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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Living Lutheran Stories – April 17, 2018

Waves of faith Rolling, sun-kissed waves on the Pacific Ocean provide Jerry Phillips, a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of California–Santa Barbara (UCSB) more than a stage on which to improve … continue Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday Editor’s note: This entry is the third of a multipart series on white fragility. Read the …

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Creation Care – Faith to Action

Come and join us at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center for a day of learning practical ways we can all respond to God’s call to care for the earth. Dr. Barbara Rossing – Keynote speaker Pastor Scott Ralston – Master of Ceremonies Pastor Michel Clark – Devotions Leader May 19, 2018 8:00AM-1:00PM Held in the Ragnar Moline Dining Hall Continental breakfast Free-will …

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Close the gap between your sermons and spreadsheets

Let’s be honest: There’s a big difference between theological training and administrative skills. That’s why Luther Seminary and Augsburg University created the Mini-MBA, a weeklong intensive course to equip pastors and church leaders like you to enhance your vocational training with essential skills like: effective communication using marketing and social media leading and developing paid …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 10, 2018

New name, same “servant of Christ” A service led by Pastor Beeson at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J., would look and sound familiar to most ELCA members, from its hymnals, to its weekly children’s message and … continue The “e” word The Bible-Belt funeral director didn’t know about the ELCA. All he knew …

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

What:     Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) When:    August 6-10, 2018 Where:   St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago suburb) Who:      Clergy and all persons in positions of church leadership who are interested in learning skills that will equip them to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of church …

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St. Barnabas, Cary looking for part-time Youth Director

To provide leadership and direction to our youth in middle school through high school (grades 7-12). This position shall develop programs to help the youth grow in faith, love and following the will of God. In addition to working with the youth groups, this position may assist the volunteers working with the confirmation class and …

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Cross-Cultural Inter-generational Washington D.C. trip

Zion Lutheran Church is planning a Cross-Cultural Inter-generational Washington D.C. trip this summer from July 11-16. This cross-cultural immersion will provide us a chance to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the American experience. We have many blessings in this country but there are many burdens we carry that have long too often been …

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ELCA Youth Gathering – G News – April 10, 2018

Rotation scheduleThe Gathering schedule operates on a rotation. All groups will rotate through our three program days: Interactive Learning, Service Learning and Synod Day. To see your rotation, check your Gathering account or our resources. Once you know your rotation, refer to our Gathering schedule to better plan your time at the Gathering! Stories to share We’re continuing to ask …

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LOMC Selected as 2018 Pedal for a Purpose Recipient

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Pedal for a Purpose fundraiser by the Central Southern Illinois Synod (CSIS)!! Pastor Adam Dichsen at Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, IL, is the organizer of this annual fundraiser. Over the past five years the CSIS has raised over $150,000, most …

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Ali Paris in Concert, May 30 at First, Rockford

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 at 7:00 PM FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 225 South Third Street, Rockford, IL SPONSORED BY: Northern Illinois Synod Global Mission Committee First Lutheran Church, Rockford Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline North Conference Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and …

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April fools – Presiding Bishop Eaton

It all started with such promise: The angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; Mary’s conviction that this child was the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the powerful would be brought down from their thrones and the lowly lifted up, that the hungry …

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Memorial Day Work Weekend 2018

Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28 This weekend is a super-sized service project to get LOMC ready for the summer camp season. Landscaping, construction, clean up, painting, and more! Groups, families, individuals, and churches are all invited to join us for the weekend. Housing and camping available. Meals will be provided. Contact Ken Dilbeck for …

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its …

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New Campus Minister position open at California Lutheran University

NEW Campus Minister position open at California Lutheran University! Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty is still our Campus Pastor. This position is in addition to him. Our campus has recently become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and we are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-racial communities. Cal …

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CRE Videos now available

The video and transcript of Rev. Frambach’s keynote address and the video of Bishop’s sermon are all now available for viewing. Photos from the whole day are also available. http://nisynod.org/cre  

