Category: NIS News

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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Starting Strong, Ending Well

From the September/October 2015 Making Christ Known Bishop Gary Wollersheim I think there are a lot of important times in our working lives, but none more important than our beginnings and our endings. For a pastor, starting strong means listening, learning, and developing relationships based on trust and mutual respect. Sometimes pastors try to make …

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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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