Walking Together

Congregational Communications Tools for Advent

The ELCA offers a place of welcome for all seeking a congregational home. Your congregations can extend an invitation to neighbors and the surrounding community through the use of these customizable communications tools including doorhangers, postcards, and images. Download and use these free tools today.

Customize and start using these tools today.


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Complete your Live Well Challenge

Don’t leave money on the table – Portico plan members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits have until Nov. 30 to complete Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. These wellness dollars help you pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical, mental health, and dental costs. Note that if your doctor is submitting the biometrics form to Quest, it must be sent by Nov. 15.  Learn more at

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Living Lutheran Stories - October 30, 2018

What do our bodies teach us about God?

As Lutherans, we know our faith is an embodied one; our bodies are intentional and good. But in an image-focused, calorie-counting world, it’s possible to forget that each body is worthy and has … continue
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Opening doors and overcoming hate

Less than a week before Dan Roschke started his call as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran in Fairfax, Va., the church was vandalized in a June 26 hate crime. He arrived to find racial slurs, vulgar … continue

I'm a Lutheran: Jenna Novosel

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park, Md. Junior at Roanoke College, Salem, Va., majoring in literary studies with a minor in creative writing I find grace in nearly every possible: … continue
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ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2020

Save the Dates! The next ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering will be July 20-23, 2020 at the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

We have reserved blocks of rooms at three local hotels with a room rate of $139.00 per night.

Early Registration will be $245 with a May 20, 2020 deadline. Regular Regular Registration after that until July 6, 2020 will be $295. Registration will open in early 2020.

For more information stay tuned to the Rostered Ministers Gathering Facebook page and to the website

For questions please e-mail

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Making Christ Known

    November / December 2018 Making Christ Known

    This issue focuses on young people in our congregations.

    In November 2017, Bishop Clements called together a group of leaders to talk about revitalizing youth ministry in the Northern Illinois Synod. This group formed a purpose statement and has worked to bring together youth ministry leaders from each conference.

    Plans are in the works to have an overnight youth event in conjunction with the March 2019 Congregational Resourcing Event. Young people at that event will make plans for a synod-wide youth event in the fall of 2019.

    Watch Walking Together for more details

    The purpose of the NIS Youth Ministry subcommittee is to facilitate faith formation of young people through the building up of relationships, resourcing of leaders, and the organization of youth ministry events that congregations can’t do on their own.

    Visit to find your conference representative(s). Contact them to get involved in strengthening youth ministry in the NIS.

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