LivingLutheran Stories – February 18, 2019

My single valentine Hello there, This valentine is for you, from me, one single person to another. If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. It’s hard being … continue I’m a Lutheran: Carly Sorensen Emanuel Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa 11th-grader at Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs I pray for …

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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 Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, IL on July 25, 2019.   In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In the afternoon, discover …

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…for family and friends of Pr. Sherry Hoening who died February 19, 2019

Rev. Sherry Hoening, former NIS pastor, now serving in the LaCrosse Area Synod, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning,February 19. Thank you for your prayers of comfort for all who grieve, especially her family and members of the two congregations she was serving. She was well-loved by many, many people. Visitation 4-8pm Monday, February 25 Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home 10011 …

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Lutherdale seeks an Operation/Facilities Assistant

Operation/Facilities Assistant, Part-Time Position This a year-round position working with our Operation/Facilities Manager. Work will include maintenance and repair work of all buildings and landscaping of our 52-acre campus. To apply or for more information contact: Paul Degner 262-949-2285 paul@lutherdale.org

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Get the 2019 CRE Online Guide

Are you registered for 2019 Congregational Resourcing Event (if not, register now, here!)? You'll want to visit the 2019 CRE Online Guide to decide what workshops you'll want to attend. There are so many great workshops this year! You can use the online guide ahead of time to preview all the workshops. You can also use …

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ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow

In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate change and taking action to mitigate its …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2019

ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate …

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Vanco offers new online giving option for ELCA congregations

2/19/2019 CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has formed a preferred vendor agreement with Vanco, an eGiving software developer and payment processor serving more than 20,000 churches across the country. The agreement offers Vanco’s GivePlus suite of eGiving solutions to ELCA congregations. The ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working relationships with …

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Thanks and Godspeed – Pr. Kurt Nordby Retires

Pr. Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development for the past 10 years retired at the end of January 2019. Kurt served the last 10 years of almost 43 years of ministry on the staff of the Northern Illinois Synod. He considered it a “joy and blessing to work with exceptional colleagues …

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Learning, Thinking, and Living into a Deeper and More Vibrant Faith

NIS Vital Congregations Project Vital congregations do three things, (1) Strengthen their relationship with God; (2) Nurture relationships; (3) Build relationships in their community and in the world. This initiative is an eight-session workshop designed to heighten a congregation’s relationships with God, one another, and the world around us. Gatherings focus on Seven Faith Practices: …

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Freedom, Oregon invites you to the Agape Series

Freedom Lutheran in Oregon invites you to a special series. Light dinner provided each night. Session 1: March 10, 4:30 pm – LGBTQ+ Terminology Panel Discussion featuring members of PFLAG and RIC Session 2: March 24, 4:30 pm – “Call Me Malcolm” viewing and discussion Session 3: April 7, 4:30 pm – Community growth discussion Questions? Contact Pr. Karyn Kost at: 815-661-6315

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Valentine’s Day gifts that share the love

Animals Water Health Care Women & Children Valentine’s Day Send hogs ‘n’ kisses to your valentine Give in honor of your valentine, and help support creative, sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. If you donate by midnight on Monday, Feb. 4, you can customize a greeting card and have it delivered in time for Valentine’s …

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What I Have Learned from Travel – Women’s Event

Our Savior’s, Rockford, Women of the ELCA invites everyone to unpack your bags, as Gene Van Galder presents… “What I Have Learned From Travel” Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. in The Bridge at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 3300 Rural, Rockford Everyone is welcome to hear some surprises and some old “stand-bys” from Gene. The program …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2019

This is a special edition of the ELCA Advocacy Update. Find 2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities which will focus the work this year of the ELCA in Washington, D.C. on actions that will reduce poverty and hunger, promote safe and healthy communities and care for our environment. To read an online version of the February 2019 update and …

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What is God up to? – Presiding Bishop Eaton

A new question. Amid all the talk of the church in decline, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, in her February column for Living Lutheran, wants us to ask a new question. Instead of “What can we do?” we should ask, “What is God up to?” so we can open ourselves up to the life-giving promise of God’s future. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2GgCbkg and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2BnwTjy.

