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.

ELCA Foundation GiftLegacy News

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts to Protect Children Trusts are an excellent way to provide for the support and care of children while protecting them. Two important reasons to create a trust are to care for minor children or Read More SAVVY LIVING Paying Income Tax on Social Security Benefits Will I have to pay federal income …

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Syria is Serious Business

December 4, 2015 Dennis F. Carter, Career Foreign Service Officer, Department of State addresses several important questions: How is the U.S. and the United Nations handling the refugee crisis? Is there reason to fear the influx of Syrian refugees?  What religious ideology drives Isis to detest the “secular state”?  Why does Russia support the Assad regime? …

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Gender-based Violence Social Message

On November 14, 2015 the ELCA Church Council adopted, unanimously, a social message on gender-based violence accompanied by foundational documentation. Messages are adopted by the Church Council as a means to encourage learning and moral discourse. Click here for the social message and click here for its foundational documentation.  Final copy edits and format revision …

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ELCA Good Gifts Catalog

The new, 24-page ELCA Good Gifts catalog offers many different ways to honor friends and loved ones with gifts that will make a difference in the world. With 50 different giving options — from 10 little chicks to help a family escape poverty to a scholarship to help a young leader attend an ELCA seminary …

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This Week at the Lutheran

This week’s front page features: Partners in ministry (photo at right) Gissendaner sings while executed Being relevant an ongoing task ELCA assists refugees in Europe, Middle East Home away from home: New Latino congregation thrives in Racine, Wis. Read these articles at our front page …

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Sacrificing the Body

Portico’s CEO Rev. Jeff Thiemann was quoted in a recent Christianity Today article on clergy health. The article, Sacrificing the Body, takes an honest look at how too many pastors neglect their physical health and gives some eye-opening statistics for health among rostered leaders from different denominations, including the ELCA. “Congregations can encourage pastors’ health by recalibrating expectations and …

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November News from Women of the ELCA

Thankofferings help ensure the future Many congregations hold Thankoffering services this time of year in thanksgiving for the many blessings poured out by our generous and loving God. For more than a century, Thankofferings have been a mainstay of our beloved community of women created in the image of God. These generous gifts support the ongoing …

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Men’s Ministry Moment

Brian describes himself, “as a man among men, I am a man of honesty, purpose driven, and can encourage and inspire others! If you know me, then you know it’s not about me.” He is a machinist by trade, but loves giving his time to ministry. He can be found singing in the choir, studying …

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Luther’s remarkable gift to us

Luther’s Small Catechism: Tasting it again for the first time By Timothy J. Wengert The old advertisement for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes helps introduce Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, in part because many Lutheran adults – having been subjected to it as eighth graders – have developed an allergy to it. Only as a teacher at the …

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Planning for the Reformation Anniversary

For an easily accessible, easy to read conversation resource–a small book–please consider One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ (Augsburg Fortress/Liturgical Press). It is a rich ecumenical resource designed to help Catholic and Lutheran communities mark the approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation. By gathering together to reflect on and discuss its contents, Christians will foster the …

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We Did It! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has reached its $15 million goal!

Ashley Debilzen Friends, we did it! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has exceeded its fundraising goal of $15 million dollars! That means 15 million reasons to say THANK YOU. ​ Your generosity and dedication made this moment possible. As a result of your support, malaria programs in 13 African countries have been fully funded. Together we have had great success – …

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What is ‘Lutheran’?

We have a particular way of understanding the Jesus story By Elizabeth A. Eaton For the past two years, I’ve organized my work around these four emphases: we are church, we are Lutheran, we are church together and we are church for the sake of the world. I want to spend a little time thinking …

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ELCA Responds to Refugee Crisis

Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis The Situation: A record number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa are fleeing war and poverty and making a terrifying, life-threatening journey to find a safer, better way of life in Europe. Although they come from different countries, for various reasons, they share a common …

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The Lutheran – Jesus the Bread of Life

Brian Hiortdahl is pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kan. This week he reflects on John 6:51-60 and a lesson that’s hard to embrace. Jesus, the bread of life By Brian Hiortdahl  This teaching is difficult; who can accept it (John 6:60)? No Gospel writer has a bigger, fiercer, more starry-eyed crush on Jesus …

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A Health Plan to Strengthen Ministry

It’s natural to want to understand the benefits package your organization provides. After all, benefits are expensive, no matter where you buy them. As an ELCA ministry, Portico serves the church by securing the best value in health, retirement, disability, and life insurance. [pdf-embedder url=”http://nisynod.org/nis/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Important-Information-About-ELCA-Benefits-2.pdf”]

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ELCA Federal Credit Union

Over the past several years, the ELCA and the Mission Investment Fund have been considering the establishment of an ELCA-sponsored credit union for two purposes: to provide additional financial services to ELCA members and ministries and to assist the Mission Investment Fund by providing more efficient banking services for its customers. Considerable study and analysis …

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Tend the Soil of Your Heart

  By Tammy Devine Diaconal Minister and ELCA Wellness Manager May 2015“…these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.” Luke 8:15 This time of year I love to get my fingers in the soil. As a child, Grandpa …

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