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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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 nisynod.org/cre. We are searching for CRE workshop presenters. Would you or someone you …

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ELCA Good Gifts

Animals Water Health Care Women & Children Christmas Gifts Gifts that give back 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. SHOP …

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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. 2018 Annual Report Cover Single Pages 2018 Annual Report Cover Spreads 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 …

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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 Three ways to spread hope this holiday season The holiday season is a time of joy …

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2018 Boundaries Workshops

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142. 847-669-9448 Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, IL 60435. 815-439-2320 $50 per person Registration costs include lunch. Workshops will be lead …

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St. John’s, Pearl City is seeking a part-time Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City is seeking a part-time Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator.  Applicants should possess strong organizational, recruiting, and communication skills, as well as a commitment to the Christian faith maturation of self and others.  A background check will be required.  Please contact Pastor Tom Ekstrand at 815-443-2215 or pastortomekstrand@gmail.com.

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2018 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

In November, three youth and two adults from the Northern Illinois Synod traveled to Carol Joy Holling Retreat Center in Ashland Nebraska for the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. Watch the video below to find out more about the trip. The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 27, 2018

A simple thanks-giving We all bow our heads around the table and close our eyes, except for my youngest son, Alistair. He’s the one who will lead the prayer. His 3-year-old eyes remain open so he’ll know what he� … continue Neighborly love Two years ago, St. Matthew Lutheran Church was forced to confront questions about …

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E-Life Newsletter November 2018

November 2018 Dear partners, In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will begin with a word of tremendous gratitude. At the end of this year, Eileen Heffner will retire after nearly 27 years of faithful service at the ELCA churchwide organization. We give thanks to God for her, and especially for her ministry with Ecumenical and …

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Seeds Monthly November 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘To serve and love the neighbor’ This year marked the fifth anniversary of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, a day when ELCA congregations across the country participate in a national day of service. Living Lutheran’s November cover story gives a look at how five congregations marked the day and includes stories from members on what …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert November 2018

The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continue our united call to Pray, Fast and Act in support of good policies and programs that provide opportunities for and respect of the dignity of all people. This month we draw your attention to international programs that work to prevent the spread of and …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 20, 2018

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 Walking the talk Editor’s note: Each ELCA Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministry has developed a mission strategy unique to its needs and …

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ELCA Global Links November 2018

‘We are one in the Spirit. We are united in Jesus’ name.’ “There is a safety and refuge in this place that is so, so very holy,” proclaims the Rev. Kirsten Fryer. Fryer is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of an English-speaking congregation, St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo. St. Andrew’s houses, several ministries …

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Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

Retirement takes planning. Whether it feels light years away or just around the corner, Portico’s Pre-Retirement Seminar can help plan members prepare. And it’s coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. on Feb. 21, 2019. In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 13, 2018

Five ways to honor veterans With Veterans’ Day upon us, it’s good to remember the 20 million of them who live among us. Some are members of our congregations and worship in our midst. Each one entered the military for a … continue To serve and love the neighbor You know them if you’ve seen them—the …

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ELCA Advocacy Alert November 9, 2018

Today, the Administration took steps to prevent asylum seekers entering the U.S. between ports of entry from protection in the U.S., thus undermining national and international laws. Asylum laws in the U.S. were formalized after World War II, which had shown the world the consequences of turning back people who were seeking safety. Through our Evangelical Lutheran …

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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. https://elca.org/Resources/Congregational-Communications-Tools#Advent  

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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 …

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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 Opening doors and overcoming hate Less than a week before Dan Roschke started his …

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ELCA Vision for Mission

Partners and friends, The ELCA is in the middle of an exciting time. We look toward a future where the world will know the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation. As we look toward this future, we’re allowing the statement above – a shared purpose for our church …

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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 …

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Communication tools for your congregation

Dear friends in Christ, Preparations are underway for the busy holiday season and many will be looking for a church home to give thanks and prepare for Christ’s birth. This season offers an opportunity to extend an invitation of welcome to friends and neighbors, encouraging them to worship in your congregation. To support your communication …

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Portico 2019 Annual Enrollment

Between Oct 31 and Nov 14, visit the newly redesigned myPortico, review your benefits, consider what’s changed in your life (think health changes, prescription drugs, salary changes, tuition, retirement, weddings, babies, divorce), and make your 2019 selections.  Our website, myPortico.PorticoBenefits.org, is where you’ll find a personalized view of your benefit options.  Or call the Customer …