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Racial Justice Training

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, almost 40 people met at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb for Racial Justice Training. Excellent speakers Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) and Donna Matteis (president of the ELCA European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice) led the day-long training. During this event, participants explored concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. …

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Rural Ministry Conference March 3-5, 2019

The Center for Theology and Land at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa is hosting its 38th annual Small Town and Rural Ministry Conference, Mar 3-5, 2019 at the Best Western Plus hotel in Dubuque, Iowa.  The theme of this year’s ecumenical conference is “Building Resilience among Leaders and Communities”.  Resilience, the ability to adapt to …

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ELCA World Hunger Big Game Synod Challenge 2019

It’s game time! While you are cheering on your team and celebrating with family and friends – let’s help tackle hunger together.  From kickoff to the final whistle on Super Bowl Sunday, Team New England and Team Los Angeles will seek to outdo one another for the sake of the gospel. The fans that donate the most through their team page …

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CRE Bulletin Insert

Download a bulletin insert to encourage your congregation to attend this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event on Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta. Keynote presenter Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert will speak on Being Disciples Comes First. He will lead two other workshops, Making Disciples: Core Practices That Change Lives and The Invitational Christian, based on his …

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ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 

This Lent, you are once again invited to join fellow members and supporters of ELCA World Hunger to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Journey into Lent as we explore the connections between our faith and our shared ministry to end hunger and poverty. Discover new ways to engage your …

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Legal Webinar for Congregations

Congregations can be vulnerable to legal issues and liabilities related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance, and abuse prevention. Many of these problems can be avoided by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key items for congregations to address. Join us for a free webinar at 12 p.m. on Feb. 21 where the ELCA legal staff …

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ELCA Stewardnet January 2019

Dear friend in Christ, If one of our highest aspirations for people is that they might live into a life of generosity and service, blessing both their lives and the world, how do we, as congregations and the church, model that kind of generosity? How might our life together regularly teach and encourage people to …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat

God for all Seasons of Life is the theme of the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13: 8 Saturday, April 27, 9am – 3pm at LOMC Bible Study Leader Esther Prabhakar Special Music Peg Lehman Worship leadership Pastor Jessica …

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2019 Region 5 Deacon Gathering

This gathering is for deacons or candidates in Region 5. It will be a time to worship together, form new relationships, share about our calls, hear from speakers, and join together to learn from and encourage one another. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry, Lutheran Theological Southern …

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Luther Nordic Choir in Concert

Friday, February 1 at 7pm. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Avenue, Sterling Donations will be received. Proceeds will be divided between Unite Service Camp and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center This event is hosted by Tri-Church, the ELCA churches of Sterling and Rock Falls united in one mission. The Luther Nordic Choir Concert is generously sponsored by …

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Portico Launches Personalized Online Wellness Tool

Portico’s annual wellness program kicked off Jan. 1 for members and spouses covered by ELCA-Primary health benefits. Entering its 12th year, the program invites eligible participants to earn wellness dollars as they complete specific activities designed to strengthen their physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. New for 2019, participants will choose from nearly 100 guided activities …

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ELCA World Hunger Go & Do News

We’re excited to announce that ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will return in 2019. Journey with us and fellow Lutherans as together we experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger. Resources feature a devotional calendar, weekly study, inspirational …

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Luther Seminary Mid-Winter Convocation

Luther Seminary’s KAIROS continuing education courses offer a wealth of learning opportunities designed for clergy and church leaders of all denominations. Learn more and register at luthersem.edu/KAIROS. Mid-Winter Convocation: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread  January 30–31, 2019 Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the …

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2019 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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ELCA World Hunger for Lent

This Lent, we invite you to focus your congregation’s Lenten activities by joining us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Together, we’ll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation …

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ELCA World Hunger: Rebecca’s Story

VIDEO: Rebecca is a mother of two and a leader at Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor Christian ministry in Northampton, Mass. The ministry provides a meal every Sunday to its community, which includes people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Gifts to ELCA World Hunger (ELCA.org/hunger) recently helped Cathedral in the Night launch a second location. …

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I’m a Lutheran: Momoh Freeman

VIDEO: Immanuel choir director, pianist, and organist. Keyboardist at another church primarily made up of Liberian immigrants. Group home caregiver. I pray for peace, tolerance and for my family and friends. My faith and gospel music were powerful sources of comfort, strength, and survival as a young boy growing up in Liberia during the civil war. I …

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2019 is a time of transition for “Seeds for the Parish”

“Seeds for the Parish” has been around for a long time! Its been a well-read, widely-used resource among congregations and synods – sort of like a community marketplace where one can wander through a few times a year and check out what’s new and available to help support and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries of the ELCA. The winter 2019 issue is the …

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