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Gathering News from Peg – April 5, 2018

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! April 5, 2018 Hi all, In exactly 82 days the ELCA Youth Gathering will begin in Houston!! I hope you and your youth are getting excited!! I know it sounds a tad selfish, but that is when my “vacation” begins! I love having the opportunity to be “just” …

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Fabric scraps for quilting

Bethany, Crystal Lake’s quilters have lots of fabric scraps that are less than 12″ – too small for them to use for the kind of quilts they are making. However, other kinds of quilters can use pieces of all sizes. Bethany has 2-4 boxes of quality cotton pieces. Any congregation that wishes to have theses pieces should …

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What is “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday?

Our Northern Illinois Synod is on an exciting journey! The history of our synod has been one of “mission” and the starting of new ministries. We take seriously the Great Commission as our imperative for mission and the proclamation of the gospel. “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday is a synod-wide initiative to replenish our Synod …

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ELCA World Hunger – Malawi

ELCA WORLD HUNGER Field Report: Supporting Local Efforts in Malawi This week, ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Global Mission staff are visiting with companions in Malawi, learning more about the great work local volunteers and leaders are doing with support from ELCA World Hunger. Below, David Mills, the program director for budget and operations on …

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Lutheran Disaster Response – Papua New Guinea Earthquakes

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE Situation Report: Papua New Guinea Earthquakes Be a part of the response: Pray Continue to pray for all those impacted by earthquakes and other disasters Give Thanks to generous, undesignated donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe, including the earthquakes in Papua New …

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Wartburg e-Life Together – March 2018

Wartburg Seminary provides a unique experience that makes it possible for future church leaders to respond to God’s call to serve the church. The strong, financial stability that you have helped us achieve has provided a foundation for significant growth in enrollment.   DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD? Thanks to the support of so many …

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LL Stories – March 27, 2018

Living Lutheran Weekly Email Digest ELCA youth raise their voices against gun violence The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students, faculty and staff, ignited a nationwide gun-control movement led by student survivors. The … continue   More than just waving in worship Every year on Palm …

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2018 Founders Day Service

The annual Founders Day Service will be held at the Jenny Lind Chapel at 4 pm on Sunday, April 29. The speaker will be Pastor Richard Priggie, Augustana College Chaplain. This service celebrates the 158th anniversary of both the Augustana Lutheran Church in America and Augustana College and Theological Seminary and the 168th anniversary of …

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… for Tanzanian missionary Carol Stubbs on finding new cancer

In March 2018, after reporting pain to her doctor, new active multiple myloma has been found on Carol’s spine. She is now undergoing chemo and radiation and will have to miss daughter Megan’s wedding in Tanzania in April. For more information, please see the updates on the Caring Bridge site (Please note, donations on the CaringBridge page …

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LSTC E.pistle March 2018

Kindness and Hope One of my spiritual disciplines during Lent was adding poetry to the daily consumption of what I read (especially since the 2016 election). When I announced my poetry intention on Facebook and asked for suggestions, I was overwhelmed and impressed by all the poems and poets my friends recommended. Clearly, poetry plays …

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Luther Seminary Spring class offerings

March 9, 2018 Register today. Faith and Ministry in an Age of Anxious Groaning: Clinging to Hope for a Transformed Cosmos with the Apostle Paul April 9-11 Scheduled to occur alongside Luther Seminary’s 2018 Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology, this extended KAIROS event will allow participants to take a fresh look at key aspects of Paul’s epistle. …

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Synod Staff Adjustment

Monday, March 12, 2018 Dear friends in Christ: We are making an adjustment in the synod staff, which will impact the Southwest Conference.  Pastor Mike Clark (pictured) is assuming the responsibilities of synod staff liaison to the Southwest Conference. He will continue his work in the West Conference. Pastor Kurt Nordby, at his request, will …

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