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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Download the Guidebook App for the CRE!

The Guidebook app will be the most up-to-date source for workshops, sessions, and rooms at this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 10 at Kishwaukee College. There are several ways to get the app: In a web browser, visit https://guidebook.com/app/elcaevents/guide/niscre18. From there you can text a link to your phone or download the iOS or Android version …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2018

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

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Essential Titles for Black History Month

We believe conversation matters. These Fortress Press titles are sure to spark meaningful conversations around race, justice, and equality. Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice By Rima Vesely-Flad $34.00 Learn more Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith By Monica A. Coleman $26.99 Learn more …

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Missing Banner Stand

Christ, Stockton’s WELCA group is missing a light-colored wooden banner stand. It is heavy and comes apart into two pieces. There was no case for it. It may be marked WELCA NW. If you have seen this banner stand, please contact Nancy Rice at 815-275-0303.

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E-Life Newsletter February 2018

Photo: ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force, November 2017 Please add your input: draft ELCA inter-religious policy statement  From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to respond to the draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.” Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing …

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Stories and Photos from India Trip

See photos from all the India trip participants in this album. Post times below are in CST. India is 12.5 hours ahead. Bishop Jeff Clements February 18 at 3pm We thank you, gracious God, for protecting your servants while traveling in India and bringing us home safely. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn …

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Are you 50+? Retirement questions? Portico can help!

Retirement planning can seem daunting without someone to walk you through it. Portico’s day-long pre-retirement seminar for plan members age 50+ does just that. And it’s coming to your area soon! The seminar covers many facets of retirement planning in understandable terms — from establishing a retirement budget to reviewing health care options. You’ll breathe …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 6, 2018

Confessing racism I was about 10 years old, standing in the kitchen, hanging around as bratty sisters do, and listening to my parents talk to my 15-year-old sister. The only words I remember are my mother’s. � … continue 3 things church taught me about race relations When I was 10 years old, my family switched …

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Memorial Service at Grace Place February 14

There will be a Memorial Service at Grace Place to remember those 6 people who died ten years ago in Cole Hall at NIU as a result of a mass shooting. Our service at Grace Place will begin at 9:00 PM on February 14 (Ash Wednesday).  We are hoping that those attending the beginning of Lent service will follow up with …

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ELCA presiding bishop to participate in rally to end racism

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 3, 2018

  PERSONAL PLANNER Life Insurance – Costs and Benefits Let’s look at the “top five” reasons people give for not owning life insurance. Read More SAVVY LIVING How to Find Volunteer Opportunities What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities …

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ELCA Global Links – January 2018

New bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Please keep the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in your prayers as it  installs the Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar as the ELCJHL’s fourth bishop. The Rev. Munib Younan concludes his 20-year service as bishop and becomes bishop …

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2018 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry

April 24-27, 2018 The Forum gathers Christian leaders who are passionate about young people and the church. Youth ministers, Christian educators, pastors, ministry innovators, and emerging scholars from the USA and beyond gather annually for this 4-day event on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary. This year, our theme is IMAGE. We will explore what it …

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Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center Events

Spring has sprung already at LOMC!  Check out these three, fun-filled youth events that are happening in March and April!  Summer won’t be far behind, so check out the 2018 “This Changes Everything” summer brochure and register today!   BYG – Building Youth Groups March 23-24 Bring Your 3rd-6th Grade Youth! This is a retreat designed to build and …

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LSTC Seeks VP for Administration

Vice President for Administration Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago The Vice President for Administration is primarily responsible for stewarding the efficient and effective operation of this institution’s financial and physical resources, including those persons employed to serve and support all aspects of its mission. The Vice President attends to this with a significant focus …

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Disability Ministries Newsletter Winter 2018

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! On behalf of the ELCA Disability Ministries Program Advisory Table, thanks for reading the latest edition of the Disability Ministries Newsletter. In this edition, we highlight the grant program we have developed as we continue to encourage the ELCA to …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 20, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER ‘Give It Twice’ Trust A very popular option for a parent with children is called the “Give It Twice” trust. This is a trust funded when the surviving parent passes away. Read More SAVVY LIVING Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I …

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Wartburg Theological Seminary New Website

New Look. Same Mission. Our brand new website has officially launched and we are so excited to share a few fun new features with you! While things look a little different around here we promise we are still living the same mission. Wartburg Seminary embodies God’s mission by stewarding resources for engaging, equipping, and sending …

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Register for the CRE

The annual Congregational Resourcing Event will be Saturday, March 10 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Find out more about the CRE. The list of workshops is now available. See all the workshops here. Online Registration is now available. Register online now!

