2018 Synod Trip to India – flyer and information

வணக்கம்! (vaṇakkam! – “Hello” in Tamil) The Northern Illinois Synod is planning a trip to India and our companion synod, the Arcot Lutheran Church, for February 5-16, 2018 (with an optional 2-day add-on). Spaces are filling up. If you might be interested in participating in this trip, please complete the simple survey below today.   Download …

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Rostered Ministers Gathering – August 2017

Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to …

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See Your Design on the Gathering T-Shirt!

Gathering t-shirt design contest Calling all youth and young adult artists, designers, doodlers, and creatives to submit an original design for the official 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering participant t-shirt! The Gathering t-shirt is worn by all participants on their assigned service learning program day and one of the most visible identifiers of the Gathering.

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Currents Journal is now free!

An invitation to Currents journal Preaching helps? Essays? Book reviews? All for free? Yes, it’s true. Take a moment to check out Currents in Theology and Mission, the quarterly online journal with articles by some of the ELCA’s finest theologians and leaders. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary work together to publish this …

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Ancient Practices Of The Church: An Opportunity To Learn

At the Professional Leaders’ Conference last September, a group of rostered leaders gathered to talk about practices of the ancient church that invigorated its life and that are being used by present day congregations. Among those practices discussed were centering prayer, praying with icons, meditation, fasting, silence, and walking the labyrinth. As an outgrowth of …

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Prince of Peace, Freeport Invites You to Twelfth Night

Freeport – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church invites the community to participate in their tenth annual Nativity Walk during their Epiphany Celebration, Twelfth Night, on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 4-6 pm.  Epiphany marks the end of the “twelve days of Christmas” and is typically known as the time when the Magi (wise men/kings) arrived in …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 5, 2017

Star Wars and the countercultural practice of Advent Well, it’s almost here. The signs of it are everywhere: It’s in the stores; it’s on TV; it’s online. This is a time of anticipation and waiting and hope. Countless people can’t wait until … continue With the lighting of one candle, it begins Editor’s note: This is the …

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Share the Good Moos!

Just one dairy cow can produce as many as 3 gallons of milk each day. Extra milk can be used to make cheese, butter and other dairy products for a family in need to eat and sell for a steady source of income. Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve …

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Disengage the autopilot – Presiding Bishop Eaton

By Elizabeth A. Eaton   I was driving to work one day thinking about my schedule—the meetings I needed to attend, reports I needed to finish, preparations still to be completed for upcoming travel, email I needed to answer, phone calls I absolutely had to make, and compiling a grocery list in my head so …

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Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End

Advent Study Series: Beginning at the End  Advent is a season of hope and expectation. It is a season in which we “prepare the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:3). Advent candles, wreaths and calendars are joined with as-yet unfinished nativity scenes to mark our preparations for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, ELCA …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – December 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of December. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA …

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GiftLegacy E-Newsletter – November 9, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trust – Life and Death Decisions In discussing your living trust with your attorney, there are several very important decisions for you to consider. Some of your decisions affect the management of property during life, and others will determine how your successor trustee manages your… Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Help for Grandparents …

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…for those affected by wildfires

Fast-moving wildfires fueled by intense winds have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in California. Lutheran Disaster Response is prepared to address the overwhelming needs of those affected. Be a part of the response: https://community.elca.org/uswildfires LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE California Fires Situation Report #2 Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for the people who …

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… for Pr. John Heins and family at the death of his mother

Lois Eleanor Payne Heins, 104, of Pontiac, passed away 3:25 p.m. Friday (Nov. 24, 2017) at Tjardes Health Center of Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac. Her celebration of life will be at noon Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Tim Hubert officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to services at the church. Burial …

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2018 LYO Ski Trip

Junior High and High School Ski Trip January 15, 2018 – 9am-9pm Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena Cost $47 – Lift, Lesson, Rental (Ski or Snowboard) $29 – Lift Ticket Only $8 – Meal Deal (Voucher worth $10) Register Online www.ChestnutMtn.com Click Rates & Passes Then Group Booking Book Group Reservations Enter group name as: “NIS …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 25, 2017

Greetings! We are pleased to share with you the latest news from Washington, Savvy Living, Personal Planning, gift stories, finance news, and timely articles. We provide this eNewsletter and website to your friends. Please contact us if we can run a proposal or be of assistance to you. Annette Shoemaker Director, ELCA Foundation PERSONAL PLANNER …

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ELCA Good Gifts

Give online and use our cards to let people know about the gifts you’ve given in their honor. You can have them mailed, printed at home or delivered via email. ELCA Good Gifts are a fantastic way to honor friends and loved ones with unique, meaningful Christmas gifts that will make a difference in the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 14, 2017

Perspective: 5 reasons to ditch that church newsletter It’s on your calendar if you’re a church worker or a ministry chair, staring you down weeks ahead of schedule: “Write newsletter article.” Newsletters have long been the vehicle of … continue   A month of gratitude Many have written about the ways in which social media can …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

Improving access to healthcare is one of the advocacy priorities of our Church. Lutheran ministries both here at home and abroad continue to provide health services—including child and maternal health, to those in need of it. Through its various programmatic interventions, the U.S. government has been instrumental in improving mother and child survival rates around …

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26th Annual Festival of Homiletics Preaching and Politics

26th Annual Festival of Homiletics Preaching and Politics May 21-25 Washington, D.C. Registration for the 2018 Festival of Homiletics is now open! This year’s theme is Preaching and Politics. It promises to be a nurturing, prophetic and renewing experience. The Festival of Homiletics is a weeklong conference that brings together a wide variety of outstanding preachers …

