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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ELCA Worship News: June 2018

Greetings, It is a busy summer for the ELCA Worship staff. In a few days we will join 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. As part of Interactive Learning, we will have a large booth exploring, with Gathering participants, the variety of ways that we participate …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 19, 2018

The faith of my grandfathers Last year, in the span of six months, I lost both of my grandfathers. Each left behind families forever enriched by their legacies of love. Their funerals—the tears, the eulogies, the memories … continue Lutherans join Muslim neighbors for Ramadan iftars For the past month, Muslims worldwide have been observing the …

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ELCA Global Links – June 2018

‘Hope Rising in Juba, South Sudan’ In November 2017, the Reconciliation Lutheran Church Community Center and Primary Health Care Clinic opened its doors in Juba, South Sudan, as thousands gathered to worship and celebrate. Hear from those involved in the opening as they share their insights about the impact they envision the center will have in the …

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Discovering Hope

Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation. A Conference for Small Membership Congregations Small membership congregations from any context (rural, small town, urban, suburban) grow in vitality by building relationships. The building blocks of congregational vitality are: relationship with God; relationship with one another; and relationship with the world (beginning with the communities around the …

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Bishop’s Assembly Welcome Letter

June 12, 2018 Dear Friends in Christ, Grace, mercy, and peace be with you. I look forward to welcoming you to our Thirty-first Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly: “Vim, Vigor, Vitality: In Christ a New Creation.” We are excited to have as our co-keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual …

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Growing as Disciples and Stewards Launched at Synod Assembly

Is your congregation looking for a stewardship response program for this fall? If you are, Pastor Kurt Nordby has written a new stewardship resource titled, “Growing as Disciples and Stewards.” Program information is being handed out to voting members at the annual Synod Assembly in Rock Island. “Growing as Disciples and Stewards” is being made …

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News from Luther Seminary – June 2018

A Global Community of Leaders and Innovators Summer intensives have just kicked off here at Luther Seminary, drawing our entire community to campus to study, connect, and worship together—including distributed learning students from all over the United States and world. How Luther’s Full-Tuition Jubilee Scholarship for All Incoming M.A. and M.Div. Students Will Reduce Student Debt …

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Continuing Ed Task Force announces upcoming events

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The Rostered Ministers Continuing Education Task Force is proud to offer the following continuing education opportunities for Rostered Ministers!   Download a flyer.   Effective Preaching for Today Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rolf Jacobson (Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary) Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Christ Lutheran Church, Belvidere Working Toward Racial Justice Speaker: Judith Roberts (ELCA Program Developer for …

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LOMC Swing Choir Concerts

Come to a free LOMC Swing Choir concert! The LOMC Swing Choir is made up of young people in grades 9-12 from Illinois and Wisconsin. They are under the direction of Chris Parkinson from Freeport, IL. The choreographer is Catherine Nelson from Geneseo, IL. Northern Illinois Synod Concerts: Dixon – Friday, July 13 at 7:00 …

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Synod Global Mission News – June 2018

NIS Companion Synod Visit and Celebration Our Northern Illinois Synod is in a Companion relationship with the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. Our project together involves building a new nursing school in conjunction with the ELCA Missionary Dr Mark Jacobsen at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, the capital …

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We Know the Truth – Presiding Bishop

We know the truth: In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father’s experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means “we have to do something about it.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LuPDjK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xUFYBb.

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…for Rev.-elect Chrissy Salser as she is ordained June 22

By the grace of God and the call of the Church, Christine Sue Salser will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament In Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5pm with reception following at Zion Lutheran Church, 925 5th Avenue, Rockford, Il 61104. The Reverend Jeffrey Clements, Bishop of Northern Illinois Synod, preaching …

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2018 Maryland Flooding

Lutheran Disaster Response On the evening Tuesday, May 15th, a storm dropped 6.5 inches of rain in just a few hours on areas of Frederick and Washington Counties in western MD. Local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries reported that over 60 water rescues were made and, more than 80 people were stranded for hours …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Caring for Minor Children “Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take… Read …

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LivingLutheran Stories June 5, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Ryan K. Hostler This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is an online feature that highlights the many ways people … continue The light shines in the darkness—but it’s complicated Kaethe Schwehn has been writing about faith throughout …

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A sneak peak of new Lutheran center in South Sudan

  Dear friends in Christ,   In 2015, an idea was born. It was an idea that brought together people from across the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, and across the ELCA. It became more than just an idea as prayers were lifted, funds were raised, shovels broke ground and bricks were laid! The Reconciliation …

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Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinics

Summer Music Clinics from Augsburg Fortress This summer, join other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to refresh worship with new …

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Sparkhouse June Newsletter

Keep faith growing this summer! We believe in continuing faith formation all year – not just during the school year – which is why we are excited to share with you our new Frolic Summer Book Club! The Frolic Summer Book Club features a series of FREE activities that you can share with your little ones to help them …

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Assembly Guide App Now Available