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Hey Youth Leaders – Are You Going to the E!?

Are you going to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in Houston? If you are, please email karin@nisynod.org or text 815-762-0758 so we can know who from the NIS will be there. We will have lunch together as a synod on Sunday, January 28 at 12:30pm! Location TBA. Extravaganza 2018 Finding Forward Intensive Care Courses: January 25-26, …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter January 13, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts for Creative Spenders Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. Read More SAVVY LIVING Help With Home-Care Bills Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care …

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Our Savior’s, Rockford WELCA Lenten Brunch

Our Savior’s, Rockford, Women of the ELCA invite you to “Travel to the Arctic” a Saturday Lenten Brunch on February 24, 2018 Ron Burmeister presents “Travel to the Arctic” with photos by David Olson at 9:30 AM in the Bridge. Free will offerings will be greatly appreciated. Brunch catered by “Gatherings By Sue” at 11:00 AM in Social Hall. Adults …

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NIS Women of the ELCA Spring Retreat April 28, 2018

Mark your calendars for the Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Spring 2018 Retreat Saturday, April 28, 2018 at LOMC, 1834 S. IL RT 2, Oregon, IL Registration and Coffee:  8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Program: 9:00-3:00 PM “HERstory—A String of Pearls” Bible Study led by Susan Ekstrand Pastor Diane Dardon will lead the worship Partnership Reports on Rocky Boy …

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…for June & Gary Cain and family

Synod bookkeeper, June Cain’s husband Gary lost his sister, Joyce Stauffer, of Mount Morris on January 1, 2018. His other sister, Jean Springer, of Polo is battling cancer. Prayers of thanksgiving are also requested at the birth of their granddaughter Adelyn Luisa Cain, born to James and Christie Cain on January 6.

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Jesus, light of the world

Faith & Family — January 2018 By Scott Seeke January 4, 2018  Is your child afraid of the dark? Maybe you’ve felt afraid of the dark yourself. Nighttime, no matter your age, is scary. I recently found myself in rural Michigan and was amazed by how dark it got at night. I live outside Detroit, where the …

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2018 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2017 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms below or from the ELCA website: elca.org/Resources/Office-of-the-Secretary#Synods. PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you save the form on your computer before filling it out and sending it to Julie at the synod office – JLewis@nisynod.org. Otherwise nothing that you …

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37th Annual Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Seminary Center for Theology & Land’s 37th annual Rural Ministry Conference, Congregations Cooperating in Mission, will be March 4-6 at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. This ecumenical conference is designed for pastors and lay leaders in rural and small town congregations. The topic for this year is Cooperating Congregations in Mission. We …

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2018 Live Well Challenge

Live Well Challenge ELCA-Primary members and spouses, Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge invites you to strengthen your physical and financial well-being, and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. How to Complete This Year’s Challenge Complete Your Biometric Screening by Nov. 30: Earn $200 This year, Portico is offering a more objective way to assess your …

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Music that Makes Community Event

Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to help your people connect and grow in faith through singing? Check out Music that Makes Community’s Chicago Area Practice Group on Thursday, February 1 from 2-4pm at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue in Glen Ellyn. Questions? Contact Charles Plummer at 630-469-5552 or charlesbradfordplummer@yahoo.com. …

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A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock

Pastors, education leaders, worship leaders, and other church professionals are invited to A Romp Through Genesis: Preaching and Teaching From Faith’s Bedrock featuring Catherine Malotky, author of the Genesis study in Augsburg-Fortress’ BOOKS of FAITH SERIES Monday, February 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. registration and goodies begin at 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 398 Church Rd . Compton, IL …

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