. Relational leadership for our congregation and community. Know how to help …

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The Nursing Project – Tanzania

The Nursing Project – Tanzania supports the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre Nursing School in Arusha Tanzania. The school opened in 2014 and in September of 2016 graduated its first classes providing much needed nurses to the area. The school is in danger of being closed unless a permanent location is built. The task force is …

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Enchanting Rhine and Reformation Tour

Pastor Rick and Helen Meier (Faith, South Beloit) will be leading an “Enchanting Rhine and Reformation Tour” next year in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Lasting ten days, November 10-20, 2017, the tour begins with a river cruise on the Rhine and ends with four days visiting the Martin Luther and Reformation …

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PLC Highlights

The 2016 NIS Professional Leaders Conference was held September 19-21 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center. Special guest presenter was Dr. Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute. The theme was “Gracious Leadership: Moving to Missional and Sustainable Ministry.” Opening Worship – Monday morning Holy Currencies – 6 Blessings for Sustainable and Missional Ministries – Monday afternoon …

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September/October Making Christ Known

The September/October 2016 issue of  Making Christ Known is now available online. Please send the link to your congregation members, leaders, and staff. Download and print for visitors. Copy articles to use in your own congregational publications. This issue begins a new series on the Small Catechism. Watch for more in coming issues!

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Where Does Your Offering Go

ELCA congregations gave $1.8 billion in regular offerings last year. Where does it go? This video shares how your congregational offerings support the ministries of the ELCA and the church around the world. Watch the video below or download the video here. 

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How might your congregation observe Reformation 500?

October 31, 2017, will mark 500 years since the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, spurred by Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. This is an important anniversary and one that deserves to be lifted up not just on a global scale—as it will be—but in your congregation and community as well. Through several avenues, …

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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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First We Give of Ourselves Update

Online Workshops for First, We Give of Ourselves Just a reminder that workshops for all three years of the First, We Give of Ourselves stewardship resource are now online and available through the Northern Illinois Synod website. Instead of just a few workshop opportunities, along with the time and travel involved, the online resource will …

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Jeffrey Clements elected bishop of Northern Illinois Synod

Jeff Clements

6/22/2016 9:00:00 AM           CHICAGO – The Rev. H. Jeffrey Clements, Rockford, was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 16-18 at Centennial Hall at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. …

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Retiring bishop moving up stream

By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com Jun 11, 2016 ROCK ISLAND — Moving to a Minnesotan fishing cabin is making a bishop as happy as a clam. Bishop Gary Wollersheim has led the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northern Illinois Synod for the last 18 years and was an assistant to the bishop for eight years before …

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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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Transition Team Blog – March 2016

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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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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