Assembly Bulletin of Reports Available

The Bulletin of Reports for the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly is now available for download on the assembly website at http://assembly.nisynod.org/bor. You can download the entire Bulletin of Reports as one large PDF or you can download individual sections. The BOR will also be accessible on the mobile guide which will be available soon. …

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2019 Assembly In-Kind Offering

Each year every congregation in the Northern Illinois Synod is invited to bring a designated ‘In Kind Offering’ to the Synod Assembly. In the past, it has been very tangible items – like non-perishable groceries for food pantries, or laundry soap, or other items for distribution. This year the In-Kind Offering is an Offering of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – May 7, 2019

Alive in the church: A series introduction “There aren’t any young adults!” Or occasionally, if the person is feeling more optimistic, it’s framed as a question: “Where are the young adults?” Either way, it’s the same … continue Modern miracles “Will you take me with you?” As Karen Castillo prepared to leave Playito Cerro Alto, a …

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Go & Do News – May 2019

DOMESTIC HUNGER GRANT APPLICATION OPEN! The application window for ELCA World Hunger’s 2020 Domestic Hunger Grants is open through June 17! Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job …

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Join the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Planning Team!

Planning Team Application The Gathering is primarily planned and led by amazing volunteers who serve on 14 different teams. We are now accepting applications from individuals who would like to participate in the planning process. Applications will be accepted through June 21, 2019. During the application process, you will be asked to select up to …

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Centering Prayer Retreat

Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere, invites you to participate in an all-day Centering Prayer Retreat on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Registration at 8:30 a.m.)  The event will be led by Beth O’Brien (www.contemplativepresence.org) and will train us in practicing presence.  Beth writes “Centering Prayer is a method of receptive, silent …

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Bold Connections – Women of the ELCA – May 2019

Organization commits to growth as revenues decline Women of the ELCA’s executive board continues to explore ways to grow the organization, holding up the Caribbean Synod as an example. “I can’t help but smile when I think about what is happening in the Caribbean Synod,” Executive Board President Lisa Plorin said during the board’s biannual …

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Questions in Life

Questions in life. In her May column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth takes time to reflect on one of “The Questions”—what is a life worth living? She reflects on the cruciform life, which delivers us from our constant striving to make our lives have meaning through our own efforts.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LhJQTp and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2LmmdcJ.

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LOMC Summer Camp

It’s time to register for summer camp at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL! Visit lomc.org The 2019 Summer Camp theme will be Salt and Light=Be These! Download the 2019 Summer Camp Brochure Printable version Online registration for summer camp is open. Register Online for Summer Camp!

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ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant application

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 15! Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. We invite organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time to set up an account in ELCA GrantMaker in advance in order to access the application form immediately once the …

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World Malaria Day 2019 – ELCA World Hunger

World Malaria Day 2019 To most of us in the United States, mosquitoes are nothing more than a pest. But in many places around the world, just one bite from an infected mosquito could transmit malaria. Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria – a preventable and curable disease. In a recent report, the World Health Organization …

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Seeds Monthly – April 2019

ELCA Church Council spring meeting actions Meeting April 4-7 at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, the Church Council of the ELCA voted to recommend to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the adoption of the social statement “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action.” The council declined to consider the document “Trustworthy Servants of the …

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ELCA StewardNet Spring 2019

Dear friend in Christ, As stewardship leaders in the ELCA, we help people answer the questions “why give” and “why give here.” We are hoping for answers that generate engagement, leadership and financial support. We want the results to spiritually transform the lives of givers while multiplying impactful ministry for the sake of the world. …

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Labyrinth Walk

Christ, Belvidere invites everyone to a labyrinth walk on WORLD LABYRINTH DAY Saturday, May 4 | 10:30 am Enhance your inner peace Deepen your prayer life Nurture your spiritual growth 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 (815) 885.2522 | www.makingChristknown.org

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 30, 2019

Using the Bible in context Editor’s note: In this five-part series, former ELCA Presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom examines the authority and interpretation of the Bible. Part one explored how we understand the Bible’s … continue The issue behind all issues Editor’s note: In this five-part series, former ELCA Presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom examines the authority and interpretation of …

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ELCA Global Links – April 2019

Sharing the Goodness of GodThe Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM), a companion of the ELCA, works alongside the indigenous Orang Asli people of West Malaysia. In this south-to-south partnership, Christ’s love between the LCM and the Orang Asli is lived out in many ways, including worship life, education, sustainable farming, land-rights awareness and income-generating projects. The ELCA works …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 23, 2019

Easter grief, Easter hope Six years ago, on Easter Sunday, my mother died. She had been living in Puerto Rico; I was miles away in New Jersey. As I grappled with grief, my family, congregation, friends and colleagues … continue The winning play A sacrifice is giving up something valuable to gain a greater treasure. As …

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ELCA Worship News – April 2019

Friends in Christ, ‘Tis the spring of souls today: Christ has burst his prison, and from three days’ sleep in death as a sun has risen. All the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying from the Light to whom we give laud and praise undying. Alleluia! now we cry to our Lord …

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ELCA Disability Ministries – April 2019

We’re so thankful for the time we had with 20 ELCA members, synod staff, and rostered leaders from California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin for the ELCA Disability Ministries Network Gathering, held on Feb. 13. Disability Ministries also extended a special invitation to the Rev. Beth Lockard, the ELCA’s …

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Inter-Lutheran Hispanic Latino Ministry Encuentro (Encounter)