You can get the most out of this year’s assembly by using the free NIS Assembly Guide on the ELCA Organizations & Events mobile app (by Guidebook). The guide gives you handy access to all of the most important Synod Assembly materials including the agenda, Bulletin of Reports, maps, updates, photos, social media, and more. Find out more at http://nisynod.org/assembly/guide/

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#CycleToSynod

People are Riding Bicycles from Rockford to the Quad Cities to Help End World Hunger #CycletoSynod Tuesday, June 12, people from across the stateline ages 12-70, are bicycling from Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford to Augustana College in Rock Island to raise awareness for world hunger. This 120 mile, 4 day trek begins at 9am on …

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…for Pr. Robin Caldwell at the death of her father

The father of Pr. Robin Caldwell (St. John, Joliet), Robert “Bob” Hein, age 78, died of pancreatic cancer on June 2, 2018, at Green Hills health center in Ames, Iowa. A gathering of friends and family will be 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa …

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Living Lutheran Stories May 29, 2018

Sacred ground, deadly violence: Reflections on Gaza Editor’s note: Ongoing protests in Gaza for the “Right of Return” escalated on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, and on May 15, when the U.S. Embassy relocated in Jerusalem. … continue Graceful engagement The term “intersectionality” has been in use for about 30 …

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Are you ready for the Gathering?

Safety and security webinar We have one webinar left to help prepare you for the Gathering. June 14 at 7 p.m. Central, join us for last-minute questions for our Gathering staff. RSVP for this webinar! Bible studies Part of our Community Life programming for the Gathering is daily Bible studies featuring some of our guest speakers …

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ELCA Worship News May 2018

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). “What’s gotten into you?” It is a question I have heard asked by the frustrated parent to the child who misbehaves, or to the addict who shoots up once more, or the spouse who sails through life on their bottom lip. It is often said …

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Living Lutheran May 22, 2018

I’m a Lutheran leader: Garth Englund III This year we’re putting an emphasis on stories that highlight leadership and leaders from around the ELCA. “I’m a Lutheran leader” is a monthly online feature that highlights the many ways … continue From pilgrimage to Pentecost Pentecost didn’t happen only once. The noise intensified. The joy palpable. Community …

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Seeds Monthly – May 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Mercy and addiction’ Overdose deaths from prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and sales have quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People of faith and houses of worship are not immune to this crisis. In Living Lutheran’s May cover story, Wendy Healy writes about how the …

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… for family and friends of Ruthie Fairchild who died 5/22

Ruth and Mary Norman were in a multi-car accident as they were driving to Wartburg Seminary graduation on Sunday, 5/22. Mary broke a couple of bones. Ruthie Fairchild funeral arrangements are for Wednesday May 30 at 11am at Zion, with a visitation at 10am before the service and a visitation Tuesday, May 29 from 4-7pm …

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Resources for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

Dear colleagues in ministry, Many of you are already making plans for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sundayon Sept. 9. New resources are now available to help you organize and prepare. You will find the resources you need to plan your activities and worship, invite your neighbors and promote within your community. There are videos to watch and share for inspiration. New …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter May 19, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Important Life Decisions “How can I plan?” asked Mary. “We just sold our home and bought a retirement condo. Our older child just moved across the country and our younger child will be getting married later this year.” Read More   SAVVY LIVING How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company Can you provide …

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Living Lutheran Stories – May 15, 2018

Bishops-elect reflect on historic votes Last weekend, following her election as the ELCA’s first female African-descent synod bishop, Patricia Davenport was reminded of a hymn her congregation sings, “For Everyone Born” by Shirley … continue Let the little children come Instead of wrestling with their parents in the back pews during worship, toddlers at Grace Lutheran …

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Sauk Valley UNITE Service Camp

Teens and adult leaders will be painting houses (for those in need) as part of a local mission camp held June 5-8 in Sterling. This project is the combined effort of seven churches in Sterling and Rock Falls: Bethel Reformed, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, Immanuel Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, and St. Paul Lutheran. Each …

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Active Threat to a House of Worship Training seminar

We still have some availability for the “Active Threat to a House of Worship” Training seminar on June 7.  For those interested in attending, reservations are required – please send your name, phone number and e-mail address to wendy.pinkowski@advocatehealth.com.  Continental breakfast and sandwiches will be served. Thank you. Wendy Pinkowski Secretary 1, Mission & Spiritual Care, …

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Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports available for download

The Bulletin of Reports for the 2018 Synod Assembly is available for download. Visit nisynod.org/assembly/bor. Printed Bulletins of Reports are only available for purchase during pre-registration for Assembly. Extras will not be available at Assembly. You are responsible to download and either print or bring the BOR electronically for your use at Assembly.

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31st Northern Illinois Synod Assembly

The Thirty-first annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held Friday-Saturday, June 15-16 at Augustana College in Rock Island. Find out more at nisynod.org/assembly. Special guests include The Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman and The Rev. Dr. Craig L. Nessan. Registration is open. Visit nisynod.org/assembly/registration. Complete agenda available at nisynod.org/assembly/agenda. Friday, June 15 8:00 am  Assembly Registration begins in Centennial …

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God loves – Presiding Bishop Eaton

In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2w8NZSe and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2jlilYt.

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