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LDR Update: Hurricane Response and Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Caribbean Hurricane Response: A Reflection In late October, a small delegation from the ELCA traveled to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. They walked together in prayerful solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean Synod and the Lutheran Social Services of Virgin Islands. Here, Johanna Olson, Manager for Relationships for the Europe, …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘A ministry of presence’ There are more than 160 ELCA pastors who, through the church’s federal chaplaincy ministries, provide pastoral care in the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs medical centers and correctional institutions. While these are places many Americans will never experience and some might be dangerous or isolating, ELCA chaplains are present there, providing …

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Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement 

Oregon, IL, November 16, 2017 – Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and …

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Gift Legacy E-Newsletter – November 18, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Living Trusts Versus Wills Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with cancer in January 1994. She signed a will in the New York offices of a large law firm on March 22, 1994. Read More SAVVY LIVING Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? …

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Music Minister needed for Southwest Suburban Church

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (LCR) in Oak Forest, IL is accepting resumes for the part-time position of Music Minister. This position leads both bell and vocal choirs, chooses music for traditional and praise services, works with staff and worship committee to develop/design special services, and encourages ensemble work within the congregation. We worship in …

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Women and Justice Draft Social Statement

In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women …

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ELCA Global Links – November 2017

‘Castillo Fuerte es Nuestro Dios’ Written by Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the best known and most beloved hymns among Lutherans around the world. Listen to a beautiful rendition, performed by students of our companion church, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.   March 2018 trip to Malaysia …

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…for Pr. Scott Schmidt and family at the death of his brother

The Rev. Matthew Justin Schmidt, 46, Decatur, IL, pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Forsyth, died on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL with Reverend Brock Abbott and Reverend William Abbott officiating. Visitation will …

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Christmas Invitational Resources

  Dear Friends in Christ, Advent and Christmas are right around the corner and can be a very busy time in the life of this church. To support your communication needs, we have prepared a number of invitational tools created specifically for congregations. Many people will look for a place to worship this Christmas. Extend a welcoming …

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Worship at the Center

This coming January/February, you have the opportunity to attend “Worship at the Center: Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.” During these days, we will worship using the services for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter, and join in reflection, study, and discussion of the cross and empty tomb, baptism and …

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ELCA Stewardnet – Fall 2017

Dear friend in Christ, I’m puzzled and disappointed that in the midst of so much hurt in our world, the self-improvement industry continues to grow while more people are concluding that the church isn’t relevant to their lives. Did you know that in the United States our suicide rate is at a 30-year high (45,000 …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 7, 2017

Living saints Often when I think of All Saints Day, my first thoughts are nostalgic, delightful memories of my grandparents. They were kind and committed, smart and resilient, funny and faithful. A church … continue Talking with your kids about death Many of the best children’s stories start with death. Often it is the death of …

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Lutheran Men in Mission October Newsletter

The newest Foundations Newsletter is now online  Link To Newsletter Recapture the excitement of the Bold Gathering, learn what participants heard and experienced The cover story is written by Vic Williams entitled, The Beauty of Being Bold. The 2017 Gathering: Many paths to God’s grace. We are very appreciative of Vic sharing his editing skills with us …

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Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop

In case you missed the NIS Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop on Saturday, October 21, HammarCPA is offering a similar workshop in Rock Island on Saturday, December 2. Find out more below: You are invited to a Church Treasurer and Bookkeeper Workshop that we will be hosting on Saturday December 2nd 2017. Below I have included …

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Lucia Celebration at First, Rockford

First Lutheran Church announces its 59th Annual Lucia Celebration Saturday, December 9 9 am – noon Traditional Kaffe Kalas with Santa Lucia Candy Boy & Girl Crafts, “treasures,” & homemade bakery plus Tabor Lutheran’s Swedish Korv! Holiday Concert at 10 am in the sanctuary Music Academy of Rockford students 225 S. Third Street, corner of …

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2018 Annual Enrollment ends Monday

Enrollment closes at midnight on Nov. 13. If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, this deadline is important in order to receive your 2018 Portico Health ID card before January. Remember, Annual Enrollment is your time to choose the ELCA benefits you’ll need to live well in the coming year. So that you don’t miss any one-time …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter November 11, 2017

PERSONAL PLANNER Ten Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA release. Read More   SAVVY LIVING Social Security Options for Divorced Spouses As a divorced woman, am I entitled to …

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Family Musical Advent Celebration

Presented by Our Savior’s WELCA Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 3300 Rural Street, Rockford, IL Come hear the sounds of the season! Music performed by talented OSLC families, with dessert following in the Social Hall. All are invited to this inspiring musical celebration anticipating the birth of Christ. Free-will offering …

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LSTC Seminary Sampler 2017

Come to Seminary Sampler, meet current students and faculty, sit in on classes, and join the conversation about how God is calling you into the world. Housing and meals during the event are provided. Travel stipends are available. Spouses, partners, and parents are invited to attend. Childcare is available during Seminary Sampler Night. For more …

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Joy of Christmas Past & Present

Augustana Lutheran Church and the Jenny Lind Chapel (JLC) in Andover will host the 47th annual Joy of Christmas Past & Present on Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 PM.  Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Church.  The Christmas story will be read in several different …

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Music Director Sought

Zion Lutheran Church 16100 69th Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477 Position: Music Director- (part-time/full-time) Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) is an active and energetic congregation located in Tinley Park, IL. Our congregation has a fruitful history of excellence in music for worship and now seeks a musician(s) who is able to enhance the worship life of the congregation through …

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Musician Needed

HELP WANTED First Lutheran Church 19 W. Third St., Chadwick, IL is looking for an organist/Clavinova player on a full time/part time basis beginning Jan. 1. This is a paid position with one-way mileage.  Apply in person or call 815-684-5110 for an application.

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