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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Cambridge, Cambridge Community VBS

“Maker Fun Factory, Created by GOD Built for a Purpose” was the theme for the Community Vacation Bible School. This year it was our turn to host VBS. We had 22-25 kids every day. The children learned that God made us for a purpose and he will always be with us know matter what. We …

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Cambridge, Cambridge First Sunday Dinners

Community First Sunday Dinners put on by Cambridge Lutheran Church The First Sunday Dinners are held in the Fellowship Hall at Cambridge Lutheran on the first Sunday of each month and are Free, no charge or monetary donation. September Serving time will begin at 11:00am and continue through 12:30pm. This is one of the Smart …

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Living Lutheran Stories – August 22, 2017

Growing faith Over the course of my life, it has become easier for me to trust God. My faith has not grown because I’m exceptional, but simply because I have more experiences from which to draw. With more times … continue   When banking becomes a ministry “O, prosper the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 …

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ELCA Global Links – August 2017

  The growing congregations in Zambia need new buildings Due to rapid growth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, congregations find themselves in need of sturdy, weatherproof buildings to house their worship. Learn about the initiative to fund 15 church buildings, starting with a leadership training center. ‘Transformation in Mexico’ During his Young Adults in Global …

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Resourceful Servants

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: We often speak of the many dimensions of wellness in our lives – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical, for instance. Financial well-being is another vital component in our endeavor to live well. The ELCA will focus on this concept in the months and years ahead as we take the …

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Scam Alert

There are scammers who are finding names of congregational treasurers on congregation’s websites, discovering their emails, and emailing them a message from the “pastor” requesting a wire transfer of funds to an independent account – ie: a Wells Fargo account. They initiate contact with the treasurer, pretending to be the pastor. If the treasurer engages, …

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RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations with the Bishop – Fall 2017

All RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations begin with a light supper at 6:15 p.m. and continue at 7:00 with the opening devotion and continued conversations. Tuesday, September 12 – Central Conference – St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Avenue, Dixon Tuesday, September 26 – South Conference – St. John Lutheran Church,  607 10th Avenue, Mendota Thursday, October 5 – …

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PLC Massage sign-up

This form will close at midnight on Thursday, September 14. After that time you can check at PLC for any remaining massage appointment openings. Please wait a moment for the form to load…

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Spiritual Practices Affinity Group gathering

At last year’s Professional Leaders’ Conference, Bishop Clements asked those in attendance to create a list of topics for “Affinity Groups”.  The topics included a variety of congregational and pastoral issues.  One of the groups was entitled “Liturgy, Labyrinths, Icons, and Ancient Practices in Today’s Church”.  In a recent conversation with Bishop Clements, we asked …

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New Information As You Prepare for the PLC

Find out all about the 2017 PLC at nisynod.org/plc Free Time Free time activities will include golfing, biking, hiking the trails and walking the labyrinth at Sinsinawa, and visiting sites in Galena or Dubuque. Sign-up sheets will be available at registration. Please bring your own sporting equipment and favorite games to share. Monday “Planned” Free Time Activities: …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-15-2017

August 15, 2017 Reformation 500: 50 things Luther taught that you may not know As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, continuing the series this month with 50 Reformation things you may not know about … continue   Children-in-worship series: More than kids’ bulletins Children …

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Rostered fewer than 10 years?

LEAD is has four $1290 scholarships remaining for its “In Search of Paul” study pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece, April 3-19, 2018. ELCA ministers rostered 10 years or fewer may apply. We believe it is important that newly rostered ministers can avail themselves of studying in the geographical and historical context of the Apostle Paul, but …

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2017 Professional Leaders Conference

2017 PLC will be September 18-20 Presenters: Karoline M. Lewis and Jonathan Rundman The NIS Professional Leaders Conference is the key yearly opportunity for leaders to experience collegiality and connect with what is going on in our Synod. All NIS professional leaders (rostered ministers, seminary students, and paid professional congregational leaders) and their spouses are encouraged to come …

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Here We Stand: Dialogues of Faith and the Reformation

Rockford area Lutheran Churches (ELCA) and Katie’s Cup invite you to: HERE WE STAND: DIALOGUES OF FAITH AND THE REFORMATION Tuesdays September 12 October 3 November 7 6:30pm at Katie’s Cup On the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue in Rockford September 12 discussion featuring the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann, Assistant Professor of Lutheran …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-8-2017

