Category: NIS News

Reformation 500 Observance – 2017

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**New Resource List** Visit the ELCA Reformation Observance website at www.ELCA500.org and the ELCA Reformation 500 Facebook page! Please use these new online spaces to share anything your congregation is doing to observe this anniversary and find other events to share with your congregation! You may share events and resources on the website under the “Post It!” tab, on the …

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God’s work. Our hands. Sunday – September 13

Thank you for considering participation in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. This dedicated day of service builds on the work ELCA congregations do every day, serving the communities in which we live. \Whether we clean up outdoor spaces, fill back-packs with much-needed school supplies or write letters to soldiers and veterans, “God’s …

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Wherever You Are: A Spiritual Event

On Saturday, September 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Spiritual Life Team of Christ Lutheran, Belvidere will be holding a one-day retreat called, “Wherever You Are:  A Spiritual Event.”  The primary purpose of this event is to help attendees enlarge their consciousness of God, deepen their prayer discipline, and appreciate the prayer forms …

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Synod Assembly Highlights

Visit nisynod.org/assembly/highlights for photos, videos, social media, and more from the 2015 Synod Assembly. More photos and videos are being added as quickly as possible. So come back again for more. A bulletin insert is also available for use in your congregation.

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See and hear the Assembly through social media

The Twitter hashtag #NISAssembly2015 was offered for assembly voting members and guests to use as they posted, tweeted, blogged, or otherwise engaged social media. As many of these postings as possible were collected for the highlights page of the assembly website. These social media highlights were collected from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more and collated …

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What’s the point of a campus pastor?

by Cassey, a junior in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at UNL A friend of mine recently posted an opinion piece from the New York Times called “What’s the Point of a Professor?” on how college professors used to be revered by their students as moral authorities who could help them seek higher knowledge …

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What's the point of a campus pastor?

by Cassey, a junior in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at UNL A friend of mine recently posted an opinion piece from the New York Times called “What’s the Point of a Professor?” on how college professors used to be revered by their students as moral authorities who could help them seek higher knowledge …

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Northern Illinois Synod Women’s Retreat

The Northern Illinois Synod women held a spring retreat on Saturday, April 25 at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC). The theme was “the Power of Forgiveness” which the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt presented. There were 100 women from the NIS who participated. Pr. Hunt told stories of forgiveness and women at each table discussed answers …

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Northern Illinois Synod Women's Retreat

The Northern Illinois Synod women held a spring retreat on Saturday, April 25 at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC). The theme was “the Power of Forgiveness” which the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt presented. There were 100 women from the NIS who participated. Pr. Hunt told stories of forgiveness and women at each table discussed answers …

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LSTC Graduation

Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, Pr. Mike Thomas, Pr. Tammy Anderson, and Pr. Kris Ann Zierke went in to Chicago on May 17 for the Commencement at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Two of the graduates have been assigned to the NIS, and Zion, Rockford was the recipient of LSTC's Community of the Cross award.

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We Did It! And so did everyone else!

Record Set: All Eligible Organizations Earn 2% Discount Congratulations to the 64 synods, six seminaries, and three churchwide organizations that passed the 65% participation goal. Because enough of your eligible plan members took the Mayo Clinic health assessment, you saved a collective $2.5 million on health care contributions. Thank you for paying attention to your …

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Making Christ Known May/June 2015

This issue, focusing on Worship, is the third in a series on the seven Faith Practices. The worship of God is both personal and corporate. As we grow in our experience of worshiping God together with the community of faith, our desire strengthens to follow Christ in daily life. As we gather to worship, we hear the Word and receive the Sacrament, respond by singing, praying and giving our offering and are sent by the Spirit to serve God and our neighbor in the world.

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Arcot Delegation had a great visit to the NIS

2015 Arcot Delegation Photo Album Our very special guests, the delegation from the Arcot Lutheran Church was here in Northern Illinois March 23-30, 2015. Leading the delegation was the Rt. Rev. George William Raja Socrates Sathyachandar, Bishop-President of our companion Arcot Lutheran Church. Along with him was the Rev. Ms. Jane Anitha Elavarasi from the Women’s Desk and Mr. B. …

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Updating Synod Companion Information

The Northern Illinois Synod Global Mission Committee is updating synod companion information. If your congregation has a synod companion relationship with a congregation in Tanzania (North Central Diocese) or in India (Arcot Lutheran Church), please send the information to Julie Lewis name of your congregation, does your congregation have a companion relationship, name and city of …

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RI teachers return to African mission

March 15, 2015 ● Art Milton My wife, Linda and I visited Tanzania in January for the first time since we worked with Mwangaza Partnership teachers in 1996. Our delegation of the Northern Illinois Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, had come for the Jan. 10 Consecration of Bishop Solomon Massangwe, newly-elected Bishop of our …

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Claimed, Gathered, Sent: A Guide for Conversation

ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton is encouraging conversation and engagement during a five-week period about the very nature and purpose of our church. The resource, Claimed, Gathered, Sent: A Guide for Conversation, offers ways to understand more fully the ELCA’s global and ecumenical commitments, which are a vital part of who we are and what God is …

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Yes, your congregation's photos are still needed! 

We are looking for photos of folks in worship or involved in acts of ministry within the church building or out in the neighborhood or world! Also needed are current photographs of each congregation’s building or home (inside and out). Can you help? Please send photographs to nisynod@gmail.com or use the form at this link to upload photos. Please …

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Yes, your congregation’s photos are still needed! 

We are looking for photos of folks in worship or involved in acts of ministry within the church building or out in the neighborhood or world! Also needed are current photographs of each congregation’s building or home (inside and out). Can you help? Please send photographs to nisynod@gmail.com or use the form at this link to upload photos. Please …

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