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Mark your calendars for the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) March 9, 2019

2018 Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert.

Read about Dr. Daubert's keynote presentation and find out more about the CRE at

We are searching for CRE workshop presenters. Would you or someone you know be interested in presenting a 2018 CRE workshop? If so, we invite you to complete the CRE Workshop Application.

To email application, send to Nancy Corey, If mailing application, send to Northern Illinois Synod, Augustana College-Sorensen Hall, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

The CRE committee’s deadline for applications is December 5.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nancy Corey, Synod Registrar, at or (309) 794-4004.

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ELCA Good Gifts

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Struggling to find the perfect gift? Or tired of shopping for someone who has everything they need? Shop ELCA Good Gifts and choose a life-changing, charitable gift — such as a goat or water well — and donate in honor of someone special.
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With each gift, you can personalize a free card to share the news. More importantly, your gift creates transformative change in the lives of people around the world. God’s love for us through the gift of Jesus Christ is priceless — and by supporting our neighbors in need, we are sharing God’s love with others.
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Give online and you can personalize free, printed cards to be sent directly to your loved ones. You may also select to send the cards to yourself, print them at home, or have them delivered via email.
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Your gift making a difference
When Marcelina and her daughters, Imelda, 12, and Esmeralda, 10 (pictured), received six chickens, it made a big difference. Before, Marcelina and her daughters could afford to eat eggs — their main protein source — only three times per week. Now they have eggs all the time and sell the extras at the market for additional income, which can be used for food and other essentials.
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Esmeralda from Mexico. Photo courtesy of ELCA World Hunger partner AMEXTRA.
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Annual Report Covers Now Available

The 2018 Annual Report Cover is available for congregations and is downloadable from the ELCA website.

If a congregation wants to order the four-page hard copies, they are available now from the ELCA Distribution Center.

Orders can also be placed with the ECIS at 800-638-3522 starting Wednesday, January 2.  For congregations needing 100 copies or fewer, we will offer discount shipping for orders placed through ECIS starting January 2, 2019.

Please contact Neil Bullock at if you have questions.

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...for Pr. Kim Lee-Brown at the death of her mother

Jean Lee of Westminster, Colorado passed away in November. She was the mother of Pr. Kim Lee-Brown, St. John, Princeton. Please keep Pr. Kim and her family in your prayers.

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Living Lutheran Stories - December 4, 2018

Called to respond: Faith reflections on World AIDS Day

Editor's note: In observance of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), we invited individuals who attended the International AIDS Conference—with support from the ELCA—to offer reflections on our call to … continue
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Three ways to spread hope this holiday season

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many Lutherans as they gather with friends and family to celebrate Advent and Christmas. But for more than 65 million migrants and refugees … continue
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New tool helps unite ELCA seminaries

ELCA Research and Evaluation shows pastors are retiring in record numbers, and there has been a sharp decrease in seminary enrollment. The result is a shortage of ministers—a growing problem. … continue
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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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