Walking Together

Hey Youth Leaders - Are You Going to the E!?

Are you going to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in Houston? If you are, please email or text 815-762-0758 so we can know who from the NIS will be there. Maybe we can get together for a meal!

Extravaganza 2018

Finding Forward

Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, 2018

Main Event: January 26-29, 2018

Hyatt Regency, Houston, Texas

Announcing Speakers and Musicians

We are announcing keynote speakers, musicians and MCs over the next few weeks. Read more about the cool people helping us find forward. Read more >


We've recently posted the descriptions for 2018 workshops. We are offering nearly 70 different opportunities to learn and connect with your peers. Read more >

About Our Theme

Finding ForwardThe cross changes everything. Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected, is the pivotal event of human history.  And this truth then raises important questions: Now what? What’s next? Read more >

Our Home in Houston

The Extravaganza will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency, Houston Texas. Book Your Room.

Getting There

We have once again worked out some travel discounts. Houston Hobby Airport it closer to the hotel, but has fewer flights. George W. Bush International is a bigger airport, but further away. We have ground transportation discounts for SuperShuttle.

Exhibit Hall

Each year over 50 exhibitors and partners offer resources and connections to Extravaganza attendees Learn more >

Intensive Care Courses

Our two day intensive learning experiences. This year we focus on scriptural practice, the connections between science and faith, and a preview of the ELCA Youth Gathering. Learn more >


We want to everyone to attend the E! If a financial situations is preventing you from coming, please consider applying for a scholarship.

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

Trusts for Creative Spenders
Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More
Help With Home-Care Bills
Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother's home-care bills? My mother is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but she does not have long-term care insurance and I was told that Medicare might not cover it. Read More
Sale and Unitrust
Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes. Read More
IRS Warns of Scam Targeting Tax Professionals
On January 9, the IRS released a warning to tax professionals in IR-2018-2 after receiving numerous reports of heightened fraud activity. The reports reveal that cybercriminals are sending emails posing as potential clients or the IRS in an effort to lure... Read More

Stocks - JPMorgan Exceeds Earnings Expectations Read More
Bonds - Treasury Yields Continue Rise Read More
CDs and Mortgages - Mortgage Rates Increase Read More

Thank you for your interest in planned giving. To access any of our resources, please go to our website.
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...for June & Gary Cain and family

Synod bookkeeper, June Cain's husband Gary lost his sister, Joyce Stauffer, of Mount Morris on January 1, 2018. His other sister, Jean Springer, of Polo is battling cancer.

Prayers of thanksgiving are also requested at the birth of their granddaughter Adelyn Luisa Cain, born to James and Christie Cain on January 6.

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January/February 2018 Making Christ Known

The January/February 2018 issue of Making Christ Known is now available for download. Please share the link widely and print copies for your congregation’s members and visitors.

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2018 Synod Assembly Lay Voting Member Information

This letter from Bishop Clements lists the lay voting member allowances for each congregation and other important information about the 2018 Annual Synod Assembly, June 15-16 at Augustana College in Rock Island.

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Making Christ Known