Category: Walking Together

Walking Together is the weekly e-news of the Northern Illinois Synod. Anyone can subscribe by clicking here) or by sending names and email addresses to karin@nisynod.org. Congregational submissions are encouraged! Send stories, prayer requests, bulletin board items, news, and photos to karin@nisynod.org.

Campaign update

 Next year marks Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA’s annual theme year for the Global Church priority, including Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission, Global Ministries and International Women Leaders, and we hope you will join us! Through a variety of learning and giving opportunities, we will lift up this important …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

The 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning January 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconess of the ELCA, and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of Word and Service. The accompanying constitutional amendments related to …

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Update on August Victoria Hospital Cash Flow Crisis

Take action now at the ELCA Action Center!  August 2016 Over the last two years many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have responded to a call to ask Congress to meet an urgent humanitarian need of the Palestinians by supporting Augusta Victoria Hospital and the other East Jerusalem hospitals. The message from congressional staffers in 2015 …

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A Proclivity for Paradox

July 28, 2016 A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all (Martin Luther in Freedom of a Christian). Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling, former ELCA secretary, …

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Candidacy Retreat

You are invited to the 2018 Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat led by the NIS Candidacy Sub-Committee and Bishop Jeffrey Clements at the Synod office, 103 W. State Street, Rockford, IL 61101 on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All those who have been Entranced into Candidacy, or who are close to …

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ELCA elects vice president

08/12/2016 NEW ORLEANS – William B. Horne II of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., was elected vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Horne was elected on the fourth ballot with 565 votes to 175 votes for Cheryl G. Stuart of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

08/12/2016      NEW ORLEANS (Aug.12, 2016) –The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconesses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and diaconal ministers will be a …

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Announcing 1517 Media

By Beth A. Lewis Did you know that we at Augsburg Fortress are the proud inheritors of a Lutheran publishing tradition that extends back 200 years in North America? Even though today we are more likely to deliver products digitally than by horse and buggy home delivery or even traditional brick and mortar bookstores, our …

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Restoring creation with faith

By Mary Birdsong April 2, 2015 Hope, love, commitment and communal responsibility echo throughout their lives and work, and are woven into all they say and do. Hope for the planet; love for God, neighbor and all of creation; commitment to reducing energy use and fossil fuel consumption; and responsibility for each other and the earth. …

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Seeds for the Parish – July 2016

Freed and Renewed in Christ 2016 Churchwide Assembly Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will gather Aug. 8-13 in assembly in New Orleans. Meeting under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action,” the assembly’s business will include preparations for observing the 500th anniversary of the …

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Men of Prayer

This is an invitation for you to join in prayer each week with men throughout the church at noon on Wednesday… or when you are able. We are praying for revival/renewal for men. This includes the men in your life, for the support of ministry with men. Luke 12:13-21: Someone in the crowd said to …

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Living Lutheran July 2016

In Chile, the Lutheran church fights for the dignity of women Judges 7 is the story of Gideon’s small army overcoming numerical odds to defeat the Midianites. It is at the center of this victory that God’s presence is made known. Similarly, today in Chile, God is present through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile …

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Luther’s Small Catechism — New Mobile App

We’re excited to announce our first mobile app, featuring Luther’s Small Catechism. Perfect for youth education and confirmation classes, individuals, adults, congregations, church leaders—anyone who wants easy access to Martin Luther’s guide to the basics of Christian faith. “What does this mean?” Luther’s Small Catechism and Spanish El Catecismo Menor de Lutero are both included in a …

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What it means to be Lutheran

In the spotlight. In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton notes that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 may have the media knocking on our doors, asking us to explain ourselves. What will we say? She reminds us that our understanding of the gospel is what makes us distinctive. Read her column at https://www.livinglutheran.org/2016/06/17390/

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West Virginia Flooding

Last week, a flash flood ravaged West Virginia, with at least 23 people confirmed dead, hundreds of homes severely damaged or destroyed and thousands of people left without power.  Due to the nature of flash floods, there was little time to prepare or escape. Thankfully, Camp Luther, in session during the onset, was able to …

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News from Women of the ELCA

Why go to the triennial gathering? In July 2017, we hope to see you at the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis. If you save about $11 a week, you’ll have enough for early-bird registration, which closes Jan. 6, 2017. Oh, the fun you will have with your sisters in Christ. Why should you go to …

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Augsburg Fortress News

June 28, 2016 Dear Partner in Ministry, Our calling at Augsburg Fortress is to develop and provide top-quality resources to support the ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are renewing that commitment as we announce a new family of Lutheran-oriented learning resources, support for the ongoing revitalization of worship, an improved web …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2016

Personal Planner Seven Questions on Gifts to Children Many questions arise when we consider the options for giving to children. Why should we give? When, what and how should we give? Read More   Savvy Living Simple Smartphones for Seniors Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is …

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Strong Center | Open Door | Engaging Lutheran worship today

In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community’s worship, you will find a …

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ELCA introduces initiative to address voting rights

April 8, 2016 CHICAGO (ELCA) – Affirming its commitment to ensure voting rights for all U.S. citizens, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has introduced ELCAvotes, an initiative to help members advocate for fair elections and engage in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote. ELCAvotes! Resources ELCAvotes! Initiative  ELCAvotes! – Bible Study …

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The Lutheran Becomes Living Lutheran

By Christina Jackson-Skelton, Executive Director, Mission Advancement I have exciting news to share. Beginning with its April issue, The Lutheran magazine will be called Living Lutheran. A new accompanying website – LivingLutheran.org – will make its debut tomorrow, March 31. As the flagship publication of the ELCA, Living Lutheran will continue to belong to the …

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U.S. Spring Storms

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Sharei Green “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 Dear Sisters and brothers in Christ, In the midst of Lent, our neighbors cry out with weary hearts as heavy winds, floodwaters and tornadoes have …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 27, 2016

Personal Planner Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns Read More Savvy Living 2016 Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees What are the IRS income tax filing requirements going …

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Holy Saturday

A space between Good Friday and Easter They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one …

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