Save the date: Holy Cross Day / Día de la Santa Cruz, Saturday, September 14, 2019 for a day-long event focused on initiating, celebrating and strengthening Lutheran ministry & outreach in Hispanic communities. Host congregation is St Timothy Lutheran Church ELCA, 2101 North Kildare (at Dickens) in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. Co-sponsored by the Bilingual Ministry …

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Retired Rostered Minister Luncheons

St. Paul writes, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will …

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Hymn Festival

8 Organists 1 Instrument Your Voice The Rockford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is pleased to present a Hymn Festival featuring local organists with music and texts by great writers and composers. Come hear and sing your favorite hymns, old and new. All are welcome to this great family event. Gloria Dei Church, …

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Ascension Day Service at Augustana College

You are welcome to attend Ascension Day at Augustana College in Ascension Chapel! Thursday, May 30 9:00 a.m. service  The preacher and presenter will be Pastor Allison Bengfort. She is Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilmette, IL. Following the service, you are invited to attend a free mid-morning brunch held in the Gerber Center To …

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#CycleToSynod 2019

“I am a part of Cycle to Synod because ELCA Word Hunger ministries is important to me.  I believe we can work toward ending world hunger.  And this is an exciting way to get my whole family involved in raising awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger.”  — Pastor Jamie Gallagher of First Lutheran Church, Monmouth on why …

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LOMC Welcomes New Executive Director Rob Gieraltowski

Oregon, IL, April 11, 2019 – Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) welcomes new Executive Director Rob Gieraltowski effective Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Rob’s relationship with LOMC extends back to the summer of 1985 when he attended Spelunking Camp and eventually became a summer camp counselor in the early 1990s. He has served on the LOMC …

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Augsburg Youth Theology Institute

AYTI is a summer program for young people in high school (9th-12th grades). It has been called “a year of spiritual growth concentrated into one faith-filled week.” AYTI is a time when you can discuss your questions about God and faith with some of the best professors in the country. It is a place where …

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Spiritual Renewal with Affirmation of Vocation

Almost one hundred rostered ministers from across the Northern Illinois Synod met at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for a day of spiritual renewal. The Rev. Elaine K. Olson, Certified Spiritual Director and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor talked about the importance of self-compassion. Three workshops were led by the Rev. Olson, …

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Bishop’s Easter Greeting 2019

Watch the video. Download the video. Hello. I’m Bishop Jeff Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod. Easter will soon be here, and I’ll get to put on my Easter stole with all of its butterflies. A dear friend of ours made this for me. It’s all cross stitched, and every butterfly on this stole is unique and …

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Life and Death and Breath

Prior to beginning my ministry with hospice in 2000, I spent about a year in specialized chaplaincy training. I remember a conversation with one of my colleagues about intubation sustaining life. He remarked that sometimes we prevent God from being God when we artificially create breath for someone without breath. His words were very insightful. …

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Northwestern Hospitals seeks on-call chaplain

Northwestern Hospitals in McHenry County (Huntley, McHenry, and Woodstock) seek a paid, on-call chaplain for overnight and weekend hours. MDiv and one unit of CPE preferred. Casual visits plus trauma, deaths, miscarriage, and stillbirth, and completing Power of Attorney and DNR/POLST documents. Must live within 45 minutes of Hospitals. For more information contact Pastor Rich …

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National Quilting Day

Pr. Scott Ralston, Faith, Forreston On a Friday in March, the Faithful Hands Group of Faith Lutheran Church in Forreston Illinois challenged themselves to create and tie 15 Lutheran World Relief quilts in celebration of National Quilting Day. The group wasn’t actually aware of National Quilting Day until it was shared in an LWR mailing. …

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ELCA Worship News March 2019

Friends in Christ, I am the scorn of my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they avoid me. Like the dead I am forgotten, out of mind; I am as useless as a broken pot (Psalm 31:11-12). “When the Japanese mend broken objects, …

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Global Mission Updates 2019

This edition of Global Mission Updates provides a panoramic view of how our gifts and talents touch the lives of peoples from around the globe. I hope that, through these stories, God will touch your hearts and fill them with the burning fire of the Spirit, so that you too will become part of this …

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Friends of LWR Annual Luncheon

42nd Annual Spring Luncheon Friday, April 26, 2019 Avalon Banquets 1905 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village 847.439.5740 Handicap accessible/ample parking Arrive at 11:00 a.m. to view a display of Quilts, Care Kits and also purchase fair trade products. Event begins promptly at 11:45. Guest Speaker: Nicole Hark is LWR Deputy Regional Director for Asia & …

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Make Housing Arrangements for Assembly Soon

It has come to our attention that some people have had difficulty booking a hotel room in Rock Island near to Augustana College Campus on June 14 & 15, 2019 during the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly.  There are several events going on at the same time as our assembly including a postal convention, and many …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 26, 2019

My take: Masculinity and the church There’s a lot of talk these days about “toxic masculinity.” Every heartbreaking incident of domestic violence or sexual assault, every mass shooting or racially motivated hate crime … continue ELCA presiding bishop on Women’s History Month March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. I call on our church to …

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders Aug 5-9 in Glen Ellyn

What:     Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) When:   August 5-9, 2019   Where:   St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL Who:      Pastors 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 group conflict NOTE:  The deadline …

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Executive Skills for Church Leaders

July 15-19, 2019 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California Register This continuing education event for pastors and church leaders will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. Location: Cal Lutheran Campus in Thousand Oaks, CA Cost: $799.00 (includes classes, materials, room, and board). Deposit due of …

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