August 8, 2017 Perspective: A bigger table in a divisive era On July 26, the Trump administration filed an amicus brief stating that the provisions under Title VII (which dates back to 1964) do not refer to people in the LGBTQIA community. According to the … continue A new sense of purpose The Rev.  Jackie Utley …

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Embracing Stewardship – a resourcing event for congregations

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9am-3pm at Faith Lutheran Church, Rochelle The Northern Illinois Synod Stewardship Ministry Team is offering a stewardship resourcing event for congregations entitled “Embracing Stewardship.” Pastor Charles Lane and Ms. Grace Duddy Pomroy, authors of the book “Embracing Stewardship,” will be our resource leaders for the day.  Read More

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21st Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch

21st Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 200 North 1st Street / Rockford, IL Featured Speaker Kimberly Ackmann, Deputy Court Administrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois Co-Sponsored by Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women and Northern Illinois Synod Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church …

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2017

October 21, 2017 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 14206 Flagg Road Rochelle, IL  61068 Guest Speakers: Thomas Hammar, CPA Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant And By Web Cam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author Register Online on the right or download the registration form. As you are probably aware, church accounting is not the …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-1-2017

Children in worship series: Everyone can serve More than attendance The purpose of including and encouraging children in church—as well as their parents—is not to “improve our numbers.” It’s to get the gospel into the marrow of their … continue Reformation 500: 50 things Luther taught that you may not know As we commemorate the 500th …

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Trinity in Mt Morris seeking Christian Education Director

Are you an individual with a love of learning and people of all ages? If yes, then we’ve got a unique opportunity waiting for you! Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Morris, IL is looking for a part-time Director of Christian Education. This individual will implement the educational ministries of the church, including among others, …

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Job Openings for LSSI

Do you have a heart for bringing healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities. Serving Illinois since 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving over 65,000 …

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Invite Students to Campus Ministry

When college students you know head to campus, you can help introduce them to Lutheran Campus Ministry. Use this link to share contact info with Lutheran Campus Ministry most anywhere!  Click here.   You will find an online form that you can use to send student names and contact information to the ministry or congregation closest to …

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Advocacy Update – August 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of August. 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 Advocacy, …

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… for family and friends of Ferne Pierce who died July 17

Ferne Caroline Svendsen Rouse Pierce, mother of Richard Rouse (spouse of Beth Lewis, president and CEO of 1517 Media), was born December 13, 1922 in Earlville, IL. She died peacefully on July 17, 2017 in Solvang, CA. She was 94 years old.   A memorial service, followed by refreshments, will be held on Friday, September …

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LOMC’s first TentsGiving

August 6-12 LOMC is holding our first ever Tents Giving! With the amount of rain and storms we have had in the past couple weeks, many of our tents are damaged. We are accepting donations to purchase new, durable, and camp-proof tents. Each tent costs between $150-$200 because we are hoping to purchase high quality …

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Seeds Monthly – July 2017

  Living Lutheran: ‘After the media leaves, Lutherans stay’ Last year Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) worked on 47 relief and recovery projects in 29 countries and distributed nearly $6.6 million. The ministry has a reputation for staying in and serving communities long after other agencies and media have left. “Because Lutherans are at work in …

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A Call to Prayer 

From the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America “As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church. We ask that the petitions of every worship service include a plea that new lay leaders, deacons and pastors be identified, invited, encouraged and …

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StewardNet for Summer 2017

Dear friend in Christ, At the end of last year, I was attending my congregation’s council meeting at which the proposed 2017 budget was presented for the first time. As we were going through the various line items, first on the income side and then later expenses, we came to the line for Mission Support. …

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A message from the Presiding Bishop

July 26, 2017 Throughout the debate on the effort to “repeal or repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Lutherans have joined me in calling on their members of Congress to improve access to health care. “We of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have an enduring commitment to work for and support health care …

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Ecumenical Reformation Anniversary Celebration – September 24

On Sunday, September 24, 4 pm, an ecumenical service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  It will include portions of the Common Prayer Service compiled by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The ecumenical commemoration of the 500 years …

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Central Conference Reformation 500 Gathering – October 15

An opportunity to commemorate together the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Sunday, October 15, 2017 St. Paul Lutheran Church 1701 16th Ave Sterling, IL 61081 2:30 Presentation by Prof Wanda Deifelt: “The Legacy of the Lutheran Reformation and its Influence in Shaping Current Ecumenical Dialog and Partnerships” 4:00 Worship with Bishop Jeffrey Clements featuring a hymn-sing: …

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