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World AIDS Day is December 1

Dear Partners in Ministry, I write to you as December is fast approaching. Each year on Dec. 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day. It is a time when we raise awareness about HIV and its effect on communities. We join to remember all who we have lost. Amid this somber memorial, we …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 23, 2018

Loved beyond measure: Why church leaders need words of affirmation Editor’s note: This reflection is offered in conjunction with the ELCA’s Rostered Ministers Appreciation initiative. Learn more and get involved at elca.org/rmappreciation. Our rostered … continue Shiny stars and blinking lights My friend started a chore chart when her child turned 4. Her daughter earned a …

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Choir robes need a new home

24 Adult Robes and 48 Stoles $750 OBO Good Condition 20 years old Cost $3600-$4200 new 23 Junior Robes $500 OBO Excellent Condition Less than 10 years old Cost $1725 new Contact: St. Matthews Lutheran Church 416 E Dover Rd Princeton, IL 61356-9551 815-879-6491 StMatthewsPrinceton@gmail.com

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Coffee with the Bishop

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a Coffee with the Bishop at one of several locations this fall. Sunday, November 18 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Salem, Sandwich   Previous events Sunday, September 23 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Freeport Saturday, October 20 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. Zion, Belvidere Saturday, October 20 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Immanuel, Amboy Sunday, November …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 16, 2018

My take: Why in the world would anyone get ordained today? On a Tuesday night at the end of summer, I participated in an ordination. Ordination, the act of consecrating someone as a member of the religious clergy, is sort of an antiquated ritual that’s … continue Pastors of transition “Interims want to help people through …

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World Food Day

Dear friends, Today is World Food Day, a time when millions of people around the world come together in action to end hunger. In honor of the day, I wanted to introduce you to someone exceptional. Christopher Nkhoma is a young man living in Malawi, where more than 70 percent of the population lives on …

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ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter Fall 2018

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK September marked Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Oct. 7-13 was Mental Health Awareness Week. Disability Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has engaged the topic of mental illness and learning disabilities over the past year as an expanded understanding of its work. At the Youth Extravaganza 2018 in …

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2018 Boundaries Workshop

Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, IL 61265 $50 per person This workshop is for pastors and deacons of both the Northern Illinois Synod and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Registration costs include lunch. Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from The Integral Psychology Center, Madison, …

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Jenny Lind Chapel Upcoming Events

ANNIVERSARY SERVICE TO CELEBRATE 1868 MOVE TO “NEW” CHURCH IN ANDOVER A special 150th anniversary service will be held in Andover on Sunday, November 18, 3 pm, to commemorate the move in 1868 of Sunday worship services from the Jenny Lind Chapel (JLC) to the “new” (Augustana Lutheran) church. The service will start at the JLC …

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2018

October 27, 2018 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 webcam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author Register online on this page or download the registration form. Topics for Discussion Taxes Moving Expenses – Personal or Business? Tax …

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Spiritual Renewal Event Registration

Fill out the registration form below for “Spiritual Renewal Event 
with Affirmation of Vocation 
by Bishop Clements” Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at  Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon Find out more… If mailing a check, please send to Northern Illinois Synod, Nancy Corey, Registrar Augustana College, 639 38th Street Rock Island IL 61201

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Working Toward Racial Justice

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Speaker: Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) During this professional gathering of rostered leaders, participants will explore concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. Through worship, reflection and action planning, leaders will be equipped to carry these conversations into their local context. Fee:  $35 if …

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Working Toward Racial Justice Registration

Fill out the registration form below for “Working Toward Racial Justice” Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at  First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Find out more… If mailing a check, please send to Northern Illinois Synod, Nancy Corey, Registrar Augustana College, 639 38th Street Rock Island IL 61201

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ELCA Youth Ministry Network 2019 Extravaganza

Disrupt Extravaganza 2019 Disrupted through Connection The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. I began working in youth ministry while I was a high school student myself. Some of my earliest memories include …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 9, 2018

By the light of Grace “Jesus was clear that when he is raised up,  he will draw all people to himself. Ever since we got booted out of the garden, it has been God’s relentless pursuit to bring his people to. … continue My take: On the church that harms and heals The church of Christ …

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